Excerpt from Correspondencies of Faith, And, Views of Madame Guyon: Being a Devout Study of the Unifying Power and Place of Faith in the Theology and Church of the Future
This work is the. Contribution of a rill to the copious Literature of Faith and it is now turned into the broad current of popular religious reading for what only it is worth.
Savonarola says, One only knows that which he practises. All a man really knows of faith is measured by the faith which he himself exercises. But strong, enthusiastic believers have something like a magnetic power of moving and mastering others, and of inspiring their own faith in minds that become familiar with their experience and writings.
The author confesses to such a healthy magnetism from the writers with which this volume deals; and although one or more of them be little known and less commended by the literati, they have made their power ful mark upon the mind of Christendom. And it was Horace Bushnell who said, that man has lived to little purpose who has not learned that what the great world pities and its teachers disallow, even though mixed with weakness, is many times deepest in truth and closest to the real sublimities of life and religion.
It is in the belief that there are here certain sublime verities of life and religion in a shape to be easily apprehended, that these Correspondencies of Faith and critique of the Experience and Views of Madame Guyon, and their elucidation by Professor Upham, are now put into circulation among the people by a channel that may convey them to some minds which they would not otherwise reach. To all such, that shall at any time peruse these pages, may the informing Spirit minister thereby spiritual nourishment and moral force.
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