The Critical Enquiry

The Critical Enquiry

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...and an irrational system of interpretation, that could lose sight of the divine character of the prophets in their elevated, comforting, and faithful survey of the past or future destinies of mankind, as being one family in God, realizing here upon earth, individually and nationally, the decrees of his eternal wisdom and love. In short our author says in his language, what Frederic Schlegel said, when he designated the true historian as a prophet with his face turned backward. They were also inspired, says our author, when they spoke of the persons and events of their own time, -" exhorting men not to abandon themselves to negligence and levity (, m'7;'a0u/1.s'r'1/)." It does not require much of a philosophical mind to perceive, that to recognise the men and events of one's time as what they really are, and what they signify, and thus to put the seal of history upon them'(what the mystics call the signatura), is as much an evidence of the knowledge of the future as any prediction, and as much a proof of an inspired insight into the past as any prophetic inter pretation of the figures of men and events of bygone times. It follows, from this our author's view, that even those predictions were not an evidence, much less the highest, of inspired knowledge, so far as they simply foretold external facts. Hippolytus, like all ancient writers, believed undoubtedly that such foretelling power had also been displayed by other persons, and even by false prophets, but that the true prophets foresaw, in an event of which they spoke as coming, an integral part of the development of the kingdom of truth, justice, and blessedness, which is to be manifested among mankind, and by men, and therefore upon this earth. Having more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236832523
  • 9781236832528