Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics Volume 2

Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics Volume 2

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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. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...published in 1650, having been conceived and for the most part written towards the close of the Civil War. The title-page of the original edition bears that it was 'written by the author for his own use, in the time of his languishing, when God took him off from all public employment.' He was at the time the guest of Sir Thomas Rouse in Worcestershire, and away from his books. 'The marginal citations, ' he explains, 'I put in after I came home to my books, but almost all the book itself was written when I had no book but a Bible and a Concordance; and I found that the transcript of the heart hath the greatest force on the hearts of others.' It is a work almost of inspiration, certainly of spontaneous birth, like The Pilgrim's Progress, or The Imitation of Christ; and though the two volumes, comprising in Orme's edition more than a thousand pages, are beyond the powers or the patience of most readers, the popular abridgments leave out much that gives reality and pathos in the complete work. In a volume of St. James's Lectures (1875, Lect. iv.) on Coinpanions of the Devout Life, the late Archbishop Trench, a master both in literary taste and in theology, has given a remarkable appreciation of ' Baxter and The Saints' Rest.' There reigns In Baxter's writings, and not least in "The Saints'Ueat, a robust and masculine eloquence; nor do these want from time to time rare and unsought felicities of language, which once heard can scarcely be forgotten. In regard, indeed, to the choice of words, the book might have been written yesterday. There is hardly one which has become obsolete; hardly one which has drifted away from the meaning which It has in his writings. This may not be a great matter; but it argues a rare insight, conscious or...show more

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  • Paperback | 1170 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 58mm | 2,041g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236527445
  • 9781236527448