Essays in Criticism Volume 1

Essays in Criticism Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...sense of the word, depraving. "May I say it? It is not hard to know God, pro-l vided one will not force oneself to define him. "Do not bring into the domain of reasoning that which belongs to our innermost feeling. State truths of sentiment, and do not try to prove them. There is a danger in such proofs; for in arguing it is necessary to treat that which is in question as something problematic: now that which we accustom ourselves to treat as problematic ends by appearing to us as really doubtful. In things that are visible and palpable, never prove what is believed already; in things that are certain and mysterious, --mysterious by their greatness and by their nature, --make people believe them, and do not prove them; in things that are matters of practice and duty, command, and do not explain. 'Eear. God, ' has made many men pious; the 'proofs of the existence of God have made many men atheists. From the defence springs the attack; the advocate begets in his hearer a wish to pick holes; and men are almost always led on, from the desire to contradict the doctor, to the desire to contradict the doctrine. Make truth lovely, and do not try to arm her; mankind will then be far less inclined to contend with her. "Why is even a bad preacher almost always heard by the pious with pleasure? Because he talks to them about what they love. But you who have to expound religion to the children of this world, you who have to speak to them of that which they once loved perhaps, or which they would be glad to love, --remember that they do not love it yet, and to make them love it take heed to speak with power. "You may do what you like, mankind will believe no one but God; and he only can persuade mankind who believes that God has spoken to him....
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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236596595
  • 9781236596598