An Estimate of the Religion of the Fashionable World

An Estimate of the Religion of the Fashionable World

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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. 1791 edition. Excerpt: ...objects of every man's attention whom Providence has enabled to keep any; and for whose conduct he will be finally accountable, inasmuch as he has helped to corrupt it. Is there any degree of pecuniary bounty without doors which can counteract the mischief of a wrong example example at home; or atone for that insectious laxity of principle, which spreads corruption wherever its influence extends? Is not he the best benefactor to society who sets the best example, and who does, not only the most good, but the least evil? Will not that man, however liberal, very impersectly promote vir tue in the world at large, who neglects to disseminate the principles of it within the immediate sphere of his own personal influence, by a sober conduct and a blameless behaviour? Can a generous but profligate person atone by his purse for the disorders of of his lise, or expect a blessing on his bounties, while he deseats their efsect by a profane conversation? In moral as well as political treatises, it is often asserted, that it is a great evil to do no good: but it has not been perhaps enough insisted on, that it is a great good to do no evil. This species of goodness is not ostentatious enough for popular declamation; and the value of this abstinence from vice is perhaps. not well understood by christians, because it wants wants the. ostensible brilliancy of actual performance. But as the principles of christianity are in no great repute, so their concomitant qualities, the evangelical virtues, are proportionably discsteemed. But those secret habits of selfcontroul, those interior and unobtrusive virtues, which excite no astonishment, kindle no emulation, and extort no praise, are yet the most difficult, and the most sublime, and, if Christianity be true, will...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236621190
  • 9781236621191