The Ethics of Love; (Addressed Especially to Parents and Educators), Being an Attempt to Show How Prevalent Impressions Concerning Love and Marriage F

The Ethics of Love; (Addressed Especially to Parents and Educators), Being an Attempt to Show How Prevalent Impressions Concerning Love and Marriage F

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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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...For, though "matrimony was ordained for a remedy against sin," yet it must not be "taken in hand, unadvisedly, lightly, or wantonly, to satisfy men's carnal lusts and appetites, like brute beasts that have no understanding; but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly, and in the fear of God;" for otherwise it would in good truth be fornication, aggravated, if anything, by the presumption of seeking a holy sanction. But matrimony must be taken in hand to satisfy love, not lust; love, of which the nature of the beasts give them no understanding, but which is proper or natural to man, and therefore, for him, alone good and excellent. Then, if a marriage be founded on love, the man may in all purity, in all beauty, and honour, become "joined to his wife as one flesh," may "love her as his own flesh" and "as his own body," may "worship her with his body," and "ever remain in perfect love and peace with her, and live according to God's laws." Of such an understanding, of such a love, holy matrimony should be the sign and ratification, and no other motive whatever, however subtily present, will avail to extract a blessing from the rite. Surely this "marriage service" is an intensely beautiful one, and it is only men who are debased that think it debasing. To the impure all things are impure. Nothing speaks with eloquence more significant of a low standard of thought than the theory entertained by some of Adam and Eve's sin. These persons suspect that this sin was the first Instinct is that which instigates. Man's true instinct is Love; for that alone is proper and relative, that is, natural to him; since that alone is the outcome of his full nature. Just as Belief is his...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236498801
  • 9781236498809