Faith and Philosophy. Essays on Some Tendencies of the Day

Faith and Philosophy. Essays on Some Tendencies of the Day

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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. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...their lives. The foremost orators and statesmen have, in their day, too often been subjected to similar misconstructions. A subtle intellect, though guided by the purest sincerity of purpose, often leads a man into paths which look very tortuous to his neighbours. But this real honesty, with an appearance of disingenuousness, is the least of the contradictions which meet us in Dr. Newman. So impetuous, and yet so shrewd and caustic;--so fond of irony and reserve, not in conversation only, but in more deliberate and solemn utterances also, and yet so gushingly outspoken and communicative at times;--so candid in argument, and yet constitutionally so unable to enter into the feelings and views of the school of Professor Kingsley;--so pugnacious and yet so tender-hearted;--so prone to dispute about every thing, and yet acting usually on the laisser-aller rule of letting people be, if they do not agree with him;--truly a character like this is more than enough to perplex a British public. The same contradictoriness comes out in his line of argument. Ordinarily, he is most fair; but, if once persuaded of a thing, his ready ingenuity supplies him with any number of pleas for its truth. His tone and manner are those of a practical man; but, as in arguing from the Monophysites, he trusts himself implicitly to an uncompromising theory. In him the practical and the speculative habits of mind seem coexistent without being harmonised. He warns us, in his 'Arians, ' against logic as a dangerous instrument in controversies of religion, and yet himself follows to the death a ruthless and impracticable logic, which refuses to make any allowance for the Church of England, and which, at the last, abdicating its functions, consigns him to the care of a Church...
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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236511263
  • 9781236511263