History of the Waldenses of Italy; From Their Origin to the Reformation

History of the Waldenses of Italy; From Their Origin to the Reformation

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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. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...is false, as we shall soon show; (3) Because, according to our adversaries, our life is neither good nor honest; hence, neither holy nor meritorious. Let us examine these charges, point by point. "They reproach our brethren then, for being ignorant and without culture. We admit it, at least to a certain extent. We acknowledge with the Apostle that we do not excel in learned discourses and subtle reasoning; but after all there remains to us some spiritual knowledge.707 A peasant taught by the grace of God, needs in nothing to envy a prince, who has learned all that worldly science can teach. Bernard said that, in this respect, the simple will be happier on the last day than lawyers. But read rather what St. Paul writes to the Corinthians: 'I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the fiesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are; that no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption; that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.'708 You see...show more

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  • Paperback | 156 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 290g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236540115
  • 9781236540119