Letters on Prejudice; ... Vol., in Which the Nature, Causes, and Consequences of Prejudice in Religion Are Considered

Letters on Prejudice; ... Vol., in Which the Nature, Causes, and Consequences of Prejudice in Religion Are Considered : With an Application to the Present Times Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1822 edition. Excerpt: ...upon the throne, and before whom the Angels veil their faces. Still we would be as " as Gods;" and boldly overleap the pale of our nature and our capacities: and bitterly as we must rue the knowledge of evil, which this perverted ambition has introduced into the world, would proudly rise against-that deference to instruction, and obedience to authority, which become us as created and dependent beings, --comPelled by daily and hourly experience, to the humbling acknowledgement of ignorance and imbecility, ----and constantly discents0Vering the limits of our faculties, even in their application to the things that are around us. To the investigation of these, however, We have a fair encouragement in the observation, that it is seldom entirely unsuccessful; that knowledge is generally to be gained in proportion to our industry; and that the faculties which are the instruments of its acquisition, are sharpened and strengthened by exercise. But it is in its application to th'ose parts of knowledge, which God has thought fit to seclude from all possibility of-human attainment, that the indulgence of curiosity may become pernicious or criminal. In this class, we may place the mysterious doctrines of revelation, --which seem to have been proposed as trials of man's faith, but not as themes for the exercise of his intellect; and to which, indeed, the human faculties are so utterly incompetent, that the very intenseness of the contemplation, serves but to render the object less distinct, and, like perpetual gazing on the Sun, dazzles the eyes which might have been better used in seeking the way of salvation, under its light. The effects of this perverted curiosity, are visible in numberless instances, from the reveries oshow more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236967917
  • 9781236967916