The Library of American Biography Volume 8

The Library of American Biography Volume 8

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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. 1837 edition. Excerpt: ...difficulties in the way of the generality. Perhaps his genius acted more forcibly from not being fettered with academical clogs, which other geniuses, of an elevated rank, could never endure. I need only mention Milton, Dryden, and Swift, in confirmation of such an opinion. He was certainly not in the highest class of learned men; for his times, his duties, and his means did not allow of such an attainment; but he was far more happily employed, both for himself and for others; and he has given such proofs of a mind uncommonly invigorated and enlightened, that it is matter of joy it was not engrossed by studies, which would have only rendered him the admiration of a few, instead of allowing him to be the instructer of all. He had, in short, the best and sublimest sort of knowledge, without being too much encumbered with what was unnecessary to, or beneath, his calling." Even the celebrated Dr. Priestley, with all the decision and ardor of his opposition to the theology of Edwards, speaks of his work on the Will, in the following strong language; "If any person at a proper time of life, with his mind divested of vulgar prejudice, possessed of the necessary preparatory knowledge, and likewise of some degree of fortitude, which is certainly necessary for the steady contemplation of great and Evangelical Biography, Vol. IV. interesting subjects, should choose to inquire seriously into this business, (the doctrine of necessity?) I would recommend to him, besides the study (for the mere perusal is saying and doing nothing at all) of Dr. Hartley's 'Observations on Man, ' Mr. Jonathan Edwards's Treatise on 'Free Will.' This writer discusses the subject with great clearness and judgment, obviating every shadow of objection to it; and, in my...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236610458
  • 9781236610454