Outlines of Theology

Outlines of Theology

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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. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ... love of God that is virtue. Truth and virtue, that men attempt to divide, are in principle the same thing. Virtue, which is but the realization of our true relations with the Author of our being, necessarily supposes the knowledge of those relations. In order to fulfil the final end of his being, man must know it, and to do this he must know God. Cut the living bond through which virtue is connected, nourished, and satisfied with truth, and virtue becomes a mere moral instinct, very easy to pervert, --a vague tradition which, diluted with the thoughts of a corrupt heart, grows faint, discoloured, and is soon effaced. There has grown up in the modern world, under the shadow of Christianity, a morality which, for all that, is not Christian, but yet has borrowed from Christianity some of its tenderness. An expression of Quintilian may serve to characterize this morality: Quod decet, what is fitting. The homage rendered to principles, as such, and prior to experience, is a thing which we may coldly respect, but which is, however, too rectilinear not to fail in good taste and grace. To observe, to analyse, to explain moral facts; to discharge our obligations to the good and the right by a little irony turned best side out, --sometimes even by a burst of solemn indignation, --but never to appeal expressly to principles, and above all, to guard against laying them down: such is the method by which respectable people keep up appearances, when they have to pronounce upon a moral subject. No dogmatism, still less enthusiasm, a self-contained air, or rather an air of supreme indifference, --such is the quiet negative ritual on these occasions, of a writer who knows the world. These respectable people: what sort of respectability is theirs, and to what doe
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  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 249g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236618335
  • 9781236618337