Popular Christianity; Its Transition State and Probable Development

Popular Christianity; Its Transition State and Probable Development

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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. 1849 edition. Excerpt: ...and, long after he is set, he leaves behind him a flood of glory that " fills the wide vessel of the universe." No human motive is present to such a mind in its highest exultation--no love of praise--no desire of fame--no affection, no passion mingles with the divine afflatus, which passes over without ruffling the soul. A man thus ibreathed upon by the Holy Spirit becomes the passive instrument of an overwhelming power. " The unwise doth not well consider this, and the ( fool doth not understand it." kind will disappear before a more enlightened apprehension of the Christian philosophy. See Carlyle's " Heroes and Hero "Worship," Lect VI. If I am reminded that thousands of fanatics in all ages have assumed inspiration from their own deceitful emotions, who have been neither virtuous nor wise, I answer simply, that the absence of wisdom and virtue, and enduring power, was a sufficient proof of their delusion or the evidence of their hypocrisy. The existence of false prophets is not a presumption against the reality of the true, or Christians might argue against the probability of a Messiah from the delusions of Joanna Southcote. It would be far more just to argue, from the abundance of false prophets in the world, that it is the everlasting purpose of God to instruct and to regenerate it by analogous means. The "philosophy of history" clearly indicates that the world is really governed by its prophets alone, and that the priests of virtue, of science, and of power, are the true arbiters of its destinies. Statesmen are but the puppets of the true priesthood in every age. The essence of all history is purely spiritual, and the politics of the wc but the reflection of its inner life. In exact pro-portion...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236541456
  • 9781236541451