Preaching and Hearing and Other Sermons, Delivered in the Chapel of the Foundling Hospital

Preaching and Hearing and Other Sermons, Delivered in the Chapel of the Foundling Hospital

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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. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...secondly, a devil. The Greeks considered the two terms synonymous; and not unjustly. A calumniator is far worse, for example, than a thief. This would probably be admitted by the slanderer himself in his own individual case. If he had a character to lose, and any one took it away, he would quote with approval Shakespeare's words: --' Who steals ray purse steals trash. 'Tis something, nothing. 'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands. But he that filches from me my good name, Robs me of that which not enriches him, And makes me poor indeed." In the case of calumny, the robber steals for the pure pleasure of stealing; he takes what to himself is worthless from its possessor, for whom its value is absolutely priceless. And evil-speaking, even in the milder form which consists merely in ridiculing or laughing at others--even in this form evil-speaking is a distinct and flagrant breach of the golden rule. If any one says, Well, other people talk against me, so I may as well talk against them--I venture to suggest that this is scarcely a maxim of which Christ would have approved. It shows what a difference there is between professing and practising Christianity, that numberless persons indulge unceasingly and remorselessly in evil-speaking, yet call themselves Christians, and, what is still more curious, actually believe that they are Christians. It must be admitted, however, that evil-speaking, bad though it be, is of all others the sin by which, in social life, we may be most readily overtaken. If we would avoid it, there are three things which we must do: --(1.) We must learn to talk. Talking is an art. It would be a good thing if there were professors of conversation. I suppose, however, that they would have but few disciples, as...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236525019
  • 9781236525017