Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life

Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life

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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. 1772 edition. Excerpt: the conduct of'this man of sense, who has fo much judgment and understanding in every thing, but that which is the tubcle wisdom of man? And how miserable do many people, more or less imitate this conduct i All which seems to be owing to a strange infatuated state of negligence, which keeps people from considering what devotion is. For if they did but once proceed so far, as to reflect about it, or aik themselves any questions concerning it, they would soon fee, that the spirit of devotion was like any other sense or under/landing, that is only to be improv'd by study, care, application, and the use of such means and helps, as are necessary to make a man a proficient in any art, or science. ClaJJtcus is a man of learning, and well veised in all the belt authors of antiquity. He has read them so much, that he has entered into their spirit, and can very ingeniously imitate the manner of any of them. All their thoughts are his thoughts, and he can express himself in their language. He is-so great a friend to this improve, ment of the mind, that if he lights of a young scholar, he never fails to advise him concerning his studies. ClaJJicus tells his young man, he must not think that he has done enough, when he has only learnt languages; but that he must be daily conversant with the best authors, read them again and again, catch their spirit by living with them, and that there is no other way of becoming like them, or of making himself a man of taste and judgment. How wise might Clasjtcus have been, and how much good might he have done in the world, if he had but thought as justly of devotion, as he does of learning? He 184 /i SrKious Cali He never, indeed, fays any thing shocking or offensive about devotion, because he more

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  • English
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