Transcendentalism; And Other Addresses

Transcendentalism; And Other Addresses

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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. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...based on the Scriptures. But the arguments drawn from the Bible in its support are specious only. The righteous will be rewarded and the wicked punished. Admit it to be so; it does not follow that they are righteous or wicked because they are rewarded or punished; that there is no right without reward, no justice without expediency. Where the Bible speaks of rewards, it is not as conditions, but covenants. We shall have a reward for the good, but we cannot reject it and pay the forfeit. We are bound to it at all events. So we find man is appealed to as a moral being, not as a selfish one. The Scriptures are addressed to him as possessed of an instinctive and intuitive knowledge of what is right and true, and a love for it for its own sake. It is a spiritual system, not a sensual one. Right is that which the voice within approves, wrong what it condemns. Education cannot eradicate this moral sense without depriving one of an attribute of humanity. A dog may not take meat for fear of being whipped: but man is appealed to not as judging what is most for his interest, but as knowing what his duty is. This philosophy shows the falsity of these old systems, by proving the reality of spiritual existences, what is right, true, just, beautiful, independently of interest, appetite, expediency, or association. We are to love truth because it is truth, do right because it is right. It would be strange, indeed, if man were always to act from the lowest and least worthy motives. Strange if God had implanted in the breast the highest affections without an end. Strange if God has given to man no guide in relation to his most important interests, but left him to reason out his duty under the law by arguments which must often lead to its violation. It cannot be...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236578686
  • 9781236578686