The Works of the Most Reverend Father in God, John Bramhall Volume 4

The Works of the Most Reverend Father in God, John Bramhall Volume 4

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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. 1844 edition. Excerpt: ...will is induced to will--the will suspends its own actswhich are all nonsense, unworthy of a man, nay, if a beast could speak, unworthy of a beast1." There is a hundred times more sense in these phrases, than there is in his great Leviathan put all together. He who dare abuse and so much vilify many of the ancient Fathers, and all the lights of the Schools, for so many successive ages, and all philosophers, natural and moral, who have written any thing, as to style them all, without exception, "beasts," and worse than beasts, deserves no other answer but contempt of his ignorant presumption, or pity of his bold blindness. He saith, this malady happened to us by having our "natures depraved by doctrinem." We say, his malady happened to him, because his nature was never polished with " doctrine," but he would needs be a master in all arts before he had been a scholar in any art. The true reason why he slighteth these words is because he understandeth very little of them; and what he doth understand, he is not able to answer. So it fareth with him, as with one that hath a politic deafness, who seemeth not to hear what he knoweth not how to answer; as I could shew him by many and many instances, but that I dare not tell him, that any thing is " too hot for his fingers n." Occult vir-I said, that " the heavenly bodies do act upon sublunary nuencc." things, not only by their motion and light, but also by an occult virtue, which we call influence."" Against the matter he excepteth not, but against the expression, --"an occult virtue,"--whereas I should have said, " I know not howp." If he alone 1 Qu., Auimadv. upon Numb. xi. Defence, Numb. xi. above p. 60; p....show more

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  • Paperback | 222 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 404g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236927443
  • 9781236927446