The Works of Orville Dewey; With a Biographical Sketch Volume 49; V. 431

The Works of Orville Dewey; With a Biographical Sketch Volume 49; V. 431

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ... Littleton. three or four lectures, which I shall give on Sunday evenings. Let it not be supposed that there is anything new in this mode of investigation. On the contrary, it is so familiar that it enters more or less into almost every religious discourse. It is justified by the practice of all sorts of religious and moral teachers. It is the only instrument used in that great work of Bishop Butler entitled his Analogy. All I wish to do is, for a little time, to fix attention upon it. It is not pretended that this instrument is infallible. The degree of proof to be gathered from any comparison depends on the closeness of the analogy. To this point, the closeness of the analogy, the main point in this kind of inquiry, I shall give the most discriminating attention that I am capable of, and shall wish my hearers constantly to judge, as wise men, what I say. The instrument, I confess, is liable to abuse. To give an instance of this: I have heard preachers liken the case of the unconverted sinner to that of a man in a burning house, or in a pestilence, or in peril of shipwreck; and they have advocated and defended the utmost extravagance of spiritual fear and effort, on the ground that the sinner is in still greater danger. Here is comparison, indeed, but no analogy. There is no analogy, that is to say, in the precise point on which the argument depends. There is analogy, indeed, in the danger, but not in the nature of the danger. In a burning house, or in a shipwreck, the peril is instant; all that can be done for escape must be done in an hour or a moment; and men are justified in acting almost like distracted men at such a moment. But spiritual danger is of a different character: it is not all accumulated upon a given instant; it is more

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