The Works of William E. Channing, D.D; With an Introduction Volume 4

The Works of William E. Channing, D.D; With an Introduction Volume 4

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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. 1875 edition. Excerpt: if they acted in the narrowest sphere. We can still determine in many cases what does not accord with them. We are particularly sure that those essential principles of justice which enter into and even form Our conception of this attribute must pervade every province and every period of the administration of a just being, and that to suppose the Creator in any instance to forsake them is to charge him directly with unrighteousness, however loudly the lips may compliment his equity. "But is it not presumptuous in man," it is continually said, ."to sit in judgment on God?" We answer, that to'sit in judgment on God " is an ambiguous and offensive phrase, conveying to common minds the ideas of irreverence, boldness, familiarity. The question would be better stated thus; Is it not presumptuous in man to judge concerning God, and concerning what agrees or disagrees with his attributes? We answer confidently, No; for in many cases we are competent and even bound to judge. And we plead first in our defence the Scriptures. How continually does God in his word appeal to the understanding, and moral judgment of man!" O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, between me and my vineyard. What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it?" We observe, in the next place, that all religion supposes and is built on judgments passed by us on God and on his operations. Is it not, for example, our duty and a leading part of piety to praise God? And what is praising a being, but to adjudge and ascribe to him just and generous deeds and motives? And of what value is praise, except from those who are capable of distinguishing between actions which exalt and actions which degrade more

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  • Paperback | 672 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 34mm | 1,179g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236540352
  • 9781236540355