Natural History of Enthusiasm

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Holdsworth and Ball, 1829 - 311 pagina's
 

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Pagina 164 - Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling-place; — And labour, working with our own hands...
Pagina 268 - He has invented a new missile — the following syllogism : " The apostles were commanded to go into all the world, and to preach the gospel to every creature.
Pagina 33 - One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is holy, and who dwelleth in the high and holy place," when He invites us to his friendship, holds the splendour of His natural perfections in abeyance, and proclaims, that " He dwells with the man who is of a humble and contrite spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Pagina 27 - Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth, even in him; in whom we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things according to the counsel of his own will.
Pagina 139 - ... but a very considerable part of his own excellent and valuable library •was seized. Thus was he deprived of the only outward resource left him ; nevertheless, trying as these malicious persecutions were, it was the means of exemplifying the promise, that all things shall work together for good, to those who truly love GOD. His life became daily more hid in Christ, and an almost angelic spirituality seemed to beam in his countenance. He never appeared but to go to church; his regular attendance...
Pagina 28 - Prayer, in its very conditions, supposes, not only a condescension of the Divine nature to meet the human, but a humbling of the human nature to a lower range than it might easily reach. The region of abstract conceptions — of lofty reasonings — of magnificent images, has an atmosphere too...
Pagina 9 - ... object. If once we abandon this distinction, language will want a term for a well-known and very common vice of the mind ; and, from a wasteful perversion of phrases, we must be reduced to speak of qualities most noble and most base by the very same designation. If the objects which excite the ardour of the mind are substantial, and if the mode of pursuit be truly conducive to their attainment ; — if, in a word, all be real and genuine, then it is not one degree more, or even many degrees more,...
Pagina 16 - An ardent temperament converts the enthusiast into a zealot, who, while he is laborious in winning proselytes, discharges common duties very remissly, and is found to be a more punctilious observer of his creed than of his word. Or, if his imagination is fertile, he becomes a visionary, who lives on better terms with angels and with seraphs, than with his children, servants, and neighbours ; or, he is one who, while he reverences the ' thrones, dominions, and powers' of the invisible world, vents...
Pagina 154 - ... ceases to be impenetrably mysterious. This excellent mechanism of matter and mind, which, beyond any other of His works, declares the wisdom of the Creator, and which, under His guidance is now passing the season of its first preparation, shall stand up anew from the dust of dissolution, and then, with freshened powers, and with a store of hard-earned and practical wisdom for its guidance, shall essay new labours — we say not perplexities and perils — in the service of God, who by such instruments...
Pagina 131 - Those unforeseen accidents which so often control the lot of men, constitute a superstratum in the system of human affairs, wherein, peculiarly, the Divine Providence holds empire for the accomplishment of its special purposes. It is from this hidden and inexhaustible mine of chances — chances, as we must call them — that the Governor of the world draws, with unfathomable skill, the materials of his dispensations towards each individual of mankind.

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