Natural Goodness; Or, Honour to Whom Honour is Due ...

"A book, like an implement, must be judged by its adaptation to its special design, however unfit for any other end. This volume is designed to meet the peculiar difficulties of one class of thinkers, in regard to one aspect of religious truth. Its unfitness to meet other wants of other classes, is admitted in advance. It may be a vain hope that the circle of moral men who attend our churches regularly, who are penetrated with a Christian sentiment, and who without a scholastic training are disciplined and practical thinkers, may find in these pages a view of their position and relation to religious experience more satisfactory than is given by the ordinary sermon, or the discussions of Systematic Theology"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved).

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Seite 149 - And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient, being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness ; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity ; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful...
Seite 14 - Tho' they may gang a kennin wrang, To step aside is human : One point must still be greatly dark, The moving Why they do it ; And just as lamely can ye mark, How far perhaps they rue it. Who made the heart, 'tis He alone Decidedly can try us, He knows each chord its various tone, Each spring its various bias : Then at the balance let's be mute, We never can adjust it ; What's done we partly may compute, But know not what's resisted.
Seite 219 - But self-culture is possible, not only because we can enter into and search ourselves. We have a still nobler power, that of acting on, determining, and forming ourselves. This is a fearful as well as glorious endowment, for it is the ground of human responsibility. We have the power not only of tracing our powers, but of guiding and impelling them; not only of watching our possessions, but of controlling them ; not only of seeing our faculties grow, but of applying to them means and influences to...
Seite 56 - Moral government consists, not barely in rewarding and punishing men for their actions, which the most tyrannical person may do : but in rewarding the righteous, and punishing the wicked; in rendering to men according to their actions, considered as good or evil.
Seite 65 - His erect form, his firm step, his elastic limbs and undimmed senses, are so many certificates of good conduct ; or, rather, so many jewels and orders of nobility with which nature has honored him for his fidelity to her laws. His fair complexion shows that his blood has never been corrupted ; his pure breath, that he has never yielded his digestive apparatus...
Seite 65 - As he drains the cup of life, there are no lees at the bottom. His organs will reach the goal of existence together. Painlessly as a candle burns down in its socket, so will he expire ; and a little imagination would convert him into another Enoch, translated from earth to a better world without the sting of death. But look at an opposite extreme, where an opposite history is recorded. What wreck so shocking to behold as the wreck of a dissolute man ; — the vigor of life exhausted, and yet the...
Seite 219 - It is worthy of observation, that we are able to discern not only what we already are, but what we may become, to see in ourselves germs and promises of a growth to which no bounds can be set, to dart beyond what we have actually gained to the idea of Perfection as the end of our being.
Seite 14 - Then gently scan your brother Man, Still gentler sister Woman ; Tho' they may gang a kennin wrang, To step aside is human : One point must still be greatly dark, The moving Why they do it ; And just as lamely can ye mark, How far perhaps they rue it.
Seite 1 - His life was gentle, and the elements So mix'd in him that Nature might stand up And say to all the world, 'This was a man!
Seite 60 - Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

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