Piety Without Ascetism, or the Protestant Kempis, Selected From the Writings of Scougal, C. How and Cudworth, With Corrections and Notes by J. Jebb
by Henry Scougal
ISBN 1150086173 (1-150-08617-3)
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Book summary: 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. 1830. Excerpt: ... ceive it to be somewhere eternal. For, if' we could possibly imagine a time when no being had life, it is, I think, impossible to conceive how any being could ever have begun to live. For it is evident, that life having annexed to it a measure of power, must, consequently, be the work and product of power. And, in supposing a time when there was no such thing as life, we suppose a time when there was no such thing as power, since there can be no power without life. And, consequently, it wrere impossible that life could have had any where a beginning: from whence it follows, that life, in some one being, is eternal, and, from that inexhaustible fountain, has been conveyed and bestowed to all creatures that have ever possessed it. And that eternal fountain of life is God: who is, also, the sole fountain of wisdom, of power, of happiness, and of all goodness; and who, out of his infinite bounty, dispenses, to all his creatures, such proportions of these several blessings as he thinks fit; each of them being totally and entirely comprehended in his own blessed being; whom my soul most humbly adores, and to whom it desires faithfully to render all honour, praise, and dutiful obedience, evermore. LVIII. Man is of such a base and perverse disposition, that he is seldom prevailed upon by mildness and goodness; but is restive and obstinate, like an untamed horse, contending against the fixed methods of God's providence in the world. His mind seldom submits to reason, but must be mastered and broken by rough usage and affliction, till he is sensible of his own weakness, and inability to contend against almighty power. Were man's reason more strong, or his pride less powerful, he would never be pushed on to so dangerous an experiment. LIX. There is no less necessity...
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