Hebrew Theism : the Common Basis of Judaism, Christianity, and Mohammedism: With Revisions and Additions to the Quarto Ed. of 1858

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Trübner, 1874 - Theism - 171 pages
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Page 97 - It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied ; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied.
Page 86 - Introduction will be fully proved, it may be said, that to scepticism we owe that spirit of inquiry, which, during the last two centuries, has gradually encroached on every possible subject ; has reformed every department of practical and speculative knowledge...
Page 9 - Similarly Newman writes of conscience — ' A voice within forbids, and summons us to refrain ; And if we bid it to be silent, it yet is not still : it is not in our control, It acts without our order, without our asking, against our will. It is in us, it belongs to us, but it is not of us : it is above us. It is moral, it is intelligent, it is not we, nor at our bidding ; It pervades mankind, as one life pervades the trees.
Page 86 - To Scepticism we owe that spirit of inquiry, which during the last two centuries has gradually encroached on every possible subject ; has reformed every department of practical and speculative knowledge; has weakened the authority of the privileged classes, and thus placed liberty on a surer foundation ; has chastised the despotism of princes ; has restrained the arrogance of the nobles, and has even diminished the prejudices of the clergy.
Page 2 - Yet in Christian cities they are trampled under foot, Through the league between Mammon and spurious Policy. Nor do Time and Progress in wealth and science Lessen or soften the hideous curse ; For no one attempts to prevent or punish, While souls and bodies are trafficked in. When Woman is duly honoured and homes are purified, And Fiery Drink is withheld from the weak in mind, And the traffickers in Sin are pursued as Felons, And Truth is open-mouthed, and Thought is Free ; God shall soon bless the...
Page 170 - WE praise thee in thy power, O God ! We praise thee in thy sanctity. We praise thee who reignest in the furthest heavens, We praise thee who dwellest in our inmost souls, Our Lord and hidden Comforter. No voice can duly proclaim thy greatness, No heart can comprehend thy goodness, O thou Father of all our spirits. The longings of the spirit are inexhaustible : Only thou canst fill the heart. When it is empty and aching for thee, Hungering and thirsting for thy righteousness, Thou visitest it with...
Page 86 - France, which, as we shall presently see, are the countries where scepticism first openly appeared, and where it has been most diffused, the results are altogether different; and the love of inquiry being encouraged, there has arisen that constantly-progressive knowledge to which these two great nations owe their prosperity.
Page 86 - Such an inquiry will lead to the remarkable conclusion, that no single fact has so extensively affected the different ^ nations as the duration, the amount, and above all the diffusion, of their scepticism^ In Spain, the church, aided by the Inquisition, has always been strong enough to punish sceptical writers, and prevent, not indeed the existence, but the promulgation of sceptical opinions.
Page 62 - ... avails it to reply by resting on God's infinitude, Which easily supports sorrows which would weigh us down ; For if to promote Virtue be the highest end with the Creator, Then to lose His own work, not casually and by exception, But necessarily and always, agrees not with his Infinitude More than with his Wisdom, nor more than with his Blessedness. In short, close friendship between the Eternal and the Perishing Appears unseemly to the nature of the Eternal, Whom it befits to keep his beloved,...
Page 96 - Rule is ennobling : all other obedience is prudential only, and is apt to degrade. To strengthen the Unjust, is to injure the Just. Peace without Justice is not Peace, but a Truce of War. Policy which shuts its eyes to Justice, is pernicious folly.

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