Aids to reflection, Volume 1

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W. Pickering, 1848
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Page 76 - following : APHORISM XXV. HE, who begins by loving Christianity better than truth, will proceed by loving his own sect or church better than Christianity, and end in loving himself better than all. APHORISM XXVI. The Absence of Disputes, and a general Aversion to religious Controversies, no Proof of true Unanimity. Leighton and Coleridge.
Page 64 - that our actions are the means, by which alone the will becomes assured of its own state: and he will understand, though he may not perhaps adopt my suggestion, that the verse, in which God speaking of himself, says to Abraham, Now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thy only son, from me—may be more than merely
Page 1 - of their universal admission. Extremes meet. Truths, of all others the most awful and interesting, are too often considered as so true, that they lose all the power of truth, and lie bed-ridden in the dormitory of the soul, side by side with the most despised and exploded errors. APHORISM II.
Page 101 - SPIRITUAL RELIGION. Philip saith unto him: Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, He that hath seen me hath seen the Father: and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?
Page 86 - of creation ! Thus all lower natures find their highest good in semblances and seekings of that which is higher and better. All things strive to ascend, and ascend in their striving. And shall man alone stoop ? Shall his pursuits and desires, the reflections of his inward life, be like the reflected image of a tree
Page 85 - the moral affections and charities, of man. Let us carry ourselves back, in spirit, to the mysterious week, the teeming work-days of the Creator; as they rose in vision before the eye of the inspired historian of the generations of the heavens and of the earth, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and
Page 85 - How can that be ? It must be a higher good to make you happy. COMMENT. EVERY rank of creatures, as it ascends in the scale of creation, leaves death behind it or under it. The metal at its height of being seems a mute prophecy of the coming vegetation, into a mimic semblance of
Page 335 - Evidences of Christianity! I am weary of the word. Make a man feel the want of it; rouse him, if you can, to the selfknowledge of his need of it; and you may safely trust it to its own evidence,—remembering only the express declaration of Christ himself:
Page 5 - APHORISM XI. AN hour of solitude passed in sincere and earnest prayer, or the conflict with, and conquest over a single passion or ' subtle bosom sin,' will teach us more of thought, will more effectually awaken the faculty, and form the habit, of reflection, than a year's study in the Schools without them. • The
Page 101 - and he shall give you another Comforter, even the Spirit of Truth: whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him. But ye know him, for he dwelleth with you and shall be in you. And in that day

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