New Quarterly Review (Volume 1); Or, Home, Foreign and Colonial Journal

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General Books LLC, 2010 - 556 pages
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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. 1843. Excerpt: ... tinguishes imaginations, under which he comprehends dreams and visions, from true perceptions, and adds thereto the remark, that " a person of very strong power of imagination can have such lively and clear apparitions that they appear to him as truths, especially if that which appears has a connection with the things in the world, whether they are true, or received for true. The same shows itself with young persons brought up in cloisters. It is observable, also, that visions have commonly a reference to the naturelle of persons. This has also place with the true prophet, for God has accommodated himself to his mind, because he performs no superfluous miracles. I believe often," continues Leibnitz, " that Ezekiel had learned architecture, or was a Court Engineer, because he has splendid visions, and sees fine buildings; but a rural prophet, such as Hosea or Amos, sees only landscapes and rural pictures; while Daniel, who was a statesman, rules the monarchies of the world. This lady, which your illustrious highness has seen, cannot be put in parallel with these prophets, since she believes that she has Jesus Christ before her eyes, because Protestants acknowledge no other saints. This so ardent love which she bears to the Saviour, which sermons and reading have awakened in her, has at last obtained her the grace and favour to see the image and appearance. For why should I not name it a grace, a favour? It does her only good, she is joyful at it, she receives from it the most beautiful emotions in the world. One must not believe that all favours of God must be wonderful. (How near this course of ideas comes to that in the correspondence with Pelisson, on the motives to belief!) When he applies the natural conditions of our mind, and the nature of things ab...

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