Religio Medici ; Letter to a Friend ; Christian Morals

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Macmillan, 1881 - Christian ethics - 392 pages
 

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Page 13 - I have no genius to disputes in religion, and have often thought it wisdom to decline them, especially upon a disadvantage, or when the cause of truth might suffer in the weakness of my patronage. Where we desire to be informed, 'tis good to contest with men above ourselves...
Page 50 - For my part, I have ever believed and do now know that there are witches: they that doubt of these, do not only deny them, but spirits; and are obliquely and upon consequence a sort not of infidels, but atheists.
Page 11 - But to difference myself nearer, and draw into a lesser circle : there is no church, whose every part so squares unto my conscience ; whose articles, constitutions, and customs seem so consonant unto reason, and as it were framed to my particular devotion, as this whereof I hold my belief, the Church of England...
Page 24 - The world was made to be inhabited by beasts, but studied and contemplated by man: 'tis the debt of our reason we owe unto God, and the homage we pay for not being beasts. Without this, the world is still as though it had not been, or as it was before the sixth day, when as yet there was not a creature that could conceive or say there was a world. The wisdom of God receives small honor from those vulgar heads that rudely stare about, and with a gross rusticity admire his works: those highly magnify...
Page 87 - Tis true we all hold there is a number of elect, and many to be saved ; yet, take our opinions together, and from the confusion thereof there will be no such thing as salvation, nor shall any one be saved.
Page 56 - Do but extract from the corpulency of bodies, or resolve things beyond their first matter, and you discover the habitation of Angels, which if I call the ubiquitary and omnipresent Essence of GoD, I hope I shall not offend Divinity: for before the Creation of the World GoD was really all things.
Page 29 - ... that general visitation of God, who saw that all that he had made was good, that is, conformable to his will, which abhors deformity, and is the rule of order and beauty. There is no deformity but in monstrosity ; wherein, notwithstanding, there is a kind of beauty ; nature so ingeniously contriving the irregular parts, as they become sometimes more remarkable than the principal fabric.

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