Discourses and essays by John AyscoughDiscourses and essays by John Ayscough

Discourses and essays

byJohn Ayscough

Paperback | January 10, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1922. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... TASTE AND TOLERANCE IS not the simple truth this--that there may profitably be as many different sorts of sermons as there are different sorts of people? And is not the frank recognition of this very simple truth a legitimate encouragement to different sorts of preachers? Some who are bound to preach are thoroughly aware that they are not what is called good preachers; for the sake of those who are their listeners they wish they were; and for their own sake too, since it is human nature to desire that any work we have to do should not be of an inferior quality. Nevertheless it does not follow that the defect of preaching power they admit in themselves, and regret, even when others would agree with their selfcriticism, is in actual reality so serious a drawback as it would superficially appear. A priest may be, as he humbly conceives, a "bad preacher," and it is likely enough that there will be critics to remark it: but there is more in a man than anything he says, and that superiority of the man himself to his words is not lost in the pulpit. Indeed, it is often to the man we listen rather than to any special things he may enunciate in speech. His congregation knows him for a good man, and it matters more to them than his phrases or epithets. The phrases may lack much; they may be somewhat flat, somewhat outworn; they may be very inadequate to the nobility of his theme, poorly inexpressive of sublime ideas, miserably weak for the weight of the message intended: his use of epithets may be even tedious; he chooses them awkwardly, and they may be, and often are, calculated rather to dull the force of what he means than to sharpen and illustrate it. But none of this matters so much as he, meekly aware of it all, though helpless to better it, imagines: because the fo...
Title:Discourses and essaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:52 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217199372

ISBN - 13:9780217199377