Endeavours After The Christian Life, Discourses; Discourses

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byJames Martineau

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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. 1874. Excerpt: ... XLII. THE SPHERE OF SILENCE. I. MAN'S. Lore vi. 45. OP THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART, THE MOUTH SPEAKETH. It is often assumed, as if implied in these words, that whatever is a fit subject for thought is necessarily the fit subject of conversation. As language is but the expression of the mind, it seems natural to suppose that the mind must appear through its medium; that the matters which occupy the lips must be those which engage the heart; and that no deep and powerful interest can fail to overflow, in its full proportion, on our communications with each other. That about which silence is the habit, and speech the exception,--which, even in the sweet counsel of friends, glides in but for the moment and flits away,--cannot, it is affirmed, have any strong and constant hold upon men; and by its transiency confesses itself to be an evanescent interest. Many there are who apply this rule to Religion; and who would measure the reality and force of its influence on the character by the frequency and explicitness of its appearance in our intercourse. If we are truly penetrated with the same highest concerns; if we are standing in the same attitude before God; if the same solemnity of life covers us with its cloud, and the same glory of hope guides us by its fire;--how can we do otherwise than always speak together of a lot so awful and a faith so high? May it not be fairly doubted, whether those who are drawn by no experience, inspired by no joy, melted by no sorrow, to break their reserve on these things, have any devout belief of them at all? There seems to be a show of reason in this: and when it is urged on the modest and self-distrustful, they often gather from it a lesson of inward reproach, and know not how to answer. Yet the appeal has always failed to ga...

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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. 1874. Excerpt: ... XLII. THE SPHERE OF SILENCE. I. MAN'S. Lore vi. 45. OP THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART, THE MOUTH SPEAKETH. It is often assumed, as...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:154 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.33 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217945716

ISBN - 13:9780217945714

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