Lessons from the world of matter and the world of man

Paperback | January 6, 2012

byTheodore Parker

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1886. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... -- love of God, trust in God, reverence for God, delight in God, prayer to God, thought of God, -- which yet has no influence on the life. It bends the knees, keeps Sunday idle, crowds the meeting-house, makes a marketplace for religious books at home, to mingle with other finery, where on the same table you shall see "puffs, powders, patches, Bibles, billet-doux." It never opens the purse towards the poor, nor turns the capitalist's money to building reasonable tenements for them. When men seek religion as a means of pleasure, to cultivate emotions of trust and love of God for their own selfish delight, it becomes as fatal to them as the gaming-house, the drinking-shop, or the brothel. There is a literature which feeds this mode of action. There are other libraries besides that of Don Quixote which ought to go the same way as his went. The very Inquisition itself was built up and is sustained by men who riot in mere voluptuousness of religious emotion and stop there. These are the dangers of a wrong cultivation of the feelings. MEANNESS AND GENEROSITY. Generosity and meanness are to each other as heaven and hell, the two extremes of disposition and conduct in our mode of dealing with other men. Generosity is a certain manly and womanly virtue, raised to a high power; meanness is an unmanly and unwomanly vice, carried down to the last degree. One is benevolence, felt with joy and achieved with alacrity; the other is selfishness, cherished in the heart, rolled as a sweet morsel under the tongue, and applied in life to the fullest extent. Each may be regarded as an internal disposition, -- that is, a mode of feeling, a form of character; and also as an outward manifestation, -- a mode of action, a form of conduct. As an inward disposition, meanness is tha...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1886. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... -- love of God, trust in God, reverence for God, delight in God, prayer to God, thought of God, -- which yet has no influenc...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:116 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.24 inPublished:January 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217498094

ISBN - 13:9780217498098

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