Natural History of Enthusiasm by Isaac Taylor

Natural History of Enthusiasm

byIsaac Taylor

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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. 1831. Excerpt: ... SECTION II. ENTHUSIASM IN DEVOTION. The most formal and lifeless devotions, not less than the most fervent, are mere enthusiasm, unless it be ascertained, on satisfactory grounds, that such exercises are indeed efficient means for promoting our welfare. Prayer is impiety, and praise a folly, if the one be not a real instrument of obtaining important benefits, and the other an autho ized and acceptable offering to the Giver of all good. But when once these paints are determined--and they are necessarily involved in the truths of Christianity--then, whatever improprieties may be chargeable upon the devout, an error of incomparably greater magnitude rests with the undevout. To err inj modes of prayer may be reprehensible; but not to pray, is mad. And when those whose temper is abhorrent to religious services animadvert sarcastically upon the follies, real or supposed, of religionists, there is a sad inconsistency in such criticisms like that which is seen when the insane make ghastly mirth of the manners or personal defects of their friends and keepers. The doctrine of immortality, as revealed in the Scriptures, gives at once reason and force to devotion; for if the interests of the present life only were taken into calculation, the utility of prayer could scarcely be proved, and never be made conspicuous. As a matter of feeling, it is only the expectation of a more direct and sensible intercourse with the Supreme being in a future life, that imparls depth and energy to the sentiments which fill the mind in its approaches to the throne of the heavenly Majesty. But the man of earth, who thinks himself rich when he has enjoyed the delights of seventy summers, and who deems the hope of eternity to be of less value than an hour of riotous sensuality, can never...

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Title:Natural History of EnthusiasmFormat:PaperbackDimensions:74 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217024211

ISBN - 13:9780217024211

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