Oxford Sermons Preached Before the University

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byEdwin Abbott Abbott

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...trusted trustworthy. To those who believe in n God, the success of hope and faith in enabling man to raise up his brother men is no less a proof that hope and faith are in accordance with God's spiritual laws, than the success of a scientific experiment is a proof that the principle upon which the experi-is based is in accordance with the laws of material nature. Why do we believe in the law of gravitation? Because it works. And for the same reason we ought to believe in hope and faith because they work. Whenever, therefore, we see a knave, though we shall think of him and treat him in all sincerity as a knave, yet we shall also treat him and think of him as a being capable of becoming, and destined ultimately to become, something better than a knave. More than this: sometimes where fault has been committed under strong temptation, or where we have so powerful an impulse to trust an offender that we feel we can honestly (and not in a mere servile and lifeless imitation of the words of our Master) pronounce that best of all formularies of forgiveness, I trust you for the future, we ought to surrender ourselves willingly to the impulse in the belief that it will be blessed by Him who alone can vitalise our poor attempts at bearing the burdens of one another's sins. But, in other cases, where we feel that we cannot honestly pronounce those solemn words, we shall humbly and sadly acknowledge our inability to ourselves, and (avoiding hypocrisy in forgiveness more than in anything else, because, as forgiveness is the noblest, so the parody of it is the vilest of actions), we shall simply strive to deal with our brother in as kindly a spirit as is consistent with perfect sincerity. Yet, after all, we shall not do well to be too fastidious about...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...trusted trustworthy. To those who believe in n God, the success of hope and faith in enabling man to raise up h...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:66 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021773930X

ISBN - 13:9780217739306

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