Portrait of an English churchman by William GresleyPortrait of an English churchman by William Gresley

Portrait of an English churchman

byWilliam Gresley

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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. 1838 edition. Excerpt: ... 223 CHAPTER XIX. THE CHURCHMAN IN SOCIETY. "Beware Of entrance to a quarrel; but, being in, Bear it that the opposer may beware of thee." Shakspeare. The worldly old Polonius may be supposed to have had duelling in his thoughts, when he delivered this precept to his son. But the precept, so applied--at least the latter part of it--can have but little reference to a Churchman. In the first place, the Christian Churchman is not likely to be implicated in any transaction which would lead to a duel. His courtesy would prevent him from giving offence, and his charity from taking it. But if untoward circumstances should arise, and a challenge be sent to him, a Churchman has no alternative. He who acknowledges the Christian code to be his rule of life, cannot offer one word of defence, for either giving or accepting a challenge. And one who is living under the Church's guidance,--who daily falls down before God in humble devotion, observes the Lord's day with holy reverence, and partakes often of his Saviour's body and blood,--one, in short, who is joined in spirit with Christ, cannot for a moment harbour the desire of revenge, and seek the blood of his brother; nor, on the other hand, can he, from fear of the world's scorn, tempt his fellow sinner to take away his life. It may be a sore trial,--the sorest perhaps to which a Christian gentleman can be subject; but it admits of no argument. A Christian Churchman's conscience must at once tell him, that he must obey the commandment of God, be the worldly consequences what they may. And, after all, it requires far more moral courage to refuse, than to accept a challenge. I desire, however, in the present chapter, to speak of those intellectual contests in which a Churchman is more likely to be...
Title:Portrait of an English churchmanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:70 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217787134

ISBN - 13:9780217787130