Practical Piety; Or, The Influence Of The Religion Of The Heart On The Conduct Of The Life by Hannah More

Practical Piety; Or, The Influence Of The Religion Of The Heart On The Conduct Of The Life

byHannah More

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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. 1838. Excerpt: ... CHAP. IV. PERIODICAL RELIGION. We deceive ourselves not a little when we fancy that what is emphatically called the World is only to be found in this or that situation. The world is every where. It is a nature as well as a place; a principle as well as "a local habitation and a name." Though the principle and the nature flourish most in those haunts which are their congenial soil, yet we are too ready, when we withdraw from the world abroad, to bring it home, to lodge it in our own bosom. The natural heart is both its temple and its worshipper. But the most devoted idolater of the world, with all the capacity and industry which he may have applied to the subject, has never yet been able to accomplish the grand design of uniting the interests of Heaven and earth. This experiment, which has been more assiduously and more frequently tried than that of the philosopher for the grand hermetic secret, has been tried with about the same degree of success. The most laborious process of the spiritual chemist to reconcile religion with the world has never yet been competent to make the contending principles coalesce. But to drop metaphor. Religion was never yet tho. roughly relished by a heart full of the world. The world in return cannot be completely enjoyed where there is just religion enough to disturb its false peace. In such minds Heaven and earth ruin each other's enjoyment. Yet life passes in the hopeless project of combining both. It is the object of the worldly system to flatter our passions, of the religious principle to subdue them; we adopt the one practically, while we maintain the other speculatively; we grasp at the gratifications of the one, we will not relinquish the promises of the other. What makes life so little productive of real happiness is,...

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Title:Practical Piety; Or, The Influence Of The Religion Of The Heart On The Conduct Of The LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:90 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021703554X

ISBN - 13:9780217035545

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