Sermons preached in Rugby school chapel in 1858,1859,1860

Paperback | January 9, 2012

byFrederick Temple

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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. 1867. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... SERMON XXXII. WORLDLINESS. ROMANS Xii. 2. 'Be not conformed to this world.* This may be called the New Testament form of the Second Commandment. The Second Commandment was directed against material idolatry; this is directed against spiritual idolatry. The Second Commandment forbad the worship of stocks and stones, of images, and by implication of all created things. This precept of St. Paul's forbids the submission of the conscience to the rules and ideas of this present world. And so both stand upon the same footing. For in both the mischief to be prevented is the lowering of the idea of God and God's nature. You shall not form your spirit, your conscience, your higher being by any pattern lower than itself. You shall not put what in your secret heart you know to be lower, above that which you know to be higher. You shall not exalt a dead image above your own living spirit. You shall not put the voice of the multitude, among whom you live, above the whisper of God's messenger in your heart. When the Second Commandment was given, Idolatry, the worship of mere images, was a very different source of temptation from anything that we experience now, or from anything that St. Paul experienced. This is one of the matters in regard to which the past is past, and can never return. The impulse which led to idolatry is probably just what it was. For there is no evidence to justify us in concluding that human nature is in itself changed. But though human nature is not changed, society is. And every one born into the world now is brought under new influences, and grows up to manhood under quite different conditions. And the idolatry of ancient days is now impossible among civilized nations. Faint resemblances of it may be seen in abundance; every superstition is a...

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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. 1867. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... SERMON XXXII. WORLDLINESS. ROMANS Xii. 2. 'Be not conformed to this world.* This may be called the New Testament form of the...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:78 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:January 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217051316

ISBN - 13:9780217051316

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