The Complete Writings Of John Greenleaf Whittier (volume 7); The Conflict With Slavery, Reform And…

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byJohn Greenleaf Whittier

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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. 1892. Excerpt: ... THE INNER LIFE THE AGENCY OF EVIL. 'From the Supernaturalism of New England, in the Democratic Review for 1843. In this life of ours, so full of mystery, so hung about with wonders, so written over with dark riddles, where even the lights held by prophets and inspired ones only serve to disclose the solemn portals of a future state of being, leaving all beyond in shadow, perhaps the darkest and most difficult problem which presents itself is that of the origin of evil,--the source whence flow the black and bitter waters of sin and suffering and discord,--the wrong which all men see in others and feel in themselves,--the unmistakable facts of human depravity and misery. A superficial philosophy may attempt to refer all these dark phenomena of man's existence to his own passions, circumstances, and will; but the thoughtful observer cannot rest satisfied with secondary causes. The grossest materialism, at times, reveals something of that latent dread of an invisible and spiritual influence which is inseparable from our nature. Like Eliphaz the Temanite, it is conscious of a spirit passing before its face, the form whereof is not discerned. It is indeed true that our modern divines and theologians, as if to atoue for the too easy credulity of their order formerly, have unceremoniously consigned the old beliefs of Satanic agency, demoniacal possession, and witchcraft, to Milton's receptacle of exploded follies and detected impostures, "Over the backside of the world far off, Into a limbo broad and large, and called The paradise of fools,"--that indeed, out of their peculiar province, and apart from the routine of their vocation, they have become the most thorough sceptics and unbelievers among us. Yet it must be owned that, if they have not the marvellous them...

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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. 1892. Excerpt: ... THE INNER LIFE THE AGENCY OF EVIL. 'From the Supernaturalism of New England, in the Democratic Review for 1843. In this life o...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.2 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217578535

ISBN - 13:9780217578530

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