The History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire Volume 2

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byEdward Gibbon

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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. 1787 edition. Excerpt: ...and doctors of the churth, whofe evidence attefls, and whole authority might influence, the profeffions, the principles, and even the practice, of their contemporaries, had ftudied the fcriptures with lefs skill than devotion, and they often received, in the moft literal fenfe, thofe rigid precepts of Chrift and the apoftles, to which the prudence of fuc-ceeding commentators has applied a loofer and more figurative mqde of interpretation. Ambitious to exalt the perfection of the gofpel above the wifdom of philofophy, the zealous fathers have carried the duties of lelf-mortification, of purity, and of patience, to a height which it is fcarcely poffible to attain, and much lefs to preferve, in our prefent ftate of weaknefs and corruption. A, doctrine fo extraordinary and fo fubjime muft ine7 vitably command the veneration of the people; but it was ill calculated to obtain the fuffrage of thofe worldly philofophers, who, in the conduct of this tranfitory life, confult only the feelings of nature and the intereft of fociety '. There are two very natural propenfities which Principles we 'may diftinguish in the moft vrrtuous and ofh.umw J O nature. CHAP. XV, The primitive Chriftians condemn pleafure mid luxury. liberal difpofitions, the love of pleafure and the love of action. If the former is refined by art and learning, improved by the ch srms of focial intercourfe, and corrected by a juft regard to ceconomy, to health, and to reputation, it is productive of the greateft part of the happinefs of private life. The love of action is a principle of a much ftronger and more doubtful nature. It of en leads to anger, to ambition, and to revenge;, but when it i$ guided by the fenfe of propriety and benevolence, it becomes the parent of every virtue; and if...

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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. 1787 edition. Excerpt: ...and doctors of the churth, whofe evidence attefls, and whole authority might influence, the profeffions, the principles...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:132 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.28 inPublished:July 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:021738966X

ISBN - 13:9780217389662

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