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Charles Bowen, 1832 - Unitarianism - 279 pages
 

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Page 254 - Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.
Page 95 - I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven: But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness : there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Page 106 - Nor was this all. Something more striking remains to be told. He did not merely live in the streets and in the houses of fishermen. In these places, had he pleased, he might have cleared a space around him, and raised a barrier between himself and others. But in these places and everywhere he lived with men as a man, a brother, a friend, sometimes a servant; and entered, with a deep, unexampled sympathy, into the feelings, interests, wants, sorrows of individuals, of ordinary men, and even of the...
Page 100 - ... of insanity. Now, is it conceivable that an individual, mastered by so wild and fervid an imagination, should have sustained the dignity claimed by Christ, should have acted worthily the highest part ever assumed on earth? Would not his enthusiasm have broken out amidst the peculiar excitements of the life of Jesus, and have left a touch of madness on his teaching and conduct?
Page 197 - ... dejection, to suppress every repining thought, when the dearest hopes are withered, and to turn the wounded spirit from dangerous reveries and wasting grief, to the quiet discharge of ordinary duties ? Is there no power put forth, when a man, stripped of his property, of the fruits of a life's...
Page 98 - This, unlabored manner of expressing great thoughts is particularly worthy of attention. You never hear from Jesus that swelling, pompous, ostentatious language which almost necessarily springs from an attempt to sustain a character above our powers. He talks of his glories as one to whom they were familiar, and of his intimacy and oneness with God, as simply as a child speaks of his connection with his parents.
Page 176 - But if, after a deliberate and impartial use of our best faculties, a professed revelation seems to us plainly to disagree with itself or to clash with great principles which we cannot question, we ought not to hesitate to withhold from it our belief. I am surer that my rational nature is from God than that any book is an expression of his will.
Page 94 - ... of the reign for which they hoped. Instead of this world's riches, which they expected to flow from all lands into their own, he commands them to lay up treasures in heaven, and directs them to an incorruptible, immortal life, as the true end of their being. Nor is this all. He does not merely offer himself as a spiritual deliverer, as the founder of a new empire of inward piety and universal charity ; he closes with language announcing a more mysterious office. " Many will say unto me in that...
Page 150 - Jesus teach it, when he took little children in his arms and blessed them, and said " Of such is the kingdom of God...
Page 186 - Who is the man whom you select from the records of time as the object of your special admiration ? Is it he who lived to indulge himself ? whose current of life flowed most equably and pleasurably ? whose desires were crowned most liberally with means of gratification ? whose table was most luxuriantly spread ? and whom Fortune made the envy of his neighborhood by the fulness of her gifts ? Were such the men to whom monuments have been reared, and whose memories, freshened with tears of joy and reverence,...

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