Edward Irving: An Ecclesiastical and Literary Biography

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W. Freeman, 1854 - Christian biography - 287 pages

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Page 284 - ... crown of rejoicing in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, at his coming.
Page 126 - I DID but prompt the age to quit their clogs By the known rules of ancient liberty, When straight a barbarous noise environs me Of owls and cuckoos, asses, apes, and dogs...
Page 150 - The constant gist of his discourse was lamentation over the sunk condition of the world; which he recognized to be given up to Atheism and Materialism, full of mere sordid misbeliefs, mispursuits and misresults. All Science had become mechanical ; the science not of men, but of a kind of human beavers.
Page 4 - The first time I saw Irving was six-and-twenty years ago, in his native town, Annan. He was fresh from Edinburgh, with College prizes, high character and promise; he had come to see our Schoolmaster, who had also been his. We heard of famed Professors, of high matters classical, mathematical, a whole Wonderland of Knowledge: nothing but joy, health, hopefulness without end, looked out from the blooming young man.
Page 263 - I call him, on the whole, the best man I have ever, after trial enough, found in this world, or hope to find/ A character such as this is deserving of study, and his life ought to be written.
Page 284 - The Grace of our LORD Jesus Christ, the love of GOD the Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost be with you all.
Page 65 - No burning bush draws the footsteps to his presence chamber ; no invisible voice holds the ear awake ; no hand cometh forth from the obscure to write his purposes in letters of flame. The vision is shut up, and the testimony is sealed, and the word of the Lord is ended ; and this solitary volume, with its chapters and verses, is the sum total of all for which the chariot of heaven made so many visits to the earth, and the Son of God himself tabernacled and dwelt among us.
Page 110 - And he nath been rewarded with many new cogitations of nature and of nature's God ; and he hath heard, in the stillness of his retreat, many new voices of his conscious spirit — all which he hath sung in harmonious numbers. But mark the Epicurean soul of this degraded age ! They have frowned on him ; they have spit on him ; they have grossly abused him. The masters...
Page 133 - With dread of death to flight or foul retreat; Nor wanting power to mitigate and swage With solemn touches troubled thoughts, and chase Anguish, and doubt, and fear, and sorrow, and pain, From mortal or immortal minds.
Page 202 - Church, nor a doctrine according to godliness, shewed me, who am convinced of both, that it was necessary to take controversial weapons in my hand, and contend earnestly for the faith as it was once delivered to the saints. I perceived now, that the dogmatical method which I had adopted for the behoof of my own believing flock, would not be sufficient when publishing to a wavering, gainsaying, or unbelieving people; and therefore it seemed to me most profitable to delay the publication until I should...

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