The Cambridge Platonists: Being Selections from the Writings of Benjamin Whichcote, John Smith and Nathanael Culverwel

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Clarendon Press, 1901 - 327 pages

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Page 262 - Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
Page 47 - Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself? Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?
Page xiii - He was much for liberty of conscience ; and being disgusted with the dry systematical way of those times, he studied to raise those who conversed with him to a nobler set of thoughts, and to consider religion as a seed of a deiform nature (to use one of his own phrases). In order to this, he set young students much on reading the ancient philosophers, chiefly Plato, Tully, and Plotin, and on considering the Christian religion as a doctrine sent from God, both to elevate and sweeten human nature,...
Page 74 - the truth as it is in Jesus' — as it is in a Christ-like nature, as it is in that sweet, mild, humble, and loving spirit of Jesus, which spreads itself, like a morning sun, upon the souls of good men, full of light and life. It profits little to know Christ Himself after the flesh ; but He gives His Spirit to good men, that searcheth the deep things of God.
Page xxi - To seek our Divinity merely in books and writings, is to seek the living among the dead. We do but in vain seek God many times in these, where His Truth too often is not so much enshrined as entombed. No. Intro, te quaere Deum, seek for God within thine own soul...
Page 70 - The reason why, notwithstanding all our acute reasons and subtile disputes, truth prevails no more in the world, is, we so often disjoin truth and true goodness, which in themselves can never be disunited ; they grow both from the same root, and live in one another.
Page xxxiii - And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Page 77 - ... he that will find truth must seek it with a free judgment, and a sanctified mind : he that thus seeks shall find ; he shall live in truth, and that shall live in him ; it shall be like a stream of living waters issuing out of his own soul ; he shall drink of the waters of his own cistern, and be satisfied ; he shall every morning...
Page 202 - The next day he made the sun and moon — the sun to rule the day, and the moon to rule the night.
Page xii - He that never changed any of his opinions never corrected any of his mistakes ; and he who was never wise enough to find out any mistakes in himself will not be charitable enough to excuse what he reckons mistakes in others.

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