Emilius and Sophia: Or, A New System of Education, Volumen3

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T. Becket and R. Baldwin, 1783
 

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Página 48 - Shall we suppose the evangelic history a mere fiction ? Indeed, my friend, it bears not the marks of fiction ; on the contrary, the history of Socrates, which nobody presumes to doubt, is not so well attested as that of Jesus Christ.
Página 47 - What pre-possession, what blindness must it be to compare the son of Sophronicus to the son of Mary ! What an infinite disproportion there is between them ? Socrates dying without pain or ignominy, easily supported his character to the last ; and if his death, however easy, had not crowned his life, it might have been doubted whether Socrates, with all his wisdom, was any thing more than a vain sophist.
Página 33 - Are you desirous of gaining information from books? What a fund of erudition will not this require! How many languages must you learn! How many libraries must you turn over! And who is to direct you in the choice of the books? There are hardly to be found in any one country the best books on the contrary side of the question, and still less is it to be expected that we should find books on all sides.
Página 48 - Socrates, which nobody presumes to doubt, is not so well attested as that of Jesus Christ. Such a supposition, in fact, only shifts the difficulty without removing it : it is more inconceivable that a number of persons should agree to write such a history, than that one only should furnish the subject of it.
Página 46 - I will confess to you that the majesty of the Scriptures strikes me with admiration, as the purity of the Gospel hath its influence on my heart. Peruse the works of our philosophers, with all their pomp of diction ; how mean, how contemptible are they, compared with the...
Página 20 - How, thought I, is not the truth every where the same? Is it possible that what is true with one person can be false with another? If the method taken by him who is in the right, and by him who is in the wrong, be the same, what merit or demerit hath the one more than the other? Their choice is the effect of accident, and to impute it to them is unjust: — it is to reward or punish them for being born in this or that country.
Página 45 - No person is excusable for neglecting to read this book, as it is written in an universal language, intelligible to all mankind. Had I been born on a desert island, or had never seen a human creature beside myself ; had I never been informed of what had formerly happened in a certain corner of the world ; I might yet have learned, by the exercise and cultivation of my reason, and by the proper use of those faculties God hath given me, to know and to love him. I might hence have learned to love and...
Página 53 - I would endeavor to make them all love and regard each other as brethren — tolerating all religions, and peacefully enjoying their own. Thus, my young friend, have I given you with my own lips a recital of my creed, such as the Supreme Being reads it in my heart. You are the first person to whom I have made this Profession of Faith; and you are the only one, probably, to whom I shall ever make it. * * * * If I were more positive in myself, I should have assumed a more positive and dogmatic air;...
Página 43 - Hence it follows that if there be in the world but one true religion, and if every one is obliged to adopt it under pain of damnation, it is necessary to spend our lives in the study of all religions, — to visit the countries where they have been established, and examine and compare them with each other. No man is exempted from the principal duty of his species, and no...
Página 284 - But it is no less true, that an improved understanding only can render society agreeable; and it is a melancholy thing for a father of a family, who is fond of home, to be obliged to be always wrapped up in himself, and to have nobody about him to whom he can impart his sentiments.

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