And yet, if a writer be conscious that, to gain a reception for his favorite doc trine, he must combat with certain elements of Opposition, in the taste, or the pride, or the indolence, of those whom he is addressing, this will only serve to make him the more importunate, and so to betray him still farther into the fault of redundancy. If the lesson he is urging be of an intellectual character, he will labour to bring it home, as nearly as possible, to the understanding. If it be a moral lesson, he will labour to bring it home, as nearly as possible, to the heart. It is difficult, and it were hard to say in how far it would be right, to restrain this propensity in the pulpit, where the high matters of salvation are addressed to a multitude of individuals, who bring before the minister every possible variety of taste and of capacity; and it it no less difficult, when the compositions of the pulpit are transferred to the press, to detach from them a peculiarity by which their whole texture may be pervaded, and thus to free them from what may be counted by many to be the blemish of a very great and characteristic deformity.
There is, however, a difference between such truths as are merely Of a speen lative nature, and such as are allied with practice and moral feeling; and much ought to be conceded to this difference. With the former, all repetition may Often be super?uous; with the latter, it may just be by earnest repetition, that their in?uence comes to be thoroughly established over the mind Of an inquirer. And, if so much as one individual be gained over in this way to the cause of righteousness, he is untrue to the spirit and to the Obligations Of his Office, who would not, for the sake of this one, willingly hazard all the rewards, and all the honours of literary estimation.
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Publisher - Forgotten Books
Language - English
Author(s) - Thomas Chalmers
Published Date - August 28 2019
ISBN - 9780364885567
Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
Page Count - 475
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