The Theological and Miscellaneous Works of the Rev William Jones

Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 200 páginas
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CONSIDERATIONS ON THE RELIGIOUS WORSHIP OF THE HEATHENS, AS BEARING UNANSWERABLE TESTIMONY TO THE PRINCIPLES OF CHRISTIANITY. LETTER TO THE REV. W. VINCENT, D.D. HEAD MASTER OF WESTMINSTER-SCHOOL. CONSIDERATIONS, Reverend Sir, I Have a great subject before me of which I believe there is no better judge in this kingdom than yourself: and I have good reason to suppose, from your sincere attachment to the Christian Religion, that you are as much interested as myself in the use I am about to make of it. From the common forms of school-education, our youth are in danger of returning back from the purity of Christians to the impure manners of Heathens; a very afflicting example of which once fell under my own observation. An amiable youth, of the first fashion, was found to have kept loose company very early in life; from which every bad consequence was to be apprehended. So far there is no rarity in the case: you must have heard many of them: and I should not mention it to you, but for the observation made upon it by his father, which struck me to the heart; and I determined never to forget it all the days of my life. He accounted for the evil in the following manner: that his son having been accustomed at school to the loose ideas, communicated by Horace and other Heathen poets, had carried their principles into his own practice; and was therefore only in a train with other young men of his age and education. Good God ! said I to myself, is this the case ? and are we asleep about it ? Do we sit still, and see Christians, under the light of the Gospel, sinking into worse than heathen corruption ? This led me to consider, whether it be not possible to turn this evil into some good, by showing young men of learning, that, as the false religion of...

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