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QUOTE (August Neander) – Jan 17

January 17, 2014

Neander“The Christian life is no instinctive, unconscious one.  It follows not feeling alone; but demands, everywhere and in all things an intelligent discrimination between what is of God and what is not, in respect to all the relations of life; between what accords to the will of the Lord, to the spirit and nature of Christianity, and what is in contrariety thereto.  It cannot subsist, cannot fulfill its mission, without a considerate conscious process of scrutiny and discrimination.  As flesh and spirit are still coexisting in the Christian, and are ever in conflict with each other; so the power of discriminating what proceeds from the one or the other, what is in accordance with the one or the other, is continually needed, in order that the Christian may not yield to the suggestions of the flesh, when he thinks he is acting according to the impulses of the spirit.”
~August Neander, The Scriptural Expositions of Dr. Augustus Neander: I. The Espistle of Paul to the Philippians, Practically Explained.

In honor of August Neander, a German theologian and author of the General History of the Christian Religion and Church, who was born on this day in 1789.

Resources:
Today in History – January 17
The Scriptural Expositions of Dr. Augustus Neander: I. The Espistle of Paul to the Philippians, Practically Explained

2 comments

  1. Wow. I read things like this, and I am embarrassed at the laziness in my thinking. I think we ‘enlightened’ modern people are losing the art of true thought. Excellent point to ponder here. Thanks!


    • Me too. I read these “olden times” people and I am amazed at their depth of knowlegde and understanding. They truly are a blessing. It is why I try to read one dead author for every live one.
      JD



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