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QUOTE (James Beattie) – August 18

August 18, 2014

 

“There is not a book on earth so favourable to all the kind, and to all the sublime, affections, or so unfriendly to hatred and persecution, to tyranny, injustice, and every sort of malevolence, as the GOSPEL. It breathes nothing throughout but mercy, benevolence, and peace…. Such of the doctrines of the gospel as are level to human capacity appear to be agreeable to the purest truth and soundest morality. All the genius and learning of the heathen world, all the penetration of Pythagoras, Socrates, and Aristotle, had never been able to produce such a system of moral duty, and so rational an account of Providence and of man, as is to be found in the New Testament.”

 
~ James Beattie

In honor of James Beattie, a Scottish poet and philosopher, who died on this day in 1803.

Resources:
This Day in History for 18th August
James Beattie Quotes

 

 

3 comments

  1. James Beattie’s quoted observation about the Gospel is entirely true. Unfortunately, many who call themselves Christians have never read the four gospels. The power of faith and transformation is in those sacred pages.


  2. Those of us who have embraced the gospel experience the wonderful mercy, benevolence, and peace that Beattie describes. If only the skeptics would take one step toward Jesus with an open mind. They would soon discover why we love Him so!


  3. Amen to that.



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