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American Scriptures: An Anthology of Sacred Writings

A groundbreaking selection of sacred Christian writings of yankee beginning from Mormons, Shakers, Christian Scientists, and others.

"Scripture" is any paintings during which the authors, translators, editors, or discoverers all declare to have bought knowledge from a resource open air themselves, be it revelation, enlightened philosophy, or historical archive. For the 1st time in one quantity, American Scriptures gathers fifteen of those texts from spiritual pursuits with origins within the usa. Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp's concise unmarried quantity will enlighten not just readers drawn to the historic and non secular points of the scriptural texts, but additionally these whose curiosity has been piqued via such bestsellers as Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code.

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Early Wesleyanism: 1740–1770 33 No; he is in the midst of it; it encompasses him round about. Only the natural man discerneth it not; partly because he has not spiritual senses, whereby we can alone discern the things of God; partly because so thick a veil is interposed as he knows not how to penetrate. But when he is born of God, born of the Spirit . . the Spirit or breath of God is immediately inspired, breathed into the newborn soul . . and by this new kind of spiritual respiration spiritual life is not only sustained but increased from day to day .

The world was not about to change – though for much of the first half of the eighteenth century the Wesleys hoped the Church of England might – but this did not mean that individuals could not find themselves changed, and for a time at least the Wesleys believed they could be changed absolutely. Perfectionism – which in practice was more a state of consciousness, a sense of existing at peace with God without consciously breaking the moral law, than a pattern of 31 32 Wesley and the Wesleyans behaviour; and which seems effectively to have kept some people in acute anxiety because no one could remain indefinitely in an ecstatic state of consciousness – had few social consequences outside the societies themselves.

His final answer left a disturbing image of God, one which would have a long evangelical history. ‘God’, said Wesley – and it is important to remember that he believed he was giving the sense of scripture and not inventing his own picture of God – ‘does not continue to act upon the soul unless the soul reacts upon God’ who: manifests himself unto us . . calls us to himself, and shines upon our hearts. But if we do not then love him who first loved us, if we will not harken to his voice . . his Spirit will not always strive; he will gradually withdraw, and leave us to the darkness of our own hearts .

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