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The Writings of James Russell Lowell in Prose and Poetry, Volume V

Political Essays

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Published: 1898
Language: English
Wordcount: 87,802 / 255 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 32.3
LoC Category: J
Downloads: 665
Added to site: 2007.09.16
mnybks.net#: 18237
Genres: Politics, Essays
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s of martyrs, trophies of individual fidelity to conviction. For it is the only religion which is superior to all endowment, to all authority,--which has a bishopric and a cathedral wherever a single human soul has surrendered itself to God. That very spirit of doubt, inquiry, and fanaticism for private judgment, with which Romanists reproach Protestantism, is its stamp and token of authenticity,--the seal of Christ, and not of the Fisherman.

We do not wonder at the division which has taken place in the Tract Society, nor do we regret it. The ideal life of a Christian is possible to very few, but we naturally look for a nearer approach to it in those who associate together to disseminate the doctrines which they believe to be its formative essentials, and there is nothing which the enemies of religion seize on so gladly as any inconsistency between the conduct and the professions of such persons. Though utterly indifferent to the wrongs of the slave, the scoffer would not fail to remark upon the hollow

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