By John Beer
Of all of the wide-ranging pursuits Coleridge confirmed in his profession, faith used to be the private and so much long-lasting; and Beer demonstrates during this ebook that none of his paintings could be totally understood with no taking this under consideration. Beer unearths how Coleridge used to be preoccupied by means of the lifetime of the brain, and the way heavily this topic was once intertwined with faith in his considering. The insights that emerge during this assortment are of soaking up curiosity, displaying the efforts of a pioneer to reconcile conventional knowledge, either inside and out orthodox Christianity, with the questions that have been turning into glaring to a delicate enquirer.
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How then does it happen, that Repentance and good works are necessary? Can this God of Justice, who has been already paid his full price, exact yet more? A mysterious Doctrine is never more keenly ridiculed, than when a man of sense, who professes it from interested motives, endeavours to make it appear consistent with Reason. By the happy chemistry of explanation, so common among men of abilities who think a good Living a more substantial thing than a good Conscience, he volatilizes absurdity into nothingness, and escapes from the charge of self-contradiction by professing a solemn Belief in the great Mystery of—what every man believes without profession or solemnity.
I write these things not with any expectation of making you a Christian—I should smile at my own folly, if I conceived it even in a friendly day-dream. ’—And while you accustom yourself to speak so contemptuously of Doctrines you do not accede to, and Persons with whom you do not accord, I must doubt whether even your brotherlykindness might not be made more perfect. That is surely fit for a man which his mind after sincere examination approves, which animates his conduct, soothes his sorrows, & heightens his Pleasures.
By some such feeling as this I can easily believe the mind of Fenelon & Madame Guyon to have coloured its faith in the Worship of Saints—but that was most dangerous/it was not idolatry in them; but it encouraged Idolatry in others/—Now the pure Love of a good man to a good woman does not involve this Evil, but multiplies, intensifies the Good. 20 In looking at objects of Nature while I am thinking, as at yonder moon dim-glimmering thro’ the dewy window-pane, I seem rather to be seeking, as it were asking, a symbolical language for something within me that already and forever exists, than observing any thing new.
Coleridge's Writings: Vol. 4: On Religion And Psychology by John Beer