This book is a landmark work of spiritual literature. The ideas contained here swept away every other work of spiritual philosophy of its time like dead leaves -- and paved the way for modern thought. This work attempts to prove what all of the greatest writers of the Christian spiritual cannon can only assert: that knowing God in intimacy is ...
This book is a landmark work of spiritual literature. The ideas contained here swept away every other work of spiritual philosophy of its time like dead leaves -- and paved the way for modern thought. This work attempts to prove what all of the greatest writers of the Christian spiritual cannon can only assert: that knowing God in intimacy is possible, necessary and completely transforming. This book is central to a solid foundation in knowing God, and walking out the deeper life in Christ.
Very Good+: shows very light wear to extremities; slight spine lean; some very faint spotting at top edge; backstrip at upper outside edges show very slight sunning, but the titles at backstrip are still quite bright, certainly legible. Binding remains perfectly secure; text clean. Clean, sturdy, and quite presentable. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 301pp. Edited by Sidney Spencer. Reprint Edition. Hardback: No DJ 'as issued'. William Law (1686 – 1761) was a Church of England priest who lost his position at Emmanuel College, Cambridge when his conscience would not allow him to take the required oath of allegiance to the first Hanoverian monarch, George I. Law had previously given his allegiance to the House of Stuart. Thereafter, Law first continued as a simple priest (curate) and when that too became impossible without the required oath, Law taught privately, and wrote extensively. His personal integrity, as well as mystic and theological writing greatly influenced the evangelical movement of his day as well as Enlightenment thinkers such as the writer Dr Samuel Johnson and the historian Edward Gibbon. A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life (1728), together with its predecessor, A Practical Treatise Upon Christian Perfection (1726), deeply influenced the chief actors in the great Evangelical revival. John and Charles Wesley, George Whitefield, Henry Venn, Thomas Scott, and Thomas Adam all express their deep obligation to the author. The Serious Call also affected others deeply. Samuel Johnson, Gibbon, Lord Lyttelton and Bishop Home all spoke enthusiastically of its merits; and it is still the work by which its author is popularly known. It has high merits of style, being lucid and pointed to a degree. In his later years, Law became an admirer of Jakob Böhme, the German theosophist. From his introduction to the works of Böhme, about 1734, mysticism more pronounced in his works. These mystical tendencies separated Law from the practical-minded Wesley. Law is honoured on April 10 with a feast day on the Calendar of saints (Church of England), the Calendar of saints (Episcopal Church in the United States of America) and other Anglican churches.
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