Lectures on the History of the Jewish Church
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from ... Show synopsis This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 Excerpt: ...but wielded with such 'matchless effect and to such noble purposes, has been mute 'ever since his last conversation in the prison; for even his 'great successor Plato was a writer and lecturer, not a colloquial 'dialectician. No man has ever been found strong enough 'to bend his bow; much less, sure enough to use it as he did. 'His life remains as the only evidence, but a very satisfactory 'evidence, how much can be done by this sort of intelligent 'interrogation; how powerful is the interest which it can be 'made to inspire; how energetic the stimulus which it can 'apply in awakening dormant reason and generating new mental 'power.'1 True it is that the re-appearance of such a man in subsequent stages of society is all but impossible. The modern privacy of domestic life, the established order of social intercourse, thz communication through books rather than through speech, render that perpetual dialogue wholly impracticable, which in the open out-of-door life of Greece needed only courage 'Grote, viii. p. 614. and resolution to be adequately sustained. But though the remedy is impossible, the need for 1t cannot be said to have diminished: --'However little that instrument may have been applied 'since the death of its inventor, the necessity and use of it 'neither have disappeared, nor ever can disappear. There are 'few men whose minds are not more or less in that state of 'sham knowledge against which Socrates made war: there is 'no one whose notions have not been first got together by 'spontaneous, unexamined, unconscious, uncertified association, 'resting upon forgotten particulars, blending together disparities 'or inconsistencies, and leaving in his mind old and familiar 'phrases, and oracular propositions, of which he has never 'rendered to himself ac..