The General Biographical Dictionary, Volume 20

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Alexander Chalmers
J. Nichols, 1815 - Biography

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Page 47 - Be of good cheer, brother," cried he, " we shall this day kindle such a torch in England, as I trust in God shall never be extinguished.
Page 46 - God is faithful, who will not suffer us to be tempted above that we are able ; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that we may be able to bear it.
Page 93 - In our family he had left the reputation of a worthy and pious man, who believed all that he professed, and practised all that he enjoined. The character of a nonjuror, which he maintained to the last, is a sufficient evidence of his principles in church and state ; and the sacrifice of interest to conscience will be always respectable.
Page 537 - His confidence that his own opinions were well founded approached to arrogance ; his courage in asserting them to rashness ; his firmness in adhering to them to obstinacy ; and his zeal in confuting his adversaries to rage and scurrility.
Page 537 - ... he undertook. To rouse mankind, when sunk in ignorance or superstition, and to encounter the rage of bigotry armed with power, required the utmost vehemence of zeal, as well as a temper daring to excess. A gentle call would neither have reached, nor have excited those to whom it was addressed. A spirit more amiable, but less vigorous than Luther's, would have shrunk back from the dangers which he braved and surmounted.
Page 536 - The other, warmed with the admiration and gratitude, which they thought he merited as the restorer of light and liberty to the Christian church, ascribed to him perfections above the condition of humanity, and viewed all his actions with a veneration bordering on that, which should be paid only to those who are guided by the immediate inspiration of heaven.
Page 94 - Call', is still read as a popular and powerful book of devotion. His precepts are rigid, but they are founded on the gospel : his satire is sharp, but it is drawn from the knowledge of human life ; and many of his portraits are not unworthy of the pen of La Bruyere. If he finds a spark of piety in his reader's mind, he will soon kindle it to a flame ; and a philosopher must allow that he exposes, with equal severity and truth, the strange contradiction between the faith and practice of the Christian...
Page 536 - It is his own conduct, not the undistinguishing censure or the extravagant praise of his contemporaries, that ought to regulate the opinions of the present age concerning him. Zeal for what he regarded as truth ; undaunted intrepidity to maintain his own system ; abilities, both natural and acquired, to defend his principles ; and unwearied industry in propagating them; are virtues which shine so conspicuously in every part of his behaviour, that even his enemies must allow him to have possessed...
Page 537 - In passing judgment upon the characters of men, we ought to try them by the principles and maxims of their own age, not by those of another. For although virtue and vice are at all times the same, manners and customs vary continually.
Page 223 - Testament," in a series of letters addressed to Thomas Paine, in answer to his Age of Reason, part II.

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