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de William Wilberforce

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The current fascination with "virtue" is attested by the public's consumption of books such as William Bennett's Book of Virtues and Gertrude Himmelfarb's The Demoralization of Society. But the issue of virtues and public life has been around much longer. In fact, in the late 1700s William Wilberforce, a renowned British statesman and counsel to Prime Minister William Pitt, penned what would become one of the most eloquent statements concerning Christian civil responsibility ever written. Its influence extended across the Atlantic and into the following centuries. Among his many contributions to society, Wilberforce is best known for his efforts on behalf of slaves throughout the world, and in a very real sense he laid the ground work for the abolition of slavery in the United States. This annotated critical reissue of the first edition of Wilberforce's most influential work pays tribute to his legacy and seeks to restore Wilberforce to his rightful place in the cultural memory of the community worldwide. Kevin Belmonte not only preserves for us the text of this literary and cultural gem but he also provides the sources behind Wilberforce's numerous quotations from Latin, literature, and Scripture. An introduction by Charles Colson mirrors the ongoing relevance of Wilberforce's notion of Christian social responsibility.… (més)
Membre:WilliamWilberforce
Títol:A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, etc., 15th ed.
Autors:William Wilberforce
Informació:London, 1824.
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A Practical View of Christianity de William Wilberforce

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This carries the godliness of a puritan, the fire of a parliamentarian, and the practicality of an activist. The language is a little...colonial? But even if you don't have time to look up the words, the point will come across. The book is overflowing with wisdom at every turn, and is extremely relevant for our age.

The book is free on kindle as well as on podcast, but I mostly listened by podcast. There are versions which have been updated with modern language.

Here's one excerpt about how things got the way they are:

"Christianity especially has always thriven under persecution. At such a season she has no lukewarm professors; no adherents concerning whom it is doubtful to what party they belong. The Christian is then reminded at every turn, that his Master’s kingdom is not of this world. When all on earth wears a black and threatening aspect, he looks up to heaven for consolation; he learns practically to consider himself as a pilgrim and stranger. He then cleaves to fundamentals, and examines well his foundation, as at the hour of death. When Religion is in a state of external quiet and prosperity, the contrary of all this naturally takes place. The soldiers of the church militant then forget that they are in a state of warfare. Their ardour slackens, their zeal languishes. Like a colony long settled in a strange country, they are gradually assimilated in features, and demeanour, and language, to the native inhabitants, till at length almost every vestige of peculiarity dies away."

William Wilberforce is most famous for his success in ending slavery in the British empire, as well as his association with John Newton the author of Amazing Grace. ( )
  christian.c.briggs | Apr 15, 2021 |
this book reflects the evangelical Christianity which inspired William Wilbrforce, his 'manifesto' as a Christian politician. Although his style of writing is not the easiest to understand nowadays, it reflects the high political language of his day, and it was these people he was aiming the book at. It is an interesting treatment of Christianity and politics, and also nominal vs true Christianity. Many of the things he spoke of in his day are still very relevant in the present day, in many ways human nature and political issues do not change. Not many books quite like this one, and it is worth reading as a great insight into the man who is so often spoken of, but not read. ( )
  matthewgray | Mar 29, 2021 |
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The current fascination with "virtue" is attested by the public's consumption of books such as William Bennett's Book of Virtues and Gertrude Himmelfarb's The Demoralization of Society. But the issue of virtues and public life has been around much longer. In fact, in the late 1700s William Wilberforce, a renowned British statesman and counsel to Prime Minister William Pitt, penned what would become one of the most eloquent statements concerning Christian civil responsibility ever written. Its influence extended across the Atlantic and into the following centuries. Among his many contributions to society, Wilberforce is best known for his efforts on behalf of slaves throughout the world, and in a very real sense he laid the ground work for the abolition of slavery in the United States. This annotated critical reissue of the first edition of Wilberforce's most influential work pays tribute to his legacy and seeks to restore Wilberforce to his rightful place in the cultural memory of the community worldwide. Kevin Belmonte not only preserves for us the text of this literary and cultural gem but he also provides the sources behind Wilberforce's numerous quotations from Latin, literature, and Scripture. An introduction by Charles Colson mirrors the ongoing relevance of Wilberforce's notion of Christian social responsibility.

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