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by John Henry Newman, Michael D. Greaney (Foreword by)

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"Callista" from John Henry Newman. Important figure in the religious history of England in the 19th century (1801-1890).


"Callista" from John Henry Newman. Important figure in the religious history of England in the 19th century (1801-1890).

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CHAPTER Vin. THE MEW GENERATION. Jucundus, then, set out to see how the land lay with his nephew, and to do what he could to prosper the tillage. His way led him by the temple of Mercury, which at that time subserved the purpose of a boy's school, and was connected with some academical buildings, the property of the city, which lay beyond it. It cannot be said that our friend was any warm patron of literature or education, though he had not neglected the schooling of his nephews. Letters seemed to him in fact to unsettle the mind; and he had never known much good come of them. Rhetoricians and philosophers did not know where they stood, or what were their bearings. They did not knpw what they held, and what they did not. 'He knew his own position perfectly well, and, though the words "belief" or "knowledge" did not come into his religious vocabulary, he could at once, without hesitation, state what he professed and maintained. He stood upon the established order of things, on the traditions of Rome, and the laws of the empire; but as to Greek sophists and declaimers, he thought very much as old Cato did about them. The Greeks werea very clever people, unrivalled in the fine arts; let them keep to their strong point; they were inimitable with the chisel, the brush, the trowel, and the fingers; but he was not prepared to think much of their calamus or stylus, poetry excepted. What did they ever do but subvert received principles without substituting any others ? And then they were so likely to take some odd turn themselves; you ne?er could be sure of them. Socrates, their patriarch, what was he after all but a culprit, a convict, who had been obliged to drink hemlock, dying under thehands of justice ? Was this a reputable end, a respectable commencement of the philosophic fam...

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