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EDWARD STILLINGFLEET (1635–1099) distinguished himself in early life by liis writings in defence of the doctrines of the church. His * Irenicum, a Weapon-salve for the Church's Wounds,' 1661, was considered by Burnet 'a masterpiece.' The title of his principal work is Origines Sacræ; or a Rational Account of the Grounds of Natural and Revealed Religion’(1662). His abilities and extensive learning caused him to be raised in 1689 to the dignity of Bishop of Worcester. Towards the end of his life (1697) he published ' A Defence of the Doctrine of the Trinity, in which some passages in Locke's ' Essay on the Human Understanding? were attacked as subversive of fundamental doctrines of Christianity; but in the controversy which ensued, the philosopher was generally held to have come off victorious. So great was the Bishop's chagrin at this result, that it was thought to have hastened his death. The promiDent matters of discussion in this coptroversy were the resurrection of the body and the immateriality of the soul. On these points, Locke argued, that although the resurrection of the dead is revealed in Scripture, the reanimation of the identical bodies which inhabited this world is not revealed; and that even if the soul were proved to be material, this would not imply its mortality, since an Omnipotent Creator may, if he pleases, impart the faculty of thinking to matter as well as to spirit. But, as Stillingfleet' remarked, there is no self-consciousness in matter, and mind, when united to it, is still independent. The general theological views of Stillingfleet leaned towards the Arminian section of the Church of England.
During the reign of James II. he was the great defender of Protestantism. His works are chiefly argumentative; but his Sermons, published after his death, deservedly bear a high character for good Bense, sound muralliy, energy of style, and the knowledge of human nature which they dispiay.
True Wisdom. That is the truest wisdom of a man which doth most conduce to the happiness of life. For wisdom as it refers to action lies in the proposal of a right end, and the choice of the post proper meuns to attain it: which end doth not refer to auy one part of a man's life, but to the whole as taken together. He therefore only deserves the name of a wise man, not that considers how to be rich and great when he is poor and mean, nor how to be well when he is sick, nor how to escape a present danger, nor how to compass a particular design ; but he that considers the whole course of his life together, and what is fit for him to make the end of it, and by what means he may best enjoy the happiness of it. I confess it is one great part of a wise man never to propose to himself too much happiness here; for whoever doth so is sure to find himself deceived, and consequently 18 so much more miserable as he fails in his greatest expectations. But siuce God did not make men on purpose to be inisérable, since there is a great difference as to men’s conditions, since that difference depends very much on their own choice, there is a great deal of reason to place true wisdom in the choice of those things which tend most to the comfort and happiness of life.
That which gives a man the greatest satisfaction in what he doth, and either prevents, or lessens, or makes him inore easily bear the troubles of life, doth the most conduce to the happiness of it. It was a bold pirying of Epicurus: That it is more desirable to be iniserable by acting according to reason, than to be happy in going against it;' and I cannot tell how it can well agree with his votion of felicity: but it is a certain truth, that in the consideration of happiness, the satisfaction of a man's own inind doth weigh down all the external accidents of life. For suppose a man to have riches and honours as great as Ahasuerus bestowed on his highest favourite Hainan, yet by bis sad instance we find that a small di:content. when the mind suffers it to increase and to spread its venom, doth so weaken the power of reason, disorder the passions, make a man's life so uneasy to him as to precipitate him from the height of his fortune into the depth of ruin. But, on the other side, if we suppose a man to be always pleased with his condtion, to enjoy an even and quiet mind in every state, being neither lifted np with prosperity nor cust down with adversity, he is really happy in conparison with the other. It is a mere speculation to discourse of any complete happiness in this world; but that which doth either lissen the number, or abate the weight, or take off the mulignity of the troubles of life, doth contribute very much to that degree of happiness which may be expects1 bere.
The integrity and simplicity of a man's mind doth all this. In the first place, it gives the greatest satisfaction to a man's own mind. For although it be inipossible for a man not to be liable to error and mistake, yet, if he doth mistake with an iwe nocent mind, he hath the comfort of his innocency' when he thinks himself bound to correct his error. Bu: if a man prevaricates with himself, and acts against the sense of his own mind, though his conscience did not judge aright at that time, yet the goodness of this bare act, with respect to the rule, will not prevent the sting that follows the want of inwari integrity in doing it.
• The backslider in heart, Baith Solomon, shall be filled with his own ways, but a good man sliall be satisfied from himself. The doirg just and worthy and generous ihings withont any sinister ends and designs leaves a most agreeable pleasure to the mind, like that of a constant health, which is better felt than expressed. When a man applies his mind to the knowledge of his duty, and when he doth understand it (118 it is not hard for an honest mind to do, for, as the oracle answered the servant who desired to know how he might please his master: 'If yon will seek it. you will be sure to find it'), sets binself with a firm resolution to pursue it ; though the rain falls and the floods arise, and the winds blow on every side of him. yet he enjoys peace and qniet within, notwithstanding all the noise and blustering abroad; and is sure to hold out after all, because he is founded upon a rock. But take one that endeavours to blind or corrupt or master his conecience, to make it serve some meau end or design; what uneasy reflections bath he apon himself, what perplexivg thonghits, what tormenting fare, what suspicions and jealousies do disturb his imagination and rack his mind! What art and pains doth such a one take to be believed honest and sincere! and so much the more because he doth not believe himself: he fears still he hath pot given satisfaction enough, and by overdoing it, is the most suspected. Secondly, because integrity doth more becoine a man, and doth really promote his interest in the world. It is the sugiug of Dio Chrysostom, a heathen orator, that .simplicity and truth is a great and wise thing, but cunning and deceit is foolish and mean'; for,' saith he, observe the beasts: the more courage and spirit they have, the less art and subtilty they use; but the more tinorous and ignoble they are, the more fals9 and deceitful. Trae wisdom and greatness of mind raises a man above the Deed of using little tricks and devices. Sincerity and bonesty carries oue thrcugh inany difficulties, which all the arts he can invent would never help him through. For nothing doth a man more real mischief in the world than to be suspicted of too much craft; because every one stands upon his guard agail st him, and suspects plots and designs where there are none intended; insomuch that, though he speaks with all the sincerity that is possible, yet nothing he saith can be believed.
* The path of the just,' saith the wise man, “is as the shining light, which shineth more and more into the perfect day.' As the day begins with obscurity and a great mixture of darkness, till by quick and silent motions tbe light overcomes the mists and vapours of the night, and not only spreads its beams npon the tops of the moun, tains, but darts them into the deepest and most shady valleys; thus simplicity and integrity may at Arst appearing look dark and suspicions, till by degrees it breaks through the clouds of envy and detraction, and then shines with a greater glory.
THOMAS KEN (1637–1711) was a native of Little Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire. He was educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford. In 1667, he obtained from Morley, Bishop of Winchester, the living of Brightstone, Isle of Wight, and there he wrote his Morning and Evening Hymns,' which he sang daily himself, with the accompaniment of a lute. These hymns, or part of them are in cvery collection of sacred poetry and in the memory of almost every English child. Who has not repeated the opening lines?
Awake, my soul, and with the sun,
To pay thy morning sacrifice ! Other poems, devotional and didactic, were written by Ken. In 1681, he published a Manual of Prayers for the use of the Scholars of Winchester College.' In 1681, he was made Bishop. of Bath and Wells. Having refused to sign the Declaration of Indulgence issued by James 11. Ken was one of the seven bishops sent to the Tower. Ile afterwards declined to take the oath of allegiance to William III. and was deprived. He had then saved a sum of £700, and for this money Lord Weymouth allowed him £80 a year and residence at his mansion of Longleat, where Ken lived till his death. In his latter years, the bishop is described as travelling about the country, like Old Mortality, on an old white horse, collecting subscriptions for relief of the poor nonjurors. Ken's works, in 4 vols. were published by W. Hawkins, his executor, in 1721. Lives of him
were written by llawkins (1713), by the Rev. W. L. Bowles (1830), by J. T. Round (1838), and by Anderson (1853)
This list of eminent divines of the Anglican Church might easily be extended by notices of men eminent in their own day, and remarkable for erudition, but whose writings, chicfly of a polemical character, are now seldom read. Among these were the two PocockES, father and son, distinguished for their Oriental learning ; ARCIIBISHOP TENISON (1636–1715), who succeeded Tillotson in the primncy; and Dr. HIENKY ALDRICH, Dean of Christ Church (1647-1710), who was an accomplished musician, as well as polemic and logician, and wlio added about forty fine anthems to our church-music. Oxford seems at this time to have been pre-eminently distingui-hed for its divines and scholars; and Lord Macaulay has remarked that it was chiefly in the university towns, or in London, that the celebrated clergy were congregated. The country clergy, without access to libraries, and travelling but little, in consequence of the imperfect means of locomotion, were a greatly inferior class-rude, uppolished, and prejudiced ; such as tue wits and dramatisis loved to ridicule.
The increasing body of Nonconformists, or Protestant dissenters, had also some eminent names (to be hereafter noticed); and Baxter, Owen, Calamy, Flavel, and Bunyan, are still as well known as their more erudite brethren of the establishment,
GEORGE Fox, thic originator of the Society of Friends, or Quakers, was one of the most prominent religious enthusiasts of the age. He was the son of a weaver at Drayton, in Leicestershire, and was born in 1624. Having been apprenticed to a shoemaker who traded in wool and catile, he spent much of his youth in tending sheep, an employment whichi afförded ample room for meditation and solitude. When about nineteen years of age, he was one day vexed by a disposition to intemperance which he observed in two professedly religious friends whom he met at a fair. I went away,' says lie in his Journal, and, when I had done my business, returned liomc; but I did not go to bed that night, nor could I sleep; but sometinies walked up and down, and sometimes prayed, and cried to the Lord, who said unto me : “Thou seest how young people go together into vanily, and old people into the earth; thou mut forsake all, young and old, keep out of all, and be a stranger to all." ; This divine communication, as, in the warmth of his imagination, he considered it to be, was scrupulously obeyed. Leaving his relations and master, le bétouk himself for several years to a wandering life, which was interrupted only for a few months, during which he was prevailed upou to reside at home. At this period, as well as during the remainder of his life, Fox had many dreams and visions, and supposed himself to receive supernatural messages from heaven. In his Journal he gives an account of a particular movement of his mind in singularly beautiful and impressive language: 'One morning, as I was sitting by the fire, a great cloud came over me, and a temptation beset me, and I sate still. And it was said, All things come by nature; and the Elements and Stars came over me, so that I was in a inoment quite clouded with it; but, inasmuch as I sate still and said nothing, the people of the house perceived nothing. And as I sate still under it and let it alone, a living hope rose in me, and a true voice arose in me which cried : These is a living God who made all things. And inmediately the cloud and temptation vanished away, and the life rose over it all, and my heart was glad, and I praised the living God.' Afterwards he tells us, 'the Lord's power broke forth, and I haul great openings and prophecies, and spoke unto the people of the things of God, which they heard with attention and silence, and went away and spread the fame thereof. Je began about the year 1647 to teach publicly in the vicinity of Duckenfield and Manchester, whence he travelled through several neighbouring counties. He had now formed the opinions, that a learned education is unnecessary to a minister; that the existence of a separaie clerical profession is unwarranted by the Bible; that the Creator of the world is not a dweller in temples made with hands; and that the Scriptures are not the rule either of conduct or judgment, but that man should follow the light of Christ withip.' He believed, moreover, that he was divinely commanded to abstain from taking off his bat to any one, of whatever rank; to use the words thee anal thou in addressing all persons with whom he communicated ; to bid nobody good-morrow or good-niglit; and never to bend bis knee to any one in authority, or take an oatli, even on the most solemn occasion. Acting upon these views, lie sometimes went into churches while service was going on, and interrupted the clergymen by loudly contradicting their statements of doctrine. By these breaches of order, and the employment of such unceremonious fashions of address as, ' Come down, ihou deceiver l'he naturally gave great offence, which led sometimes to his imprisonment, and sometimes to severe treatment from the hands of the populace. At Der by, he was imprisoned in a loathsome dungeon for a year, and afterwards in a still more disgusting cell at Carlisle for half that period. To this ill-treatment lie submitted with meekness and resignation. As an illustration of the rough usage which the patient Quaker experienced, we extract this narrative from his 'Journal:'
Fox's Ill-treatment at Ulverstone. The people were in a rage, and fell upon me in the steeple-house before his (Justice Sawrey's) face, knocked me down, kicked me, and trainpled upon me. So great was the uproar, that some tumbled over their seats for fear. At last he came and took me from the people, led me out of the steeple-house, and put me into the hands of the constables and other officers, bidding them wbip me, and put me out of the town. Many friendly people being come to the market, and some to the steeplehouse to hear me, divers of these they knocked down also, and broke their heads, so that the blood ran down several; and Judge Fell's son running after to see what they would do with me, they threw him into a ditch of water, some of them crying: