Sunday, August 16, 2015

Coleridge: virtue vs. righteousness

Sunday, August 16, 2015
    Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith. Grace be with you.
    —1 Timothy 6:20-21 (NIV)
    I dislike the frequent use of the word virtue, instead of righteousness, in the pulpit; in prayer or preaching before a Christian community, it sounds too much like pagan philosophy.
    ... Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), Aids to Reflection [1825], London: W. Pickering, 1839, p. 6, fn. (see the book)
    See also Matt. 5:6,20,48; Acts 17:18; Rom. 1:17; 3:21-24; 4:3; 6:18; 2 Cor. 10:5; Col. 2:8,16-19; 1 Tim. 6:20-21; 2 Tim. 3:16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, the truth of Your word comes first.
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