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A Serious Call To A Devout And Holy Life Pdf

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A serious call to a devout and holy life

Law exposes pious hypocrisy and the corruption of the Church. His writing is fresh and sharp, as he vividly illustrates the holy Christian life as one lived totally for God. He, therefore, is the devout man, who lives no longer to his own will, or the way and spirit of the world, but to the sole will of God. William Law was one of the great clerics and educators of the Church of England. He was educated at Cambridge, eventually taking a teaching position there in addition to being ordained in the Church of England.

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An inquiry into the reason, why the generality of Christians fall so far short of the holiness and devotion of Christianity. Of the great danger and folly of not intending to be as eminent and exemplary as we can, in the practice of all Christian virtues. We can please God in no state or employment of life, but by intending and devoting it all to His honour and glory. Persons that are free from the necessity of labour and employments, are to consider themselves as devoted to God in a higher degree. Containing the great obligations and the great advantages of making a wise and religious use of our estates and fortunes. How the imprudent use of an estate corrupts all the tempers of the mind, and fills the heart with poor and ridiculous passions through the whole course of life represented in the character of Flavia.

A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life

From a professional perspective, William Law's life seemed to be over when he was 28 years old. Son of a prosperous businessman, Law had received an excellent education at Cambridge and had a solid future as a scholar or clergyman ahead of him. Then Queen Anne died without an heir. On the ascension of the German George I to the English throne, Law refused to swear an oath of allegiance. As a "nonjuror," Law was forced to give up his fellowship and was denied further advancement in the Church of England or in any academic institution.

Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life

It was written in the 18th century so occasionally I got bogged down in his wording of things, and sometimes Law simply repeats the same thought in multiple chapters. However, he creates "characters" to serve as examples, and I liked how he did that. Those portions were much easier to read and understand his point.

William Law

From a professional perspective, William Law's life seemed to be over when he was 28 years old. Son of a prosperous businessman, Law had received an excellent education at Cambridge and had a solid future as a scholar or clergyman ahead of him. Then Queen Anne died without an heir. On the ascension of the German George I to the English throne, Law refused to swear an oath of allegiance.

Law finds a spark of piety in a reader's mind, he will soon kindle it into a flame. Law's challenge of conventional piety and emphasis on Christian perfection directly influenced literary critic Samuel Johnson and historian Edward Gibbon, as well as Cardinal John Henry Newman. John Wesley called it one of three books that accounted for his first "explicit resolve to be all devoted to God. More than simply a set of rules to live by, Law's book examines what it means to lead a Christian life and criticizes the perversion of Christian tenets by secular and spiritual establishments. Proclaiming that God does not merely forgive our disobedience, but directly calls us to obedience and to a life completely centered in him, he chides, "If you will here stop and ask yourself why you are not as pious as the primitive Christians were, your own heart will tell you that it is neither through ignorance nor inability, but because you never thoroughly intended it. His thoughts on prayer, personal holiness, stewardship, pride and humility, and service to the poor will resonate with contemporary readers.


Were it not our strict duty to live by reason, to devote all the actions of our lives. Page 4. 4 to God, were it not absolutely necessary to walk before Him in wisdom.


Previously William Law had given his allegiance to the House of Stuart and is sometimes considered a second-generation non-juror an earlier generation of non-jurors included Thomas Ken. Thereafter, Law first continued as a simple priest curate and when that too became impossible without the required oath, Law taught privately, as well as wrote extensively. His personal integrity, as well as his mystic and theological writing greatly influenced the evangelical movement of his day as well as Enlightenment thinkers such as the writer Dr Samuel Johnson and the historian Edward Gibbon.

Concerning the nature and extent of Christian devotion. An inquiry into the reason, why the generality of Christians fall so far short of the holiness and devotion of Christianity. Of the great danger and folly, of not intending to be as eminent and exemplary as we can, in the practice of all Christian virtues. We can please God in no state or employment of life, but by intending and devoting it all to His honour and glory. Persons that are free from the necessity of labour and employments, are to consider themselves as devoted to God in a higher degree.

Originally published in at the beginning of the Enlightenment, when rational criticism of religious belief was at its peak, William Law's A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life succeeded in inspiring the most cynical men of the Originally published in at the beginning of the Enlightenment, when rational criticism of religious belief was at its peak, William Law's A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life succeeded in inspiring the most cynical men of the age with its arguments in favor of a spiritual life. John Wesley called it one of three books that accounted for his first "explicit resolve to be all devoted to God. Proclaiming that God does not merely forgive our disobedience, but directly calls us to obedience and to a life completely centered in him, he chides, "If you will here stop and ask yourself why you are not as pious as the primitive Christians were, your own heart will tell you that it is neither through ignorance nor inability, but because you never thoroughly intended it.

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  1. Frontino G.

    Originally published in at the beginning of the Enlightenment, when rational criticism of religious belief was at its peak, William Law's A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life succeeded in inspiring the most cynical men of the

    06.04.2021 at 09:37 Reply

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