American Scriptures: An Anthology of Sacred Writings (Penguin Classics)

A groundbreaking selection of sacred Christian writings of yank beginning from Mormons, Shakers, Christian Scientists, and others.

"Scripture" is any paintings during which the authors, translators, editors, or discoverers all declare to have bought knowledge from a resource outdoors themselves, be it revelation, enlightened philosophy, or historical archive. For the 1st time in one quantity, American Scriptures gathers fifteen of those texts from non secular pursuits with origins within the usa. Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp's concise unmarried quantity will enlighten not just readers attracted to the historic and non secular features of the scriptural texts, but in addition these whose curiosity has been piqued by way of such bestsellers as Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the easiest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts better by way of introductions and notes via unusual students and modern authors, in addition to updated translations by means of award-winning translators.

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The genuine pursuits of mankind have hence been perverted to these of vice and distress. knowledge has no longer existed, yet folly has usurped her throne. wisdom has been constrained, whereas lack of knowledge has been common. Happiness has been beaten to the floor, whereas distress has in every single place raised her hideous head. Persecution, incited and sustained via lack of knowledge and occasion prejudice, has destroyed hundreds of thousands of humans. The brain of guy has therefore develop into enslaved, and no precept or energy of fact and advantage has been in a position to holiday its chains! Deplorable were the result of lack of understanding and vice. With a ruthless hand they've got grasped and held the pursuits, affections, and psychological institutions of fellows, till the voice of Nature had no strength to talk and inform of the victim’s destiny! hence such a lot depression has been the of generations earlier. The reason is vividly mirrored on our minds; and the mirrored image induces the realization that such stipulations shall now not back exist. mirrored image on issues previous and current express to the inquiring brain that the associations that have existed were in direct competition to the pursuits, emotions, and affections, of human nature. these associations cannot exist to the level to which they've got, as the brain of guy has turn into approximately unshackled, and loose to behave and examine, and boldly to precise its earnest and critical convictions. And those investigations will eliminate the principles of intolerant associations, that are established upon impure intent, and never on actual principle—which are sustained by way of factors of person curiosity, and never via the curiosity and strong of mankind. the area is current on fallacious foundations. The pursuits of 1 individual are in direct competition to the pursuits of one other; and what's one man’s curiosity ends up in another’s misfortune. The pursuits of people are focused of their remoted and unique rules and targets; and the corrupt of society and the area is because of the good quantity of person absorption from the typical rights of humanity. it's from this reason that the area, rather than harmonizing in all its elements and ramifications, is in a disorganized nation; and, from the truth that each one half is obstructed in such a lot of methods from speaking and harmonizing with others, the entire has turn into disunited and harassed. because the international is positioned, these parts which are united develop into absorbents from these which aren't; and consequently, rather than an harmoniously-organized of the area, one half is extraneous and excrescent to a different. for that reason, rather than being united, the area is disunited; and rather than harmonizing, it really is careworn. rather than common peace and good-will, struggle and devastation have prevailed; and rather than the happiness and pursuits of 1 guy consisting within the happiness and pursuits of the entire, the pursuits of every one are in direct competition to the pursuits of others. this may no longer and shall no longer for much longer exist. Its reasons have gotten printed; and this revelation arouses the emotions, pursuits, and beaten affections of guy, to at least one great uprising opposed to the dominions of vice and distress.

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