Coleridge's Writings: Vol. 4: On Religion And Psychology by John Beer

By John Beer

Of the entire wide-ranging pursuits Coleridge confirmed in his profession, faith was once the private and such a lot long-lasting; and Beer demonstrates during this publication that none of his paintings might be totally understood with out taking this into consideration. Beer unearths how Coleridge was once preoccupied by way of the lifetime of the brain, and the way heavily this topic used to be intertwined with faith in his pondering. The insights that emerge during this assortment are of soaking up curiosity, exhibiting the efforts of a pioneer to reconcile conventional knowledge, either inside and out orthodox Christianity, with the questions that have been changing into obtrusive to a delicate enquirer.

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20 In looking at objects of Nature while I am thinking, as at yonder moon dim-glimmering thro’ the dewy window-pane, I seem rather to be seeking, as it were asking, a symbolical language for something within me that already and forever exists, than observing any thing new. Even when that latter is the case, yet still I have always an obscure feeling as if that new phænomenon were the dim Awaking of a forgotten or hidden Truth of my inner Nature/It is still interesting as a Word, a Symbol! It is Λογος, the Creator!

If I adopt this account will it solve all the Phænomena that had so puzzled me. If I reject it will all the phænomena remain unaccountable? Should I answer to myself in the affirmative, as a rational being, I must become a Christian on the same principles that I believe the doctrine of Gravitation, and with the same confidence that I do a sum in Addition or Subtraction. In the perusal of History I never doubt the Truth of any action, if the agent were sufficiently powerful to do it—and any motive appeared sufficiently strong, to induce him—But all powerful God can work a miracle, and surely no motive stronger or so strong can be even conceived, as the promulgation of a perfect system of morality, and the ascertainment of a future State.

It is melancholy to think, that the best of us are liable to be shaped & coloured by surrounding Objects—and a demonstrative proof, that Man was not made to live in Great Cities! —The pleasures, which we receive from rural beauties, are of little Consequence compared with the Moral Effect of these pleasures— beholding constantly the Best possible we at last become ourselves the best possible. In the country, all around us smile Good and Beauty—and the Images of this divine καλοκ0γαθ2ν [beautiful and good] are miniatured on the mind of the beholder, as a Landscape on a Convex Mirror .

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