Jonathan Edwards (eBook)
by alexander viets griswold allen (Author)
From this principle he proceeds to deduce the conclusion that similarity, proportion, harmony, partake of the nature of excellence, since they are agreeable to that which has existence. These things are in accordance with the law implanted in our being. Beyond this statement it is not nec essary to go. The simple gift of perception, with which intelligent being is endowed, is in itself a pleasure and a blessing, and perception is pleased in beholding harmony and proportion wherever he looks. All beings or existences appear _to stand 111 certain relationships, and in the fulfihnent of these relationships lies'the fulness of a real life. What ever contradicts harmony, or weakens or contra dicts relationships, diminishes the fulness of exist ence, and approaches the state of nothingness, which is the greatest evil. To app1ove, the11,of this primarr-yglaw Of one' s being which demands the realization of harmony and proportion, is to recog nize the principle of all excellence.