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 used to be the inner most and so much long-lasting; and Beer demonstrates during this publication that none of his paintings may be totally understood with out taking this into consideration. Beer finds how Coleridge was once preoccupied via the lifetime of the brain, and the way heavily this topic was once intertwined with faith in his pondering. The insights that emerge during this assortment are of soaking up curiosity, displaying 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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O the depth of the Proverb, Extremes meet! —What an Image of the Resurrection, grand from its very Inadequacy. 25 The Sky, o rather say, the Æther, at Malta, with the Sun apparently suspended in it, the Eye seeming to pierce beyond, & as it were, behind it—and below the ætherial Sea, so blue, so a zerflossenes Eins [suffused oneness], the substantial Image, and fixed real Reflection of the Sky—O 44 A Religion of Life? I could annihilate in a deep moment all possibility of the needlepoint pinshead System of the Atomists by one submissive Gaze!

For activity amuses; but he, who can endure calmly, must possess the seeds of true Greatness. —I write freely, Thelwall! for tho’ personally unknown, I really love you, and can count 26 The Early Intellectual Quest but few human beings, whose hand I would welcome with a more hearty Grasp of Friendship. I suspect, Thelwall! ’ There is no resting-place for Morality. —There is a passage in Scripture which comprizes the whole process, & each component part of Christian Morals. Previously, let me explain the word Faith—by Faith I understand, first, a deduction from experiments in favor of the existence of something not experienced, and secondly, the motives which attend such a deduction.

The Early Intellectual Quest 17 of the necessary precursive Evidences of Christianity! Hence many ordinances which would appear trifling or even injurious if considered as universal and perpetual, might have been highly useful as preparatory to such ordinances. If any among us had the legislative Power committed to us for the next hundred years at the end of which we meant to introduce a pure Republic or perhaps an abolition of all individual Property. What a variety of laws should we be obliged to make useful only as tending to a better form of Things.

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