Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The gospel spirit

"The gospel spirit is a catholic spirit, a noble and unconfined benevolence, like unto that of our Creator, not confined to any particular part of mankind exclusive of others. . . . To make the wickedness of men the cause of contention and strife in us is to make one sin the cause of another. We cannot please the devil better than by hating men's persons under pretense of duty."

Jonathan Edwards, quoted in George M. Marsden, Jonathan Edwards: A Life, page 97.