Philagathus: The Godly and the Rest


in The Plain Man's Pathways to Heaven

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199216505
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191711947 | DOI:
Philagathus: The Godly and the Rest

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This chapter focuses on the relationship between the profane and the godly. Philagathus knew well that the profane hated the godly. Theologus knew it too — ‘many of them despise the word of God, and hate all the zealous professors of it’. As he told Antilegon the caviller, ‘if a man give himself to the word and prayer, reformeth his family and abstaineth from the gross sins of the world, you will by and by say he is an hypocrite’ . At the Kettering lecture, Robert Bolton warned that the unregenerate would despise the true professors — ‘You see these fellows, which make such a show of forwardness and purity, what they are? none so covetous, none so uncharitable, none so unmerciful and cruel in their dealings as they’.

Keywords: Philagathus; profane; godly living; Antilegon the caviller; Robert Bolton

Chapter.  10584 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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