Christian Hero, The An Argument Proving that No Principles but Those of Religion are Sufficient to Make a Great Man

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A treatise by Steele, published 1701.

Finding, as the author tells us, military life ‘exposed to much Irregularity’, he wrote this ‘little work’. In it he stresses the value of the Bible as a moral guide and the failure of Stoic philosophy. The work is important as one of the first signs of a change in tone in the English literature of the period. See also Stoicism.

Subjects: Literature.

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Richard Steele (1672—1729) writer and politician