A Third Testament: A Modern Pilgrim Explores the Spiritual by Malcolm Muggeridge

By Malcolm Muggeridge

According to a celebrated television sequence, those illuminating photographs carry to lifestyles seven recognized males looking for God.

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Men’s brazen capacity to do harm, their urge to self-indulgence would rage to the full. No king in his kingdom, no general with his troops…no husband with his wife, no father with his son, could hope to stop, by any threat or punishment, the license that would follow the sheer sweet taste of sinning… Give me a man in love; he knows what I mean. Give me one who yearns; give me one who is hungry; give me one far away in this desert, who is thirsty and sighs for the spring of the Eternal Country. Give me that sort of A Third Testament st.

How incomparably more stimulating for him than helping his master, Basire, with other engravings! Basire, as a matter of fact, deserves a word of gratitude for having realized that with this particular apprentice, the only thing to do was to set him free with pencil and paper to follow his own fancies in the Abbey – a perfect place for this purpose. Happily, the Abbey had not yet become a tourist shrine, a place to stare rather than to kneel. For the young Blake it was a place of worship, a house of God.

What is mortality but the things related to the body, which dies? What is immortality but the things related to the spirit, which lives eternally? What is the joy of heaven but improvement of the things of the spirit? What are the pains of hell but ignorance and bodily lust, idleness and devastation of the things of the spirit? The imagination is not a state, it is human existence itself. william blake 3 It was this spiritual reality that Blake painted in his pictures and wrote about in his poetic compositions.

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