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Originally published in at the beginning of the Enlightenment, when rational criticism of religious belief was at its peak, William Law's A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life succeeded in inspiring the most cynical men of the
From a professional perspective, William Law's life seemed to be over when he was 28 years old. Son of a prosperous businessman, Law had received an excellent education at Cambridge and had a solid future as a scholar or clergyman ahead of him. Then Queen Anne died without an heir. On the ascension of the German George I to the English throne, Law refused to swear an oath of allegiance.
A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life by William Law
From a professional perspective, William Law's life seemed to be over when he was 28 years old. Son of a prosperous businessman, Law had received an excellent education at Cambridge and had a solid future as a scholar or clergyman ahead of him. Then Queen Anne died without an heir. On the ascension of the German George I to the English throne, Law refused to swear an oath of allegiance. As a "nonjuror," Law was forced to give up his fellowship and was denied further advancement in the Church of England or in any academic institution.
The outer structure of his life to his death 47 years later is easily told. For many years, he served as tutor to Edward Gibbons, father of the renowned historian. When Edward left home, Law retired to his family home where he devoted his life to writing. Celibate, rigorous, and solitary, Law honed his writing skills. As a young adult preparing for university studies, Law had written a list of 18 rules to guide his living. They included the commitment to the will of God, the primacy of Scripture, the value of time, a distrust of the world, temperance in all things, humility and charity, prayer, and constant self-examination.
Clearly Law was not a product of his age. Catholic, Anglican, and Puritan factions warred within the English church. Morality and piety were correct in form but devoid of spiritual passion in many quarters. Many found "philosophical religion"—deism or rationalism—more to their liking. Law would have none of it. Regarding "philosophical religion," for example, he said, "There can be no such thing.
Religion is the most plain, simple thing in the world. It is only, 'We love him, because he first loved us. Law's writings aimed at uncovering shallow devotion and stirring up readers to renewed moral vigor and holiness. Some writings were responses to published works; others were more broadly addressed, such as The Absolute Unlawfulness of Stage Entertainment. But most of his works were in the area of Christian spirituality, which he refused to relegate to a comfortable corner of life.
William Law's most widely known book, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life , pulls together many of his thoughts in a lucid work addressed to the "average" Christian.
It challenged Christians to wake up from their spiritual stupor and apply all their energy to the holy life: "He therefore is a devout man who lives no longer to his own will, or the way and spirit of the world, but to the sole will of God, who considers God in everything, who serves God in everything, who makes all the parts of his common life parts of piety by doing everything in the name of God.
Law used fictional characters to make his points. For example, "Julius," though he is "fearful of missing his prayers," is a "companion of the silliest people in their most silly pleasures," and for "Claudius … every hour of the day is with him an hour of business, and though he eats and drinks very heartily, yet every meal seems to be in a hurry, and he would say grace if he had time.
This is the common business of all persons in this world. This, however, alienated some, like John Wesley, who had up to this time eagerly followed his work.
The day before he died, he said, "Oh what hast thou done? Thou has awakened such a spark of divine love that quite devours me. Who would have thought that all my life should end in my dying a martyr to love! Subscribe to CT and get one year free. Sections Home. Lent Coronavirus Politics. Subscribe Member Benefits Give a Gift. Subscribers receive full access to the archives. Christian History Archives Eras Home. More People Inner Travelers. William Law. Current Issue March Subscribe.
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A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life: Adapted to the State and Condition ...
William Law Links to the On-line Manuscripts of William Law. A Letter from William Law Kings Cliffe, Your true conduct under your present light is to turn inwards , and endeavor to find and feel the truth and reality of those doctrines there , which you begin to have a sight of.
Previously William Law had given his allegiance to the House of Stuart and is sometimes considered a second-generation non-juror an earlier generation of non-jurors included Thomas Ken. Thereafter, Law first continued as a simple priest curate and when that too became impossible without the required oath, Law taught privately, as well as wrote extensively. His personal integrity, as well as his mystic and theological writing greatly influenced the evangelical movement of his day as well as Enlightenment thinkers such as the writer Dr Samuel Johnson and the historian Edward Gibbon. In William Wilberforce — , the politician, philanthropist and leader of the movement to stop the slave trade, was deeply touched by reading William Law's book A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life Law was born at Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire , in In he entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge as a sizar , where he studied the classics, Hebrew, philosophy and mathematics.
William Law was a priest at the Church of England in the 18th century. Law's book A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life is considered a classic that all.
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Concerning the nature and extent of Christian devotion. An inquiry into the reason, why the generality of Christians fall so far short of the holiness and devotion of Christianity. Of the great danger and folly, of not intending to be as eminent and exemplary as we can, in the practice of all Christian virtues.
Law exposes pious hypocrisy and the corruption of the Church.
A Serious Call To A Devout And Holy Life
You've discovered a title that's missing from our library. Can you help donate a copy? When you buy books using these links the Internet Archive may earn a small commission. Open Library is a project of the Internet Archive , a c 3 non-profit. This devotional classic, written by William Law, an eloquent religious teacher of the eighteenth century, was designed to prod indifferent Christians into making an honest effort to live up to what they professed to believe.
Ebooks by William Law. Online library. A demonstration of the gross and fundamental errors of a late book, called A plain account of the nature and end of the sacrament of the Lord's Supper.. A Reply to the Bishop of Bangor's answer to the representation of the committee of convocation : humbly address'd to his Lordship A serious call to a devout and holy life A serious call to a devout and holy life : adapted to the state and condition of all orders of Christians A serious call to a devout and holy life; adapted to the state and condition of all orders of Christians An humble, earnest, and affectionate address to the clergy An humble, earnest, and affectionate address to the clergy : Liberal and mystical writings of William Law Remarks on The fable of the bees [microform] The spirit of prayer, or, The soul rising out of the vanity of time, into the riches of eternity.. Related authors: Charles James Lever books in pdf format T. Guerber 0 book in txt format.
An inquiry into the reason, why the generality of Christians fall so far short of the holiness and devotion of Christianity. Of the great danger and folly of not intending to be as eminent and exemplary as we can, in the practice of all Christian virtues. We can please God in no state or employment of life, but by intending and devoting it all to His honour and glory. Persons that are free from the necessity of labour and employments, are to consider themselves as devoted to God in a higher degree. Containing the great obligations and the great advantages of making a wise and religious use of our estates and fortunes. How the imprudent use of an estate corrupts all the tempers of the mind, and fills the heart with poor and ridiculous passions through the whole course of life represented in the character of Flavia. How the wise and pious use of an estate naturally carrieth us to great perfection in all the virtues of the Christian life; represented in the character of Miranda.
" Devotion signifies a life given, or devoted, to God." So begins William Law's Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life. Originally published in
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