Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Saturday. 23rd.

Monday. 25th.

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Sunday. 24th.

Morning warm but we had a thunder storm in the evening. I read German in order to keep up my little idea of it which a few days may have weakened. Attended divine service and heard Mr. Lunt preach from Romans 2. 12 “For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law, shall be judged by the law.” He took up the idea of natural propensities as urged by disbelievers to contradict the restraints imposed upon them by christianity. He affirmed that the argument was drawn from an unfair view of the parts which make the sum total of man’s nature — By giving undue consideration to one passion in a state of inflammation at the expense of the rest. That man was to be judged as a whole, and according to the distribution of passions, and affections, it would not be unfair to set down as a rule of judgment nature alone. The afternoon’s discourse from Titus 2. 11, 12. “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men. Teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lust we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present world.” After service Mr. Lunt dined with us. T. B. Adams who has just arrived was also here. I barely had time to read a Sermon of Warburton’s upon the moral government of God. Psalm 144. 3. “Lord what is man that thou takest knowledge of him? or the son of man that thou makest account of him.” A text differently construed by the religionist and the freethinker. The one making it the foundation of humility the other of debasement. Then to the proof of God’s moral government drawn as well from the moral as the natural attributes of the Deity and from both together. I was much struck with a figure illustrative of the mode by which men can only approach to an idea of God’s perfection. The sun not visible to the common eye, but its light refracted into distinct shades of colour can then be in parts susceptible of examination. Mr. Quincy was here in the evening.