William Law

(Three Letters to the Bishop of Bangor)

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  • Died: April 9, 1761
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Clergyman

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The first of Law's controversial works was Three Letters to the Bishop of Bangor, a contribution to the Bangorian controversy on the high church side. It was followed by Remarks on Mandeville's Fable of the Bees (1723), in which he vindicated morality; it was praised by John Sterling, and republished by F. D. Maurice. Law's Case of Reason (1732), in answer to Tindal's Christianity as old as the Creation is to some extent an anticipation of Joseph Butler's argument in the Analogy of Religion. His Letters to a Lady inclined to enter the Church of Rome are specimens of the attitude of a high Anglican towards Catholicism.

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All people desire what they believe will make them happy. If a person is not full of desire for God, we can only conclude that he is engaged with another happiness. Religion & God ;Happiness & Unhappiness
Ask what Time is, it is nothing else but something of eternal duration become finite, measurable and transitory. Time
Be intent upon the perfection of the present day.
Death is not more certainly a separation of our souls from our bodies than the Christian life is a separation of our souls from worldly tempers, vain indulgences, and unnecessary cares. Life ;Death
Faith is not a notion, but a real strong essential hunger, an attracting or magnetic desire of Christ, which as it proceeds from a seed of the divine nature in us, so it attracts and unites with its like. Nature ;Religion & God
God seeth different abilities and frailties of men, which may move His goodness to be merciful to their different improvements in virtue. Religion & God
He who has learned to pray has learned the greatest secret of a holy and happy life. Life
Hell is nothing else but nature departed or excluded from the beam of divine light. Nature
Humility is nothing else but a right judgment of ourselves.
If you have not chosen the Kingdom of God first, it will in the end make no difference what you have chosen instead. Religion & God
Love and pity and wish well to every soul in the world; dwell in love, and then you dwell in God. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
Love has no errors, for all errors are the want for love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
No education can be of true advantage to young women but that which trains them up in humble industry, in great plainness of living, in exact modesty of dress. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Women
Nothing hath separated us from God but our own will, or rather our own will is our separation from God. Religion & God
Perfection does not consist in any singular state or condition of life, or in any particular set of duties, but in holy and religious conduct of ourselves in every state of Life. Life
Self is the root, the tree, and the branches of all the evils of our fallen state.
This, and this alone, is Christianity, a universal holiness in every part of life, a heavenly wisdom in all our actions, not conforming to the spirit and temper of the world but turning all worldly enjoyments into means of piety and devotion to God. Life ;Religion & God
We must alter our lives in order to alter our hearts, for it is impossible to live one way and pray another.
What can you conceive more silly and extravagant than to suppose a man racking his brains, and studying night and day how to fly?
What could begin to deny self, if there were not something in man different from self?