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Usually the sin or error which we observe not, is more dangerous to us than that which we do observe

August 3, 2016

 

 

‘Keep up a sense of the evil and danger of both extremes; and be not so wholly intent upon the avoiding of one extreme, as to be fearless of the other.’ The narrow minds of unexperienced men are hardly brought to look on both sides them, and to be duly sensible of the danger of both extremes; but while they are taken up only with the hating and opposing one sort of errors, they forget those on the other side. And usually the sin or error which we observe not, is more dangerous to us than that which we do observe, (if the wind of temptation set that way.)

Richard Baxter and William Orme, The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, vol. 5 (London: James Duncan, 1830), 138.

 

Painting of Odysseus's boat passing between the six-headed monster Scylia and the whirlpool Charybdis. Scylla has plucked Five of Odysseus's men from the boat. The painting is an Italian fresco by Alessandro Allori, c. 1575 - http://www.mitchellteachers.org/WorldHistory/AncientGreece/DiscoveringReferencestoGreekMythology.htmhttp://expositions.bnf.fr/lamer/grand/324.htm, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17344550

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