Sunday, 29 March 2009

Ryle and the Sabbath

"The Sabbath is good for man's mind. The mind needs rest quite as much as the body: it cannot bear an uninterrupted strain on its powers; it must have its intervals to unbend and recover its force. Without them, it will either prematurely wear out or fail suddenly, like a broken bow. The testimony of the famous philanthropist, Mr. Wilberforce, on this point is very striking. He declared that he could only attribute his own power of endurance to his regular observance of the Sabbath day. He remembered that he had observed some of the mightiest intellects among his contemporaries fail suddenly at last, and their possessors come to melancholy ends; and he was satisfied that in every such case of mental ship-wreck the true cause was neglect of the Fourth Commandment." (J.C Ryle, p322 Knots Untied)

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