Essay On Man Epistle 1

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His offence in the eyes of de Crousaz was that he had left out of account all doctrines of orthodox theology.But if he had been orthodox of the orthodox, his argument obviously could have been directed only to the form of doubt it sought to overcome.

His offence in the eyes of de Crousaz was that he had left out of account all doctrines of orthodox theology.But if he had been orthodox of the orthodox, his argument obviously could have been directed only to the form of doubt it sought to overcome.

And when his closing hymn was condemned as the freethinker’s hymn, its censurers surely forgot that their arguments against it would equally apply to the Lord’s Prayer, of which it is, in some degree, a paraphrase.

The first design of the Essay on Man arranged it into four books, each consisting of a distinct group of Epistles.

Milton sought to set forth the story of the Fall in such way as to show that God was love.

Pope dealt with the question of God in Nature, and the world of Man. de Crousaz, Professor of Philosophy and Mathematics in the University of Lausanne, and defended by Warburton, then chaplain to the Prince of Wales, in six letters published in 1739, and a seventh in 1740, for which Pope (who died in 1744) was deeply grateful.

“And this was the occasion of my imitating some others of the Satires and Epistles.” The two dialogues finally used as the Epilogue to the Satires were first published in the year 1738, with the name of the year, “Seventeen Hundred and Thirty-eight.” Samuel Johnson’s “London,” his first bid for recognition, appeared in the same week, and excited in Pope not admiration only, but some active endeavour to be useful to its author.

The reader of Pope, as of every author, is advised to begin by letting him say what he has to say, in his own manner to an open mind that seeks only to receive the impressions which the writer wishes to convey.

Bayle, he said, is now in Heaven, and from his place by the throne of God, he sees the harmony of the great Universe, and doubts no more.

We see only a little part in which are many details that have purposes beyond our ken.

The argument of Leibnitz’s Theodicee was widely used; and although Pope said that he had never read the Theodicee, his “Essay on Man” has a like argument.

When any book has a wide influence upon opinion, its general ideas pass into the minds of many people who have never read it.

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