05 May 2011

Reversing Our Natural Bent Toward Self-Exoneration and Other-Indictment

If all our conduct, both open and secret, should be known, and our hearts laid open to the world, how should we be even ready to fly from the light of the sun, and hide ourselves from the view of mankind! And what great allowances would it be found that we should need, that others should make for us--perhaps much greater than we are willing to make for others.
--Jonathan Edwards, Some Thoughts Concerning the Revival, in Works, Yale ed., 4:314

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