READER!-You have been bred in a land abounding with men, able in arts, learning, and knowledges manifold... But there is one art, of which every man should be master, the art of REFLECTION. If you are not a thinking man, to what purpose are you a man at all?
-from "The Author's Preface"
Here in one compact volume are two important works on religion and spirituality from one the finest poets in the English language. In Aids to Reflection, first published in 1825, and Confessions of an Inquiring Spirit, which appeared in 1840, Coleridge ponders:
· pain and pleasure, aka "sensibility"
· prudential aphorisms
· elements of religious philosophy
· original sin
· the divine origin of the Bible
· and much more.
With the included essay on faith and Coleridge's notes on The Book of Common Prayer, this is a concise guide to the philosophical thinking of one of the great names in English literature.
English poet and philosopher SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE (1772-1834) is considered one of the great writers of Romanticism, the late 18th century artistic and intellectual movement. His best known works are The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan.