Knowledge without Zeal

Forgive ye Saints below
The wav’ring and cold Assent
I gave to Themes divinely true.

Isaac Watt, Horae Lyricae

Issac Watt put these words into the mouth of John Locke – maybe because Locke did not allow for truth comprehended apart from reason. Isaac Watt was not against reason. He was a logician who wrote an authoritative textbook on the subject. But Isaac Watt’s love of knowledge did not diminish his faith. If it had, our hymn books would be thinner.

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