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Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New. Options
Daemon
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Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
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Daemon wrote:
Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
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Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
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I'd prefer the older version of blessing, pls.
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Daemon wrote:
Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)


It's still unclear what's to follow or oppose... Is there something more to come?
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Not sure of Bacon's concept of prosperity, but actually the splendor of the faith came with the new alliance established and displayed in the New Testament.
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english philosopher

with my pleasure
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Context from: Essays, Civil and Moral.The Harvard Classics. 1909–14.

V

Of Adversity



IT was a high speech of Seneca (after the manner of the Stoics), that the good things which belong to prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired. Bona rerum secundarum optabilia; adversarum mirabilia. Certainly if miracles be the command over nature, they appear most in adversity. It is yet a higher speech of his than the other (much too high for a heathen), It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man, and the security of a God. Vere magnum habere fragilitatem hominis, securitatem Dei. This would have done better in poesy, where transcendences are more allowed. And the poets indeed have been busy with it; for it is in effect the thing which figured in that strange fiction of the ancient poets, which seemeth not to be without mystery; nay, and to have some approach to the state of a Christian; that Hercules, when he went to unbind Prometheus (by whom human nature is represented), sailed the length of the great ocean in an earthen pot or pitcher; lively describing Christian resolution, that saileth in the frail bark of the flesh through the waves of the world. But to speak in a mean. 1 The virtue of prosperity is temperance; the virtue of adversity is fortitude; which in morals is the more heroical virtue. Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New; which carrieth the greater benediction, and the clearer revelation of God’s favor. Yet even in the Old Testament, if you listen to David’s harp, you shall hear as many hearse-like airs as carols; and the pencil of the Holy Ghost hath labored more in describing the afflictions of Job than the felicities of Solomon. Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes. We see in needleworks and embroideries, it is more pleasing to have a lively work upon a sad 2 and solemn ground, than to have a dark and melancholy work upon a lightsome ground: judge therefore of the pleasure of the heart by the pleasure of the eye. Certainly virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover 3 vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.

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In terms of cardinal virtues, Bacon juxtaposes, "The virtue of prosperity is temperance; the virtue of adversity is fortitude; which in morals is the more heroical virtue."
Somehow Charity and Love, a Christian virtue, didn't make the grade for "the more heroical" virtues, apparently having no place with either the Old or the New Testament, neither with prosperity nor the adversity.
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