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Charitable though passionate creature
The portrait of Man in late seventeenth-century sermons
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This chapter examines the idea of self-love and its development in the published seventeenth-century sermons of Isaac Barrow (1630–77) and John Tillotson (1630–94). The approach is twofold. First, by briefly presenting the idea of passion and self-love in the seventeenth century, the position of both clergymen on this issue is clarified and defined. Second, Barrow’s and Tillotson’s sermons are analysed to show how self-love can be reconciled with religion and obedience to divine law. Finally, by examining Barrow’s and Tillotson’s charity sermons, the way in which both clergymen encouraged ‘mild self-love’ to increase the benefit and happiness of society is illustrated and explored.

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