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Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
Knowledge: Lies Not in Mere Words
I heard two persons on the Wengern Alp talking by the hour together of the names of ferns; not a word about their characteristics, uses, or habits, but a medley of crack-jaw titles, and nothing more. They evidently felt that they were ventilating their botany, and kept each other in countenance by alternate volleys of nonsense. Well, friend, they were about as sensible as those doctrinalists who for ever talk over the technicalities of religion, but know nothing by experience of its spirit and power. Are we not all too apt to amuse ourselves after the same fashion? He who knows mere Linnaen names, but has never seen a flower, is as reliable in botany, as he is in theology who can descant upon supralapsarianism, but has never known the love of Christ in his heart.
'True religion's more than doctrine,
Something must be known and felt.'
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Knowledge: Lies Not in Mere Words'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fff/k/knowledge-lies-not-in-mere-words.html. 1870.
the Week of Proper 7 / Ordinary 12