The Scale of Perfection, Book 2, Part 1 – Chapter 1

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SECTION I: That a Man is the Image of God after the Soul and not after the Body; and how he is restored and reformed thereto that was misshapen by Sin
SECTION II: That Jews and Pagans and also false Christians are not reformed effectually through the virtue of the Passion through their own Faults

These are chapters 1 to 3 of The Scale of Perfection – Book 2 in Middle English:
This chapitle scheweth that a man is seid the image of God aftir the soule and not aftir the bodi.
Hou it nedide to mankynde that oonli thorugh the passioun of oure Lord it schulde be restorid and reformed that was forsaken bi the first synne.
That Jewes and paynymes and also fals Cristene men are not reformed effectuali thorugh vertu of this passioun for here owen defaute.

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Celebrate Diversity of Opinion

Level and depth and firmness of belief vary from person to person. It's interesting how often the invitation to be more open minded is offered to those who are firmly convinced of one opinion by those who are firmly convinced of a contradictory opinion. If we're always open minded, I guess that means we're not deeply and firmly convinced of anything.

There's the possibility that some people give a pretense of a firm belief in somethng because they're afraid to face the alternative opinion. but there's also the possibility that some people are firmly convinced because of an honest evaluation of the evidence presented, and haven't found new evidence to the contrary convincing enough to merit re-evaluating their opinion. If either of these two possibilities I present in this paragraph is the cause, it's not likely that someone's going to change such a person's opinion in the context of a forum such as this, that's really not designed for such a purpose, but just for exploring a topic by comparing impressions about it.

As for comparing impressions, I'm happy to read jnwarren's impressions and am better for seeing that not everyone sees these things as I do. It's in our surprising opinions and differences that I feel most rewarded for participating in a forum such as this. I learn relatively little from discussions in groups where all of us have essentially the same opinions about everything under discussion.

Bill B.