by John Howe
In "The Living Temple," John Howe explores the essence, purpose, and practice of Christian spirituality, casting a critical eye on the superficial disputes and empty rituals that have often marred its image. With a blend of poignant analysis and illustrative analogies, Howe underscores the significance of the genuine values of the faith—tranquility, pleasure, and spiritual refinement. He paints a vivid picture of our union with Christ not just as a means to appease an omnipotent deity but as a transformative life journey that brings individuals closer to God, purifying their spirits and cultivating genuine love.
Throughout the book, Howe sheds light on the historical misinterpretations of religion, from fear-driven sacrifices to the quest for divine favor without personal transformation. He challenges the reader to rise above the title-bound religiosity that has plagued many, urging them to embody the true essence of religion as vessels fit for God.
Drawing on the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ, "The Living Temple" is both a critique of hollow religious practices and a clarion call for a sincere, transformative relationship with the Triune God. Through Howe's enlightening prose, readers are beckoned to become living temples, where truth and holiness coexist. A must-read for those seeking to understand the true purpose of religion and yearning for a genuine communion with our LORD.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
To the Right Honourable William Lord Paget
Part I: Concerning God's Existence
Chapter I: This Notion Common
Chapter II: The two more principal grounds which a temple supposes
Chapter III: Wisdom asserted to belong to this Being
Chapter IV: all supposable perfection asserted of this Being
Chapter V: Demands in reference to what hath been hitherto discoursed
Chapter VI: What is intended by God's conversableness with men
The Living Temple, Part II