This work, a follow up to his enormously successful 1724 book, Logic (also available from Cosimo) was first published in 1741. In this replica 1837 edition, discover. . Directions for the attainment of useful knowledge . The different modes of learning compared: observation, reading, instruction, conversation, and study . Notes on learning a foreign language . Dealing with disputes in a logical way . Enlarging the capacity of the mind and improving the memory . Overcoming prejudices . And much more.
Few people know that “Joy to the World” – the world’s most popular Christmas song – wasn’t written for Christmas at all. Isaac Watts wrote it in imitation of Psalm 98. That psalm has nothing to say about the coming of the Messiah as a child; it is instead about the Messiah who comes in glory, and righteousness, and victory over evil, to judge the world and comfort the faithful. In other words, Isaac Watts meant “Joy to the World” as a spiritual reflection on Christ’s soon-to-be, expected, triumphant return to earth. This book explores this theme with selected readings from elsewhere in the writings of Watts, as a way of preparing our hearts for Christmas morning.
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