James Hogg's Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824) has been called 'the greatest novel of Scotland'. Robert Wringhim's family is composed of a father and brother, a pious mother, and a rival father in the person of a fanatical Calvinist minister. He comes to believe that he is one of the Elect, predestined to be saved, while others are damned. Sure of his freedom from the dictates of morality, he embarks on a series of crimes in the company of a new friend Gil Martin, a man of many likenesses who can be mistaken for Robert, and who explains that they are as one in the holy work of purifying the world. Who or what is this double? Is he the Devil? The divided self that appears in the literature of Romanticism is nowhere more powerfully imagined. This new edition has an introduction by Karl Miller, which discusses the presence in the novel of the life and times of James Hogg. It also contains two of Hogg's most interesting stories, Marion's Jock and John Gray o' Middleholm.
Is evil a power or a negation without power? Is darkness substantial or is there substance only in light against which darkness cannot stand? Research by Rolf Witzsche. The book is designed to juxtapose the arrogant impositions of the world's imperial systems and the demands of their rulers, which have no principle to support their claim, against the substance of the principles of our humanity that in historic times have repeatedly brought the light of a renaissance to the dark ages of suffering and subjugation. The book explores our need and our potential for a profound new renaissance in our modern age. The research book presented here is Volume 4 of the research series, Discovering Infinity. The series was created over 15 years, beginning in the late-1980s, based in some degree on the work of Mary Baker Eddy and Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr..
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