William Cunningham: Theological knowledge may be attained without piety

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Too many in our circles think they are pious because they have made great attainments in doctrinal knowledge. William Cunningham, however, reminded his students that such knowledge was not itself indicative of true piety:

It is quite true that men without piety and without prayer may read many theological books, that God may uphold and sustain them in the ordinary exercise of their faculties when directed to these objects, as when directed to any others, and that they may thus acquire a large measure of acquaintance with theological topics, and be able to discuss them and dispute about them.

William Cunningham, Theological Lectures on Subjects Connected with Natural Theology, Evidences of Christianity, the Canon and Inspiration of Scripture (New York: Robert Carter and Brothers, 1878), Lecture V, p. 63.
 
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