Monday, August 28, 2006

There, but for the grace of God, go I

Have you ever heard or used the saying, "There, but for the grace of God, go I"? It's fairly common to hear someone, when seeing a person in worse condition than himself, make the statement.

Do you know the origin of the saying, and the circumstances in which it originated? For how many years do you think this has been passed down? Think about it and then click the link to Read about it in Wikipedia.


amity said...

Good one. It does not really say whether he was a proto-Anglican, or one of what would later be termed "Dissenters" but maybe at that early date it would be a distinction without a difference anyway.

Jim1927 said...

The fact that he was ordained by a Church of England Bishop he had to be Church of England. It is historically interesting that they shared the same fate.

We think we face persecution in this modern era for what we believe........

Reminds me of the Chinese Christian who was facing execution during the Boxer Rebellion: "I am dying for a good cause. What are you living for?"



amity said...

At some point most of the Dissenters were in and then left the Church of England, but if he subsequently studied at Cambridge I guess that about settles it! I have been reading biographical articles about the men who wrote songs that are now in the Sacred Harp that they were not allowed to study at Cambridge, Oxford, etc. But at any rate, I think all that was decades/ a century later than this. They are certainly an interesting group.