Sämtliche schriften und briefe series I, volume 14
Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften (ed)
p 548

Date: 1/11 October 1697

Translated from the French

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[A I 14, p548]

...The Kingdom of God still comes without our prayers and without our cares, as Luther excellently put it in his small catechism for children. But we will share in the happiness of this Kingdom to the extent that we will have had a part in it by good thoughts and good actions. For the world is a perfect city under God, who is its King, and the laws there are adjusted according to the most perfect reason. Thus an idle and indifferent devotion is not solid enough, just as a simple historical faith which does not touch the heart and does not expand into good actions, or at least good efforts, is dead...

© Lloyd Strickland 2004