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Bishop Berkley on Sin, Confession, Repentance and Grace


Bishop Berkeley was an Anglo-Irish philosopher, and Bishop of Cloynes. His primary philosophical achievement was the advancement of a theory he called “immaterialism”.
Born: March 12, 1685, Kilkenny, Ireland
Died: January 12, 1753, Oxford
Education: Kilkenny College, Trinity College, Dublin

In 1679 he wrote,

“I cannot pray, but I sin; I cannot preach, but I sin; I cannot administer, nor receive the holy sacrament, but I sin. My very repentance needs to be repented of: and the tears I shed need washing in the blood of Christ.”

Now that’s a VERY Biblical statement from a philosopher!


Bishop George Berkley.

From → Preachers, Puritans

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