Isaac Watts’ Rules for Christians on the Internet

This is the 200th post for Particular Voices. That doesn’t mean much, but it sounds nice.

Anyway, recently Tom Chantry has posted some helpful thoughts on the divide between Baptists and Paedobaptists in which he offers not only critiques of the situation but also directives towards a more healthy relationship (especially in our online age). It is sad how the internet, which is neither good nor bad in and of itself, has been abused. We would expect this from natural man who corrupts that which is good and suppresses that which is true, but the extent to which Christians have used the internet as an occasion for their own corruption and suppression is distressing. By way of complement to Tom’s proposals, let me add the voice of Isaac Watts who wrote extensively on Christian Internet Etiquette (well…maybe not).

I strongly recommend reading the entirety of what he says below (click the images if you need to read them at a larger size). If you implemented everything he has to say and put it into practice, what effect would it have on your behavior on the internet? See for yourself.

Isaac Watts, Works Published by Himself, 623-624
Isaac Watts, Works Published by Himself, 624
Isaac Watts, Works Published by Himself, 625
Isaac Watts, Works Published by Himself, 626
Isaac Watts, Works Published by Himself, 629-630
Isaac Watts, Works Published by Himself, 631-633

From Isaac Watts’ Treatise of the Passions in a collection of his works.

Click the images for larger versions.

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