The Essence of Christianity: A Study in the History of Definition

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Scribner, 1902 - Christianity - 332 pages

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Page 160 - It is come, I know not how, to be taken for granted by many persons, that Christianity is not so much as a subject of inquiry, but that it is now at length discovered to be fictitious. And accordingly they treat it as if, in the present age, this were an agreed point among all people of discernment...
Page 147 - Heb. xi. 17, according to that in 2 Cor. viii. 12. Where there is a willing mind, it is accepted according to what a man hath, and not according to what he hath not : which is true of this church-duty, as well as of that of alms.
Page 31 - ... so much is this the case, that there is a rising school of philosophy now, which considers phenomena to constitute the whole of our knowledge in physics. The Catholic doctrine leaves phenomena alone. It does not say that the phenomena go ; on the contrary, it says that they remain : nor does it say that the same phenomena are in several places at once. It deals with what no one on earth knows anything about, the material substances themselves.
Page 115 - God hath all life, glory, goodness, blessedness, in, and of himself, and is alone in, and unto himself, all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which he hath made, nor deriving any glory from them, but only manifesting his own glory in, by, unto and upon them. He is the alone fountain of all being, of whom, through whom, and to whom are all things ; and hath most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them, whatsoever himself pleaseth...
Page 101 - God in him are yea and amen," inasmuch as these promises were sealed upon their hearts ; yet because he hath in his flesh completed all the parts of our salvation, this vivid manifestation of realities was justly entitled to this new and special distinction. Accordingly, Christ says, " Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
Page 149 - The writers and wranglers in religion fill it with niceties, and dress it up with notions, which they make necessary and fundamental parts of it ; as if there were no way into the church, but through the academy or lyceum.
Page 238 - Religious knowledge moves in independent value-judgments, which relate to man's attitude to the world, and call forth feelings of pleasure or pain, in which man either enjoys the dominion over the world vouchsafed him by God, or feels grievously the lack of God's help to that end.
Page 162 - What is all science, if not the existence of things in you, in your reason ? what is all art and culture if not your existence in the things to which you give measure, form and order? And how can both come to life in you except in so far as there lives immediately in you the eternal unity of Reason and Nature, the universal existence of all finite things in the Infinite ? Wherefore, you will find every truly learned man devout and pious.
Page 236 - In every religion what is sought, with the help of the superhuman spiritual power reverenced by man, is a solution of the contradiction in which man finds himself, as both a part of the world of nature and a spiritual personality claiming to dominate nature.
Page 161 - The contemplation of the pious is the immediate consciousness of the universal existence of all finite things, in and through the Infinite, and of all temporal things in and through the Eternal. Religion is to seek this and find it in all that lives and moves, in all growth and change, in all doing and suffering. It is to have life and to know life in immediate feeling, only as such an existence in the Infinite and Eternal.

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