Christ and His Teachings; Being the Second Volume of Selections from the Sermons of Alexander Gardiner Mercer

Christ and His Teachings; Being the Second Volume of Selections from the Sermons of Alexander Gardiner Mercer

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...of the human race, and drawing out, as by an almighty power, the very tap-root of all human delusions, drawing it as if out of the very bowels of the earth. As to this great idea itself, kingship is service, and the first king is he who is most entirely a servant. That sounds disagreeably enough; but what is it? Merely that selfishness, however grand it makes itself to look, and however much spoil it has gathered around itself, and whatever the crowns it puts upon its head, is not the true king. But that disinterestedness is the true king, though it be deposed and covered with rags. This, when it was taught, was the most original thing ever uttered as a principle for the world. For the nations so far had even no sense that selfishness was sin, or disinterestedness was virtue. They had their vices and virtues, of course, but these were not among them. Yet these, according to their new Teacher, included all the rest. Original and grand as this then was, it is hardly less so now. We have indeed grown up to a sense of the immorality of selfishness. We have some glimpse that Christian charity ascends above Roman and Greek virtue and Jewish duty; but until to-day these words, which make it identical with all loftiness, and its opposite selfishness identical with all baseness, --this fact, that it puts the poor laborer, who is in the spirit of Christ, on the highest throne, and puts down the most towering king from his seat, and puts him in the dust and ashes, this is yet far before us, though we admit it in words. We know not yet the meaning of Christ, but we shall know it hereafter, --nay, that this Christian disinterestedness (call it charity) included not only all old virtues, but quite a new region and sphere of virtues, which is to the old.
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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236749375
  • 9781236749376