Christianity the Religion of Nature

Christianity the Religion of Nature

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ...into his own point of view, --taught by his inspiration the very relations and proportions that dwelt from all eternity in his omniscience, and were crystallized by his fiat in worlds, suns, and systems. We have ncfw reached the climax of human art. Man disappears, and wdiat he calls his work is but the manifestation of the one creative, all-pervading Spirit, --great and glorious in the massive and sky-reaching structures of human genius, in the world-subduing energies of science, in the thronged marts of industry and traffic, no less than in the silent mountain, the primeval forest, or the many-twinkling smile and the multitudinous roar of the ocean-waves. While the discussion in which I have led you this evening has its fitting and almost necessary place in a course of Lectures on natural religion, I am the more glad to lead you over this ground, because the tendency of our times is, I might almost say, to art-worship, --to the sentiment which, had its type and reached its culminating-point in the ancient monarch, when he said, " Is not this great Babylon that I have built, by the might of my power and for the honor of my majesty? " Much of the practical skill, mechanical genius, and executive capacity of the day is materialistic, --Titanic alike in its strength and its impiety, worshipping only its own capacity and its master-workmen. The rapidity and vastness of man's aggressions upon nature, the iron girdles with which he clasps the continent, the lightnings that bear his mandates from zone to zone, are constantly dwelt upon, not as outgoings of Omnipotent Wisdom, but as the apotheosis of art and science, and the great discoverers, inventors, and mechanicians of the age have honors rendered to them hardly less than divine. Meanwhile...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236529723
  • 9781236529725