The Diary of a Church-Goer

The Diary of a Church-Goer

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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. 1918 edition. Excerpt: for myself, I know how much justifiable scorn maybe poured upon my attempt. Nevertheless, I hold it to be true that each man for himself must frame some answer to this inquiry, and there ought to be no ground of offence if our answer sincerely thought out is simply put forth. We must look to the Epistles and to the narrative of Paul's life and work in the Acts as the materials to be searched. The Acts of the Apostles, when steadily looked at, is seen to be a composite work like the early Gospels, containing parts of different origin put together at some period removed from the time of the transactions reported. But whilst I have had to admit great uncertainty and confusion in the discovery of the substantial facts of the Gospels, I confess that out of the Acts and the Epistles the personality of St. Paul shines clearly defined as of one whose portrait is recognised strong, vital, and impressive, in the apparently few master-strokes of a great painter. We can accompany him in his journeys, we can be with him whilst he writes his letters, always in the companionship of a true man 1 before whose nobility of character we bow, but who is yet one with ourselves. I do not say St. Paul is always consistent in the sayings we are still bound to accept as his. In his struggles to comprehend and express to his hearers and correspondents all the mysteries of life, death, and immortality, he could not be always coherent. But his incoherency, if the word may be used, is an illustration of the thoroughness and unity of his life rather than a defect. What was the thought of this great, brave, pious, exalted soul about Christ? There is no suggestion that he had ever been brought into contact with him whilst alive. He had not the advantage of reading any more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123648665X
  • 9781236486653