The Doctrine of the Cross; A Contribution to the Theory of the Christian Life

The Doctrine of the Cross; A Contribution to the Theory of the Christian Life

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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. 1882 edition. Excerpt: communion with his fellows, direct and indirect, through written speech, intelligible works and otherwise, many a man is most inadequately conscious. That some, therefore, even large and high-minded persons, should still refuse to recognise the Divine being is quite intelligible, although communion be in truth essentially Divine. Such persons fail indeed to estimate the value of the inheritance they yet enjoy: and their failure may do harm both to themselves and others. But as they cannot cut themselves off from the community of consciousness, whatever they may possess of force and dignity of character may yet be due, far more than they are at all aware, to the clear recognition and firm apprehension on the part of others of that which they themselves deny. Thus the perplexity of single minds is lost in the vast body of historic testimony to the practical efficiency of faith. And this practical efficiency, together with the boundless aspiration of the human soul, is the most obvious confirmation of that direct evidence of Divine Communion which we discover in the distinct recognition of the organic idea, and its interpretation, through ideal development, in the community of consciousness, wherein God is revealed as at once the Father of spirits and the Creator of the world. THE CHRISTIAN IDEA. We of the republic of the western nations are born into a society which bears the name of Christ. In a true and profound sense we are Christians, whether we will or no. The conditions of our life are Christian, and from these we cannot escape. Our faculties of thought and feeling, our abilities, our mental habits, our ideas and language, in a word our character--all these are Christian. Our customs and institutions, our moral obligations, the links that...
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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236551281
  • 9781236551283