Htr Volume 4

Htr Volume 4

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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. 1911 edition. Excerpt: in the tendency of some minds to return to a nature-worship which appeals to awe and admiration and wonder, but not at all to reverence, because such minds have ceased to believe in an Infinite Person whom they can really worship. In the strict sense of the word, there is no religion in nature-worship; for nature-worship is either mere superstition or else mere aesthetic enjoyment 1; the sentiment of it can be nothing nobler than mere awe or wonder or admiration, whereas, as Martineau observes, "the transcendent form of reverence," that is, our reverence for the Supremely Good, "constitutes proper religion." Similarly Professor Upton says, "Religion proper does not clearly show itself in human nature till reverence for an authority manifested in the conscience presents the soul with a supreme ideal, in which the presence and the authority of the Eternal One are felt to be revealed." 2 In the strictest sense, the essence of religion is not reverence, but loyalty to God. Nevertheless Martineau is right in saying that "the ascendency of the greater soul over the lesser," which creates loyalty, "is won by touching the springs of reverence"; and, therefore, whatever appeal may be made to our awe or wonder or admiration can never for a moment control us, if the appeal to reverence calls us to our true allegiance, --as, for instance, when the awe or wonder or admiration that created the pagan religions of ancient times, and even the reverence for the divine justice and beneficence which was sometimes felt, came into contact with the reverence for the divine holiness and for the moral possibilities of human nature which Christianity taught 1 For even the most intense feeling of more

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  • Paperback | 186 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236794796
  • 9781236794796