Living Age Volume 139

Living Age Volume 139

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...audience. M ' arguments hitherto have been addresse to those who deny not only that religion is true, but also that it is useful; to men who look on it as a piece of antique lumber--a machine that may have done some good work in its time, but which at its best was inadequate and clumsy, and which now is broken; which the world must put away, and let its place be taken by a more efficient substitute. That religion might be broken I did not attempt to deny. I contended merely that, if it were, its loss was incalculable, and that no substitute could be found for it. Now I am addressing those with whom no such contention is necessary. Neither of these conclusions need be forced upon such, for they admit both already; and they admit this further, which I did not admit--not only that if religion went it would leave them desolate, but that it actually has gone, and that it actually has so left them. This class is fully as important as the other; and though it is more silent, it is probably far larger; it is certainly making more converts; at some times it embraces the very men who at other times are most opposed to it; it is a desolate, dismal class, one of the ghastliest of the time's phenomena; and it seems every day to be increasing. To the best of my knowledge I am not speaking at random. Leta man have watchful eyes, and a wish to observe beneath the surface; let him mix in any society beyond that of a single set, and he will see the signs all round him of a state of things like this. It is said that in tropical forests one can almost hear the vegetation growing. One may almost say that with us one can hear faith decaying. Within a certain limited circle there is nothing new in this. The causes of this decay have been maturing for...show more

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  • Paperback | 642 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 33mm | 1,129g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236749820
  • 9781236749826