The Non-Sectarian Volume 2

The Non-Sectarian Volume 2

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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. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ...protests against the dethronement, enslavement, and degradation of man's rational nature, and recognizes man's reason as his his highest court, his ultimate authority, his supreme judge in all things whether secular or religious. Rationalism holds that man is better than the beast of the field, not merely because he walks erect, but because he is endowed with the divine power of reason to direct his steps; that he is a moral and accountable being because he is capable of reasoning and discerning between right and wrong; that only as he is rational is it possible for him to deliberately choose the right and come into fellowship with God; that his rational nature is his crowning glory--the divine part of him which is the foundation of all intelligent faith and true spiritual progress; and, therefore, that whatever tends to subordinate and enslave his reason must be false and wrong. It admits that man's reason is a fallible guide and may lead him very far astray; but it claims that, as he is conditioned in this life, he can find no better and surer guide. The whole claim of rationalism is stated by a thoughtful writer who says: "It is both the privilege and the duty of every man to be a law unto himself; and out of his own reason and conscience to judge what is right. From the decision which he thus reaches there can be, for him, no appeal. Whether it is anybody else's duty to follow the course prescribed therein or not, it is his duty to do so. He has pleaded his cause before his infallible tribunal, and its decision over him is necessarily supreme and inexorable. Not to obey it would be to be false equally to God and to himself. If it be not absolute right which he has reached, it stands in the place of absolute right for him; and only along...show more

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  • Paperback | 140 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 263g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123660010X
  • 9781236600103