Pamphlets; Education. English. 1810-1906] Volume . 6

Pamphlets; Education. English. 1810-1906] Volume . 6

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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. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...of Calvin that he was a dyspeptic. Such thoughts as these are nowadays in the minds of a great many earnest persons, but in the sectarian creeds--which are all of man's making--they are mixed up with gloomy views and dark superstitions. Science is destroying our childish belief in the miraculous by substituting the far greater miracles of Law; and the growth of enlightened and humane sentiments is slowly obliterating the grim features of Puritanism. Rejection of belief in the miraculous nature of Jesus exposes us now to being called hard names; but I think that belief must soon go where belief in the Virgin and the Saints has already gone for all Protestants, and it will be found lhat all real religious truth will only be the stronger. Protestants in the time of Luther rejected the worship of Virgin and Saints; but did not then get beyond a superstitious reverence for the Bible and a mythological view of a Christ. These, now, are passing away, and I suppose we must pardon some bigotry and some violence on the part of many who have been taught honestly to believe that all religion is bound up in their creed. I suppose the Spanish inquisitors were many of them sincere enough in burning heretics at the stake, and there are plenty of people nowadays who hardly understand the principles of toleration any better. But what to do? In the first place I would have no fear. The worst, as I think, that can be said of sectarianism is that it is too often a system of terrorism. I would have the courage to think for myself, and feel sure that with an earnest purpose you will arrive at all the truth you need. Religion is not a matter of belief in creeds, and no power of pope or priest or church has any real right to come between you and your God. If you find...show more

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  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236490290
  • 9781236490292