Recollections of the Druses of the Lebanon and Notes on Their Religion

Recollections of the Druses of the Lebanon and Notes on Their Religion

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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. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...person of the Christian Trinity. Though in the Druse system there is a Creator beyond the Creator, a Deity making, and a Demiurge fashioning, and the distinction between them is not always perhaps so carefully marked as it might be, Hakem would appear to represent the Highest, the Incomprehensible, the Supreme Being. It was rather in Hamze, the "Lord of the Resurrection, the word, the book, the rock, and the strong tower," f that the Christians of the eleventh century were invited to recognise their Saviour and Redeemer.J Eel. d. Druz. II. 103. In the Druse Theology, however, the Sou ot Mary and Joseph is distinguished from the true Messiah, in a manner not much dissimilar to the Gnostic notion, which discriminated between the God who taught and the phantom that suffered on the Cross. f Col. Churchill, II. p. 120, quotes the words in a more local and Mahommedan signification; but to a Christian they might easily have had a special and a Christian sense. t It is hardly necessary to recall the strong and ever-recurring tendency among enthusiasts and impostors of all kinds to travesty in their own life the words and actions of Our Saviour. In religious fanaticism some palliation may perhaps be found; the real sanctity ot St. Francis blinds us to the profane "conformity" and even the transformation into our Lord--"totum Christo configuratum"--which were asserted of him; the Bohemian Wilhelmina dying in repute atoned for her insane blasphemy only in the persons of her followers. But where personal vanity or ambition darkens the thread of human motives, the Chap. v. THE DRUSE HIERARCHY. 65 Viewed, indeed, from another and rather a later point, when the Druse system had been more accurately shaped and formulated by more

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  • English
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