Reconstructing the Church; An Examination of the Problems of the Times from the Standpoint of a Layman of the Church

Reconstructing the Church; An Examination of the Problems of the Times from the Standpoint of a Layman of the Church

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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. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...of international law as touching any issue, they resorted to force to prove which view was correct. Hence the great armies and navies that even in peace afflicted the toilers of the race. This desire of the world to guarantee rights and enforce justice produces enmity, jealousy, hatred in private life. It produces war among the nations. The World War, from the standpoint of its initiators, was staged because Germany's enemies were constantly watching an opportunity to wrest from her her rights.. Her enemies replied that they wanted nothing Germany had, and certainly not her much vaunted Kultur, but that she wanted to deprive them of their rights, and by enslaving them to dominate the world. This worldpandemonium, we are ordered to believe, was for rights. But Jesus says this whole clamour for rights is wrong, that it is founded on a false, because a selfish philosophy of life. Jesus bids a man forget his rights. The only right we have, according to this Teacher, is the right to see that our brotherman gets his rights. Duty is the big word of Christ's vocabulary, duty to God and to brotherman. We are not to think of our rights, but of our duty, and not even so much of our duty as of our privilege. The conflict between this philosophy of life and that of the world is irreconcilable. Darkness and light are mutually exclusive. So are these philosophies of life. But Christ shall win. His view is the only true one. Men shall learn the futility of demanding their rights. They shall cease to clamour for mere justice. Duty, privilege, mercy--these will stand out in the firmament of their hearts' purposes like the fixed stars of the universe. And in that day the nations will forget war and all men shall live as brothers, in honour preferring more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236949625
  • 9781236949622