Secularism; Its Progress and Its Morals

Secularism; Its Progress and Its Morals

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ... reverence cannot be said to constitute either the model of their characters or the law of their lives. In view of all this, what is the value of the theologian's answer? He tells us that we must regard the rules as coming from a sacred source, and therefore not to be questioned; that sacred injunctions of behavior must be held as importing a spiritual meaning entirely apart from their expression or from any effort to apply them; that reverent contemplation of them exerts mysteriously upon the mind an influence producing a spiritual character, expressing itself, not in an effort to obey the injunctions, but in the disposition to reverence them. It is against this spiritual vagueness that modern knowledge is pressing. As the definiteness of knowledge increases, the impossibility of applying the sacred ideals to practice grows more manifest, thus exhibiting by slow degrees their weakness. Whoever reflects must realize that rules of conduct cannot be considered irrelevant to actual conduct; that such rules must be put into practice; that their value must at last be measured by the degree in which they fit fact and circumstance. This means that the value of ideals cannot be ascertained by a rule that forbids their application. As knowledge moves men's minds from empyreal contemplation to actual test, ideals lose all value as laws of behavior. Even were it conceded that contemplation of some sort of ideals produces beneficial results upon the mind of the subject, it can never be conceded that inconsistencies, however beguiling as theories, can make a true foundation for a law of behavior. No sacred precept can promote virtue unless it can stand the test of application; no precept which does not fall into u accord with justice, as justice is derived...show more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236534301
  • 9781236534309