Notes on Religion (Google eBook)

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L.J. Gromme, 1915 - Christianity - 90 pages
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Page 51 - As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is witli child : even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.
Page 38 - Notes on Religion" explained half of this anomaly. "We have not been interested in religion; we have forgotten the principles of the matter. The extraordinary ignorance of our people in matters of history, their belief in destiny, their inability to stop and reflect about anything, their desire that our politics shall not contain any religious question, their sense of security — all these things have led the Americans of This essay was published in The New Republic, January 15, 1916.
Page 38 - We have not been interested in religion; we have forgotten the principles of the matter. The extraordinary ignorance of our people in matters of history, their belief in destiny, their inability to stop and reflect about anything, their desire that our politics shall not contain any religious question, their sense of security, due to the presence of the Atlantic Ocean between themselves and Europe — all these things have led the Americans of the last fifty years to hide their heads in the sand...
Page 84 - THE LOVE OF GOD The Love of God is the only thing that there is enough of in the universe. To those in whom all desires have become merged in this love, it is the explanation of all sentiment. It is all...
Page 78 - ... has forsworn the language. Yet through all his ground glass shines Christ's teaching and Christ's feeling. When I see one of these men throwing his life into service I say, Hath not this man cast in more than they all? There are other types of Christ's influence which modern times have made possible. There is the great fog-minded, Promethean Tolstoi, shifting his huge limbs in vain to find ease upon his crag.
Page 15 - The intellect which is able to recant after this manner,—which is able to conceive of a thing as being both true and not true at the same time, has received an injury in early life from which it has never recovered. This is the injury which the Roman church inflicts upon the brains of her adherents. Unless this injury be inflicted, the man is not a true Catholic; he is not sure to remain a Catholic. If it be cured, he cannot remain a Catholic in the papal sense of the word. So subtly do men vary...
Page 14 - ... attired in a penitential garb and holding a burning torch between his bound hands. Molinos was thus true to his second idea, — the absolute supremacy of the church. "Good-bye, Father...
Page 67 - Symbols are the outcome, not the cause, of religion. They live as long as faith lives: they die as faith dies. To perpetuate them for theoretic reasons is wrong. Let love perpetuate them; and they will last as long as they ought to last.
Page 74 - ... is quite probable. All that we know about God is his continuity, backward and forward, up and down and across. The element of time being illusory, like the emptiness of space, it is very likely that the nature of Being is qualified by every event, and of life by every life.
Page 83 - For this reason we dislike them. After we have once had experience of the truths to which they refer, however, we can no longer regard them as nonsense, or as pure hocus pocus.

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