Personality and Theism: Two Essays

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John Wilson and son, 1887 - Theism - 52 pages
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Page 13 - MAY I join the choir invisible Of those immortal dead who live again In minds made better by their presence : live In pulses stirred to generosity, In deeds of daring rectitude, in scorn For miserable aims that end with self. In thoughts sublime that pierce the night like stars, And with their mild persistence urge man's search To vaster issues.
Page 13 - This is life to come, Which martyred men have made more glorious For us who strive to follow. May I reach That purest heaven, be to other souls The cup of strength in some great agony, Enkindle generous ardor, feed pure love, Beget the smiles that have no cruelty, Be the sweet presence of a good diffused, And in diffusion ever more intense. So shall I join the choir invisible Whose music is the gladness of the world.
Page 4 - ... the two. For ordinary purposes we are justified in so doing, since all we can know of individuals is their persons, their manifestation of themselves to the eye or ear. Only it behooves us to remember that there is something deeper in man than his person, and that though the person is the outbirth of the individual, is constituted by the individual, it nevertheless is not the individual, is not identical with the innermost being, but something exterior and distinct.
Page 34 - Conquests of time and space have no-wise facilitated the conquest of self. It is nearer to Japan than it was seventy years ago, but as far as ever to the peace of God.
Page 34 - The world which Science occupies with her lenses and crucibles, is ringed and washed by a sea of wonder, navigable only to Faith. The former science is the sum of those views which are verifiable by sense ; the latter is the sum of those views which are not verifiable by sense. Which of the two is the larger domain? Science has no knowledge of the future.
Page 18 - However my philosophy may formulate its concepts of deity, the God whom I worship is a God who sees and hears, and thinks and loves, and pities and approves.
Page 30 - Life has two prizes which it offers to man's choice, — having, and being ; having part in the goods of life, and being part of the absolute Good.
Page 29 - I know of but one, — they increase in themselves the amount of being ; that is, of Godhead. The end of all right doing is to greaten the sum of being.
Page 7 - There is a time, varying, I suppose, from the second to the fourth year, when a human individual first says to himself,

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