Notes on Religion

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L.J. Gromme, 1915 - Christianity - 90 pages
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Page 51 - ... not to the strong, neither is the race to the swift. The stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner. ... As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all." With all this profundity, with all this human feeling, there is never a note of falsetto in Jewish sentiment. The poetry of the Psalms and of the Prophets touches many kinds of religious feeling—joyous,...
Page 51 - The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner; this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?
Page 44 - Catholic this country shall have become before the tide turns. I have no desire to extinguish the Catholic faith ; but to arouse the Catholic layman to the situation, and to beg the Protestant layman to take heed of it. The old mediaeval situation is with us once more. It requires clear thought and benevolence; because our real enemy is not religion. The real enemy is confused thought and bitter feeling. Our need is the development of intellect, the rise of spiritual interests, the awakening of new...
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Page 82 - With his egoism, his vanity, and his drugs he re-enacts the tragedy of Ajax, the tragedy of self-assertion. He thus becomes a symbol which points to universal truth ; for there is no crime or error that is not a form of self-will. We live in a universe whose development we cannot assist, save by accepting its operations as wiser than we. But in so far as our will becomes dissolved in the acceptance of the processes of God, great powers are momentarily released, and all the wheels turn freely. The...
Page 84 - ... 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. They are attempts to define things which Christ expressed by his life — ie, his relation to God, his relation to men, his mediation in every sense of the word. We should accept these dogmas as we accept a child's drawing of a haystack. We do not doubt the existence of the haystack.
Page 67 - Is not all this matter a matter of symbols? Let every man use what symbols his own education requires and change them as his education advances; and let him accord to other people a like liberty. The patriarch's need was served by a pile of stones. When Abraham worshipped he required but a rude altar. Out of it there grew the middle ages. You and I are just emerging from those middle ages and find our minds filled with its practices. Certain saints and certain skeptics agree upon this idea, and when...
Page 38 - ... question burns openly. In Europe people are not afraid to speak of the Roman Catholic Church. But America was settled by Protestants after the end of the Wars of Religion, or by Protestants who escaped the question by coming here. We have 37 had no religious question in America and our people have forgotten what the question means.

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