The nemesis of faith: or, The history of Markham Sutherland

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Routledge, 1903 - 148 pages
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Page 7 - ... not see what it does not like to see. If there were no difficulties but these, and only my reason were perplexed, I could easily school my reason ; I could tell myself that God accommodated ,/ His revelations to the existing condition of mankind, and wrote in their language. But, Arthur, bear with me, and at least hear me ; though my head may deceive me, my heart cannot. I will not, I must not, believe that the all-just, all-merciful, allgood God can be such a Being as I find him there described....
Page 7 - He ! to have created mankind liable to fall — to have laid them in the way of a temptation under which He knew they would fall, and then curse them and all who were to come of them, and all the world, for their sakes ; jealous, passionate, capricious, revengeful, punishing children for their fathers' sins, tempting men, or at least permitting them to be tempted into blindness and folly, and then destroying them.
Page 102 - For the first time now it was brought home to me that two men may be as sincere, as faithful, as uncompromising, and yet hold opinions far asunder as the poles. I have before said that I think the moment of this conviction is the most perilous crisis of our lives; for myself it threw me at once on my own responsibility, obliged me to look for myself at what men said, instead of simply accepting all because they said it
Page 68 - When we come home, we lay aside our mask and drop our tools, and are no longer lawyers, sailors, soldiers, statesmen, clergymen, but only men. We fall again into our most human relations ... We cease the struggle in the race of the world, and give our hearts leave and leisure to love.
Page 41 - Considering all the heresies, the enormous crimes, the wickednesses, the astounding follies which the Bible has been made to justify, and which its indiscriminate reading has suggested ; considering that it has been, indeed, the sword which our Lord said that he was sending ; that not the Devil himself could have invented an implement more potent to fill the hated world with lies, and blood, and fury ; I think, certainly, that to send hawkers over the world loaded with copies of this book, scattering...
Page 12 - Christ— the poor man's gospel; the message of forgiveness, of reconciliation, of love; and, oh, how gladly would I spend my life, in season and out of season, in preaching this! But I must have no hell terrors, none of these fear doctrines...
Page 28 - Oh ! how I wish I could write. I try sometimes ; for I seem to feel myself overflowing with thoughts, and I cry out to be relieved of them. But it is so stiff and miserable when I get anything done. What seemed so clear and liquid, comes out so thick, stupid, and frost-bitten, that I myself, who put the idea there, can hardly find it for shame, if I go look for it a few days after.
Page 11 - ... caitiff coward fear, but with deepest awe and reverence, as the all-pure, all-good, all-holy. I could never fear a God who kept a hell prison-house. No, not though he flung me there because I refused. There is a power stronger than such a one; and it is possible to walk unscathed even in the burning furnace.
Page 45 - That each should have his exact due is just— is the best for himself. That the consequence of his guilt should he transferred from him to one who is innocent (although that innocent one be himself willing to accept it), whatever else it be, is not justice.
Page 106 - ... in the huge universe of suns, and yet to which such a strangely mysterious destiny was said to have been attached. I had said to myself, Can it be that God, Almighty God, He, the Creator himself, went down and took the form of one of those miserable insects crawling on its surface, and died Himself to save their souls ? I had asked the question. Did ever man ask it honestly, and answer yes-2 Many men have asked it with a foregone conclusion; but that is not to ask it.

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