What Religion is

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Macmillan and Company, limited, 1920 - Christianity - 81 pages

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Page 6 - And now we can see from what we are saved, and how. We are saved, if we must have a word, from isolation; we are saved by giving ourselves to something which we cannot help holding supreme.
Page 8 - ... how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures ' (1 Cor. xv, 3)We must go on now to consider the application of the fundamental principle of union with Christ to the question of Christian conduct. ' We cannot be saved as we are ', said a great English philosopher, recently dead. 'We can only be saved by giving ourselves to something in which we remain what we are, and yet enter into something new'.1 This comes very near to the thought of St Paul. 'We are saved', St Paul would say,...
Page 75 - ... the humility required by the Gospel with the supposed arrogance and self-sufficiency of the philosophic spirit. Yet if we take men so different, and so representative in their differences, as Plato, Bacon, and Spinoza, we find them all agreeing, not in a glorification of the human mind, but in the imperative demand that it should shake off its " chains " and turn to receive the light, that it should surrender its " idols " and
Page 62 - I know That Love makes all things equal: I have heard By mine own heart this joyous truth averred: The spirit of the worm beneath the sod In love and worship, blends itself with God.
Page 11 - Thou art outside God", then answer thou, "No, I am in God, I am in heaven, in it, in him, and for eternity will never leave him. The devil may keep my sins, and the world my flesh ; I live in God's will, his life shall be my life, his will my will - I will be dead in my reason that he may live in me, and all my deeds shall be his deeds.
Page 59 - To draw one beauty into our hearts' core, And keep it changeless ! such our claim So answered, — Never more ! XIV. Simple ? Why this is the old woe o' the world ; Tune, to whose rise and fall we live and die. Rise with it, then ! Rejoice that man is hurled From change to change unceasingly, His soul's wings never furled ! xv.
Page 80 - I most firmly believe that to a sound and sincere religious temper much that may in itself be superfluous can fall into its place and be in no way dangerous. I do not think controversy is useful, but mischievous. Yet a sense of sanity and proportion, if it could be promoted by concentrating attention on the simple essence of religion, would, I believe, be of very great religious value.
Page 4 - And now we are saved absolutely, we need not say from what, we are at home in the universe, and, in principle and in the main, feeble and timid creatures as we are, there is nothing anywhere within the world or without it that can make us afraid.
Page 25 - We are spirits, and our life is one with that of the Spirit which is the whole and the good.
Page viii - A3 a little child . . .' ; that has been the motto, as of the saints, so of the wisest among mankind Your mind is a good instrument ; only keep it free and sincere ; keep away from selfishness, self-conceit, from the vanity of learning, and from the vanity of resentment against learning. Open it to experience, and take that as largely as you can. We know the type of man who on the whole gets nearest to truth. It is not the cleverest. It is, I think, the sincerest.

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