Unitarians and the Future

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P. Green, 1894 - Unitarianism - 72 pages
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Page 14 - I abhor the theological works of the German writers. I am astonished that the absurd hypothesis of anti-supernaturalism should have prevailed to such a degree. Is it possible that those who hold such opinions should be serious? Must they not certainly know, that to deny the miracles of Christ is to deny his divine mission, which is itself a miracle ; and that, in fact, it is downright infidelity...
Page 65 - The kingdom of God cometh not with observation. The kingdom of God is within you.
Page 19 - ... problems but the maxims and postulates of physical knowledge ; and as the instructions of the philosophical classroom, excellent of their kind, moved strictly within the same limits, I was inevitably shut up in the habit of interpreting the human phenomena by the analogy of external nature. Steeped in the ' empirical ' and ' necessarian ' mode of thought, I served out successive terms of willing captivity to Locke and Hartley, to Collins, Edwards, and Priestley, to Bentham and James Mill...
Page 54 - ... Gay raiment, sparkling gauds, elation strong. A prop gave way ! crash fell a platform ! lo, 'Mid struggling sufferers, hurt to death, she lay ! Shuddering, they drew her garments off — and found A robe of sackcloth next the smooth, white skin. Such, poets, is your bride, the Muse ! young, gay, Radiant, adorn'd outside ; a hidden ground Of thought and of austerity within.
Page 27 - Authoritv, p. 185. to authenticate it except our sense of the inimitable beauty, the inexhaustible depth, the penetrating truth, of the living words they preserve and the living form they present. Of our witnesses we know nothing, except that, in such cases, what they tell as reality, it was plainly beyond them to construct as fiction.
Page 20 - ... was there, and the eye, after a momentary strain of adaptation, beheld the symmetrical reality in all its dimensions. The experience thus forced upon me by a new way of entrance upon ancient literature could not fail to spread, and carry an interpreting light into modern studies ; it was essentially the gift of fresh conceptions, the unsealing of hidden openings of self-consciousness, with unmeasured corridors and sacred halls behind...
Page 21 - ... he is, he hits a fault, not of the book alone, but of the author. The mixture of exposition and of search in these volumes is the involuntary expression of personal experience. I have always been a teacher ; I have not ceased to be a learner ; in the one capacity, I must tell the little that I know; in the other, I must strive after some glimpse of the immeasurable light beyond. I cannot rest contentedly on the past; I cannot take a step towards the future without its support.
Page 22 - ... incapable of increment or decrement, analysis or composition, which must be taken whole, or rejected whole ; and I claim the right, till it can be shown not to belong to me, of reducing the recorded events of Scripture into classes, according to their degree of probability and their force of testimony. With this qualification, we maintain, with all other Christians, the ample credibility and the actual truth of the Gospel records, making no divorce between the natural and the miraculous, but...
Page 53 - Let the new faith then seize upon ritual, upon music and art, upon the method in fact of the majority and the common folk ; for its days in the wilderness are done, and it is entering upon its ministry.
Page 55 - I remember, some years ago, dreaming in the Cathedral of Pisa of what the younger faith might in time produce of 'fair seeming show,' to hold the same working place within it as these marvellous churches of the past have done within Catholicism. The Church of Pisa has always been to me one of the most eloquent of all because of the great figure of the Messianic Christ, the Christ in...

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