A Study of Religion, Its Sources and Contents, Volume 1

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Clarendon Press, 1888 - Religion
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Page 12 - ... which has become the commonplace of our age, it is well to remember that, so long as they are dreams of future possibility, and not faiths in present realities, so long as they are a mere self-painting of the yearning spirit, and not its personal surrender to immediate communion with an Infinite Perfection, they have no more solidity or steadiness than floating air-bubbles, gay in the sunshine, and broken by the passing wind.
Page 26 - The rule of right, the symmetries of character, the requirements of perfection, are no provincialisms of this planet : they are known among the stars...
Page vii - What ? John Fiske say that ? Well, it only proves, what I have always maintained, that you cannot make the slightest concession to metaphysics, without ending in a theology...
Page 212 - There is therefore some other Mind wherein they exist, during the intervals between the times of my perceiving them : as likewise they did before my birth, and would do after my supposed annihilation. And, as the same is true with regard to all other finite created spirits, it necessarily follows there is an omnipresent eternal Mind, which knows and comprehends all things, and exhibits them to our view in such a manner, and according to such rules, as He Himself hath ordained, and are by us termed...
Page 20 - Will, while yet there is no overt recognition of such will ; ie, conscience may act as human before it is discovered to be divine. To the agent himself its whole history may seem to lie in his own personality and his visible social relations ; and it shall nevertheless serve as his oracle, though it may be hid from him who it is that utters it.
Page 12 - Perfection, they have no more solidity or steadiness than floating air-bubbles, gay in the sunshine, and broken by the passing wind. You do not so much as touch the threshold of religion, so long as you are detained by the phantoms of your thought ; the very gate of entrance to it, the moment of its new birth, is the discovery that your gleaming ideal is the everlasting Real ; no transient brush of a fancied angel wing, but the abiding presence and persuasion of the Soul of souls...
Page 12 - Necessity! what enthusiasm do you expect the vision to excite ? Can there be a more paralyzing spectacle? and shall I fling myself with passionate devotion into the arms of that ghastly physical giant? It is impossible : homage to an automaton-universe is no better than mummy-worship would be to one who has known what it is to love and trust, and embrace the living friend. In short, a human soul so placed would itself be higher than aught it knows within th . immensity, and could worship nothing...

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