Reason and Authority in Religion

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T. Whittaker, 1891 - Christianity - 184 pages
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Page 134 - The only thought which philosophy brings with it to the contemplation of history, is the simple conception of Reason; that Reason is the sovereign of the world; that the history of the world, therefore, presents us with a rational process.
Page 117 - ... an appeal literally Divine. The train of the conspicuously righteous in their several degrees are for us the real angels that pass to and fro on the ladder that reaches from earth to heaven. And if Jesus of Nazareth, in virtue of the characteristics of his spirit, holds the place of Prince of Saints, and perfects the conditions of the pure religious life, he thereby reveals the highest possibilities of the human soul, and their dependence on habitual communion between man and God.
Page 98 - ... a Christian faith. It is, in fact, an important part of the superstructure, but it is not among the bases of the Christian belief. The Christian creed asserts the reality of certain historical facts. To these facts, in the Church's name, we claim assent ; but we do so on grounds which, so far, are quite independent of the inspiration of the evangelic records. All that we claim to show at this stage is that they are historical ; not historical so as to be absolutely without error, but historical...
Page 106 - As I look back on the foregoing discussions, a conclusion is forced upon me on which I cannot dwell without pain and dismay : viz., that Christianity, as defined or understood in all the Churches which formulate it, has been mainly evolved from what is transient and perishable in its sources : from what is unhistorical in its traditions, mythological in its preconceptions, and misapprehended in the oracles of its prophets.
Page 107 - To consecrate and diffuse, under the name of 'Christianity,' a theory of the world's economy thus made up of illusions from obsolete stages of civilization, immense resources, material and moral, are expended, with effect no less deplorable in the...
Page 160 - Mundi. It gives the logical method which Lux Mundi applies in a less technical and more popular treatment. They are studies at first hand, . . . earnest and noble, and offer noble aid to thought that would climb the loftiest and most difficult steep of knowledge. The path they trace is clear to the peak.
Page 117 - I am brought to a further conclusion in which I rest with peace and hope: viz., that Christianity, understood as the personal religion of Jesus Christ, stands clear of all the perishable elements, and realizes the true relation between man and God...
Page 104 - Whether, in the movements of reason, he descends to us, or we ascend to him, it is by the path of law which stretches across the spaces of the world, and which is in one direction the wayfarer's track, and in the other the highway for our God. Is it not childish, then, to be terrified out of our religion by the mere scale of things, and, because the little Mosaic firmament is broken in pieces, to ask whether its divine Ruler is not also gone ? Do you fear, because the earth has dwindled to a sand-grain?...
Page 127 - A party first truly shows itself to have won the victory when it breaks up into two parties ; for so it proves that it contains in itself the principle with which it first had to conflict, and thus that it has got beyond the one-sidedness which was incidental to its earliest expression. The interest which formerly divided itself between it and that to which it was opposed now falls entirely within itself, and the opposing principle is left behind and forgotten...
Page 95 - God farther and farther away, and at the moment when it seemed as if He would be thrust out altogether, Darwinism appeared, and, under the disguise of a foe, did the work of a friend. It has conferred upon philosophy and religion an inestimable benefit, by showing us...

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