Notes on Religion

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L.J. Gromme, 1915 - Christianity - 90 pages
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Page 51 - As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is witli child : even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.
Page 38 - Notes on Religion" explained half of this anomaly. "We have not been interested in religion; we have forgotten the principles of the matter. The extraordinary ignorance of our people in matters of history, their belief in destiny, their inability to stop and reflect about anything, their desire that our politics shall not contain any religious question, their sense of security — all these things have led the Americans of This essay was published in The New Republic, January 15, 1916.
Page 14 - Good-bye, Father," he said to the Dominican who was leading him off to imprisonment for life, "we shall meet again on the Judgment Day, and then it will be seen if the truth was on your side or on mine.
Page 38 - We have not been interested in religion; we have forgotten the principles of the matter. The extraordinary ignorance of our people in matters of history, their belief in destiny, their inability to stop and reflect about anything, their desire that our politics shall not contain any religious question, their sense of security, due to the presence of the Atlantic Ocean between themselves and Europe — all these things have led the Americans of the last fifty years to hide their heads in the sand...
Page 84 - ... pocus. They are attempts to define things which Christ expressed by his life — ie, his relation to God, his relation to men, his mediation in every sense of the word. 83 We should accept these dogmas as we accept a child's drawing of a haystack. We do not doubt the existence of the haystack.
Page 78 - ... has forsworn the language. Yet through all his ground glass shines Christ's teaching and Christ's feeling. When I see one of these men throwing his life into service I say, Hath not this man cast in more than they all? There are other types of Christ's influence which modern times have made possible. There is the great fog-minded, Promethean Tolstoi, shifting his huge limbs in vain to find ease upon his crag.
Page 14 - ... attired in a penitential garb and holding a burning torch between his bound hands. Molinos was thus true to his second idea, — the absolute supremacy of the church. "Good-bye, Father...
Page 83 - For this reason we dislike them. After we have once had experience of the truths to which they refer, however, we can no longer regard them as nonsense, or as pure hocus pocus.
Page 67 - Symbols are the outcome, not the cause, of religion. They live as long as faith lives : they die as faith dies. To perpetuate them for theoretic reasons is wrong. Let love perpetuate them ; and they will last as long as they ought to last.
Page 74 - I mean during the last few decades of skepticism, become a mental habit for people to classify such experiences as illusory. But the reality of continuous power cannot be called an illusion. The most unlike and most invisible things go hand in hand in human history ; and some kind of mysticism is always a motive power in human affairs.

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