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Our New Senses
THE best proof of evolution is the fact that we are evolving. The work is going on before our eyes. The thing that was not is there visibly coming into being. In human nature and human history we perceive the slow emergence of new forms of power, glimmerings of vast possibilities yet to be realised.
Psychology Of Prayer
We treat Dr. Hyslop's declaration on prayer as a sign of this new attitude. He discusses prayer, not theologically, but as a phase of consciousness, a recognised activity of the human spirit. That is the new way. Our fathers started their religious explorations from a standpoint in the heavens, attainable only in their imagination.
Religion Of Calamity
Christianity is, in the best sense, a Religion of Calamity. Goethe called it the religion of sorrow. Assuredly, as none other, it has sounded the depths of sorrow and exhibited to us their meaning.
What Was Pentecost?
The Jerusalem Pentecost drove the early Church into a great propaganda. Our Pentecost will in like manner have its propaganda. It will carry with it all the spiritual elements, the love, the sympathy, the human brotherliness which belonged to that first phase.
Law Of Change
NOTHING is more pathetic, and, at the same time, more singular, than the persistence with which man has rebelled against the primal law of his being, the law of change. The words he loves most are those which express the opposite of change.
Religion And Crime
THE other day, passing up Ludgate Hill the present writer saw a thief taken in the act. There was a sudden rush ; half a dozen hands held the struggling wretch until a policeman, appearing at the nick of time, took over the capture.
WHATEVER he is doing man is always the most interesting of studies. He is never more so than when taking his pleasure. Often enough it is a sufficiently frivolous business in itself, yet nowhere than here are the heights and deeps of humanity, its weird problems, its endless vistas of possibility more strikingly displayed.
Religion And Ghosts
EVERYBODY today talks of psychic phenomena. The theme has become almost the next after the weather. The subject is not as yet an entirely serious one with the public. It is, like mothers-in-law or marriage with a deceased wife's sister, a topic for badinage.
Religion And The Concrete
The point is this—that before we can get effectively at a man's reason or his conseience, we have to touch his senses. Our neighbour is a being who first of all sees, hears, tastes and feels. And his inner life consists in largest degree of memories, mental pictures, of things he has seen, heard, tasted and felt.
Doctrine And Life
Has modern society a genuine and definable doctrine of life? Has it, that is to say, a practical creed, which it entirely believes, and by which it seeks to shape its conduct?
Doctrine And Life Part 2
The subject, as thus passed under review, has now yielded us its main results. The soul has been in every age the organ of Divine revelation, and it is still performing its function. The spiritual universe enlarges continually to our eye with the growth of our power of vision.
Life's Accumulations
THE cumulative process may be said to be the secret of the universe, the plan on which its whole organisation has proceeded. It was in operation long before we came on the scene—was, in fact, the means by which we became possible. The geologic times were times of storing.
Past And Present
The past is ours not for our enslavement, but for our use, for our learning, for means of conquering a vaster future. No less than this is involved in our belief in God the Living Spirit.
When It Is Heaven
LAMB, writing to Wordsworth, on receiving from the poet a copy of his just issued Excursion, declared the reading of it had given him a day of Heaven.
FATIGUE, we are beginning to discover, is one of the first-class themes in modern life. It is an affair not simply of medicine and hygiene, but of morals, of philosophy, of religion—in fact, of the entire human welfare.
Of Moral Stimulants
AT certain seasons of the year London exhibits on a great scale the phenomenon of gregarious religion. Its public halls are in requisition day by day for crowded assemblies, met there to be played upon by orators. There is an orgy of speech, of song, of excited feeling. People come up to the gatherings from town and country to be stimulated.
A Question Of Age
THE world has of late been discussing the question of age as related to efficiency. But there is here another question than that of efficiency. What is the relation of age to character, to morality, to the general outlook upon life?
Under Direction
ONE only thing has been a terrible pang to me, the giving over of my own judgment in questions of moral judgment to any human authority. It is so absolutely new and incomprehensible an idea to me, that any other test should supplant, without risk to itself and me, the inner test of my actions that my conscience affords.
Ethics Of Victory
Finally, external victories will be judged by their spiritual contents. A resounding outside triumph may in this view be the most serious of defeats, and the outside disaster the noblest victory. The greatest of all human achievements was the ascent to a Cross.
Soul's Distillations
The doctrine, so potent in its applications for this life, supplies us with what seems the best of clues to the life beyond. All the distillations are a step upward ; a movement from a lower to a higher quality and power. On this analogy death will be the human step upward.
Our Unordained Ministry
THE education question has had a front place on the national programme for some years now, but it is doubtful whether the English people are yet awake to its real significance. We are deep in the politics of the matter.
The Solitaries
We have to understand it and to achieve in our-selves all that it designs for us. It is studies such as these, of the mere facts of life, that show us faith in the New Testament sense of it, as the only rational solution of our riddle. Our isolation is an insulation. We are shut off from visible signs that there may develop in us the sense and certitude of the invisible Reality.
Broadening Of Life
THE moralist and the religious teacher of our time, as they study the problems the world offers to their thought, are met at every turn by a new difficulty. It is the difficulty arising from the growing complexity of life.
Politics And Religion
WHAT is the true relation between religion and politics? Is religion necessarily political? Or is it, in the highest view, non-political? Or can it be non-committal? Or, looking from the other side, can politics, with any consistency or success, steer clear of the religious question?
A Study Of Backgrounds
IN the summer months English people, on travel bent, often leave their home scenery in search of backgrounds. For foregrounds and middle distances our own island is incomparable. From end to end it is a dream of pastoral beauty. Its landscapes are such as a Cuyp, a Claude Lorraine dreamed in their most inspired hours.
Concerning Births
There is a yet higher birth than any we have so far spoken of. It is that given us in the words of the Fourth Gospel : That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the spirit is spirit.
Public Meeting Religion
THE question may be asked whether the public meeting, as an organ of expression and as a power in affairs, is not, amongst the cultivated classes at least, losing its hold. Men begin to realise more acutely than before time the disabilities of the thing.
Our Topmost Note
HE has not yet reached his topmost note! The remark, which was made to the present writer awhile ago concerning a mutual aequaintance, recurred later as offering matter for contemplation.
The Unpurchasables
THE world history of late years has offered some singularly impressive examples on the subject of what may be called life's imponderables. Politics and commerce are regions where the lower forces are constantly in evidence, where wealth and material power seem to have undisputed sway.
The Mind's Hospitality
OF the hospitality in which both mind and body are partakers there surely is no more delightful picture than that with which Plato opens the Symposium. Here are meats and drinks for the appetite, but so much more ! Observe the courtesy, the good-fellowship, the wit and wisdom of the company.
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