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Commonwealth: The Heritage Of The Commonwealth
(Topic: History, American History, Addresses) CONVERSATIONS before and during the procession on Memorial Day revealed the fact that in the minds of not a few of the veterans still with us Memorial Day is coming more and more to be characterized by exhibitions of mere holiday hilarity, little in keeping with the solemn sentiments of reverence and gratitude which inspired and brought about the institution and observance of Memorial Day.
Commonwealth: Famous Addresses - Washington And Lincoln
(Topic: History, American History, Addresses) GREAT national characters are distinct and conspicuous pledges of Providential favor toward a people. History shows that it is chiefly by the great characters from time to time raised up that Providence inspires and guides the upward march of nations, conducting by the inspiration and the pattern of these great personalities the people as a whole to higher levels of truth and manhood, of social we...
Commonwealth: Addresses - The Moral Limits Of Prayer
(Topic: History, American History, Addresses) PRAYER we may distinguish into two great divisions, adorational and petitionary. There is prayer that is talking with God spiritual intercourse; it is praise, it is adoration, it is thanksgiving; and such prayer may employ many words or few. I recall the memorable example of Saint Francis of Assisi on the Mount Alverno, where he was accustomed to pace back and forth for hours uttering but...
Commonwealth: Commencement Address At William Smith College
(Topic: History, American History, Addresses) I CANNOT begin the formal paper that I have prepared let me say, to calm any alarms that may be arising, that the paper will be very brief without expressing my deep sense of the honor and privilege of being asked to be here on this first Commencement of William Smith College; and I would like just to, in the way of an introduction, make a few preliminary remarks.
Commonwealth: Power Of Attention
(Topic: History, American History, Addresses) ATTENTION is the focussing of consciousness, and as consciousness is not a particular faculty but the atmosphere which surrounds and informs all mental phenomena, so attention is not a separate faculty, but is the efficient power of consciousness which may attend and gives quality to every kind of mental activity, whether the object of that activity be objects without or ideas within.
Commonwealth: Essays - Nietzsche
(Topic: History, American History, Addresses) FRIEDRICH WILHELM NIETZSCHE was born at Röcken, near Lützen, Germany, October 15, 1844. His father was a country pastor, a model of Christian virtues, and especially gifted in music. Says Mencken: 'As a preacher's son, brought up with all strictness in the fear of the Lord, he had the ideal training for a future shamsmasher and free thinker. Let a boy of alert and restless intelligence come to early manhood in an atmosphere where doubts are blasphemies and inquiry a crime, and rebellion is certain to appear with his beard.'
Commonwealth: Essays - Lucretius
(Topic: History, American History, Addresses) ON THE WORLD AND LIFE AND DEATHLUCRETIUS, a Roman aristocrat; Omar-Khayyam, royal astronomer of Persia; Haeckel, a modern professor, 'all nature for his own.' One thousand years separate Lucretius from Omar; one thousand years separate Omar from Haeckel. Yet all three contemplate the same problems, argue from essentially the same premises, and reach the same conclusions respecting the world and life and death.
Commonwealth: Essays - Moral Liberty And Reign Of Law
(Topic: History, American History, Addresses) Lecky: 'The eternal question of free-will and determination is a subject upon which it is idle to suppose that a modern writer can do more than define the question and state his own side.' James: 'A common opinion prevails that the juice has ages ago been pressed out of the free-will controversy, and that no new champion can do more than warm up stale arguments which every one has heard.
Commonwealth: Essays - Conditions Of Moral Certitude
(Topic: History, American History, Addresses) SOME POINTS IN THE NATURAL HISTORY OF BELIEF(1) TAKING belief as the general term, we regard it as including the two stages or degrees of Opinion and Certitude. By Opinion we mean that state of mind and soul in which we feel our mental representation corresponds with fact so far forth as present evidence determines the fact. At the same time we are conscious to a greater or less degree of the possibility that further or other evidence might occasion qualification or even removal of our view.
Commonwealth: Essays - Abbe Felicete Robert De Lamennais
(Topic: History, American History, Addresses) ON FEBRUARY 27, 1854, the day was gloomy and lowering. An immense concourse of people, estimated at twenty thousand and headed by such celebrites as Lamertine Beranger and Victor Cousin, followed through the streets of Paris to Père la Chaise the hearse of the city poor. That hearse bore to its burial the remains of a remarkable man. It is safe to say there were no in-different spectators; all who...
Commonwealth: Essays - Bacon-Shakespeare
(Topic: History, American History, Addresses) 'THERE are certain traditions,' says the redoubtable critic, John Churton Collins, one of the most violent we may say virulent of the orthodox Shakespeareans, 'there are certain traditions which the world appears to have made up its mind to accept without inquiry. Their source or sources may be suspicious, their intrinsic improbability may be great, but no one dreams of seriously questioning them.
Commonwealth: Essays - 'The Lords Of Creation'
(Topic: History, American History, Addresses) SINCE WHEN AND WHY? 'An there began a lang digression About the lords o' the creation.' IN HIS book entitled 'Ant Communities,' just issued from the Harper presses, that renowned entomologist, Dr. Henry C. McCook, expresses his wonder at the failure of the woman suffragists to use the arguments at hand from the polity of Ant Communities that make so powerfully in favor of their movement and claims.
Commonwealth: Essays - Japan
(Topic: History, American History, Addresses) JAPAN'S RISE TO RECOGNITION AS A FIRST-CLASS WORLD POWERSOME THOUGHTS AS TO THE POSSIBLE RESULTS: MILITARY, COMMERCIAL, AND ETHICALTHE astonishing victories of Japan both by sea and land, in the wart just ended, have given a shock to the conceit of Europe such as it has not felt for centuries. It is true both English (Fortnightly) and German [report of German Staff] military experts have criticised the strategy of the Japanese generals as lacking in breadth and boldness...
Commonwealth: Essays - 'Koheleth,' Or 'Ecclesiastes'
(Topic: History, American History, Addresses) THERE are three dramatic dialogues in Scripture: The Song of Songs, a dialogue between the lover and the beloved one; the drama of Job, a dialogue between Job and his false comforters; and lastly, in Koheleth, or Ecclesiastes, we have in substance, if not in form, a drama, as Dean Stanley says, of a still more tragic kind. It is a dialogue of two voices, but the voices are the voices of the one so...
Commonwealth: Sermons - Baccalaureate Sermon
(Topic: History, American History, Addresses) 'Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth.' - St. Matthew, vi: 10. JESUS came into Galilee preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God. So runs the record in the first chapter of the earliest gospel, St. Mark. As He began, so He continued; the 'Kingdom of God' was his habitual theme. The expression occurs (not counting duplicates) more than a hundred times in the synoptics.
Commonwealth: Sermons
(Topic: History, American History, Addresses) IN THE seventeenth chapter of the Gospel according to St. Matthew, at the first and second verses, it is written: 'And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,"And was transfigured before them; and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light.'
Commonwealth: Brief Sermons By Doctor Converse
(Topic: History, American History, Addresses) We celebrate today the last of the five greater festivals, but the festival for today, unlike the four preceding festivals, does not commemorate an event, a transaction, a place in time, as the other preceding four do; but it commemorates a great eternal truth.
Commonwealth: Brief Sermons By Doctor Converse
(Topic: History, American History, Addresses) 'Every man has his proper gift from God, one after this manner, another after that.' I Corinthians vii:7. Every man has his proper gift from God, one after this manner, another after that. It is a commonplace of science to-day that there are no repetitions in physical nature. Not only is one star different from another in glory, but there are no two flakes of snow alike, no two leaves upon the tree, no two blades of grass in the field, no two grains of sand upon the seashore, are repetitions one of...
Commonwealth: Brief Sermons By Doctor Converse
(Topic: History, American History, Addresses) 'Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not and ye shall not be judged.' St. Luke vi:36, 37. The Gospel for today is a fragment of our Lord's great Sermon on the Mount. He had passed the night in prayer on the mountain, and had come down and was surrounded by his disciples.
Commonwealth: Brief Sermons By Doctor Converse Part 2
(Topic: History, American History, Addresses) 'Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the King, Behold there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born king of the Jews, for we have seen his star in the east and are come to worship him.'
Commonwealth: Brief Sermons By Doctor Converse Part 3
(Topic: History, American History, Addresses) 'Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some.' Hebrews x:25. 'Whosoever shall confess me before men, him will I also confess before my Father.' St. Matthew x:32. That Jesus Christ came to earth to teach the truth with regard to the character and purposes of God the Father, and with regard to the duties and destinies of man, and to illustrate that teaching by His own life and labors, is a fact so clear that no candid mind can dispute its presence and its teaching in the Gospel record.
Commonwealth: Brief Sermons By Doctor Converse Part 4
(Topic: History, American History, Addresses) 'Take heed that ye do not your righteousness before men, to be seen of them; otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in Heaven.' 'Do not sound a trumpet before thee.' 'Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth.' St. Matthew viiii, 42. Our Blessed Lord, in the previous chapter of the record of this Gospel, the fifth chapter, had laid bare the narrowness and the shallowness and the utter inadequacy of the Jewish traditionalism in the interpretation of the doctrines of the law.
Wonder: The Quest For Wonder
(Topic: Theology, Religious Thought) A SERIOUS a thoughtful man once had a singular dream . He dreamed that a race of men arose gifted with a strange power to experiment with the fundamental characteristics of the natural world. They could change the qualities of the soil. They could rearrange the laws of physics and chemistry. They could separate things which have always been united and unite things which have always been separated.
Wonder: The Preacher As A Student Of Philosophy
(Topic: Theology, Religious Thought) THE fascination of many human contacts may rob the preacher of a philosophy. He has learned that life has no thrill like the meeting of soul with soul. To go through the world sensing the inner quality of men's struggle and pain and fear and bringing to them the gift of understanding sympathy and divine hope has become an experience of constant richness and wonder.
Wonder: Bergson, As Seen From A Preacher's Study
(Topic: Theology, Religious Thought) MANY a preacher has no attitude toward the study of the course of philosophic speculation. He simply ignores the whole subject. He is interested in practical matters. He cares more about men than men's ideas. He cares more about life than philosophy.
Wonder: The Religion Of A Scientific Man
(Topic: Theology, Religious Thought) Is science the friend or the foe of religion? It depends a great deal on the science. It depends much on the religion. It depends most of all on the man who is trying to make a place in his life for the postulates of science and the sanctions of a religious experience. That particular scientific views have made religion impossible to some men cannot be denied.
Wonder: The New Orthodoxy
(Topic: Theology, Religious Thought) ORTHODOXY may mean a number of different things. It may mean a man's slavish assent to a formal code which he has never profoundly studied and of whose basis and implications he has no adequate conception. It may mean loyalty to a traditional point of view growing out of a profound sense of the value of the results of human experience as they have crystallized through the ages.
Wonder: Bushnell And 'The Vicarious Sacrifice'
(Topic: Theology, Religious Thought) HORACE BUSHNELL was born in Connecticut in 1802. He died in 1876. He was reared in the Congregational Church, but his mother had been a member of the Episcopal Church, and his father had learned Arminian views from his mother and objected to the rigid Calvinism delivered where he lived. So religiously varied currents met in Horace Bushnell.
Wonder: Robert William Dale, His Theology, And His Theory Of The Atonement
(Topic: Theology, Religious Thought) ONE day a visitor to the English city of Birmingham sought out the Carr's Lane Congregational Church. He walked to and fro in front of the building looking up at it. And as he walked he thought, 'It is here that so great a preacher proclaims the ever lasting gospel.'
Wonder: The Theology Of Ritschl
(Topic: Theology, Religious Thought) To a man who is interested in the thought-movements of our time and the relation of Christianity to them, the study of the theology of Ritschl is sure to be of interest. He will feel that he is studying something which is alive. It is not a worn-out system in whose channels men's minds move with difficulty and to whose deeper meanings their hearts do not respond...
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