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Thoughts On Religion At The Front - Ch. 1
I WRITE this little book in order to help towards an answer to the question, How is it with the Christian religion at the front ? With the flower of British manhood massed in the Army this and like questions are bound to arise - How is it with the men ?
Thoughts On Religion At The Front - Ch. 2
I CAN only venture upon a verdict after first acknowledging that it is inseparably bound up with my own short-comings.
Thoughts On Religion At The Front - Ch. 3
ON the whole, I venture to say, there is not a great revival of the Christian religion at the front. Yet I am eager to acclaim the wonderful quality of spirit which men of our race displayin this war, and to claim it as Christian and God - inspired.
Thoughts On Religion At The Front - Ch. 4
I MUST modify, then, and say that on the whole there is not a great articulate revival of the Christian religion at the front. But further I must add that there is religion about, Only, very often it is not the Christian religion. Rather it is natural religion.
Thoughts On Religion At The Front - Ch. 5
I RECUR, then, to my verdict that on the whole there is not a great revival of the Christian religion at the front. Why is this ? First, war is war, and, what is more, this war is this war.
Thoughts On Religion At The Front - Ch. 6
WAR, when it breaks in on peace, reveals in a fierce light the condition of men in peace. It would be ungrateful and disloyal not to acclaim the main sound heart of our country which thiswar has revealed.
Thoughts On Religion At The Front - Ch. 7
THE Christian religion is salvation because it starts from what God is. Everything in it of human benefit and satisfaction is a bye-product flowing from the fact that it gives to men a focus for their devotion and attention not in themselves but in God.
Thoughts On Religion At The Front - Ch. 8
THERE is then little conscious and articulate Christianity at the front, and yet there are profoundly Christian characteristics in what men are and do and endure, who have never known ordo not understand or have forgotten the Christian religion.
Thoughts On Religion At The Front - Ch. 9
AT any rate, in the religion of Jesus of Nazareth. We are blessed by the privilege, given to us by the work of realistic historians, of going to Him as our real Brother.
Thoughts On Religion At The Front - Ch. 10
Peter was not left in the porch, nor are we. His broken hope was remade by the One fully trusted in by Jesus only by the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thoughts On Religion At The Front - Ch. 11
THERE has been in this war a wonderful display of the heroism of men. But their thoughts about God and religion are for the most part at a level below the highest in themselves.
Thoughts On Religion At The Front - Ch. 12
WE all need to be so possessed before peace comes back. For peace, as I have said, is the real test of our religion, not war. We have been plunged into war, rejoicing little in God.
Thoughts On Religion At The Front - Ch. 13
WE need in peace the free and conscious realisation of that of which men are perforce, mid dumbly, aware in war. It is that there is something going on in the world which demands primary allegiance, and the putting second of every self-interest.
Thoughts On Religion At The Front - Ch. 14
THERE are objections, I know, which arise in the mind to this insistence on God and the will or kingdom on which He is at work in the world, and they, must be faced. It is easy, I feel, tospeak of the will of God in general terms. But what does it mean in particular ?
Thoughts On Religion At The Front - Ch. 15
AKIN to the difficulty that the will of God is inscrutable and hard to know, is the protest that to speak of Him as at work in the world to bring in His kingdom, is remote from the actualities of daily life.
Thoughts On Religion At The Front - Ch. 16
THERE is also the objection to an insistence upon the will of God in accomplishment in this world, that there is so much in the New Testament which declares (and, as we have seen in the last paragraph, experience seems largely to corroborate the view) that the Kingdom of God does not come in this world but in the next.
Thoughts On Religion At The Front - Ch. 17
THERE is also the objection that too hard things have been said here about the turning to God under pressure of anxiety, and the expression in prayer of the natural desire for safety.
Thoughts On Religion At The Front - Ch. 18
THERE is also the objection that the view implied in the preceding pages leaves out or passes over too lightly our need as sinners in the sight of God all Holy.
Thoughts On Religion At The Front - Ch. 19
FINALLY, I would say a word about the charge of pessimism which this report from the front may evoke. Both pessimism and optimism are rather moods in us than qualities which really belongto the facts of a situation.
Of Arthur's Birth And How He Became King
LONG years ago, there ruled over Britain a king called Uther Pendragon. A mighty prince was he, and feared by all men; yet when he sought the love of the fair Igraine of Cornwall, she would have naught to do with him, so that, from grief and disappointment, Uther fell sick, and at last seemed like to die.
The Round Table
THUS Arthur was made King, but he had to fight for his own; for eleven great kings drew together and refused to acknowledge him as their lord, and chief among the rebels was King Lot of Orkney, who had married Arthur's sister, Bellicent.
Merlin The Magician
Retold by Beatrice ClayOF Merlin and how he served King Arthur, something has been already shown. Loyal he was ever to Uther Pendragon and to his son, King Arthur, and for the latter especially he wrought great marvels.
The Sword Excalibur
MERLIN took up King Arthur, and rode forth with him upon the knight's horse.
Sir Launcelot And The Adventure Of The Castle Perilous
NOW, as time passed, King Arthur gathered into his Order of the Round Table knights whose peers shall never be found in any age; and foremost among them all was Sir Launcelot du Lac.
Sir Launcelot And The Falcon
SIR LAUNCELOT rode on his way, by marsh and valley and hill, till he chanced upon a fair castle, and saw fly from it, over his head, a beautiful falcon, with the lines still hanging from her feet. And as he looked, the falcon flew into a tree where she was held fast by the lines becoming entangled about the boughs.
The Adventures Of Sir Gareth
GARETH was the youngest of the sons of Lot and Bellicent, and had grown up long after Gawain and Mordred left their home for King Arthur's court ; so that when he came before the king, all humbly attired, he was not known even by his own brothers.
The Coming Of Sir Galahad
MANY times had the Feast of Pentecost come round, and many were the knights that Arthur had made since first he founded the Order of the Round Table; yet no knight had appeared who dared claim the seat named by Merlin the Siege Perilous.
How Sir Galahad Won The Red Cross Shield
GREAT woe was there in Camelot next day G when, after worship in the cathedral, the knights who had vowed themselves to the Quest of the Holy Grail got to horse and rode away.
The Adventures Of Sir Percivale
AFTER he had left his fellows, Sir Percivale rode long through the forest until, one evening, he reached a monastery where he sought shelter for the night. The next morning, he went into the chapel to hear mass and there he espied the body of an old, old man, laid on a richly adorned couch.
The Adventures Of Sir Bors
AMONG the knights vowed to the Quest of the Holy Grail was Sir Bors, one of the kin of Sir Launcelot, a brave knight and pious. He rode through the forest many a day, making his lodging most often under a leafy tree, though once on his journey he stayed at a castle, that he might do battle' for its lady against a felon knight who would have robbed and oppressed her.
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