Christian History In Its Three Great Periods (volume 1)

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byJoseph Henry Allen

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889. Excerpt: ... THE MIND OF PAGANISM. TN our study of early Christianity, it is easiest and most common to think of Paganism simply as its antagonist, or opposite; and to regard the process going on as one purely of conquest or conversion. It is so in the main. There was a new spirit at war with the old institutions and beliefs. The eye catches first and most readily the dramatic contrast, watches with keenest interest the fortunes of the battle. The radical difference is what we have seen something of already, in the Christian thought of the second century, and shall see more of in the sharper collisions yet to come. But this is not the only view. It is not even, strictly speaking, the truest view. Leaven works in the lump, not by destruction, but by co-operation. Christianity was at work "like leaven,"--like a new element of great power suddenly set free, not to the extinction or exclusion of those that were there before, but to the making of new compounds, in which all their former potency abides under other names. Nitrogen and hydrogen are not nearly so unlike in their own apparent properties, as in the combinations they make with the oxygen that attacks them both. To understand the Christian movement justly, however imperfectly, we must know something of the material it wrought upon. And of this, not merely its falsehood, unbelief, or moral decay; but the positive side as well,--the serious thought, the vigorous life, the genuine piety, that still had their place in the mind of Paganism. For it is to be seen, not only that the old Pagan faiths had not died out at the coming of Christianity, as we are apt to think; but that what was best and truest in them had taken a new start, as it were, and a genuine pagan revival was to some extent keeping pace with the stronger...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889. Excerpt: ... THE MIND OF PAGANISM. TN our study of early Christianity, it is easiest and most common to think of Paganism simply as its ant...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217456669

ISBN - 13:9780217456661

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