Hopes for English Religion by John Neville FiggisHopes for English Religion by John Neville Figgis

Hopes for English Religion

byJohn Neville Figgis

Paperback | February 7, 2012

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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.1919 Excerpt: ... 3 HOPES FOR ENGLISH RELIGION I. FREEDOM 'Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.'--Gal. iv. 26. We are beginning the fourth year of the war; our leaders have been taking stock and clearly stating its objects. Many statements of these are made. Some of them concern diplomatic arrangements or legal topics. With these we are not concerned here; what we are concerned with is the conflict between principles. The war, we have been told, is a war of ideals, and this is in the main true. The conflict is between the soul of the English and the soul of the Prussian. Our danger is that in conquering the body of our enemy we shall be inspired with his spirit. Last week Mr. Asquith defined the meaning of the struggle as the conflict between ideals of freedom and of force. So far as we are assured that freedom is the end for which we are fighting, we know that our aim is spiritual. Faith in freedom implies faith in the spiritual nature of man. Prussia in its characteristic incarnation, Bismarck, always scouted the ideal of freedom, and her actions are all in harmony. English men believe in freedom even if they do not always achieve it, and even though they may have been at times false to their ideals--for the higher and the more spiritual your ideals, the greater gap must there be, always will there be, between ideal and practice. It is only the people with a low ideal who carry it out nearly. Only the devil is completely successful. Now the great hope for English freedom is that at least in politics we do not confuse it with anarchy. In religion, in morals, there may be a tendency to carry individual liberty to excess; but there is less of this in political and social life, or in social arrangements. That excessive individualism comes from a fal...
Title:Hopes for English ReligionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:44 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:021749014X

ISBN - 13:9780217490146