Religion In History And In Modern Life; Together With An Essay On The Church And The Working Classes

Paperback | February 9, 2012

byAndrew Martin Fairbairn

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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.1894 Excerpt: ... degrading? But does not this very elevation of our conception of the divine measure the influence of Christianity? It has so exalted every man's idea of God as to make the ancient idea abhorrent where it is not unintelligible. 11 1. Now if we are to understand the significance of the New Testament for our discussion, we must come to it with open spirit, and look at its idea of religion as embodied in its great Personality. In other words, we must seek to understand its idea through Christ. Now His life was one of very remarkable simplicity, and one of still more remarkable significance. It was altogether, from the religious point of view, unlike the ideal that had become traditional in Israel. For religions may grow, but they may also decay, and the distance between the vision and thought of an Isaiah, and the ideal and embodiment of a priest or a scribe or a pharisee in the day of Christ is almost immeasurable. The traditional ideal in Christ's day, the period of decadence, was twofold, there was the priest's, and there was the scribe's. The priest's idea was--the temple, the worship, the priesthood are the religion. God dwells in the temple; He is approached through His priesthood, He is appeased by their sacrifices, and the most pious man is the man who most often visits the temple, uses the priesthood, offers the costliest and greatest oblations. The idea of the scribe was different, yet akin. It was an ideal of forms, full of fasts and holy days, formulas and prayers, positions and phylacteries, reading of Scriptures and general performance of things by rule. In short, it was men living by rote, according to the fashion of the fathers or the times. The priests said, "No man can please God, unless he worships in a consecrated place, employs authorized p...

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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.1894 Excerpt: ... degrading? But does not this very elevation of our conception of the divine measure the influence of Christianity? It has so exa...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217274048

ISBN - 13:9780217274043

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