Religion in history and in the life of today by Andrew Martin FairbairnReligion in history and in the life of today by Andrew Martin Fairbairn

Religion in history and in the life of today

byAndrew Martin Fairbairn

Paperback | February 3, 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. 1884. Excerpt: ... II. THE PLACE AND SIGNIFICANCE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT IN RELIGION. Last Sunday evening we were mainly concerned with principles, with an attempt to fix the ideal or standard for judgment. Without it we cannot be just; can neither rightly understand, nor fairly estimate, the action of religion in history. Justice is always discriminative, and the man who has neitherthe patience nor the mind carefully to sift a matter to the bottom, and distinguish what does, from what does not, belong to it, is not fit for a judge. But the judge needs more than a discerning judgment. He needs an impartial mind and a standard or law, both moral and legal, by which to test or measure the guilt or innocence of the person he tries. That impartial mind no man can give to another; he must by earnest repression of passion and prejudice, by diligent criticism of his own temper and motives, by cultivation of simple and honest love of truth, gain it, and keep it for himself. Goethe said, " I can promise to be sincere, but I cannot promise to be impartial." Controversy may be sincere, but justice must be both sincere and impartial, and without justice no judgment can be just. Well, then, it is your part to cultivate and to exercise the impartial mind; it was mine to attempt to formulate the standard or ideal that should regulate judgment; in other words, the law according to which you were to be asked to judge. That standard or law was the idea of religion. That its significance may be seen, it may be necessary to recall it, or rather, the steps in the discussion that led up to and culminated in it. Note, then, religion is not Church. The churches are our means, or associations, or agencies, for its realization, good so far as efficient, bad in the degree that they are inefficient. If ...
Title:Religion in history and in the life of todayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217982816

ISBN - 13:9780217982818

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