Spiritual Culture and Social Service

Paperback | February 2, 2012

byCharles S. Macfarland

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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. 1912. Excerpt: ... I THE IMPERIAL SPIRIT OF JESUS THE creeds and confessions have largely presented to us the eternal Christ in speculative terms. They have been interested in His relation to the universal order, and deal with such philosophic questions as the nature of His birth, His preexistence and the manner of His resurrection. We have in them too little of the human grandeur of the man, Jesus of Nazareth. Indeed these in some measure have been permitted to obscure the splendid manhood of the Master. There has been some loss in this. We have often failed to reach men by these philosophic terms, psychological interests and mystical rhapsodies. In our emphasis upon these things we have failed to picture Jesus adequately in terms of moral power. While we should not depreciate this wealth of thought, there will be great gain if we can bring the moral power of Jesus to win the moral mastery of men and to arouse great moral enthusiasm. I know it would have been a great help to me, in my boyhood and young manhood, had I been led to appreciate the manhood of Jesus. The creeds and the confessions had a sense of vagueness about them, which resulted in the obscuration of the Master as a great vital source of human inspiration. It might have been better if we had reversed the order and had thought of Jesus, first, in human terms and then, in the order of thought, in terms of His divine being. Indeed the best approach to the divine is through the human. The moral beauty of Jesus' character centres in the cross, which shone before Him and which beckoned Him on from the very beginning of His splendid life. Here, again, the meaning of the cross has been greatly limited by human philosophic speculation. It has been obscured as a living inspiration to living men, with their duties and t...

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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. 1912. Excerpt: ... I THE IMPERIAL SPIRIT OF JESUS THE creeds and confessions have largely presented to us the eternal Christ in speculative terms...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:46 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217876552

ISBN - 13:9780217876551

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