The authority of religious experience

Paperback | February 13, 2012

byCharles Lewis Slattery

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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: ... VI GOD THE scoffer ridicules the man who pretends to tell his thoughts about God. How, says the scoffer, can the finite know the Infinite, how can the imperfect know the Perfect? Religious experience in all its forms, however, is not daunted by this criticism. There was a time when John Henry Newman doubted everything but the existence of God and his own soul. Every religious thinker, though with a more varied faith, must recognize that God and his own soul are for every man the ultimate considerations. He then stands reverently before the report of the soaring rhapsodist, and also before the report of the devout and simple man. There is no man in earnest who, if he honestly lives his life, may not tell us some vital truth about God; for in all the deepest, hardest places of life he and God live quite alone, and what God says and does in those supreme moments are the most precious records of humanity. We need not fear presumption, then, in attempting to put down what religious experience has found out about the Most High. I THE INSTINCTIVE RECOGNITION OF GOD All arguments to prove God's existence seem mockery. They are like arguments to a child that his mother is his mother. The arguments seem inadequate and worthless, not because they are not good, but because every man has in him an assurance that exceeds all arguments: he has felt God. No record of modern times is more eloquent than that of the child, blind, deaf, dumb, whose instruction in religion was held back by the one person who could communicate with her, till she was passing over the age of childhood into youth. Then a great religious teacher was brought to tell her, through the interpreter, about God. The child listened breathless. When the lesson was over, she said, "I have always known Him,--...

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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: ... VI GOD THE scoffer ridicules the man who pretends to tell his thoughts about God. How, says the scoffer, can the finite know th...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 13, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217378528

ISBN - 13:9780217378529

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