The Choir Invisible and Other Sermons by John White ChadwickThe Choir Invisible and Other Sermons by John White Chadwick

The Choir Invisible and Other Sermons

byJohn White Chadwick

Paperback | February 4, 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. 1899. Excerpt: ... THE GREAT PERHAPS. The title which I have given to my sermon is one which some of you, no doubt, are able to trace, as I am not, to its original source. I have the dimmest possible persuasion that it originated (Le Grand Peut-etre) with Rabelais or some other French writer, and that, as first used, it was used as a definition or delimitation of God, and not as a definition or delimitation of immortality. But this is sure: that, whatever its original source or meaning, the expression has been used, of late, quite as often to synonymize "immortality" as to synonymize "God"; and it is as synonymizing " immortality " that I have taken it this morning as the title of my discourse. As synonymizing immortality, it is, I think, significant of the body and direction of a great deal of thought and sentiment which have been latterly developed. I have conversed with many of you on this head; and I should like to with many more, in order that I may determine whether I am right or wrong in my persuasion that many of you here, who formerly regarded immortality as a blessed certainty, now think of it as the Great Perhaps, some of you emphasizing the Perhaps. Let me be entirely frank about this matter, and say that, when I came to Brooklyn, thirty-four years ago, to find persons in my society having any doubt of the reality of a future life was difficult, but that to find such now is easier than I could wish. For this change has not coincided with any weakening of faith on my part. The progress or--if I may not without presumption say the progress--the change has been from less to more confident affirmation, at least since the collapse of my original Transcendentalism, with its joyful consciousness of immortality, threw me back on such reserves of science as were then at ...
Title:The Choir Invisible and Other SermonsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:70 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217576796

ISBN - 13:9780217576796