The Ephesian Gospel

Paperback | February 2, 2012

byPercy Gardner

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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. 1916. Excerpt: ... XV THE GOSPEL AND MODERNITY The teachings which the world has learned from the Fourth Gospel are so many and so great that the Evangelist stands in the very first rank of those whose voices echo down the ages. So spiritual is his doctrine that those who walk after the spirit in all ages will be drawn to him and follow his leading, to the great health of their souls. There is much less that belongs merely to the time and the place than there is even in the Pauline Epistles, less of supposed science, less of speculative philosophy, less of views based on the temporary necessities of the Church. And if the notions of the Evangelist in regard to history are, like those of St Paul, little in accordance with modern methodic ways, yet it is easy to make allowance for this. There is a luminous distinction, which is developed and insisted on by William James in his remarkable work on Varieties of Religious Experience, between the classes of men whom he calls the once-born and the twice-born. The once-born are the healthy-minded optimists, who regard good as naturally stronger than evil, to whom faith in the Divine leading is easy, who escape the severe crises of life. The twice-born are the naturally pessimistic, to whom evil seems dominant in the world, and who can only escape into the region of a secure faith through terrible mental struggles and sufferings. The Gospel of Matthew, in its earlier part, with its unclouded confidence in the Divine Father and in Providence, with its delight in the beauty of the two worlds of nature and of spirit, is naturally akin to the former of these classes. St Paul, with his crises and mental struggles, must for all time be the classic example of the faith of the twice-born. The Fourth Evangelist cannot be summarily assigned to...

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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. 1916. Excerpt: ... XV THE GOSPEL AND MODERNITY The teachings which the world has learned from the Fourth Gospel are so many and so great that the...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:74 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217949576

ISBN - 13:9780217949576

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