The future life in the light of modern inquiry

Paperback | January 12, 2012

bySamuel Mccomb

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1919. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER X THE PRACTICAL VALUE OF BELIEF IN IMMORTALITY Gibbon, in his famous fifteenth chapter, marks as one of the five causes of the growth of Christianity, ' the doctrine of a future life, improved by every additional circumstance which could give weight and efficacy to that important truth;" and in the true spirit of the eighteenth century, he goes on to remark that "it is no wonder that so advantageous an offer (eternal happiness) should have been accepted by great numbers of every religion, of every rank, and of every province in the Roman Empire.' The historian is right when he thus sees in Christianity the religion of immortality, though he fails to throw light on the curious phenomenon that a truth which, on his own admission had been for centuries in possession of the greater portion of civilized men, had proved of small account, yet in the new religion swept over the Graeco-Roman world and eventually transformed it. Modern study of the origins of our faith has supplied this lack. "We now know that the driving force behind the Christian movement of the early centuries was the belief that the Founder of the movement reappeared after death to various witnesses, some of whom put their experience on record; and this belief being based, not on speculation but on an appeal to facts, had power to dissolve the prevailing materialism and scepticism of the age. There can be no question that the most potent factor in the reconstruction of the old world was the living conviction of immortality generated by the post-mortem appearances of One who had shown Himself Lord of life and fate. And it may be said that the waning of belief in immortality which synchronizes with the revival of science, may be traced in great measure to the failure of belief in the Resurrectio...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1919. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER X THE PRACTICAL VALUE OF BELIEF IN IMMORTALITY Gibbon, in his famous fifteenth chapter, marks as one of the five causes of th...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:50 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:January 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217626343

ISBN - 13:9780217626347

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