The Religion Of Democracy; A Memorandum Of Modern Principles

Paperback | February 2, 2012

byCharles Ferguson

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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. 1911. Excerpt: ... VIII THE CASTE OF GOODNESS I.--The modern man is standing at a point of view from which it would seem to be possible for the simplest to see that the dream of the youth of Lamennais, the dream of Pope Leo XIII., is indeed a dream. Democracy cannot make terms with any kind of ecclesiastical trust or spiritual monopoly. The life of Lamennais is a tragic demonstration of this impossibility as his "Book of the People" and "Words of a Believer" are among the earliest disclosures of the spiritual meaning of democracy. It was said in Europe that the Pope had canonized democracy, but it was a one-sided wooing; democracy will never canonize the Pope. Yet it salutes in him the most consistent representative of the old regime--the hero of the dying world. The Roman Church as an institution and reasoned system antagonizes at every point the witness of the modern spirit. Rome is fatalist, skeptic and pessimist clear through--except for glorious miracles. Modernity, with its matter-of-fact assurance that a man does really choose his way and achieve his own designs, its confidence in the possibility of science and its fixed persuasion that it is a good thing to be alive on any terms whatever, turns away from Rome with a shrug, and does not stop to argue. As for the multitudinous Protestant and sectarian churches, they are things of incredible mystification, having but one aspect in common--a genius for compromise and self-contradiction. It is true that the inner spirit of Protestantism is nothing other than the modern spirit; but Protestant ecclesiasticism as it stands is a jungle of impossibilities--a disastrous attempt to put new wine into old bottles. Protestantism has shone clear and illustrious only in those times when for a moment it has forgotten its corporate pr...

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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. 1911. Excerpt: ... VIII THE CASTE OF GOODNESS I.--The modern man is standing at a point of view from which it would seem to be possible for the s...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217845878

ISBN - 13:9780217845878

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