The True Position of Rev. Theodore Parker: Being a Review of Rev. R.C. Waterston's Letter in the Fourth Quarterly Report of the Benevolent Fraternity of Churches

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Andrews, Prentiss & Studley, 1845 - 22 Seiten
 

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Seite 3 - ABOU BEN ADHEM (may his tribe increase!) Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace, And saw within the moonlight in his room, Making it rich and like a lily in bloom, An angel writing in a book of gold: Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold, And to the presence in the room he said, "What writest thou?" The vision raised its head, And, with a look made of all sweet accord, Answered, "The names of those who love the Lord.
Seite 9 - His excellence— was it not human excellence? His wisdom, love, piety— sweet and celestial as they were— are they not what we also may attain? In him, as in a mirror, we may see the image of God, and go on from glory to glory, till we are changed into the same image, led by the spirit which enlightens the humble. Viewed in this way, how beautiful is the life of Jesus! Heaven has come down to earth, or, rather, earth has become heaven. The Son of God, come of age, has taken possession of his...
Seite 12 - Silence the voice of Christianity, and the world is wellnigh dumb, for gone is that sweet music which kept in awe the rulers of the people, which cheers the poor widow in her lonely toil, and comes like light through the windows of morning, to men who sit stooping and feeble, with failing eyes and a hungering heart.
Seite 18 - And doom him to the realms of woe ? 3 Who with another's eye can read, Or worship by another's creed ? Trusting thy grace, we form our own, And bow to thy commands alone. 4 If wrong, correct ; accept, if right ; While, faithful, we improve our light, Condemning none, but zealous still To learn and follow all thy will.
Seite 13 - Christian mount, and swell and toss, and rise and fall, and dart their lightning, and roll their thunder, but they neither make nor mar the mount itself. Its lofty summit far transcends the tumult, knows nothing of the storm which roars below, but burns with rosy light at evening and at morn, gleams in the splendors of the mid-day sun, sees his light when the long shadows creep over plain and moorland, and all night long has its head in the heavens, and is visited by troops of stars which never set,...
Seite 9 - God shone through him, not colored, not bent aside. His life is the perpetual rebuke of all time since. It condemns ancient civilization ; it condemns modern civilization. Wise men we have since had, and good men ; but this Galilean youth strode before the world whole thousands of years, — so much of Divinity was in him. His words solve the questions of this present age. In him the Godlike and the Human met and embraced, and a divine Life was born. Measure him by the world's greatest sons; —...
Seite 10 - E'en as the Emmet does not read the skies, Nor our weak orbs look through immensity. Once on the earth wert thou, a living Shrine, Wherein conjoining dwelt, the Good, the Lovely, the Divine." Here was the greatest soul of all the sons of men ; a man of genius for Religion ; one before whom the majestic mind of Grecian sages, and of Hebrew seers must veil its face. Try him as we try other teachers. They deliver their word, find a few waiting for the consolation, who accept the new tidings, follow...
Seite 12 - Galilean peasant ; which transforms his cross into i ,an emblem of all that is holiest on earth ; which makes sacred the ground he trod, and is dearest to the best of men, most true to what is truest in them, cannot pass away. Let men improve never so far in civilization, or soar never so high on the wings of Religion and Love, they can never outgo the flight of Truth and Christianity. It will always be above them. It is as if we were to fly towards a Star, which becomes larger and more bright the...
Seite 10 - And is it not the Divine which the flesh enshrouds? to speak in figures, the brightness of his glory; the express image of his person; the clear resemblance of the all-beautiful ; the likeness of God in which man is made ? But alas for us, we read our lesson backward: make a God of our brother, who should be our model.
Seite 12 - Jesus saw on the mount of his vision, and lived out in the lowly life of a Galilean peasant; which transforms his cross into an emblem of all that is holiest on earth ; which makes sacred the ground he trod, and is dearest to the best of men, most true to what is truest in them, cannot pass away. Let men improve never so far in civilization, or soar never so high on the wings of religion and love, they can never outgo the flight of truth and Christianity. It will always be above them. It is as if...

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