Christ-like. It is not simply service, for service may bethe mere slavery of fear, and that is superstition, notreligion. It is not simply grateful love, for that may ex-haust itself as a mere sentiment. It is gratitude assuredby obedience, obedience uttering gratitude, and both to-gether bearing witness of themselves and accomplishingtheir true result in character. The life of man in grati-tude, obedience, and growing likeness to Jesus Christ, assimple as that let us make and keep the definition of thereligion in which we live ourselves, to which we tempt, inwhich we try to instruct our fellow-men.And now, upon this essential character of the religionwhich we wish to teach mu8t depend, of course, the possi-bility and the way of teaching it. But notice first howout of vague or partial ideas about what religion is, therehave grown up and have been always present among re-ligious men various views about the possibility of teachingreligion and the general method by which, if such teach-36 ESSAYS AND ADDRESSES.ing were possible, it must proceed. Such views in generalare four.First, there is the disbeliever's view. I do not meanthe man who disbelieves in religion, but the man who dis-believes in teaching it. Of the disbehever in religionitself we can say nothing. He does not come in here. Of course he cannot believe in teaching that which is to hima fraud or a mistake. But there are many men, them-selves religious, to whom it seems a full impossibility toteach religion. Many of such men are thoroughly devoutand earnest souls. Sometimes, I think, the very intense-ness of their personal experience makes it seem to themincapable of being shared. It seems as if every man'sreligion must come to him as theirs has come to them,direct from God Himself. In times like these of ours inwhich the institutional and traditional methods of religionare shattered and disturbed, there are many, I think, who,driven inward from the tumult and distress around them,realizing supremely the personalness of their own lifewith Christ, feeling how little they were led to it or upheldin it by any outward influence, distrust such outward in-fluence for any man. There are parents who feel so abouttheir children. " Let them be taught of God," says thedevout father. " Let them find out for themselves," saysthe undevout father. " I cannot teach them," says each," religion is unteachable. It is too personal. It is notlike history or arithmetic. There is a notion of fate aboutit. The soul seems to be like the sea-shore rock at whosefeet the tide is rising. No hand can bend the rock todrink the water. No hand can lift the water to the rock.Only the appointed time of the full tide can bring the twotogether."