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Emotion and Evidence.

Emotion and Evidence.

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" I love them that love me." — Pm. 8 : 16.

" I love them that love me." — Pm. 8 : 16.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Sep 15, 2013
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EMOTIO AD EVIDECE.By DAVID SWIG" I love them that love me." — Pm. 8 : 16."TT must be only the affectionate seekers of truth thatmay expect to find the hidden prize. The Wisdom,personified by the poetic Solomon, and represented assitting at the beautiful gates of the city, an angelof light, cried out to the passing throngs, "I willgive my stores of knowledge to those who will giveme their friendship." From this scene pictured by theoriental past, from this exchange of truth for lovetaking place between an angelic form and the unlet-tered multitude, I would this morning draw the lessonthat the mind must reach religion's creed by helpof the heart. It is not intimated thus that reasonis to be set aside and that we are all to evolveinformation out of our feelings, and become inde-pendent henceforth of all major and minor premises,,and of that whole circuitous path to knowledge; but.with the value of the rational faculty exalted to its;EMOTIO AD EVIDECE.highest honor, I would ask you to believe that theaffections of the heart must constantly aid the rationalfaculty, if it is expected to accomplish much in therealm of moral truth. Wisdom will love those wholove her. That is, there must be something in thesoul that will welcome what words she may speak.There must be an attuning of the two instruments,the objective truth and the subjective man, such thatthe music of the former may not be rejected as a dis-
cord, or lost because inaudible. It has been discoveredby scientific men that the human ear is capable of hearing only those tones which are produced by somedefinite number of vibrations to the minute, andhence there may be a music in the woods and in theair very near, but in tones beyond the octaves possiblewith man, and hence that higher fact of music maynot love man or reveal itself, simply because man doesnot love it. Leaving the region of fancy, let us returnto the region of fact, and there we do without doubtperceive that Wisdom has always distributed her truths,not to those who hate her, but to those who love.She fills with her blessings those hands which arewillingly and even beggingly raised. Inasmuch nowas the domain of religion is the last place in whichmen will confess this proposition to be true, let uscome to this department only after having markedEMOTIO AD EVIDECE. 89elsewhere the habits of love and doctrine, or the heartand the creed.You have all just seen a great wisdom in a certainprovince of study, and a great love in the same provincecome to a grave, and disappear. ature told her secretsof birds, trees, fishes, sponges, and sea-weeds, to thisillustrious inquirer. Along the Amazon river andamid all the chains of mountains, and on all the seashores, the angel of wisdom, which Solomon says waswith God when He gave the sea its decree, stooped tothis mortal whom the world mourns, and whisperedstory after story of the earth's forms and changes andlife. Between this subjective mortal and the objectivewisdom, friendship was the perpetual days-man bringingtogether the world of nature and the world of soul.This naturalist only illustrates the nature of man andasks us to confess that all the children of earth who
have found at last any vast information, all the oldartists and poets and statesmen and philosophers fromthe most remote Zeno to the most near Guizot or Mill,have found their stores of truth by following the leadof a positive love for the domain of their toil. Themany-colored wisdom they found loved them becausethey loved it. All the success of Angelo and Watt andMorse and Fulton came not in antagonism to theirhearts, but under its welcome and smile.90 EMOTIO AD EVIDECE.ow, with such phenomena before us we cannot butconclude that those special ideas called " religion " willbecome truths or doctrines, only by help of the heart'sfriendship at least. Unless men can reach some wishin their favor, some partiality for them, it is hardly tobe supposed that mere logic will ever force them uponindividual or public practices. The power of the mindto reject conclusions not welcome to the feelings isenormous. Hence the couplet — " Convince a man against his will.He's of the same opinion still."because the feelings create and color our world forus, and where they do not come to the task, ourworld goes back to chaoi= again. The fact that feel-ings often carry men a\7ay from truth, or beyondtruth, and thus have originated the expression that

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