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Christian Personality

Christian Personality

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By The Rev. Lewis B. Badfobd, M.A.

"And the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly;
and may your spirit and soul and body he preserved
entire, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus
Christ"—! Thess. 6 : 23 (B. V.).
By The Rev. Lewis B. Badfobd, M.A.

"And the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly;
and may your spirit and soul and body he preserved
entire, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus
Christ"—! Thess. 6 : 23 (B. V.).

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CHRISTIAN PERSONALITY By The Rev. Lewis B. Badfobd, M.A. "And the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body he preserved entire, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ"—! Thess. 6 : 23 (B. V.). WHEN the history of the thought of our day comes to be written, its charac-teristic note will probably be found to be that of personality. Psychology, the study of personality, has thrown a new light upon the child as he sits before his teacher or plays about at home. It has thrown a new light upon the patient on the sick bed, and set the physician studying him as a living whole and not merely as a case of some particular malady. It has given the Christian Scientist the one solid piece of truth in his strange gos-pel ; for Christian Science is a nemesis upon the neglect of the truth that will and faith have powers over the material which cannot be lightly dismissed nor safely ignored. It
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has claimed its place in theology, and already created there a new literature, in which the analysis of the religious experience of the in-dividual is beginning to yield fresh evidence of the unseen. At the same time even the con-flict of ideals in Church life and the problems MODERN SERMONS of Church order and work are ceasing to fill the view or to retain their hold upon the minds of men as mysticism steadily forces its way to the front. People who know nothing of the vocabulary of psychology as a science eagerly read and discuss the working of tKe Spirit of Gk)d upon the souls of men in a Welsh revival or a diocesan convention, or in the lives of the saints, from Augustine to Brother Lawrence. Even now we are but at the beginning. Psychology has a work to do
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yet in the reconciliation of apparent antago-nists. It seems as though psychology were to be the middle term between science and the-ology. In method it is a science, in subject matter it is part of the study of religion. Eomanes came to the conclusion that the two questions which call for investigation at bot-tom as between science and theology are the nature of causation and the nature of faith.^ Sir Oliver Lodge says now that the contro-versy between the scientific and the religious conceptions of the universe hinges upon the question of the efficacy of prayer.* But what are the elements of prayer but the will of God and the will of man — ^the very things whi(ih Romanes called causation and faith? Both of them are psychological questions from one point of view. And as between scientist and *" Thoughts on Religion '' (ed. Gore, 1902), p. 115. '*' Ideals of Science and Faith."
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