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The Question Stated- The Transformations of the Religious Feeling.

The Question Stated- The Transformations of the Religious Feeling.

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BY NEWMAN, SMYTH.

According to the Gospel of the Spirit,
Adam is the Son of Grod; according to the
Gospel of the Senses, man is the son of an
atohi. The two genealogies become contra-
dictory only as either is regarded as the sole
account of the descent of man.
BY NEWMAN, SMYTH.

According to the Gospel of the Spirit,
Adam is the Son of Grod; according to the
Gospel of the Senses, man is the son of an
atohi. The two genealogies become contra-
dictory only as either is regarded as the sole
account of the descent of man.

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THE QUESTION STATED- THE TRANSFORMATIONS OF THE RELIGIOUS FEELING. BY NEWMAN, SMYTH.According to the Gospel of the Spirit, Adam is the Son of Grod; according to the Gospel of the Senses, man is the son of an atohi. The two genealogies become contra-dictory only as either is regarded as the sole account of the descent of man. The problem of problems upon which the tliought of our times labors, may be reduced, in the last analysis, to the simple alternative : Is man, through whatever intermediate forms he may have descended, the Son of God, or is he the unintended product of molecular forces? If the former prove to be the true descent of man, then we are capable of religion, and we live in some personal relationship to a Being higher than ourselves, from whom we came. If the latter be the exclusive genealogy of man, we only deceive ourselves by cherishing
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1* lO THE RELIGIOUS FEELING. sentiments religiously colored. Our spiritual emotions, the bright and evanescent forms Avhich come and go in the higher zones of thought and aspiration, are to be looked upon only as emanations from our lower and alto-gether earthly selves — the unsubstantial clouds of our mental firmament. Our chief end of life, thea, would be to adapt ourselves, as well as we ijiay, to our surroundings, and to sur-vive as best we can. It is surely not a loss, but a great gain, that in the discussions of modern times the main religious question becomes more and more dis-entangled from the minor perplexities of theo-logy. It is a sign of progress that the religi-ous question upon which the printing presses in these days are most busy, is not a question
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of sect or school. Messengers of reconciliation to-day meet each other from almost every theo-logical camp ; and few are the chxirches which continue to demand unconditional surrender to a system of bristling theological propositions, as a condition of admission to the household of faith. The question facing us to-day, which we can avoid only by retreating from the nine-teenth century, is a question of the very life of religion itself, a question between any theo-logy and no theology ; between faith in the spirit and the Father of all spirits, and faith onljr in this visible order of things. THE QUESTION STATED. II The very attempts made by some writers at half-way solutions, or compromises, between these two antagonistic beliefs, serve to reveal more clearly the real matter at issue, and the inevitable line of conflict. Thus Matthew Ar-nold's " Literature and Dogma " is a proposed
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