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The Simplicity of Religion.

The Simplicity of Religion.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY GEORGE HODGES

It is as clear and siniple as the universal snn-
ligbt In spite of all the creeds and all the cate-
chisms, in spite of all the metaphysical theology,
in spite of all the critiGiBm and all the contro-
versy, whatever is essential in religion is open to
the understanding of a little child.
BY GEORGE HODGES

It is as clear and siniple as the universal snn-
ligbt In spite of all the creeds and all the cate-
chisms, in spite of all the metaphysical theology,
in spite of all the critiGiBm and all the contro-
versy, whatever is essential in religion is open to
the understanding of a little child.

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THE SIMPLICITY OF RELIGION. BY GEORGE HODGES It is as clear and siniple as the universal snn-ligbt In spite of all the creeds and all the cate-chisms, in spite of all the metaphysical theology, in spite of aU the critiGiBm and all the contro-versy, whatever is essential in religion is open to the understanding of a little child. " There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of opera-tions, bnt it is the same Ck>d which worketh all in all." That is what it all comes back to. Dif-ferences enough, diversities enongh, bnt one and the same Holy Spirit, divine Saviour, heavenly Father, behind them all. The subject is the Simplicity of Religion. Religion, above all things, ought to be simple, because it is meant for so many simple people. It is a messa^ for everybody, and must needs be capable of translation into everybody's language. And "everybody" is a wide word. It cannot
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..bvGooglf 114 THE smPLICXTY OP REUGION. possibly be made to mean only the professors in the theological seminaries. Religion is a universal need of man. It means instruction in perplexity, strength in temptation, comfort in grief ; it is an answer to the universal questions — What am It And what am I here for! And whither am I going t We all want to know that — all of us — not the philosophers alone. The great fact of sin and the great fact of pain get into every life. People who cannot read nor write walk along the ways of temptation, and look into the black depths of open graves, and so have need of the guidance and consolation of religion. It would be hard to" have to think that the good tidings of the Christian gospel should have been put into such large words and such long
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sentences that only the educated could make them out, and get the blessing of them. Some-how, when the angels taught religion out of the Bethlehem sky, the simple shepherds understood them. The Christmas sermon needed no inter-pretation at the hands of Pharisees and scribes. When the great spiritual Master taught religion he did not teach it in Solomon's Porch to a select company of Jerusalem's wisest philosophers. He taught wherever he could get a hearing, out under the open sky, and in the streets of cities, and in u houses of common people. And the r.bv Google THE STMPUCITY OP RELIGION. 115 common people heard him gladly. He taught religion so that peasants and fishermen could un-derstand it.
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