The Fellowship of the Mystery

 
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914. Excerpt: ... SELF-DEVELOPMENT "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." (St. John x. 10.) No quality of Christianity is more arresting than that of life. The abounding vitality of St. Paul, of St. Augustine and of many another leader is doubtless partly physical, and would have shown itself under any conditions. But many members of the Christian society, even in its earlier days, cannot have had more than average powers; and yet it is as a new life, increasing all the energies and doubling men's zest, that the phenomenon of the Christian Church enters upon history. This it is that makes the difference between the beginnings of Christian art and the conventions of dying Paganism. That "conquering new-born joy," which offered a fresh sensation to the worldwearied imperials of Rome, was to these men so rich in hope just because it came with the message that life is worth living. This message is for all. The supreme worth of the individual has always been upheld by the Christian Church, even in its most hierarchical phase. The soul has been always held up as the final interest. Neither the fripperies of abundance nor the squalor of the underworld has anything to say to the question that gnaws the heart: What must I do to be saved? No prince, whether one of intellect or of achievement, is so high set that he needs no redemption; no pauper, whether of mind or character, is so low but he may claim it. That is the unshaken gift of the good news, through all the ages and forms of Christendom. Clearly it implies a value set on human life, such as is native to no other system. "There is no soul But it's unlike all others in the world, Nor one but lifts a strangeness to God's love, Till that's grown infinite, and therefore none Whose loss...

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