Hughes, Thomas The Manliness of Christ

ISBN 13: 9780217040754

The Manliness of Christ

9780217040754: The Manliness of Christ

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1887. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... human hate--who has borne with absolutely unshaken ste*Bfnst. ness the distrust and anger of kinsfolk, the ingratitude offcftnverts, the blindness of disciples, the fitful and purblind worship, and hatred, and fear of the nation of the Jews. So far, we can estimate to some extent the burden and the strain, and realize the strength and beauty of the spirit which could bear it all. Beyond and behind lie depths into which we can but giance. For in those last hours of his life on earth the question was to be decided whether we men have in deed and in truth a brotherhood, in a Son of Man, the head of humanity, who has united mankind to their Father, and can enable them to know him. PART Vm.--THE LAST ACT. ** Thou Fecm'et both human anrl divine; The highest, holiest manhood Thou I" Tenutson. We have reached the last stage, which is also the most critical one, of our inquiry. It is upon the accounts which we have of Christ's agony that the scornful denials of his manliness mainly rest. How, it is asked, can you Christians recognize as perfect man, as the head and representative of humanity, one who showed such signs of physical fear and weakness as Christ, by your own confession, showed in the garden of Gethsemano? Even without going to the roll of saints and martyrs, hundreds of men and women can be named who have looked a cruel death in the face without flinching, and endured tortures at least as painful as his with a constancy which was wanting in him. It was, indeed, a speech of this kind in which the death of the Abolitionist leader, John Brown, was contrasted with that of Christ, as one so far superior in manliness that it ought to bo enough of itself to shame Christians out of their superstition, which confirmed me in proposing this inquiry to you, as t...

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