The Congregational Review (Volume 7)

9780217320818: The Congregational Review (Volume 7)

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1867. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... as any could. These are the developments of the divine in man, the way in which the soul of God is poured into the world through the thoughts of men. Accordingly, instead of the condemnation of the literature just referred to, there should be ^hankfulness for the Gospels according to Voltaire, Dumas, George Sand, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. It is hardly necessary to say in conclusion, that the revelation of God in the Scriptures by Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, one God in three Persons, involves less of absurdity, even in the light of reason, than this philosophy, or any scheme of theology* in alliance with it. ARTICLE VI. THE LEGACY OF THE EARLY CHURCH TO FUTURE GENERATIONS. It is our object in this article to show the great Christian ideas which the Fathers promulgated, and which have proved of so great influence on the Middle Ages, and our own civilization. These were declared before the Roman Empire fell; and if they did not arrest ruin, still alleviated the miseries of society, and laid the foundation of all that is most ennobling among modern nations. The early church should be the most glorious chapter in the history of humanity. While the work of destruction was going on in every part of the world, both by vice and violence, there was still the new work of creation proceeding with it, a precious savor of life to future ages. If there is anything sublime, it is the power of renovating ideas amid universal degeneracy. They are seeds of truth, which grow, and ripen into grand institutions. These did not become of sufficient importance to arrest the attention of historians until they were cultivated by the Germanic nations in the Middle Ages. Vol. vn.--No. xxxv. 9 It could be shown that almost every thing which gives glory to Christian civilization had its...

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