General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1878 Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: Many a man allows the best part of his life to be crippled by doubt, and the halting so hinders his soul's progress, that old age comes like an untimely winter. He is not a tree from which God gathers fruit, but a barren and leafless trunk in a landscape of desolation. Let past years of doubt suffice for us individually, past ages of unbelief suffice for us nationally. It is time that we reproduce the many glorious examples of Scriptural piety, those ancient spectacles of truth, faith and holiness. It is time to prove that Christianity, which confessedly gives purest morality to individuals, is able to sanctify whole nations. It is time to show that in Christianity we have not only the emotion which, with loving power, holds ten thousand hearts, but the wisdom which delights and satisfies profoundest minds. Is this capable of verification ? It is capable; and though no serious man considers a popular assembly the proper court for the decision of deep truths; yet, as the verdict of public opinion checks the tendency of closet speculation to become visionary, we appeal to the general conscience whether religious faith, in its devout dynamic nature, does not, by ruling the inner and outer man, raise the whole life to a higher stage. We are sure of affirmation. It is, indeed, because religion has ever furnished sanction to morality that creed and conduct are always associated in our minds. There is not only an excellency proving every part of Christian faith separately considered, but a relation and vigour in the several parts taken as a whole, which win our love and reverence. We long for the realisati...
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