opment and growth. Men pick and choose, and, in a sort of unconscious way, reject portions constantly. We must save them from throwing it all over. For the growth of knowledge, and of intelligence, will not permit men any longer to hold it as a talisman, an idol; and unless guided by a wiser teaching they will reject the Sacred Scriptures not only as false in science, but as a guide to conduct and to character!
We of this age have come to the mountain-top; yet we can only see the promised land of the future. Our children shall go over to the land flowing with milk and honey. Great has been the past; the future shall be yet greater. Instead of doubts and dread of ill-omened prophecies, and railings and murmurings, the Church should write upon her banner in this day of the orient, "Rise, shine; Thy light has come. The glory of the Lord is risen upon thee."
The last years of my life I dedicate to this work of religion, to this purpose of God, to this development, on a grander scale, of my Lord and Master Jesus Christ. I believe in God. I believe in immortality. I believe in Jesus Christ as the incarnated representative of the spirit of God. I believe in all the essential truths that go to make up morality and spiritual religion. I am neither an infidel, nor an agnostic, nor an atheist; but, if I am anything, by the grace of God I am a lover of Jesus Christ, as the manifestation of God under the limitations of space and matter; and in no part of my life has my ministry seemed to me so solemn, so earnest, so fruitful, as this last decade will seem if I shall succeed in uncovering to the faith of this people the great truths of the two revelations-- God's building revelation of the material globe, and God's building revelation in the unfolding of the human mind. May God direct me in your instruction!
|IN A SMALL COUNTRY TOWN|
|5-12||Accept Bible as written, God, Christ, and The Angels in toto,Fixed Heaven and Hell, the Good and the Bad.|
|12-14||Believe Bible "inspired," but not all "literal." Shed Fixed Hell. See Satan as Force of Evil. Doubt Divinity of Christ.|
|14-16||Read Bible as history and legend. Shed Divinity of Christ, and The Angels. Keep God as Love, Justice, and Father of Mankind. Have fixed ideas of Right and Wrong, but become interested in the Bad.|
|16-18||Browning stage. Frame "God's in His Heaven, All's Right With the World." Parade aggressive Optimism. Accept "World as it is." Preach Duty of Cheerfulness, etc. Orthodox as to Poverty and the Working Classes.|
|18-19||Honest Doubt. Learn Omar Khayya'm by heart. Shed|
Jane Mander, "A Diary of Evolution", The New Republic, Vol. VI, No. 73, March 25, 1916, pp. 211-212. Reprinted by permission of The New Republic.