Living Religions and a World Faith

Living Religions and a World Faith

Living Religions and a World Faith

Living Religions and a World Faith

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For a book put out in 1912 there was a concluding chapter which remained unpublished. The theme of the book was the meaning of God, so far as that meaning appears in human experience. The final chapters of the book as published had to do with "the prophetic consciousness" and with "God in history." The sort of "prophecy" there set forth was not the conventional myth of distant foreknowledge, but that assured control of the future, beginning with the immediate future, which may come from rapport with the deeper realities of event. I was attempting to present a realistic mysticism, one which turns its back on circumstance and the world's concerns only to find the Real, and thereby to renew energy and grit for the particular task, and to regain certitude in action, that detailed action whose integral sum is history.

The unpublished chapter dealt with the actual religions in their plural and historical character. It undertook to expound Christianity as the religion of "the prophetic consciousness." The germinal novelty of Jesus' teaching, it proposed, was not the doctrine of love in the accepted sense, but the doctrine of this sort of prophetic power: he expected of his disciples that faith "as a grain of mustard seed" which could "say to this mountain, be ye removed hence" and it would be removed--and he was himself, in this same sense, the prophet.

The time has come to rewrite a part of that chapter.

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