The Foundations of Belief: Being Notes Introductory to the Study of Theology

The Foundations of Belief: Being Notes Introductory to the Study of Theology

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The Foundations of Belief: Being Notes Introductory to the Study of Theology

The Foundations of Belief: Being Notes Introductory to the Study of Theology

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The two subjects on which the professors of every creed, theological and anti-theological, seem least anxious to differ, are the general substance of the Moral Law, and the character of the sentiments with which it should be regarded. That it is worthy of all reverence; that it demands our ungrudging submission; and that we owe it not merely obedience, but love -- these are commonplaces which the preachers of all schools vie with each other in proclaiming. And they are certainly right. Morality is more than a bare code of laws, than a catalogue raisonné of things to be done or left undone. Were it otherwise, we must change something more important than the mere customary language of exhortation. The old ideals of the world would have to be uprooted, and no new ones could spring up and flourish in their stead; the very soil on which they grew would be sterilised, and the phrases in which all that has hitherto been regarded as best and noblest in human life has been expressed, nay, the words 'best' and 'noblest' them-

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