Immortality: A Study of Belief, and Earlier Addresses

Immortality: A Study of Belief, and Earlier Addresses

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Immortality: A Study of Belief, and Earlier Addresses

Immortality: A Study of Belief, and Earlier Addresses

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It is thirty years ago this spring since Dr. Clarke preached his first sermon in the old historic church at Hamilton, New York, where I was then a student. The words with which he began his ministry were, "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all," and for three years, Sunday after Sunday, he laid upon us the peace and benediction of his spirit. We were not aware that one of the foremost religious thinkers of our time was offering us the ripest fruits of his experience and meditation. The books that were to affect so powerfully the thought of our day were not yet written; but we knew, those of us, at least, who had ears to hear, that we were in the presence of a teacher who spoke to our minds and hearts as no teacher had ever done. "A word spoken in due season, how good it is!" was one of his texts, and a characteristic one. All his words were in season, for they were all charged with reality and sincerity, and they all "found" us. It seems, as one looks back upon it, as if a better type of preaching for college men could hardly be imagined, and I rejoice to remember that it seemed so then. While the sermon was going forward, one had no time to think of the method, so absorbing was the development of the theme, so moving the quiet application of it; but when it was over, one had leisure to reflect upon the marvelous simplicity of manner, the faultless adequacy of phrase. The benign gaze over the congregation; the steady, tranquil voice moving on from point to point; the familiar gesture with two hands, as if he were visibly moulding and shaping the idea before us; the directness, the transparent honesty, the absolute genuineness--one . . .

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