Grace and Glory

Grace and Glory

Grace and Glory

Grace and Glory

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A leading ecclesiastic said. the other day that he would like to abolish the word "rest" on tombstones, and substitute the word "work." I felt the remark to be one more instance of that secularizing of our ideas of religion which is so sadly popular. Bustle and activity being the characteristics of our age, a superficial mind can suppose that these must be the characteristics of heaven also. But the Christian hope, so far from endorsing our mental habits, challenges them sharply, and nowhere more than by telling us that "rest" is what God has in store for us.

It will, of course, be "rest" with a difference. "We shall rest, and we shall see; we shall see, and we shall love; we shall love, and we shall praise. Behold what shall be in the end, and shall not end." These words in which St. Augustine describes heaven are the theme of this book by Dr. Mascall. He draws out their meaning, and shows how they tell not only of the goal of our destiny, but also of the pattern of Christian life now in this world. If our citizenship is already in heaven, then heaven gives the clue to what we are and what we do today.

My gratitude for this book is very great. Here is theology for Everyman, like all true theology pro-

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