The Psalmist and the Scientist, or Modern Value of the Religious Sentiment (Classic Reprint)

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Ward or subjective; in both it is an organ through which the human soul beholds something other than itself. The religious sentiment, like the element of sensuous feeling, is the earliest of those messengers which convey to us the tidings of a Power not our selves. It begins before logic, before reasoning, be fore argument. It precedes all the forms of reli gions thought; it is antecedent to all the systems of theological speculation. And as it is earlier than the forms of dogmatic thought, so it is capable of surviving them. Our little systems may have their day and cease to be; but when they cease to be, it is only in order that they may give place to the sys tems of another day. What is the source of this reproduction 7 Why is it that when old theological formulas are quite extinguished there immediately appear in their room new expressions of dogmatic thought? There can be only one reason for this; there must be something which survives when the old form has perished, and which constitutes the link of connection between the old form and the new. That something we call the religious sentiment. It is that sense of divine truth which existed in the mind before it had obtained an explanation, and before it had received a name, and which, because it was independent of dogma in its origin, has been incapable of being destroyed by the dissolution of dogma; it survives to be the nucleus for the recon struction of the system yet to be.

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Publisher - Forgotten Books

Language - English

Author(s) - George Matheson


Published Date - August 26 2019

ISBN - 9780266169314

Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.1 cm

Page Count - 340

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