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THE FORMS OF INSPIRATION

§ 84.

generally that brought

[Div. Ill

about that in his consciousness

it

those elements were available which

God

all

Lord should need It may indeed be assumed that the ethnofor His prophecy. logical and political knowledge of the kingdoms with whom Israel came in contact, and from which so many judgments proceeded, was present in the synteresis of the prophets. The capacity to gather thoughts and unite them into an opinion

may

the

likewise have been active in the instrumental subject.

This much, however, remains

fact, that so far as the ego of

the prophet was active in this,

it

own

did not go to work from

its

spontaneity, but was passively directed by another sub-

whose service it was emploj^ed. this does not end our study of the anthropological basis Ecstasy, which is so strongly apparent on the of prophecy. We heights of prophecy, is no uncommon phenomenon. and working of little of the nature know as yet so very ject, in

Even

magnetic sleep, clairvoyance,

Biology,

psychical powers.

hypnotism, trance, insanity, telepathy, as Stead called his invention, are altogether phenomena which have appeared

and which science has too Evidently these workings are less comin quiet, peaceful times, and show themselves with

from of old

in all sorts of forms,

grossly neglected.

mon

more intensity when public

restlessness destroys the equi-

This accounts for the fact that at present they This at least is are prominently coming again to the front. evident, that our psyche, over against its consciousness, as

librium.

well as with reference to excited that entirely

common

uncommon.

Whole

common enthusiasm and this action fied,

form.

its

body, can become so strongly

relations give place to those that are series of stations lie

between

wild insanity, by which in its course less concrete, but ever modi-

assumes a more or

And

so far as insanity has no directly physical

wholly the impression of being a tension between the psyche and its consciousness, which is not merely acute, but becomes chronic, or even permanent. Ecstasy is commonly represented as being the outcome of the causes,

it

carries

mastery of an idea, a thought, or a phantom over the psyche, and by means of the sensibilities over the body, to such an ex-

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van zaterdag 1 januari 1898

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 708 Pagina's

Encyclopedia of sacred theology - pagina 554

Bekijk de hele uitgave van zaterdag 1 januari 1898

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 708 Pagina's

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