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six lectures delivered in the Theological Seminary at Princeton.

1 minuut leestijd

CALVINISM AND RELIGION.

50 over

exercises

own

his

impulse of some hidden

he

therefore,

tangible body, he infers quite

Nature,

that

naturally,

spiritual power,

Animistically,

movements of nature army of spirits, and tries conjure them, to bend them to his the

explains

first

must be moved by the

also,

as the result of an indwelling

to

them

catch

,

to

Then, rising from

advantage.

this atomistic idea to a

more comprehensive conception, he begins

who

divine beings,

standing over against

abandoned

having

Spirit, as a

between

homage

pays

he

material,

power of

contrast

grasping the

to believe

in,

expecting from these

stand above nature, effectual assistance

fiendish

the

against

gods,

of personal

existence

the

all

his

to

that

faith

is

in

And

Natui*e.

the

finally,

spiritual

and the

Supreme

Spirit, as

the

visible,

till,

in the -end,

such an extramundane

personal being, and charmed by the loftiness

own human spirit, he prostrates himself before some impersonal ideal, of which in self adoration he deems himself to be the worshipful incarnation. But of his

whatever

may

this egoistic

it

in

the progress of

never overcomes

its

Men

are religious in order to conjure the spirits

hovering behind the

veil

of Nature, to free themselves

from the oppressive sway of the cosmos. not whether in

his jugs,

invoked

to

whether the their istic

subjective

remaining always a religion for the sake of

character, mail.

be the various stages

religion,

the

Llama

It

matters

priest confines the evil spirits

whether the nature-gods of the Orient are afford loftier

shelter against the forces of nature,

gods of Greece are worshipped

ascendency above nature, or whether, philosophy presents the

spirit of

man

in

finally, ideal-

himself as the

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van zondag 1 januari 1899

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Calvinism a life-system - pagina 54

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Abraham Kuyper Collection | 279 Pagina's

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