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by his Creation. His purpose is not merely to be great, but to be known, to be praised and And, therefore, God creto be loved as such. ated man after his Image and after his Likeness. 13

"NONE OF ME." The new paganism, which

is

broadly on the

increase, differs from that against which prophets and Apostles protested, in that it has no Speaking metaphorically it has. It is idols. properly said that a mother makes an idol of her child, a wife of her husband. One worships his idol in art and another in Mammon. However common, though, this manner of speech may be, the thing indicated is not idolatry proper, for this exhibits visible idols. It builds temples and pagodas in their behalf. It appoints priests, burns sacrifices and orders public festivals in their honor. Ancient paganism, with its visible idolatry, was personal. Modem paganism soars in vague enchantments.

In Paris and in London, and as report has it, New York, societies have been formed that assemble in pagan-like chapels and kneel and mutter prayers before idols. But these do not lead the new pagan movement. For the most part these people have lived for some years in pagan-Asiatic countries, and upon their return imitate in Europe or America what they have seen in Asia, and in which they took part while there. This is but a little flaw on the surface of things and has no significance in the great in

movement

of spirits. 63

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

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To be near unto God - pagina 71

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