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And though we are alive, it is unconscious. aware of some consciousness in the more highly domesticated animals, it is exceedingly weak with The glory of conscious life, the best of them. which is only perfect in God, is found in man alone, because with respect to this also he has been created after the Divine image. Consciousis

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shows the unspeakable greatness of the gift of consciousness, of self-consciousness, and of a conscious life which even the ordinary man has received from God. Hence we have no right to

And all estimate it as inferior to the heart. religion that would confine the service of God solely to the heart, and to good works, to the exclusion of this glorious human consciousness, cripples itself, robs God, and is bound to degenerate into pseudo-religion. This shows at once that it is the Christian duty of human science to direct itself to God, and that not only a part of it, such as Theolog>', should take the knowledge of God for its object, and leave no path untrod in which it can enrich itself, but that science as a whole, and everywhere, All science, should exhibit the glory of God. however much disciplined and learned, that leaves God out of count, that awakens doubt about his existence, or dares to deny him, is no science but sin. It sins against the great commandment that with all the mind we should first of all love God. And since it is at variance with every idea of love to pass its object by with indifference, or to ignore it altogether, it follows that the scientist, 209

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van dinsdag 1 januari 1918

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 620 Pagina's

To be near unto God - pagina 213

Bekijk de hele uitgave van dinsdag 1 januari 1918

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 620 Pagina's

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