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The Miraculous and the Supernatural

The miraculous and supernatural, as descriptive of events, and as terms of classification, are each used with distinct and differing definition. Further misapprehension is often added by their interchangeable employment. Much disagreement naturally results which would be preventable if men took more care to understand each other accurately. What is…
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Life More Abundant

ICame that they may have life, and may have it abundantly." (John x, 10) The intimate relation of the divine to the human life is the most fundamental truth that can occupy our attention. How to secure a fuller measure of vitality has been and ever will be the universal…
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Eden and the Fall

The Bible is a wonderful Book because it is full of hidden treasure. The letter of Scripture may be translated from Oriental into Occidental forms of speech, but the rich glow of spiritual truth can be seen and felt only "between the lines," by the inner perception. Its prose, though…
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The Bible and Nature

When truly interpreted, the spirit of the Bible is in full accord with the inwardness of Nature. The supernatural is only the higher zone of the natural. God is more directly the Author of the book of Nature than of the Written Word. Nature is sacred, a true Theophany. Her…
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History, Manuscripts, and Translations

It is not the purpose, nor within the scope of this volume to attempt any exhaustive or technical study of the books of the Old and New Testaments. That work is being done by trained specialists, and requires a peculiar equipment which is not common, and to which the author…
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Salvation

The all-embracing theme and purpose of the Bible is human salvation. Not only Christianity, but practically all other systems of religion claim for their main object the saving of souls. The idea of two unlike conditions, one beneficent, constructive, and harmonious, and the other the reverse, thereby making an essential…
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The Priest and the Prophet

Two great and unlike phases of religious life mainly make up the Old Testament Scriptures. One relates to priesthood, with its functions, their exercise and ritual, and the other includes the messages of those preachers of righteousness who are called prophets. In the evolution of the religious life and its…
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Faith and the Unseen

There is no principle made more prominent in the Bible than the saving power of faith. It is everywhere presented as the vital force in man, the motive power of the religious life. "According to thy faith be it unto thee," was an expression so often used by Jesus —…
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The Bible and Idealism

The Bible is a great word-picture in mosaic designs of the Ideal. Its infinite variety of character, history, experience, precept, judgment, and life, under many conditions, have one meaning and converge to unity. From the beginning of the Old Testament to the ending of the New, there is a constant…
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Christ and Jesus

The Son of God naturally must be a living image of the Father. "And God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." Sonship, latent, potential, or dynamic therefore must include the whole human family. The image may…
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Sacrifice and Atonement

The moral and spiritual progress of mankind comes through sacrifice. Atonement is a universal law, and the one great historic fact to which the term generally has been limited, is but a single, though supreme concrete expression of the common principle. The moral order, as it applies to humanity, provides…
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Biblical Poetry and Fiction

Any revelation, to be a real revelation, must be adapted to the inner conditions of the recipient. Blot out what is poetic and imaginative from living literature, and the more inspirational and soul moving part would be gone. These forms of writing have a warmth and depth of appeal unequaled…
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Preface

Among the important progressive movements of the present time, perhaps there is none more far-reaching in its relations than the emancipation of the Bible from literalism and formalism. This great work is many-sided, and it invites the aid of every one who can make any contribution to its moving forces.…
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A Condensed Survey

There is a general desire to know the Bible better. In this age of keen and searching inquiry, everything is on trial. Principles, dogmas, and opinions are being tested in real life, and weighed in delicate balances. Nothing is exempt from this sifting process, no, not even the Bible. Sentiment,…
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The Higher Criticism

What is known as the higher criticism, including also, technically, the lower criticism, is doing a great work in the emancipation of the Word of God. The severance of artificial bandages and bonds, the rational removal of a destructive literalism, the revelation of a true inwardness, with a rescue from…
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The Future Life

The teaching of the Bible regarding the future life and its conditions is veiled, and in the Old Testament, especially, there is little recognition of immortality. There is more or less implication in that direction, but a seeming dearth of positive or definite statement. Even in the New Testament, outside…
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The Glory of the Commonplace

"'Tis distance lends enchantment to the view, And robes the mountain in its azure hue." If this familiar sentiment be true of the things of sense, it is still more marked in the realities of the higher realm. The human mind is prone to rear its altars and erect its…
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The Forward March

"And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward." It is against the deepest law of our nature that we ever should be at rest. There never has been, nor ever will be a time in the history…
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The Real Seat of Authority

ASerious obstacle to the progress of religion, or Christianity in its broad sense, is the assumption of an official authority from the outside. Not merely in religion, but in civil affairs, in science, ethics, and every department of life, there is a growing idea and ideal of freedom in the…
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