Christianity in the Light of Historical Science: An Address Delivered on the Occasion of the Opening of the 120th Session, Manchester College, Oxford, 16th October, 1905

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B.H. Blackwell, 1905 - Christianity - 23 pages

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Page 11 - Verily I say unto you, that ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit on the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Page 7 - THEY also are to be had accursed, that presume to say, that every man shall be saved by the law or sect which he professeth, so that he be diligent to frame his life according to that law, and the light of nature. For holy Scripture doth set out unto us only the name of Jesus Christ, whereby men must be saved.
Page 20 - From that moment, invocation of his name is observed to express gratitude and thankfulness for Buddha's mercy ; moreover, being thankful for the reception of this doctrine from the founder and succeeding chief priests whose teachings were so benevolent, and as welcome as light in a dark night ; we must also keep the laws which are fixed for our duty during our whole life.
Page 14 - Barbarians acknowledge that they have frequently seen, and still see, no mere phantom, but ^Esculapius himself, healing and doing good, and foretelling the future ; Celsus requires us to believe this, and finds no fault with the believers in Jesus, when we express our belief in such stories, but when we give our assent to the disciples...
Page 1 - The College adheres to its original principle of freely imparting Theological knowledge, without insisting on the adoption of particular Theological doctrines.
Page 13 - Problems, to trace archaeologically the roots of four great doctrines associated with the person of Jesus—the Virgin Birth, the Descent into Hades, the Resurrection, and the Ascension. The inscriptions reveal to you the very language of Christianity in the making. The hymns and liturgies of other faiths derive their strength from similar ideas, and express similar aspirations. Does Jesus, according to the Gospels, give sight to the blind, and call the dead back to life ? So does ^Esculapius. He,...
Page 14 - ... but one, came as a suppliant to the god. But when he saw the tablets in the sanctuary with the miraculous cures recorded on them, he was incredulous and scoffed at the cures. However, he fell asleep in the Dormitory and dreamed a dream. He thought he was playing dice in the temple and that as he was about to make a throw the god seized his hand and straightened out his fingers. In the morning he went forth whole.
Page 20 - Rejecting all religious austerities and all other action, giving up all idea of self-power, we rely upon Amida Buddha with the whole heart for our salvation in the future life, which is the most important thing ; believing that at the moment of putting our faith in Amida Buddha, our salvation is settled. From that moment, invocation of his name is observed as an expression of gratitude and thankfulness for Buddha's mercy. Moreover, being thankful for the reception of this doctrine from the founder...
Page 14 - ... life ? So does ^Esculapius. He, too, is wondrously born; he, too, is in danger in his infancy. He, too, heals the sick and raises the dead, till Zeus, jealous of this infringement of his prerogatives, smites him with his thunderbolt, and translates him to the world above. But from his heavenly seat he continues to exercise his healing power. His worship spreads all through Greece. After a great plague in Rome, in 291 BC, it is planted on a sacred island in the Tiber. In the first century of our...
Page 14 - He was even orcorrjp rwv o\(t>v, ' saviour of the universe/ In his cosmic significance he was thus identified with Zeus himself, and on earth he was felt to be * most loving to man' (cp. Tit. iii. 4). Harnack, in one of the fascinating chapters of his Expansion of Christianity, has traced the action of these influences on later Christianity conceived as a religion of healing or salvation, medicine alike of body and of mind. It must be enough now to remind you that the god was believed to reveal himself...

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