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this does not daunt the prophet, the freeman, who
has learned to walk in the ways of the Great Com-
panion. The springs of his interest and reverence
lie deep down in his own nature and in God's being,
so deep that no army of hostile circumstances, besieg-
ing his will, can stop their flow. He does not day-
dream or deceive himself, when he prophesies of a
time when man's whole being shall be at the call of
his highest purpose, and when every detail of human
life shall be pregnant with meaning and rich in
worth. The sincerity of the universe, the unity of
God, the beauty of Christ, teach him that the eternal
being and good believe in him. He believes in that
beHef and so is saved, enabled to believe in him-
self. Out of his own nature is given to him the hope
that he may become a man of attentive reason and
impassioned prayer, with a conscience possessing both
the gentleness and the severity of God, toiling gladly
to make the earth a fit place for babes to draw their
first breath in, and a gladsome place for old folk to
look their last upon, making his own life a part of the
joyous and refreshing story of the Son of God, who,
by living amongst us and dying for us, hath given a
new heart and an eternal hope to our race.

Genesis of the Social Conscience*



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is impossible to separate God from man or man from God. They are correlative
terms.' The author plants himself firmly on this social conception of theology, and
holds it. The book is, all through, very much out of the ordinary line. It does not
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which lie in modern consciousness, either as undefined experiences or as individual
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