Gloria Crucis

addresses delivered in Lichfield Cathedral Holy Week and Good Friday, 1907

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Author: J.H. Beibitz
Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 31,066 / 94 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 58.3
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 245
Added to site: 2008.01.04
mnybks.net#: 19597
Genre: Religion
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Before, however, we proceed to our main subject, it will be well to set first before our minds a few elementary considerations.

The existence of God appears to be necessitated in order to account for two things: (i) the appearance of control in the universe; (ii) the facts of moral consciousness.

(i) It seems impossible to get rid of the ideas of direction and control. If we regard the world as it exists at the present moment, as one stage in an age-long process, then at least [Greek text] the facts which now appear were contained in the earliest stage of all. Man appears with his moral and spiritual nature. Then already the moral and the spiritual were somehow present when the first living cell began its wonderful course. [Greek text]. All movements have converged towards this end, and the co-ordination of movements implies control.

This then is our first reason for our belief in God. We live in a universe which seems throughout to manifest evidence of direction

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