Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 1

Author: Theodore Parker
Published: 1855
Language: English
Wordcount: 107,413 / 301 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 67.7
LoC Category: BR
Downloads: 518
Added to site: 2010.12.05
mnybks.net#: 29825
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Religion
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le women, who had long awaited the consolation of Israel, and they heard him, heard him gladly. Yes, they left all to follow him. Him! no, it was not him they followed; it was God in him they obeyed, the God of truth, the God of love.

There were men not counted in the organized sects; men weary of absurdities; thirsting for the truth; sick, they knew not why nor of what, yet none the less sick, and waiting for the angel who should heal them, though by troubled waters and remedies unknown. These men had not the prejudices of a straightly organized and narrow sect. Perhaps they had not its knowledge, or its good manners. They were "unlearned and ignorant men," those early followers of Christ. Nay, Jesus himself had no extraordinary culture, as the world judges of such things. His townsmen wondered, on a famous occasion, how he had learned to read. He knew little of theologies, it would seem; the better for him, perhaps. No doubt the better for us that he insisted on none. He knew they were not religion.

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