The Religious Situation

Author: Goldwin Smith
Published: 1906
Language: English
Wordcount: 4,629 / 20 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 55.5
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 316
Added to site: 2006.10.18
mnybks.net#: 14998
Genre: Religion
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ntly dismiss belief in a great personal power of evil and in his realm of everlasting torture. The independent origin of such a power of evil is unthinkable; so is the struggle between the two powers and its end. There is no absolutely distinct line between good and evil. The shades of character are numberless.

Another great change, rather of impression than of conviction, has been creeping over the religious scene. We have hitherto, largely, perhaps, under the influence of the Bible, been fancying rather than thinking that this little earth of ours was the centre of all things, the special object of interest to the Creator; and that the grand drama of existence was that enacted on this terrestrial stage and culminating in Redemption. Astronomical science is now making us distinctly feel that this world is only one, and, if magnitude is to be the measure, very far from the most important, of myriads of worlds governed by the same physical laws as ours, forming a system of which ours is a member, while

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