s instinct demands and pursues: it is mystery which constitutes the essence of worship, the power of proselytism. When the cross became the "foolishness" of the cross, it took possession of the masses. And in our own day, those who wish to get rid of the supernatural, to enlighten religion, to economize faith, find themselves deserted, like poets who should declaim against poetry, or women who should decry love. Faith consists in the acceptance of the incomprehensible, and even in the pursuit of the impossible, and is self-intoxicated with its own sacrifices, its own repeated extravagances.
It is the forgetfulness of this psychological law which stultifies the so-called liberal Christianity. It is the realization of it which constitutes the strength of Catholicism.
Apparently, no positive religion can survive the supernatural element which is the reason for its existence. Natural religion seems to be the tomb of all historic cults. All concrete religions die eventually in the pure air of philoso
This volume I found a lot more sloggy than vol. 1(see review of vol. 1). I did a lot more scan reading of this volume. It might have something to do with all the Greek writers, amazing how many of their names start with "a". There are some good points, I love Hans Christian Anderson, and there was some really good poetry. The bios and critical comments are what make these worth reading, I am learning a lot and it provides some explanation to references that abound in 19th and 20th century literature.