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Pages: 68

Language: English

Publisher: General Books LLC (8 Feb. 2012)

By: Alfred Ainger (Author)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1870 Excerpt: ... SERMON XXIV. THE LIFE OF THE ASCENDED CHRIST. (sunday After Ascension Day, 1870.) 'I am He that liveth, and was dead: and, behold, I am alive for evermore.'--Rev. i. 18. It is reported of the eminent Indian religious reformer, at present on a visit to this country, that he announced as his object in coming to England that he wished to see 'how Christ looked in a Christian land.' I cannot say what truth there is in the report, but the fact of its having become current shows that, whether it was uttered by the alleged author or invented for him by others, it has taken hold of the imagination, if not the conscience, of many. The remark is in its form sufficiently epigrammatic to account for an ephemeral circulation, but it is not, I believe, the pungency of its satire that only has attracted notice. It has, not unnaturally, awakened in many breasts the slumbering uneasiness of which all become conscious when their attention is aroused by some new and pertinent question, or some sudden confronting with truth long ignored, to the actual demands and claims made upon them by the Christian religion. If we begin to entertain this strange and searching question, we shall find it hard to escape from. Yes, my brethren, how does Christ appear in a Christian country--not to ourselves, for we see in Christianity what we have ourselves elaborated out of it, but to strangers, not merely strangers in race and blood and language, but strangers to our habits of thought, our conventionalities, strangers to the traditions of centuries, and all the indirect influences exercised upon our religion by our national history and development: for though we have changed in the sight and presence of the living Christ, He has not changed to us. He who died lives for evermore. His will and ...

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