John Rickards Mozley The Divine Aspect of History, Vol. 1 (Classic Reprint)

The Divine Aspect of History, Vol. 1 (Classic Reprint)

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The purpose of this book includes a certain amount of negation, but is nevertheless essentially positive and affirmative. The negation will be found in arguments directed to show the unhistorical character of the Biblical miracles; the miracles of healing, in the New Testament, being admitted to be exceptions in some degree, and to contain some truth. Certain parts of the doctrinal system of the New Testament are too dependent on the miracles to stand when the miracles are discarded; but there are other parts of New Testament doctrine which remain uninjured, even though we disbelieve most of the miracles.

Tho positive affirmation of this book lies in its vindication of the main current of Biblical teaching as unique in its spiritual truth, especially the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth; whom Christians are right in regarding as the revealer of tho way into eternal life, and as the reconciler of God and man, and who was also (though this is not the way in which Christians commonly put it) the first of the sons of men to feel intimately his true filial relation to God, which relation he also taught us to believe as belonging to ourselves, and as capable of being realised by us if we trust God and pray to him with all our hearts. That Jesus is rightly called the Christ, or in other words the ruler of all mankind (which is what the title Christ implies) is also affirmed in this book; though it must be understood that the rule attributed to him lies in his attractive power, not in any external compulsion exercised or authorised by him. External compulsion, though not always avoidable among men, is quite different from the government and the organisation which spring from true religion.

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