A Christian's Appreciation of Their Faiths: A Study of the Best in the World's Greatest Religions

Open Court Publishing Company, 1921 - 305 ˹
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. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...is not much of a proselytizing organization. Its interest in missions has been in the form of doing good and helping on all good causes, and of reviving the life that is within these other Religions. The Rev. Dr. William E. Channing once used these words concerning other Christian denominations: "Accustomed as we are to see genuine piety in all classes of Christians, in Trinitarians, in Unitarians, in Calvinists and Arminians, in Episcopalians, Methodists, Baptists, and Congregationalists, and delighting in this character whenever it appears, we are little anxious to bring men over to our peculiar opinions." This unwillingness to make converts characterizes social settlement work in England and America. It is this which has made the Unitarian body a small one, in comparison with those more zealous and also more sectarian, and has kept it from participating in missions, so long as the main idea has been to convert people from their traditional faith to Christianity. Unitarians need to understand that, leaving out the proselytizing motive, they have a duty as followers of Christ to live out Christianity and make the Christian message known to all the brotherhood of men. Unitarianism in the old Arian form was as much missionary as was the Athanasian. The first translation of the Bible into a vernacular tongue was made by Bishop Ulfilas for the Gothic peoples, and the Gothic type of Christianity was Arian. It was also Nestorianism which in the seventh century carried the Gospel to Persia and China. It was a member of the family of Socinus who carried the Gospel in sixteenth century to Poland and Transylvania, and it was the same Socinian scholars who translated the Bible into the Polish tongue. The Unitarian Churches of Hungary are the descendants of...

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˹ 211 - ... and hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: for in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
˹ 45 - God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put to shame them that are wise; and God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put to shame the things that are...
˹ 212 - GOD sends his teachers unto every age, To every clime, and every race of men, With revelations fitted to their growth And shape of mind, nor gives the realm of Truth Into the selfish rule of one sole race : Therefore each form of worship that hath swayed The life of man, and given it to grasp The master-key of knowledge, reverence, Infolds some germs of goodness and of right ; Else never had the eager soul, which loathes The slothful down of pampered ignorance, Found in it even a moment's fitful...
˹ 98 - For the poor shall never cease out of the land : therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.
˹ 222 - Ye whose hearts are fresh and simple, Who have faith in God and Nature, Who believe, that in all ages Every human heart is human, That in even savage bosoms There are longings, yearnings, strivings For the good they comprehend not, [6] That the feeble hands and helpless, Groping blindly in the darkness, Touch God's right hand in that darkness And are lifted up and strengthened; Listen to this simple story, To this Song of Hiawatha!
˹ 172 - For nothing worthy proving can be proven, Nor yet disproven. Wherefore thou be wise, Cleave ever to the sunnier side of doubt, And cling to Faith beyond the forms of Faith ! She reels not in the storm of warring words, She brightens at the clash of 'Yes
˹ 210 - The God that made the world and all things therein, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands...
˹ 294 - Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide, In the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side; Some great cause, God's New Messiah, offering each the bloom or blight, Parts the goats upon the left hand and the sheep upon the right; And the choice goes by forever 'twixt that darkness and that light.
˹ 189 - ... religion cannot be said to have made a bad choice in pitching on this man as the ideal representative and guide of humanity ; nor even now would it be easy, even for an unbeliever, to find a better translation of the rule of virtue from the abstract into the concrete than to endeavour so to live that Christ would approve our life.
˹ 48 - For he shall give his angels charge over thee, To keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, Lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.