Read online or download a free book: The Power And Promise Of The Liberal Faith: A Plea For Reality
Publisher: General Books LLC (9 Feb. 2012)
By: Thomas Roberts Slicer (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.1900 Excerpt: ... THE POWER OF UNITARIANISM....' The building up of the body of the Christ: until we all attain unto the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a full-grown man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of the Christ: that we may be no longer children, tossed to and fro and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, in craftiness, with the wiles of error: but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, the Christ: from whom all the body fitly framed and knit together through that which every joint supplieth, according to the working in due measure of each several part, maketh the increase of the body unto the building up of itself in love.'--Eph. iv. 12-16. This passage written to the church in Ephesus might have been written to the Unitarian churches of to-day. It states exactly in the terms of the earliest Christianity the motive, purpose, and temper of that movement in religion which we call the Unitarian Faith. If you will analyze it, you will discover that it states that the ideal of all endeavor is character, and phrases that ideal under the title, 'the Christ.' It does not say Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus of Nazareth was an incident: the Christ was and is an ideal. Jesus of Nazareth lived 'the anointed' life, and so was in that spiritual sense 'the Christ.' But Jesus of Nazareth was for his time: the anointing of God is for all times and for all men: and so the ideal of character is stated as though it were a sphere of being,--' the building up of the body of the Christ' in the world: that is the ideal of character: the 'growing up in all things into him, who is the head, the Christ': that is the ideal ground of all effort. This ideal of character, if you pursue the ...
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