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1900. Excerpt: ... VII THE RETURN OF THE IDEAL VII. f3je fteturn of
tfje Itoeal. The original ideal of Christianity lay in the actual
historical life of Jesus. That contained a reconciliation of the
universe for man, and a solution of the contradictions implied in
the meeting of the outer and inner worlds, not by abstraction or
elimination of the oppositions, but by the free action of a spirit
which recognised the 'necessity' in actual worldly conditions as a
means to its own perfection. This acceptance by Christ of the
world's life as a necessary means of the spirit's growth, as the
only sphere for fulfilling the religious nature of man, and the
only possible road to the perfect knowledge of God: this was the
vindication by Christ of his faith in the ultimate unity of the
infinite and finite, the world of thought and the world of fact;
his faith in both as the manifestation of one principle; his faith
in both as essential elements in the final spiritual kingdom. In
the strength of this faith he humbled himself under all the
conditions of life, with pain and sorrow even unto death; and in
the strength of this faith these conditions, which are to us the
typical features of the opposition of the outer world, became for
him the avenues and channels of grace, the seeds of a spiritual
life that the Lord was planting and not man. But this
reconciliation took place in the simplicity of faith only, in the
sphere of religion and the moral life. It was indeed the universal
ideal, but clothed in the form of an individual life, and presented
to us in the region of simple trust in the universality of a divine
purpose, that all things worked together for good. And the teaching
of this ideal life was as simple as its faith: 'Let not your heart
be troubled, neither let it be afraid.' It is...
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