Science And Christ -- By: William W. Kinsley
BSac 50:197 (Oct 1893) p. 93
Science And Christ
Sceptics of to-day take issue with Christian thinkers, not as to the fact of an historic Christ, but as to his nature, contending that he is nothing more than one of the world’s great original geniuses who attained eminence in the department of religious thought, and whose fortune it was to flourish in an age naturally superstitious because antedating scientific inquiry, an age in which popular reverence enveloped the heads of its heroes in a halo of divine light and taxed the credulity of after centuries by myths and traditions of their marvellous miracle-working.
They do not hesitate to concede that he was a man of excellent spirit, profound wisdom, exceptionally pure life, that his discourses abound in most praiseworthy sentiment. Neither do they hesitate to affirm that to account him divine is a notion excusable it may be in some confiding child-age of the world, awed by mystery and ridden by priests, but ill-beseeming the bold, investigating spirit of the nineteenth century.
As this opinion widely prevails in learned and especially scientific circles, and is gaining ground so rapidly that we meet it everywhere in books, in the columns of the press, on the platform, and in the thoughtful social circle, every earnest truth-seeker feels impelled to thoroughly re-examine this the most vital and vexed of all the questions that have come up for settlement, “What think ye of Christ? whose son is
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he?” and to decide whether the answer given by infidel or Christian best bears the crucial test of modern thought.
We find on reflection that this question naturally resolves itself into these three:—
1st. Is man of sufficient worth to warrant such condescension and sacrifice on God’s part as were displayed in Christ?
2d. Is such earthly mission absolutely necessary to free man from the guilt of sin and the power of it?
3d. Are there in the characteristics and career of Christ convincing evidences that he was that Divine Visitant engaged in this most astounding mission of mercy?
1st. Is man a being of such transcendent worth that the great God of the universe, in order to reclaim him from sin, would leave the throne of his glory, dwell inside a frail human body, live a life of extremest poverty, and suffer himself to be humiliated, scoffed at, traduced, forsaken of friends, and finally put to a cruel and shameful death by the hands of hate?
When we view the vast world-peopled heavens through the tubes of our telescopes, and reflect that our little earth is but a single grain of sand on the measureless shores of im...
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