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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 227, December 24, 1853

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Identifier: DX04212709

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 227, December 24, 1853

Description: Describes a philosophic conversation about religion with Alfred Waud on Christmas Eve


mind could ever fictionize such a life as that of Jesus Christ’s. [William] Shakspere drew “Hamlet,” — but who could invent the character of him of Nazareth? And Shakspere, and all the mightiest minds, before whom our very souls stand in reverence, were but priests to him. You can trace Jesus in everything that is divine in them. They got all from him. The greatest poet is he who is most Christian, who teaches Forgiveness, Love, UnWorldliess. How small they all are, to him. The whole life, (put the miracles aside, even,) is such as no human creature could invent, and no merely human nature could live. It is Divine, UnEarthly, not of Earth, but of Heaven. A perfect life. Let one of us try to live a perfect day, — half hour, — and think of the vanities, littlenesses, — think what he knows of himself — the very best of us. And then too, — his teachings — so Catholic, all embracing. That God is Our Father, child and Sage may kneel together. Besides look at Christianity, as a trial, and mark the result. In the reign of Tiberius Caesar, in an obscure corner of the Romish Empire, a man is put to death, as a blasphemer, stirrer up of sedition &c, — an itinerant preacher, you may say. And now eighteen centuries and a half have passed, and every country that is worthy to be thought one, is Christian. Our best and wisest are but expositors of his words. We must believe in him, our hearts yearn to it, we are Wretched else, and the world is a cold, blank, Material, Necessitarian, drifting Limbo of Miserable Men apes. I do not understand his Conception, his Miracles, his God-head, but I know that his Life was divine, that he was tried and tempted to Agony, — that

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-12-24

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries


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