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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 105, March 21, 1858

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Identifier: DX03488761

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 105, March 21, 1858

Description: Describes a sermon by E.H. Chapin.

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themselves on other than this catholicity of God’s love and love to our fellow man were unsound. This should underlie all our actions. He [E.H. Chapin] spake of Christ’s literalizing it. “If any man take your cloak, give him your coat also,” and of turning the cheek to the smiter. (This is always a hard passage to me, as to many others. For it appears that, were it practicable in life, it would not work well. If evil were not resisted and checked — sometimes indeed, put out of existence — it would grow worse and wickeder, in the end more self-harmful. Think of the Indian revolt, and fancy the human devils of [unclear word] experiencing this literal Chistianity! Could they be bettered by it? — could they understand it, even? Outraged humanity says ‘Devilish Sepoys, if you can not reach a certain standard of humanity, we will, by God’s help, blow you from common’s mouths, into a certainty of inability to do the like horrors again. Reading of these things I — like hundreds and hundreds of Englishmen — have cried and swore, and when I met an account of some terrible avengement, have wished God’s blessing on the avengers with all my heart. Yet either Christ was mistaken, or this is all wrong, and we should try to act up to his precept. I see no way of dodging it. And there is something divinely beautiful in that idea of untiring forgiveness. I do not see how strife can end on this earth until it be attempted. “I will not harm you, though you slay or do worse to me!” I can die and suffer, but yet you are my brother.” how unearthly divine is this — somehow, you can’t think it cowardice, though you can’t act upon it. Chapin didn’t touch on this — I wish he had.) He thought that the idea of God’s universal love for us surpassed all others, as omnipotence, omniscience &c. We might imitate him in this, loving not only those who did good to us — “as do the

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1858-03-21

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Religion
Sermons

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