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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 111, May 5-6, 1850

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Identifier: DX09368812

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 111, May 5-6, 1850

Description: Comments on a sermon he heard in a Unitarian Church.


that many believe who could not (who can?) tell the detail why and wherefore. Women and poor fishermen “heard Him gladly” — albeit they could not find reply to Pharisee objections. For His Preaching was to the Heart and the Affections, from which sprung all good. The intellectual Greeks’ reply “We will hear thee again of this matter ” to the great apostle. / That as all admit a God (the veriest savage) and a Future spirit existence — (facts not arrived at by intellectual reasonings — but innate in the Heart.) — so do we admit the duality of Jesus. That there should nevertheless be no Compromisings — that Christians should come together more, so that the Sectarian taxes should be scattered to the Winds. That in this Nineteenth Century all the verge towards this Universal and Catholic Faith. And that in this sense the prayer had been answered. That as “by their works ye shall know them ,” the Christian could not be shut out from the belief that such men as Pascal Jeremy Taylor, Fenelan were “with him.” That we had Christians of all Kinds abroad in the world, Peters, eager and foremost, Johns full of intense love, Pauls bold and trumpet voiced — and that though differing “they were yet one.” Most guarded was the Preacher too that he might not run across the frail barrier which divides truth from error. Most practical too, pointing out to all that they must be like Him, their master, in Heart like him to be Christians, and that in no way could they better shew this than in their daily life and converse with others.

6. Monday. Drawing on the [Jacob and Joseph] Abbotsian subject. A note from

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1850-05-05

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Sermons


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