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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 94, May 4, 1851

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Identifier: DX01015459

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 94, May 4, 1851

Description: Comments on a sermon by E.H. Chapin.

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verted to worship and service of Evil. Mid all these gigantic faiths, and oft led astray by them, Phoenecia, Assyria and Babylonia-engirdled, through all those ages was the God-given faith. “Do you tell me, caviller — ” said he [E.H. Chapin], as his cheerful, manly face was lit up by the light within him — “that if this faith was God-given, the wonder is that they swerved at all? I tell you the miracle is, that they had that faith — and that this small, close, bigotted conservative people have for forty centuries clung to it. How will you explain this?” From thence he, as I notice, he loves to do, proceeded to point out Christ as an object of love. Glancing at the Transcendental, and Nature-worshipping creeds of the day, he showed they satified [satisfied] not the heart and need of man; — more is needed for the infinite sypathies [sympathies] and desires of man; — who with all his knowledge, still in feelings is as helpless as a little child; — as one of those to whom Jesus sued “Suffer little Children to come unto Me .” Dead geologic worlds loom dimly at us; the land-surging Time sea echoes of mighty ages and Kindoms [Kingdoms] and peoples, numberless as the sounds on the shore, now for ever gone; the visible ocean with its grandeur, its beauty and terror; — this starry world above us, — each unit world to us but as a leaf of light; — man’s wit and skill; all these will give us just ideas of the unmeasurable, inconceivable, illimitable, awful power of the Being who created us. But only in Jesus can we draw near him as a tender Father, who hath individual regard for each unit of us. That of all words, that most endearing me was chosen by him, for us to address him by. Too much do we think of him as the Creator, (when we do think at all) and too little of him as manifest in Jesus of Nazareth. And very cold is our love for anything in the abstract, and of little power in us. When a great deed is done, then is our heart touched, — when the martyr goes with cheerful, uplifted brow to the dungeon, the stake and flame; when the prison philanthropist bends over

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1851-05-04

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Religion
Sermons
Transcendentalism

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