This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...by the late Professor T. H. Green, who very truly wrote that however incompletely moral power may be actualized in a man, " ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...by the late Professor T. H. Green, who very truly wrote that however incompletely moral power may be actualized in a man, " he in a sense feels the possibilities, unless selfish interests have closed the avenues of his heart, through sympathy with the higher lif e of society about him."1 In other words, the manifestation of higher ideals constitutes an appeal to moral capacity, and this moral capacity may receive more deadly injury through the egotism, conceit, and self-confidence engendered by a pharisaic compliance with conventional standards, which operate as ethical narcotics, 1 Works, vol. iii. pp. 222, 223. London, 1888. not as ethical stimuli, than through glaring moral failures which are clearly recognized as wrong. The publican and harlot may enter the kingdom before the Pharisee. Thus Christ consistently kept to his measure of men by the quality of their moral sympathy. He did not measure by the outward life, though He insisted on practical fruit in the life; He measured by the singleness and sincerity of the heart; the heart must be right, or all else was wrong. This is a reasonable measure of life. Man, like all other beings, can only find happiness by being in harmony with his environment. The real question is, What is man's true environment? To the materialist, the true environment is physical nature; to the man to whom the ethical and spiritual realms are realities, man's true environment is the eternal and righteous order: only when he is brought into harmony with this order can man reach happiness, and only when he is in true heart sympathy with righteousness is he in harmony with that order. If, as Christ taught, goodness rules, then to be in harmony with his environment man must be in harmony with the regnant goodness...Read Less
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