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Wed Apr 05 01:10:19 2017 1 The Project Gutenberg EBook of Continental Monthly , Vol.
5, No.
6, June, 1864, by Various This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: Continental Monthly , Vol.
5, No.
6, June, 1864 Devoted to Literature and National Policy Author: Various Release Date: January 15, 2007 [EBook #20363] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK CONTINENTAL MONTHLY *** Produced by Joshua Hutchinson, Janet Blenkinship and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http:--www.pgdp.net (This file was produced from images generously made available by Cornell University Digital Collections) THE CONTINENTAL MONTHLY: DEVOTED TO LITERATURE AND NATIONAL POLICY. VOL.
V.--JUNE, 1864.--NO.
VI. ERNEST RENAN’S THEORY. Christianity is a fact.
We sometimes hear of men who are said to ’deny’ ’Christianity.’ The expression is nonsense.
Men cannot deny the sun. Christianity has been a visible thing, on this planet, for eighteen hundred years.
It has done a heavy amount of work, which is very visible too.
It is altogether too late in the day to ’_deny_ Christianity.’ That is the first thing to be understood.
There is no arguing against the fact.
You must take the fact and make the best of it.
If your theory requires the annihilation of the fact, it’s a bad thing for your theory, for the fact insists on staying.
What an amount of fearfully laborious stupidity we would have been saved, if only that plain principle had been remembered! Christianity has stood face to face with the world, for ages, a hard, stern, uncompromising reality.
With a pair of tremendous arms it has Wed Apr 05 01:10:19 2017 2 worked, fought, endured, conquered, destroyed, builded, all over the earth.
It has burned its br...





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