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A l- JIjJ GRASS BLADEfllRh id Aiblftarf Ku tiMJ t WE AIM TO CUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH rLUME XVI NUMBER 22 LEXINGTON KY NOV 10 1907 Published Weekly150 per Year in advance LIGIOUS MYSTERIEARE INSOLVED- L xecT brie on the Life and Character of 1fC Jesus an fw nalogies Co pained in t Other Religious Systems Christ Could Not Save Himsel But His Death Revolutio ized the World 4CBy J H Marvin While the following article contains c expressions of a decidedly religious Ji sentiment It is none the less bold and fLS fearless and it is a sign of progress when a dally newspaper will give publicafifriChattanooga Sunday Times from the columns of which It Is taken fr I approach this subject with pro found reverence and respect No man has a higher conception of nor great er reverence for that glorious and fbeautiful personality that walked the Judea and streets tit Jerusa f lem nineteen hundred years ago than 1fi the writer Undoubtedly he was the most perfa i type of man ever ushered into this world a demonstration to humanity of the possibilities of man It kind A man but a purified exalted spiritualized man with a heart vi brating with love for humanity The i more human do we make Christ the more sublime and wonderful does his personality become Endow him with deity and we expect to find in his I life and person those things that we conceive to be the heritage of a god i But to find lu a man the attributes of a god is the worlds wonder J Christ was deified by his followers Ii1not by himself Never did he claim to be God out always did ho rafer to himself as the Son of God He was divine In the same manner that all mankind is divine by having planted within them a spark of the supreme universal life the great central sun of being God In Christ the divine spark had been developed until it became a living flame that permeat ed his soul and glorified his being be yond that of all men I and my father are one he claimed not one in being not that he was the universal spirit embodied but one with God in that he possessed a portion of tile divine spirit One with God in purpose in love in comparison for mankind XXX Christ was no myth as unfortunately many today believe but a divinely inspired divinely acting man who en tered upon the scene of this world at the psychological moment of its history The world awaited the advent of a new teacher to lead humanity out of the chaos of superstition idolatry selfishness and brutality born of ignorance and set before them a phil osophy or religion that should have for its foundation stone the fatherhood of one Supreme God and the brother hood of all peoples When this great teacher this com passionate soul entered upon his mission among poor humanity when they felt his kind hands healing their sickness by means of the astral fluid or akassa with which he was satur ited when they heard his tender ones compassionating them ringing them very near to the najesty of the unknown God awfulI atlng that majesty into the md strictly human character of a ather when they observed the spot less purity of his life and his self sacrificing devotion to mankind who can wonder that such a one was deem ed of as a God and invested with all the popular attributes of that mediatorial deity whose existence and occasional appearance on earth Incarnate in human form had been taught and believed in for countless popular Idea was one with which the Jews were well acquainted and it was favored by their great theological teacher Paul hence It Is not to bo wondered at that many of the early Christians were disposed to Invest the memory of their beloved master with the attributes of deity They had often marveled at his words and failed to understand that when he spoke from the simple stand point of his humanity he was one of themselves and represented himself only as a mortal the son of God even as they were It is true that at times he spoke as if he had Indeed lived long before Abraham 4ni again of himself as the MesIslahrefererd to that divine part of himself as it originally existed a part of the supreme spirit and in the other as the founder of a religion a faith that was to revolutionize the earth survive the upheaval of dynasties the rise and fall of empires At the time of Christs advent the idea of an Incarnate God was no new one At least twenty different In carnate gods were celebrated In the east and taught of in Greece to each of whom was attributed a history similar in general details to that of Christ but a significant fact is that all these different incarnations preceded Jesusln point of chronology and many ot the miracles assigned to him were sculptured In temples gray with aged before the date assigned as his birth XXX Probably most remarkable paral lel Is between Gutama Buddha the- II1ndo forsandChristIra Buddha according to the Hindoo scriptures was bom of a virgin his mother paving been Informed by gelic voices thatvshe would give birth to an AdeptJahuddha a Ior thEiHinannir tqIRhlrth assac companed byr many signs and tIp apart from other men and was learned In the religion and philosophy of his people In early manhood he forsook hime and friends and went Into the desert where he meditated forty days and nights a Bo tree Returning again underI native village he began to teach religion and gradually drew about him a band of disciples He healed the sick raised the dead and performed wonders of many kinds He suffered persecution at the hands of the Brah rains and was finally crucified on a remarkable similarity between the lives of the earths two greatest reformers and teachers but it should be remembered that the most emi nent historians and chronologists place the birth of Buddha five hundred years before Christ Various are the emanations from deity taught of In the sacred books of ancient nations as Adams Kadman in the Cabalists Zohar or Book of Light the Brahma of the Hlndoos the Oslres of the Egyptians the Mithra of the Persians the Logos or Word of the Greeks the Divine Ensoph or Masculine Wisdom of Deity the Sophia or feminine princi pIe of creation etc The biographies of Jesus were con piled long after his decease and were evidently the work of men who in order that the scriptures might be fulfilled in his person interblended tho records of his pure and holy min- Istry with the miracles and wonders of legends which had been so popu larly ehgrafted into all the religious systems throughout the East for thousands of years before the time of JesusHe a savior of mankind in that he taught and Inculated truths that drew men from the whirlpool and chaos of Idolatry superstition and sodden selfishness up to a higher plane of morality spirituality and brotherhood He exemplified the pos sibilities of mankind by exhibiting in his person the unfoldment and devel opment of the divine spark within possessed no delc power where by he could add one pebble to this earth nor swing a star into the depths of not save himself from a miserable agonizing death but did leave a faith that has revolutionized a large portion of the earth that has survived nations that sought to crush it that has brought comfort peace and Joy to untold millions that has eased the bed of pain and taken away the sting of death lWr ii J s Dogmatic Education The Trio of Mind Destroyers Help Murder Help Must we still stand idly by while Church StateandSnobocracy unite to destroy the minds of bright naturalchildren Must we keep silent while the same Influences that have debauched our race in the past continue their deadly woi k Are we so debased that we restrain our protest against the Child of freedomdrinking from such a fountain In order that we may fatten on the patronge of the respectable elements JIlt child knows bddtterhe rebels because he is true and natural Heed his cryLet schools of Industrial Education be established where the hand the mind and character may be trained into harmony and equipoise From Tomorrow Magazine j An c u of ftras dmty but a lnT the perfect type of a godlike man This riddle of the ages that has innocently caused nation to war with nation that has made and unmade empires that has torn asunder famil ies caused sons to slay mothers that bore them unleashed the passions of men and driven them with the stinging scourge of conscience to kill and mutilate their fellow men looks today across the gulf of nlnteen hundred years and propounds the ageold question of mankind Whom say ye that I am STYLE OF CHRISTS WHISKERS MADE SUBJECT OF A HEART RENDING ISCUSSION AMONG RELIGIOUS PAINTERS OF THE FATHERLAND MUST BE FASHION In the editorial columns we have commented on this the latest fad among the pseudo pietists The trans lations were made from the German for the Literary Digest from the columns of which this is taken The article that suggested God in a bar ber shop reads as follows Painters of religious subjects especially In Germany are engaged in an effort to determine how thQ por trait of Jesus ought to be drawn Traditionally the semblance of Jesus Is conceived as a man with a full and somewhat pointed beard and long flowing hair This besides represent ing what is ideally correct is also supposed to possess historical curacy but the latter point is con tested by Ludwig Fahrenkrog the wellknown religious painter In a long discussion found in Turmer Lelpslc His argument is as follows The traditional type of Christ pictures with full beard and flowing hair can not possibly be at rue portrait of the Savior Christ certainly never wore a beard and his hair was closely cut For this we have histor ical proofs The oldest representa tions of the face of Christ going back to the first Christian centuries and found chiefly in the catacombs of Rome all picture him without a beard but they differ to a certain extent with reference to the hair the Hellenistic type of Jesus pictures i ft r 11i representing him jvith somewhat longer hair than dbesthe Alexandrian type All the Christ pictures down to the beginning of the fourth century at least and even later are of this kind The further fact that Christ must in his day have worn short hair can be proved from the Scriptures Among the Jews none but theNazer- ene but not a Nazerite the facts of his life supporting this view To be a Nazerite was contrary to his char acter and spirit and as it is more than probable that he drank wine at times he could not have been a Nazarlte according to Num vi 310 Uhe was not a Nazerite then like the rest of the Jews he wore his hair short Further evidence is furnished by Paul in Cor xl where it Is expressly declared that It is a dis honor for a man to wear his hair long something that the apostle would not have said had his Matser worn it the question arises how this change in the portraiture of the Lord found its way into the church Some Information on the subject is furnished by the church historian Eusebius who lived in the period when hostility to pictures In the churches had gained general ascend ency among the Christians and was himself an iconoclast in this respect This writer recalls that Eusebius when requested by Constantla the sister of the Emperor for an authentic picture of Jesus was able to furnish her nothing but two portraits one claimed to be that of Christ and the other of Paul but both were drawn after the manner of the philosophers of the times with full beards and long hair which pictures however were not regarded as portraits but rather as symbolical representations of these two men the general char acteristics being probably derived from the ideals of the gods enter tained by the classical nations The fact that for historical and Biblical reasons Christ should bo pictured without a beard and with short hair was not entirely lost even on later sacred painters From both Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo we have pictures of Christ in the final Judg ment according to this older typo Among other representatives or igious aor who have taken position on this question Is also the famous Frederlch von Uhde whose remark able pictures of scenes in the life of Christ in which he pictures the Lord amid perfectly modern surroundings have aroused warm discussions in church circles for years But von Uhde believes that not historical but ideal reasons should decide how Jesus should be painted and on the whole adheres to the traditional type A somewhat new turn was given to the debate by the official action of the General Lutheran Conference of Germany which requested the famous Biblical artist of Neuchatel Prof E Burnant to outline the principles ac cording to which Christ pictures should be drawn He mentions the following seven Christ must be pictured as a perior and superhuman being he must at the same time appear as a true man his human characteristics must be perfectly free from all dences of sin or Is results the leading characteristics of love poverty and patience must also be in evidence he perfect union between the spirit ually perfect holiness and the special human conditions of his life must also appear a proper moderation in portraying these seemingly contra dictory characteristics must be ob served and finally the beauty of Jesus must be found chiefly in his expression DISEASES OF SPIRITUALISTS FEW ARE IN SOUND BODILY HEALTH WHILE MALE AD HERENTS ARE GENER ALLY CHILDISH By J B Lenan From my extensive Investigations among Spiritualists I find it is a case of eye nerve or brain disease When anyone sees strange things it is time he changes his habits or consults a doctor for when the brain becomes diseased or nerve trouble sets in or his eyenerves become out of order the invalid sees strange things Any alcohol or drug victim will see snakes etc You cannot find a man or woman Spiritualist who Is in sound or roenMjAooHtt fiprtyAiiw tuttot flftpSplritFarey Women and any nurse or doctor will tell you women as ar ule are not mentally as strong as men and when sick her mind will ramble and she will see spooks hat healthy people do not see Excepting the women ninetynine out of one hundred spookseers are old men getting childish All other spook seeing has been exposed as tricks An acquaintance of mine would take a photo of your dead relatives He was doing a rushing business until he was arrested and exposed It was only a photographic and he made lots of money out of the simple ones all his victims being women Any religionist is as positive of his God and hereafter as Spiritualists are of their spooks- CHRISTIAN EFFORT IN JAPAN A FAILURE In a recent isue the Progressive Thinker published an article which contained the following trite sum mary of the work of Christian mission aries in the Flowery Kingdom The Ecclesiastical Review pUblish- ed in Philadelphia quotes Claudius Terrand a Catholic missionary in Japan as saying public opinion there is adverse to Catholic thought and thenProtestant propaganda has without wishing or even suspecting it been the occasion more than any other agency of throwing this country into the fatal current of atheistic rational ism which predominates everywhere among the educated Our influence has not been felt among the Japanese upper classesthat Is to say among tho officers and functionaries Judges and advocates professors and corverslons to Christianity In Japan If any are made are of the lower and uneducated classes and mostly of persons in some way nected with the missions Such con verts fall from grace when they cease to be employed such Is the report from all quarters SnowWilkinson Debate The SnowWilkinson debate and our Tracts will be sent for 15 cents Sell Ing elsewhere at 25 cents E Lewis writes us I started to underscore important parts of your speeches but soon found I was marking the whole thing 50 of our Tracts for distribu tion for 15 cents A A SNOW Llnovlllo Iowa j f WILL OF THE NEW GIRARD TEXT OF THE DOCUMENT WHICH IS TO BUILD A COLLEGE FOR ORPHAN GIRLS ON THE PLAN OF GIRARD COLLEGE ROBERT CARSON WORTHY TO FOLLOW STEPHEN GIRARD Two weeks ago the Blade made edi torial comemnt upon the appearance of a new Stephen Girard in the philanthropywhereby to be built In Philadelphia for the education of orphan girls At that time but meager information was at hand Since then those portions of the will which make this generous bequest have been made public They read as follows- A college for orphan girls of per haps as enduring and increasing value as the Girard college for boys In Philadelphia says a Mlrrlstown Pa special to tho Philadelphia Record is provided for in the will of Robert N Cars admitted to probate here Mr Carson was the Philadelphia traction magnate who dropped dead in a city theater last week He was a resident of Montgomery county justtthis side of the city line at Hill hence his will came before the register there for admission It in volves an estate already estimated to be worth over 5000000 which doubt less will be even more valuable at the death of Mr Carsons widow when the great benevolent bequest becomes effective That portion of the will referringto this splendid gift Is as follows I have long had in my mind the purpose of founding a college for theIbenefit and education of orphan and have counseled glrlSI4ifo ipn4hasubjeCtSh xa a warm interest in the project aided me with her advice and counsel t my desire being to put in operation a trust for such a college Immediately after the decease of my said wife I therefore direct that the trustees of this my last will and testament to hold the residue of my estate in trust to set apart from the principal r 1000000 to be expended in the erection of buildings for a college to be known as The Carson College for Orphan Girls which shall be located on not less than fifty and not more than one hundred acres of the Erden helm stock farm near FlourtowntMontgomery county Pa Its Management and Aim The college is to be managed by a board of seven white male trustees to be selected by the trustees of the will and thereafter by the counties tj of Montgomery and Philadelphia- One million dollars Is to establish the home as far as it will go in the erection of buildings and thereafter no more buildings are to be erectedrfrom the principal only the Income The home shall be open for the care maintenance and support of pure white healthy orphan girls both of whose parents shall be dead Prefer once be given to those born in Phila delphia in Montgomery county in Pennsylvania and in the United States The age of admission shall be between and 10 years or earliersThe girls shall be given the benefit of a good moral training and taught all the common English branches music all the domestic arts and as ttfar as possible domestic sciences in order that the girls may take up suc a cessfully housekeeping and nursing a They are to be taught flowering andigardening and the care of cows and chickens so that they may acquire a knowledge of milking and poultry raisingaAgainst Charity Uniforms- In order to avoid the appearance of charity and to encourage individuality among the girls I would scrupulously avoid uniformity in dress In a cottage of twentyfive girls I would not have above five girls wear the same kind orfpattern of dress In fact I would have the girls so trained as wouldt k best enable them to earn their own support when discharged from college and I therefore conlsder a practical education as among the important featrues for that purpose- I enjoin and require that no igious c4 sect denomination or church shall have control of the Institution or its funds in any way nor shall any religious services be held in the instl Continued on Fourth Page V 4 T I tI 4 JrBLUE GRASS BLADE Founded 1884 and edited by Charle Chilton Moore up to his death February f 1900 JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publisher SUBSCRIPTION RATES Hr malt postpaid 3150 otr ytnr in advance Five new subscribers sent with one remittance at 100 per year each Trial subscription 15 cents per month Ml orelgn subscription postpaid 200 per yeear paynbletowill 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P O Box 393 Lexington IYI Glider upIBrave men never die r r a s a XFha up on your enthusiasm a a a Dont let it hum low in the heart a a Seeds of ambition arc given to every man and woman a a a a The universe can get along without an om- nipotenti policeman a a a a Hell and damnation appear to have lost all their friendly sympath izcrs f a a a ttThe4 Pope has made a good start in sponsalia t 1f a rtndwrEslhck to will omQ gforms r regarding tho marriage contracts r a a a Every day brings information of some rascally priest or preacher who has tripped up on the seventh commandment while preaching morality a a a a With a few more subscribers coming in tho Blade can soon he put on Easy street but it is up to our friends to bring in the desired results a a a a Upon reaching hell the caterers to appetitie will have to invent something stronger than tobasco sauce to tickle the palate after one gets used to the climate a a a a If the modern definition of an orthodox pulpit be correct then the proverb about conscience and cowardice ought to undergo a slight revision to keep abreast with the times t a a a a There is nothing new or startling in the affinity craze about which specious moralists are indulg ing in a harvest of slush as it has ben a fad in Christendom for years upon years but is only just coming into prominent notice a a a It is a noticeable fact that too many Protest nut preachers are engaging in political campaigns t on the pretext that they expect to purify politics It but they appear to forget that when an effort is amade to mingle orthodoxy with politics both are pretty apt to get spoiled for further consumption r a a a a rDidyou notice how rapidly the federal govern responded to the piteous wails of the Wall street gamblers Had the same cry come from i some heavily mortgaged farm which had been ruin ed bybad weather and bad crops it would have been lost on the desert air and certain foreclosure f would have followed This is the distinction and the difference a a a a f tGod is but a savage conception of the universe in ignorance and deceit It came as an explanation that does not explain The syllogisms rfr of the godites fail to syllogize while their premises point one way and their conclusions another When seeking a first cause dont stop at god for you have yet a long way to travel The answer given by orthodox fails to satisfy intelligence a a a a Judging from the success that is now attending the publication of many of our liberal periodicals the radical utterances they furnish from week to week they must point to a rapidly developing public opinion This should be gratifying to every liberal minded man and woman Let the good work go on The greater liberality of thought the greater freedom and Its consequent happiness t GOD IN THE BARBERS SHOP What fools these mortals be Why will men quarrel over the nonessentials of religion while humanity demands better service How can the world be bencfitted by painting a picture of Christ with a beard or without one t What difference docs it make if we never have another picture of Christ Are not all of the sup posed pictures of the Nazcrenc but ideals pictures painted from fancy and not from actual lifer Was there ever a true picture of Christ Did Christ ever pose before a camera or sit in an artists studio As there was never an original picture of Christ can any man say that this or that picture is like or unlike him Is it not a fact that there can be no more n true picture of Christ any more than we can have a picture or- an idea No artist can paint a sentiment a thought a fancy or an idea Artists can only reproduce things they have seen Ideal sketches are not true pictorial representations of something visible something tangible It follows then that all supposed pictures of Christ are but of the ideallic kind and can contain no true represnta tion The facial expressions and other character istics that mark all such pictures were but the ideas of the artist producing them fancy sketches of what the artist thought they ought to be The discussion that crops up in Germany over this subject hinges on the question of whiskers or no whiskers for him who stilled the angry waters of the sea The next item up for discussion ought to be whether he should be given a plug hat a chrysanthemum in the lapel of his coat yellow shoes and a sooner necktie Of course there is something worthy of a serious and sacred concern whether Christ should be given whiskers of the long flowing variety grizzly and gnarled or whether his beard should be pointed according to the latest Parisian style Just imagine how such a discussion could ever arise concerning the creator of the cosmos he whose mighty hands set the blazing suns in motion and wrote the splendor of the sky Imagine such a being putting his mus tache in curl papers and strutting before an amorous lookingglass to see if they have acquired the correct twist Settling this point the next consideration ought to be whether to put a crease in his trousers from thence to the color of his maybeof how Christs picture should be given Having settled them for all time we are left in a devil of a fix with nothing to wrangle over andwe must perforce turn to the old man or to the third person on that trinity for pictures of them either or both Such pitiful pecadillos bring the very name of religion into a well merited contempt Instead of Illbo for the upjjftjng of the race and tine ennoblement nuihldrid the sectarians quarrel over the most trivial matters about which neither can possibly know anything Still the Christian nations are constructing warships vieing with each other in military prowess and the world is expected to stand still and patiently listen while the pecterists groan about putting whiskers on tht socalled immaculate son of God- Christianity at itt best is confusion worse con founded a do ce far niente for the lazy and lan guid waitinthisgetthehirsute adornments mid tipping the porter to brush the dust from his cady before going to preach his sermon on the l11ountilWell Nextl RELIGIOUS AUTHORS For silliness of expression and catch phrases with which to entice belief from unwilling minds bakeryThesethat have neither sense or meaning and a case is well in point where Rev Charles Cuthber Hall president of the Union Theological seminary writing in the October Atlantic on the Ideal thingsIrreligion age The apostles of secularism have much to answer fox when they speak against religion and teach our younger men that the world is outgrowing it they sin against the very spirit of God who view less as the wind breathes into every soul that comes into the world Just why the younger men shouM have been selected is not made clear for the sin if sin it be would be equally as great were it taught to agesItand really means nothing but a desire upon the part of the writer to say something Then spirit of God which roams where it listeth unperceived and unrecognized viewless as the wind What twaddle What does the president of the Union Seminary know about any spirit of God and how docs he know it breathes while as viewless as the wind We have more tangible proofs of the viewless wind than of any spirit of Godand could the latter furnish the same proofs as the former all discusssiou about the subject woidd be at an end IS DEATH THE END All the arguments that go to prove the existence of Ood a God endowed with such attributes as are essential to our very conception of his char actor point out the necessity of a future stats of existence in which the imperfections and inequali ties of the present moral government will not only u lYR he redressed but the whole will bo shown to be holy and righteous The above is an excerpt from a Sunday news paper article written by the Rev Madison C Peters who threw up his job in a New York church for the very excellent reason that he re fused to preach at the dictation of the sordid and predatory wealth that controlled the pulpit he oc cupied The Blade had entertained the fond notion that Rev Peters would soon have outgrown his ridiculous pretension to God and future and bp come a truly practical man a man of use and benefit in the community To indulge in such senseless utterances as that quoted above will ac complish but little in the work of growth and development They show however that the ex reverend is still living in the shadows of the past and is bent upon neglecting the solidity and sub stance of the present When he asserts that all the arguments that can be used to prove the existence of God can also be used to prove a future life he uncon sciously utters a veritable and steadfast truth As there are no arguments that can possibly prove the existence of God so there can be no argu ments capable of proving the future life It follows then that after all such arguments have been thrashed until they become positively thread bare both god and future life remain altogether unproven and unprovable Of course Mr Peters did not intend such an application to his statement but as the application is based on solid fact no other application could be made Besides if God be true if he really exists why should argu ments be necessary to prove that existence Existence that does not prove itself does not exist To acknowledge that arguments are even neces sary to prove Gods existence also acknowledges that serious doubts about the subject still remains for arguments only follow disagreement and in making such a statement Mr Peters has let the theological catout of the bag not knowing which way the feline was going to jump The conclusion arrived at is that God does not exist and there is no future life beyond the grave But why does Mir Peters write of imperfections and inequalities in the moral govern ment of this world Does he intend to attempt to reason inversely that perfection and equality will exist elsewhere If he admits that God created this world and all that therein is are not those imperfections and inequalities of Gods own making Then does it not follow that these are the characteristics of his moral government in this world And would it not also follow God being unchangeable that the same characteristics would prevail in any other moral government over which the same god had any control Then where does the moral necessity for a future life come in Do not moral necessities exist here in this witWhy should God delay moral neces sities now and indulge them hereafter Mr Peters attempts to answer this very proposi tien after the prescribed orthodox fashion by as serting that God must in justice to himself before the assembled universe send the evildoer to deso lation and crown suffering goodness to show that he was always on the side of right What sort of a God does Mr Peters think he Is trying to prove who would allow goodness to become suffering and then after all the torture and tribulation to crown it in order that he might prove to his own creatures that he was always on the side of right Why should God have to prove anything Suppose God failed to furnish such prooof what would happen Imagine the creature standing before the creator add in sisting upon being shown proof that the creator was always on the side of right What kind of theoloiry is this anyway At the close of this rembarkable creed Mr Peters gives the following peroration Dying is throwing open the door that the bird may fly out of his netted cage and be heard singing in higher flights and in diviner realms Bosh Turn the bird loose now and let the children of men hear the song that is in hint There can be diviner realms than those wherein dwell men women and children Smash that cage and give the bird its flight here and now that the heart of man be gladdened by the joyful sound of the sweet music he may give Cut out that skimmed milk and hand over a little of the cream now This is the principal trouble with all orthodox people They regard this life as a vale of tears a place in which to be miserable to appear as suffering goodness that the joys of a supposed heaven might be enhanced here after Let us conclude with the words of the im mortal Ingersoll when he said The place to be happy is here The time to be happy is now ENGLISH SOCIALISM AND THE CHURCH The English church is at last alarmed over the growth of Socialism and some of the daily newspaper in an effort to pander to the church people for patronage have engaged in a personal crusade against socialistic leaders in that country Like Freethinkers even socialists are divided in opinion concerning the minor details of religion Even to the extent of the moral value of religious belief as an agency of reform and human devel opment Some socialists are radical in their free thought Others are orthodox in their religious views This foolish division retards the movement just as the divisions among Freethinkers keeps the movement from progressing as it should If there is any good in socialism that good can never be put into practical effect so long as its adherents work along different lines nor indeed until such time as they can get together in one common agreement The same thing might be said of Free thinkers While they are agreed upon the necessi ty and value of Frethought as a movement against the arrant and hypocritical tyranny of orthodoxy t J X4 especiaV as exemplified in the Christian docti and tt kings yet they divide over political cconorac questions and have carried these di ions to such an extent that they refuse to w togethtr for the upbuilding of the one cause which hey can all agree I It is a well known fact that all Freethink are no Socialists and that all Socialists are i Freethinkers On the other hand the Socialn have fund more heed among Freethinkers thil among Christians for an advocacy of their doj trines It may have been observed that the Bla is not in full accord with all Socialistic doctrin but it s tolerant of the rights of Socialists recognizing that some good is contained in the move ment ind has risked personal animosity in anj ffort o give that good a chance to crop out and come o the front One thing is demonstrated very dearly however that Christianity injej a T other religions in its essence is oppj4o political reforms that do not tend to serve its own inter ior in lirectly and in this they oppose islittleprofitbeen very forcibly ex TheClariepwho is as much a Freethinker as he is a Socialist and recognizing the virulence of the church objectas follows Buddismorbelieve that any one of these religions m necessary do not believe that any one of them affords pt elect rule of Jfc FatherIdence of God I deny the truth of the Old Testa ment and the New Testament I deny the truth of the Gospels I do not believe any miracle ever was r rformed Ido not believe that Christ dierlforthatlieI deny that Christ in any way or in any sense ever interceded for man or saved man or recon theloveBuddha or Mohammed or the Virgin Mary is of any use to any man I do not believe there is any heaven and I l scorn the idea of hell While this may presnt one of the most treme and radical views of the irreligious exfthere are many others who share in the views pressed But in order to fight Socialism in order Londtvi ws by Mr Blatchford says tlIt is interesting to notice that of all the enemies of Socialism Mr Blatchford puts the Christian first Clergymen who speak on his platforms or in other ways support his cause should notice the fact And if they still hesitate to believe that Socialism means the extinction of Christianity let them turn their eyes to France and watch Socialist tactics there Let them also remember the lessons of the French Revolution and of the practisehowmaterialism which dominant Socialism unloosed in France and how long did moderate Socialists stand against the hordes of the extremists What happened then will happen in England if the teachings of Robert Blatchford are accepted The writer of these lines appears to ignore tht L fact that in placing the Christian religion first as the first among the enemies of improvement Mr Blatchford was expressing a plain physical fact English socialism has more to do with Christianity than with any other form of religious belief Hits only opposition came from Buddhism Judaism or Mohammedanism then indeed would Socialism soon become an established fact its theories of government established but it is the Christian religion against which Mr Blatchford and his co laborers have to contend most strongly So Mr Blatchford was right in putting Christian religion first and this is a fact that even American social ists can well afford to consider There is no fact more clearly proven no fact more readily accepted by all thinking people than the one fact that to bring about a triumph of the people in any essential reform all religiou faith must be destroyed So clearly is this fact shown that in a recent English election where the reform element had an opportunity to win the views of Mr Blatchford were heralded throughout the district and the church like a lot of frightened sheep flocked after the old bellwether and tht churclt scored a victory But for all this the Socialistic leader was unrepentant for being called upon to make some sort of a reply Mr Blatchford again asserted to the socialists of the country thatiIallied against you are the Christian the the moneylender the landgrabber etc thus again placing the believers in Christian faiths as the first and foremost of the evils against which must all reform fight if it is to winjWhether the theories of socialism be the correctI view of alleviating the ills of humanity or not the Blade is not now concerned This has been written to explain the attitude of the church towards all reform and to impress upon intelligent minds the necessityfor a closer union of their IIlitiealReligious fanaticism is responsible for more human suffering than is shown on the face of the records L l- J I ITH AND LIFE INSURANCE 1 teachers arc of a really practical turn c r I there are exceptions to every rule Jinewlmt practical city of Pittsburg hL l a living example and the exceptiof the furnace fires of the Smoky City ma y t little influence upon the result There thing in the notion of contagion howevei may account for it ofePrcachhand preaeheilistpreaching faith as a sure and certain insur against fire Premiums and rewards was coming in that he gave up the job and startc sell insurance for cash Of course cash wa inanded YTthfaith but in his new role the par den cuts faith out Dfliis figuring goes sImply on a cash basis Our attention had been directed to a press dispatch which bore a Pittsburg dateline contains as a choice item of news that n certain Methodist minister had resigned his pulpit because the job of saving souls from hell fire did not pay and heat once embarked in the business of selling life insurance as a means of earning a livelihood The meat of the item consisted of what the parson is reported to have told his congregation in his fare well sermon a part of which is as follows I do not quit from choice but from necessity It is not altogether a matter of money consideration but in consideration of the high cost of liv ing If ever the opportunity offers I will reenter the ministry but at present there is not a livint in it The shortage of ministers today is occasion ed solely by the insufficient pay No sooner had this item fallen before the Meth odist World than it began to squirm and make n ludricuous attempt to wriggle out of an unplesani situation Doubts were immediately expressed that any Methodist minister had given utteranc to such a statement but it is not surprising for when a man has been for years waiting for a more satisfactory call which never comes he grows tires of the game and desiring a few of lifes comfort in addition to those accorded him on a meager salary for preaching the gospel he does well to jump the game There can be no doubt that the church itself is fully alive to the gravity of the situation Tht fields of commerce offer lucrative employment to men of ability But few men in the church considering the numbers employed can ever attair a fair competency in the church Every fledgling j preacher lives in the hope of some day reaching Parnassus but thousands of them live and die without ever getting a glimpse at the summit of those rugged heights While the church organs ir their comments upon this subject suggest that l many ministers are underpaid the real questior- whether or not they are now being paid more thar they really earn considering the value of their services to the community at large To be justified in drawing a large salary a man must be cap able of earning it and use his capabilities in a man ner that he does earn it by making himself positively useful Some ministers are paid too much which makes them arrogant They tyrannize and look with contempt upon their starving brethren of the cloth Other ministers are paid in propor tion to the value or the supposed value of his services to the church that engages him In every case it is a question of value The Pittsburg Christian Advocate discussing the article mentioned says the following IIBut notwithstanding what we have said it is very clear from the condition of things at present most manifest that the churches must give earu earnest heed to this matter of ministerial support if they expect men to enter the ministry and remain in it They must be comfortably supported and the churches are able to give them such support if the proper attention is paid to the matter Our ministers are holding on loyally but the point is not reached f Too late The II point has been reached and wv have travelled past it We are now moving in an opposite direction When the church papers begin to agitate the question of higher salaries for preachers the congregations will begin to do some locking Like all other trades where wages are Seed according to a recognized scale this and that church offers a fixed salary to their preach and he gets that and no more If he prove wor- thyt and is given another call where the salary is than what he is receiving the congregation- Milliff desires to keep him will make him an offer of an increase commensurate with that contained riithe new call but there are few cases where the call is accomplished by a higher cash offer that a parson is not willing and anxious to accept Upon this subject there is an old story which is amusing It goes on that a certain preacher had been given a call elsewhere A higher salary of fered He informed his congregation about tho 1call but said nothing about the proposed increas He suggested that as he did not know just what to do he would pray to the Lord for guidance in the right direction A day or so after he had made this announcement a member of his congregation met the parsons little son on the street IIHas your father decided about that call yeti was asked of the child III dont know was the reply IIBut your father said he would pray over it Well father is praying yet but mother has got the trunks packed Most of us would hate to stand before a photographer arrayed in our angelic pinfeathers and holiness costumery on a special pose Irt HERETICS SHOULD BE PUT TO DEATH Like a revival of Inquisitorial times comes the cry from holy lips that heretics ought to be punished by death This doctrine lies found expression upon American soil and in an Eastern city where it is popu larly supposed a degree of culture and refinement is existing with its liberality of toleration- In the old times a heretic was put to death on the theory that it was better for the Orthodox be lievcrs in Christ and him crucified to put the body to death that the heretic might be better and more successfully prevented from destroying his own soul Assuming this to have been the true theory upon which the Inquisition operated and assuming further that mdrtal man has a sou capable of destruction the view was an extremel charitable one and in that sense came the argument that the end justifies the means The new theory underlying the proposition to put all unbelievers to death is vastly different in its nature and conception It is proposed as a metho of punishment alone a specie of torture not designed for the personal good of the heretic but to gratify a holy ambition for the shedding of puma blood to prevent differences of honest opinion concerning religious matters That such is the personalview felt and promulgated in this new and startling doctrine may be clearly inferrec from the following which has reached us taken from the columns of the Daily Commercial pub lished at Bangor Maine In its issmue of Wednesday October 16 it says The Rev Robert N Patterson D D of Philadelphia pastor of the Great Valley Presbyterian church startled a large number of his brother ministers at their weekly meeting Tuesday after noon by advocating the Heath penalty for the as sailants of women the despoilers of homes and hereticsEvery scroundrel wealthy or poor said Dr Patterson who ruins a young girl by force I would have him swept into eternity I would hand him over to the executiorer the guilty party making a divorce unnecessary Murder should not be the only crime with a death penalty Our penal code needs revision Those who deliberately spread blasphemous heretical and immoral doctrines should also be put to death Unbelief is a mere condition of the mind based upon insufficient evidence to justify belief am yet this holy faker classes it with actual and pos itive crime for which death by violence is suggested as a common punishment The Blade does not hesitate to say that any man who even enter tains such a view much less to publicly express it does not possess the moral conception of a louse and is as void of kindly or charitable impulses a mangy coyote The nature of some of the crimes suggested probably deserve death and qmJi pun ishment has been prescribed therefor by the stat ute law of a number of states But these an crimes per se while belief or unbelief in Christian dogma very frequently is beyond the control of the mind which is bound to accept truth as the final arbiter in all things Suppose the punishment by death be prescribed for heresy No provision is made for any partie ular degree and thus woulda decree of death be pronouncedagainst Rev Chas Briggs Rev Alger non Crapsey and the other preachers who have been tried before the orthodox tribunals on heresy found guilty and dismissed from the church And yet this Philadelphia parson is possessed of the true Christian spirit Moreover he is con sistent We might say further that he has hit upon the only argument that can be successful with the heretic But after all is he incapable or insensible to realization of that grand pct that the destruction of the individual heretic does not put down heresy From the ashes of the immortal Bruno a new Freedom of Thought arose and over the thousands slain by Christian fanaticism and in tolerance budded and blossomed the spirit of liberty and the human mind soared to greater am grander heights Such an assertion uttered in this republic in the present year of grace should be enough to make even an honest believer feel like exchanging his stock of Christian Charity for a his as an Ameri jan citizenIIf death or punishment by death for opinions sake was ever again to merit the earnest serious jonsideration of men the first to fall under the lecree would be the sanctified fathead who has iiiggested it for those who cannot accept his foolish and degradng faith Such a man would if given the plenary power compel every man born of a woman to accept his narrowguage creed or oceive an introduction to the hangman Finally we assert that religion which would rely upon murder is inherently rotten and ought to be suppressed that religion which must appead to the brute force to secure respect for its god is not worthy the devotion of a yellow dog After reading the remarkable ruins contained in that small news item we are thankful that were not a Christian a a TELEOMEOHANICS OF NATURE Such is the title of a new book by Hermann Vettstein which has been written in answer to Srnst BeckePs Riddle of the Universe the synopsis of which has just reached our office Judging from tho syllabus it is a work of exceptional magnitude and the character of the mane undertakes to criticise should make it eagerly sought for by reading people Any information oncoming the book and its publication can bead leorgia upon application to the author at Fitzgerald WRITER OF SOLOMON PROVEN A PLACIARIS Famous Story of His Startling Judgment In Dispute over Child Is Universal and Found Among the Folklore of all Nations From Literary Digest Solomons famous command to cut in two the child claimed by two women thus discovering the real mother by her terror for the life of her child while the false moths calmly approved the Kings judgment Is typical of many similar stories of clever and wise judgments pronounced by many heroes and sages of Oriental tradition So we are told by Prof Hugo Qrossmann who holds the chair of Hebrew and Syrlac in the University of Kiel and writes a learn ed article on this subject in the Deutsche Rundschau of Berlin These stories differ in detail but in each case the judge reaches his decision by some test that brings out the true motherlove in sharp contrast to the selfish love of the Impostor In every cycle of immemorial folklore whether told in India Persia Arabia or even Italy the same incident meets us declares the writer and while It Is Impossible to trace the connection between the various traditions he feels compelled to acknowledge the harmony presented in their Ideals of administrative wisdom and sagacity He Oriental peoples celebrate their ancient stories the wisdom of gifted men as this is illustrated in the brilliant and sagacious decisions delivered by them as judges It ancient India Buddha was put forth as the model of such wisdom while today Marladlramen Is so extolled This place is taken in apan by Ookr Yechlzenno Kami in Egypt by Bocchorla or Mycterlnus in Palestine by Solomon in Arabia by Harounal Raschid In Abyssinia by Adraml In one instance a gifted maiden is mitted into this company namely Vlzatha of Tibet In order to glorify the wisdom of these men sometimes more than a single anecdote is related of such more or less apocry phal their real glory might have failed of transmission in the memos of the crowd and thus even Solomon whose reign marks the most splendid era of Israelitlsh dominion might have attained an utterly unmerited renown as a judge of no more than ordinary penetration As it happens his famous judgment has come down to us and has been attributed to him as preeminently his own although it also apepars in some connection or other In the traditions of many other Professor begins to prove the universality of the Solomonic narra tive by citing the Indian Buddhistic storybook the ataka The incident he quotes is one in a series of some twenty similar narratives In which the wise man In the same keen and masterly manner solves by his cision what seems to be an Insoluble difficulty In the Jataka It Is the ease of a mother who washes her hllds face in a pool A fairy carries him off and claims him as her own When appealed to the wise man asks Set the child free She to whom he runs Is the true mother as Indeed It turns out In the Tibetan Juddhistlo tale the true mother is to be discerned by the manner in which the wins mastery over the child not by force and severity which were trIed in vald by the false mother but by love and an exhibition of helplessness The trial scene as Dr Grossmann alls it is still further varied in the Chinese comedy Hoei lau Kt the Chalk Circle where the wise udge says Officer take a piece of chalk make a circle on the floor and set the child within it and the mothers on each side of It The genuine mother will be able to drag him from within the circle the false will all to do Comparing these stories with the Hebrew narrative the Professor points out the connecting link tween them as follows The point In which all these judgments coincide Is as follows The enulne mother loves the child more than does the false one who unjustly claims him merely to gratify her own elflove The climax comes In the Hebrew version where the love of the mother is so Intense that she will ather be deprived of her child than see any Injury dealt to him In the later Indian collection Vlkramodaya It Is the parrot of King Coplcandra who delivers the judgment to the husband of two rives one of whom has lost her child and claims that of the other In the Tamil tale Kathamanjari the man rho had two wives each with a child subsequentlyerishes wean the two widows and the judge decides It by restoring after applying the same test the babe to Its rightful mother while he punishes the liar In the Chinese version the lJ LJL JEA i judge order a fish to be wrapt apt childs clothes and holds court by the riverside Neither of you deserves to have a son he exclaims in feigned anger Throw the babe Into the river The true mother Is detected by tho eagerness with whit she plunges in after her supposed boy whllo the other woman stands still The decision in the modern SyrIan story concerns the murder of a child of which two women are accused The guilty one who had slain the child of tho other appeared before the Judge crying out I am Innocent I am Innocent The bereaved mother was however silent in disconsolate other forms the story appears in the wall paintings of Pompeii In the writings of Petronlus and amid the sculptures that adorn tho walls of the Casa Tiberina The incident is also found represented In other remains of GrecoRoman artTrans lations made for The Literary Digest UNDER THAT SPOT IN THE EDITORS EYE Life Is but a Trick Performed Before Our Open Eyes and Yet We All Fall to Comprehend Even Its Slightest Meanings Hamlets with Yorlcks Gone Before By Clifford Greve Writing under the above caption in Humhnlty published by himself the author says As we stand viewing an old ruin we cannot help but wonder why the end of so much labor should finally have been left to crumble into dust The feeling Is the same whether we be in a deserted Pueblo New Mexico or in between two columns of the Luxorlon temple These remains of mans helpfulness In hopeless vironments teach us his ability to extricate himself from a destiny that means destruction Must and mould seem a fitting end To look into the empty sockets of an old skull and to count the teeth to tap the parietals and hear the ring bring back the sounds of actionbut- all in mockery We are though a race of Hamlets with an Infinitude of Yoricks gone before Life is a trick performed before our open eyes and ears and yet we fall to comprehend Its smallest mean Ingbut death the end Is benign in cruelty however just or uncertain Is its design Each of us is an arrow undershooting the mark we believe we were aimed for and falling spent without enough force to tear up the sod We sing of the great things which our ancestors have done but us for them if Cleopatra could stand forth out of her mummy case and sail again in decorated galley upon the bosom of the Cydnus she would not astonish Antony for some grave Comstock would have her arrested for indecent exposure of person We can love ancient things but we would despise such customs If they were suddenly to be relnaugurated into our society purer perhaps but surely less real What If Christ came to Chicago t Knowledge for each of us is only that which we see in life of value to ourselves To learn just to be wise In a certain line Is a repetition of the pupil into whom the schoolmaster whacked arithmetic with a limber birch That which becomes known by force of Influences stronger than our own desires is evanes sent It stays only till the day of examinations with a child and not hat long among the elders for grownups refuse to be Interrogated upon sUbjects concerning which they do riot possess much information The imaterer is not to be defied To the dunce all matters are ridiculous In which his personal interest plays no can ascertain a mans fullness his aims his education and his learn- Ing which is a very different matter by the trend of the conversation which excites and pleases him The oul is marketed in the mouth and the price is announced as plaintly as if It were written in bold figures upon he side of a large tag attached to ome market in a department store Go on Monday that is bargain day oull find them all lower than you appear to possess that which one does not have is universally much preferred to any actual asset It is so with wealth position love passion and even muscular strength He who pretends to own vIrtue has In him the skullduggery of a professional thief He is stantly trying to pawn with his associates an imitation attribute and if he succeeds is just as willing to sell the ticket He Is realizing a profit on energy not spent He is living a lie and will ultimately die a liar he has old his most valuable birthright for show and is with all a fakir of the deepest dye We are all of the same tripe else we would not hold honest men In such respect i h CONTRADICTIONS OF- THE HOLY BIBLE Professing Christians who regard the bible as an avator of truth must admit that to be true it must be con sistent with itself that it must bo compatible with other truths already demonstrated anl contradictory in its own terms It is an old saying now that the bible furnishes quite a number of contradictions and here art two samples which recently appeared in the Peoples Press of Chicago Jesus was tempted in the Wilderness And immediately after his bap tism the spirit drlveth him Into the wildnerness And he was there in the wlldnerness forty dads tempted of SatanMark i 12 13 Jesus was Not Tempted in the i Wildnerness And the third day after his baptism tnere was a marriage in Cana of GahleeAnd both Jesus was called and his disciples to the marriage John ii 1 2 Jesus Preached His First Sermon on the Mount And seeing the multitude he went up into a mountain and when he was set his disciples came unto him And he opened his mouth and taught them saying Mat v He preached His First Sermon Stand ing in the Plain tF andIof people came to hear him And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples and said Luke vi 17 20 Snow Wllklnson Debate The SnowWilkinson debate and our j Tracts will be sent for 15 cents Sell- Ing elsewhere at 25 cents E Lewis writes us I started to underscore important parts of your speeches but soon found I was marking the whole thing 50 of our Tracts for distribu Yes tion for 15 cents A A SNOW Unevllle IowaY 1000 BOOK for 100 IBLUEGRASS mail on receipt at SIJO BLADE Publishers Box Lexington Ky f ul Bcutlfillj f BLUE 1BoxJut BLUR GRASS BLADE Publishersw33 Lulldoa THE PLANETSISsty nthar t1 I I j WHAT USE CAN COD BE TO MAN Natural Forces Must Always be Supreme and Under Like Condl tlons Must Express Themselves In Preclesly the I Same Way i By 0 Cohen Prom London Freethinker The belief in Godor gods be lievers are never tired of assuring us in one of the largest facts in human history Large it certainly is though some object might be urged against Its being awarded a premier place But it is on everpresent fact It meets us in savage and civilized times in all countries and under all conditions The belief in Deity con trols or Influences a large part of human history and in the service of the gods man has stinted nothing of labor or of sacrifice He has cover ed the earth with temples in their honor sacrificed his own flesh and blood to gain their favor devastated nations to protect them from affront Armies of men have been withdrawn from productive labor to serve as their attendants contemporary and future generations saddled with burdens so that the gods might Be fittingly honored Noting all that man has done for God one asks what has God done for man In return for all this labor and attention what has the race to show In return- A complete answer to this question would be nothing And it would be easy to showwhat many modern be lievers admitthat the belief In God has been the one constant force In human affairs that has held man back from affecting reforms that are the logical resultants of Increased knowl adge It Is not however from this point of view that I wish to deal with the subject But it may at least be said that earlier generations of be lievers had from their own point of view an adequate answer to the question They believed that God did actually interfere in human affairs directing natural forces to the injury of one or the benefits of another and man therefore received benefits from Deity of either a negative or a positive character Touched by their devotion God either refrained from harming them or else conferred upon S them special benefits But the valid ity of the answer was dependent upon a certain conception of God and- natureu That ISIt was only good so long as natural forces were thought 1lIof as so many separate things under the direct and personal control Deity When that conception is given up the force of the answer disap pears If people believe that the laws of Nature are Invariably that the rain really does fall upon the Just and unjust alike that our actions carry with them certain unavoidable consequences and that neither belief nor disbelief can affectsave in terms of natural causation natural forces obviously the particular providence which alone gives validity to religious beliefs no longer exists What then under such conditions is the use of God Now it is precisely this question which the champions of the New Theology have to face With all the scorn of the religious superior person they look down upon those belated believers who continue to believe that God really does interfere with natural law they declare that all such beliefs are relics of a pr j scientific age and have no place in iptodate religious faith The truth Id we are told by one of the leadin exponents of the New Theology tha he Divine will expresses itself through unfailing law ahd that mans business is to get as intelligent a comprehension of these laws as is t example The other day an whosex American preacher In London told saved from the wreck aparently In answer to his mothers prayers The 1 mother called on a certain minister and told him before the news came of the wreck that In answer to her J prayers God had rescued her son Later came the verification of the be lief and also the news that the boy WS the only survivor Of course the incident as stated never occurred It is just one of those pulpit lies and there is really no greater breed ingground for falsehood than the pul pitwhich preachers acquire the habit of telling and congregations acquire the habit of pretending to yg believe J k il WILL ri 4Continued from First Page 1 i tution whlcn are exclusive or peculiar to any church but I direct that all the girls shal have a sound moral jr education to be carefully instructed in the fundamental doctrines of Christianity so that upon their en Jtrance Into the world they may be the dutiesyrr 9 No clergyman ecclcslost on missionary of any sect shall be excluded from the grounds but there shall be no proselyting or reference to their own tenets or beliefs expressed before the part of the will is occupied In outlining the government and the mode of discipline for the college TO BE OR NOT TO BE Discussion of a Future Life as Re vealed by Alleged Spiritualistic Phenomena of the Present Day Mediums By Otto Wettstein The following Is taken from the columns of the Ingersoll memorial Beacon and Is published In the Blade by requestA Chisholm in the Chicago News crticlsing Prof Zuebllns views on Immortality says Indisputable psychic phenomena dreams reason Ing from analogy and other things all contribute to furnish presumptive if not absolute proof of a life beyond the tomb The weakness of these comments consists first In the fact that what to him apepars as indispensable evidences of spirit phenomeno to others are simply the psychic func tions of living men or women If no mediums there would be no com munication between the living and the dead hence to date we have only presumptive but no absolute proof of the survival of a spiritman when his grosser body exists no more Herbert Spencer the intellectual colossus of the nineteenth centniy after fifty years of analytical psychi cal research and no doubt himself longing Intensely for continuous life said After contemplating the In scrutable relation between brain and consciousness and finding that we can get no evidence of the existence of the last without the activity of the first we seem obliged to relinquish the thought that consciousness after the physical organization has become dreams prove nothing of life without physical structure No intelligent person denies the marvel ous psychic possibilities of the living having the complex human structure and its vital dynamic activities for a basis It Is mind and personality in the absence of any physical basis for which the world now demand proof Can man exist when all that made him a man Is cremated and has as sumed other forms Can man exist without anatomy flesh blood organs nerves and brain and continue in possession of his form and functions during eternity These questions must now be withdrawn from the mystic domain of myth and faith and answered intelligently or honest thinkers are compelled to Jump from the fence of Agnostoclsm into the arena of pure and scientific Material ism an nonNothing Is immortal everything Is endsthg contstituents of matter excepted Man is a transclent form of matter a purely causetWith the origin of his body man gins exists a few years dies then with his body ends How can it be manathe man is the body And all is well- No pain and sorrow before his birt there can be none after death While writing a tiny insect alights on the paper before me It has physical and psychiclcal functions very like man In low degree I press my finger upon It and nothing remains but a trace of dust That form o matter has vanquished foreverItc constituents alone survive When man is cremated the result is the same We cannot even think of the dead without investing our concep with physical form Flowers trees butterflies etc have been presented as analogous to the postmortem life of man but pluck the flower cut down the tree and kill the butterfly and what remains but inorganic atoms Even worlds suns and con stellations are subject to the same Inexorable order of nature that that which begins must end Oh threats of Hell and hopes of Paradise One thing at least is certain this life flies One thing Is certain and the rest are lies The flower that once has blown forever dies l r f r WORSHIP THE LIVING INSIMIfI THE DM Millions of Chrlsts Have yet to ComeI And We are Now In the Day of Our Unfoldment Every Man a Sun of Infinite Life and Power By Frederick W Burry The following excellent article taken from The Balance of August last has been requested republica tion in The Blade Every land has its divine person ality its incarnate deity who is loved and adored beyond all else In the West it is Jesus who personi fies the ideal of the people and who receives that extereme veneration and love which Is called worship Every man has that within him which should call forth this excess of veneration if it was only expressed Everyone is potentially divineand it is the privilege of all to manifest the celestial life This cannot be done while there Is an idolatrous clinging to some ternal being while one looks upon himself as merely a creature and a cipher The unity and identity of life must be recognized the law ot attraction which gives to every in dividual the right to express the divine within With a practical recognition of what you are of your heavenly pedi gree a faithful selfreliance a noble egoism you shall be transformed Men will then worship you for they will see in you the beauty and truth and power of a god You will be a leader among men to carry the race above tho weak animal conscious ness to the infinite consciousness of the cosmos Love Is the fulfilling of the law Let that statement be repeated and reaffirmed continually for it contains redemption and salvation You fulfil the law of being when you rise to the statue of universal consciousness and see In yourself God made mani fest in the flesh You are to be generated and your new birthday will be nothing short of a Christmas There are to be millions of Chrlsts on the earth where before there have been only a few Countless anointed ones who shall have gifts rind powers to perform miracles amII supernatural magic wonders even greater than has been done by the historic heroes And it is all to be done by love You will then be an Influence of transcending capacity You will turn the earth into new orbits Your will shall be herculean your character impregnable Freed from fear and all misery shall you be when you sume the robe of Divine Personality when you really make of your body a perfectly sculptured Image of God Your affiliations have helped to open your eyesoh so much these most of all Welcome the sin pain Ignorance evUthe negations that have been the necessary background for the good Welcome the darkness that has enhanced the light All is wellalways has been always will be But now we must pass ona new consciousness is awakening now visions are breaking on the horizon new dawnsnew advents leading to new epochs We are to do so muchand we are evenm a partial illumination discloses a great dealwe see Just what we can bear Men shal cease turning their attention to dead Christs but they shall worship the living onesthey will do thensemulate They will be encouraged to go and do likewise then All glory to the Elder Brothers that have shown the waybut let us do likewise and leadershus soon among the vanguard ourselvespressing on pressing on and out into more mani festation more incarnation The healer is the lover His mere presence cures all disease His mere a current of magneticftonic His eyes send forth beams of heavenly love and radiate light His senses and functions his mind fountains of thetredeemer of humanity His Is the precious blood that is a sacramental benediction He is the sacred host the perpetual eucharistic sacrifice Immolating his self for all For he that loses his self alone finds it In such a cosmic soul new nerve plexl are active His life is centered on new planes He is preeminently Intellectual but he is more than that he is spiritual Oh the deep import of that word It is to be at one with self To be living away from superfices and cir cumferencesto bo balanced at the center To be in the land of reali ties instead of illusions To be in conscious touch with eternal life and omnipotence 11 t Jd Here is the master And there is not only one There millions and millions right now In the making with germinal psychic capacities unfolding gods coming out of the shell exfolia- ting from chrysalis veils There are millions of divine person alities today Incarnate spirits angels clothed with flesh geniuses with titanic energies and surely you are are indeed one all the time and it is only the faithful testimony to your celestial origin that may be wanting ere you make manifest what is within you You are a sun of in finite life and power with infinite solar energies obscured for long dark ages until you had made yourself ready by long rounds of experiences until you had evolved the right per sonal character for divine expression This is the day of unfoldment The time prophesied so long when the kingdom of heaven was to be at hand The twentieth century is the era of knowledgeand knowledge spells power It is the century of more than thatfor beyond Intellectual knowl edge there Is the spiritual discerning the consciousness that is feeling and being You are to be a 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