By Albert Schweitzer (author), Charles R. Joy (editor)
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Life, pp. ] it will or will Quench Not It has significance for all future times that the the Spirit Symphony of Christianity began with a tremendous dissonance be- tween and thought, which later resolved itself into a harmony. Christianity can only become the living truth for faith successive generations if thinkers constantly arise within it who, in the Spirit of Jesus, make belief in Him capable of intellectual apprehension in the thought-forms of the worldtheir rime. Christianity becomes a view proper to When THE SANCTUARY OF THOUGHT 25 traditional belief which claims the individual, loses its it to be simply taken over by relationship to the spiritual life of the time and the capacity of assuming a new form adapted to a new world-view.
Most varied ways it is dinned into him that the truths and convictions which he needs for life must be taken by him from the associations which have lets him come rights over him. The spirit of the age never to himself. Over and over again convictions are forced upon him in the same way as, by means of the electric advertisements which flare in the streets of every large town, any company which has sufficient capital to get itself securely established, exercises pressure on him at every step he takes to induce him to buy their boot polish or their soup tablets.
The sense of sincerity is is fundamental is shaken, there is no spiritual life remaining. In pragmatism, not only sincerity and truth, but ethics is in danger. For ethics is no longer the criterion of what is valuable. Pragmatism is filled with the spirit of this realism. It permits men to take their ideals from reality. [Religion, p. 1520] Success and Truth Many famous lives of Jesus, which have prolonged ati honored existence through many successive editions, make but a poor figure, while others, which have received scant notice, appear great.