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259] Life Without Thought No one who opens the sluices to let a flood of skepticism pour itself over the land must expect to be able to bring it back within its proper bounds. Of those who let themselves get too disheartened to try any longer to discover " THE SANCTUARY OF truth for main 13 own thinking, only a few find a substitute in truth taken from others. The mass of people re- by it THOUGHT their skeptical. They lose all feeling for truth, and all sense it as well, finding themselves quite comfortable of need for life without thought, driven now here, one opinion to another.

Life, p. 2 6 1 ] A The situation withdrawn today into itself, is Cloistered Christianity that Christianity has completely and is concerned only with the prop- agation of its own ideas, as such. It no longer sees any use in proving them to be in agreement with thought, but prefers that they be regarded as something altogether outit, and occupying a superior position. It loses, however, thereby its connection with the spiritual life of the time and the possibility of exercising any real influence side upon it.

This is why it is so deeply significant that Paul undertakes as an entirely obvious duty to think out Christianity in its whole scope and its whole depth by the use of the materials provided by the eschatological world-view of his time. The sayings "Quench not "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is their liberty," place in the records of the origin of Christianity to him, carry the significance that thinking Christianity is to have its rights within believing Christithe Spirit" and which owe anity, and that the "little faiths" will never succeed in sup- pressing loyalty to truth.

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