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In a preface to an English edition of "Theologia Germanica," published in 1854, Charles Kingsley said: "In many obscure passages of this book words are used, both by the Author and by the translator, in their strict, original, and scientific meaning, as they are used in the Creeds, and not in the meaning which has of late crept into our very pulpits, under the influence of Locke's philosophy. When, for instance, it is said that God is the Substance of all things; this expression, in the vulgar Lockite sense of substance, would mean that God is the matter or stuff of which all things are made; which would be the grossest Pantheism: but "Substance" in the true and ancient meaning of the word as it appeared in the Athansian Creed, signifies the very opposite; namely, that which stands under the appearance and the matter; that by virtue of which a thing has its form, its life, its real existence, as far as it may have any; and thus in asserting that God is the Substance of all things, this book means that everything (except sin, which is no thing, but the disease and fall of a thing) is a thought of God."

Note.—The italics, capitalization, and punctuation of the text were strictly followed.

May 24, 1900

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