[The Universalist Leader.]

The world believes in God; never more than now. But its God is not contained in a formula. It believes in Christ, but its belief in Christ cannot be contained in any definition of his nature. It believes in the elemental, eternal, immutable things of everlasting righteousness, but it only smiles incredulously when some self-appointed vicar of the Almighty prepares his map of the everlasting years and denounces those as unbelievers who will not travel toward the forever on his schedule. Our souls have taken ship from ancient ports of thought. We have launched them on a trackless sea of unknown shores. Fearsome yet fearless are we. More than the priests does our age believe in God, but before the mystery of God it is too conscious of its limitations to assume an attitude of egotism or conceit. Its unbelief is in the claim of any set of men that they can set metes and bounds to the purposes and providence of the Infinite. Its real belief is in the sanity and solvency and wisdom of the universe itself. Its hope rests not on externalities. It reaches within the veil.

[The Churchman.]

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January 12, 1907

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