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of man, of the moving of the spirit, is surely one experience.  How did even Christ’s great soul react, experience, work, will, and suffer?  By what possible means can we ever know how he reacted, worked, willed, suffered?  In the literature we learn only how men thought that he reacted.  We must inquire of our own souls.  To be sure, Christ belonged to the first century, and we live in the twentieth.  It is possible for us to learn something of the first century and of the concrete outward conditions which caused his life to take the shape which it did.  We learn this by strict historical research.  Assuredly the supreme measure in which the spirit of all truth and goodness once took possession of the Nazarene, remains to us a mystery unfathomed and unfathomable.  Dwelling in Jesus, that spirit made through him a revelation of the divine such as the world has never seen.  Yet that mystery leads forth along the path of that which is intelligible.  And, in another sense, even such religious experience as we ourselves may have, poor though it be and sadly limited, leads back into the same mystery.

It was with this contention that religion is a fact of the inner life of man, that it is to be understood through consciousness, that it is essentially and absolutely reasonable and yet belongs to the transcendental world, it was with this contention that, in the person of Immanuel Kant, the history of modern religious thought began.  It is with this contention, in one of its newest and most far-reaching applications in the work of William James, that this history continues.  For no one can think of the number of questions which recent years have raised, without realising that this history is by no means concluded.  It is conceivable that the changes which the twentieth century will bring may be as noteworthy as those which the nineteenth century has seen.  At least we may be grateful that so great and sure a foundation has been laid.

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CHAPTER I

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