A New Tract for the Times Reflections on Politics, Sociology, & Religion

James Hibbert

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...the form of immutability. Such intuition is the innermost and most real experience on which all depends that we know and believe of a spiritual world. That which we find in ourselves, is the substance and life of all our knowledge. All things that surround us, and all things that happen unto us, have all one common direction, namaly, the increase of consciousness. At the annunciation of principles, of ideas, the soul of man awakes, and starts up, as an exile in a far distant land at the unexpected sounds of his native language, when after long years of absence, and almost of oblivion, he is suddenly addressed in his own mother tongue. This constant, ruling self-consciousness, moreover, this living wholly in and through himself, need not render a man callous and insensible to the lot of others, or shut out from his heart every sympathy with their condition. The very idea of perfection, towards which his activity converges, carries his existence into the existence of others. For in them too exists the like capacity for advancement, which it may be in his power to elicit and improve. Penetrated with the idea that all spiritual existence is one and the same, his sympathy with the fates and fortunes of humanity becomes the more keen and constant, in proportion as its destiny becomes intermixed with his own. He who has outstripped, says Dr. Martineau, in his recent book, Types of FtMcal Theory), the general advance and pushed his experience and insight into springs of action of higher rank, has only brought to explicit life what is implicit and potentially present in all, and even ready to wake in his near neighbourhood he appeals from his own station to minds prepared to respond and follow his higher vision spoils...