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ness of the goals toward which they respectively tend. It is true
that religion initiates itself by asking, what must I do? which
interrogatory, nevertheless, implies a necessity of knowledge on
the part of its votaries. This is the precise starting-point of
philosophy. For the present it cares not to concern itself with
goodness as such. It dismisses this virtue, forthe time being,to
the domain of religion. At a more convenient season, however,
it will call for that which it temporarily relegates. Passing the
gateway of knowledge it wends its pilgrimage toward the temple
of truth. Here it would ever content itself to linger and cast
wistful looks until the naked mystery of the "Sphinx riddle"
stretches its full length before it.
Should the skeptic demur and discard the "quid est veritas"
of philosophy as out of joint with its counterpart in religion,
without invalidating the force of the contention in point, the ob-
jection might be conceded. Allowing that in the religio-philosophic
pilgrimage the way is both devious and parting, that there is no
final conjunction or mutual entrance into an objective goal, is a
palpable non sequitur. Because there is difference in declination
or binocular parallaxes of members of the solar or sidereal
systems, it by no means follows that their light office or physical
properties are radically antipodal with reference to their uses and
application. Because the heart of humanity is ever directly
touched by the solar rays of the religious sense, it were absurd
to deny any influence from the less direct activity of the light of
philosophy. Because the sunlight, analogous to religion, is
more intense than moonlight, it does not follow that the latter is
of no service as an incident or occasion of vision. In fact, while
men are groping creatures of darkness, it is a prominent evi-
dence of experience that light of any sort from any direction is
hailed with joyous welcome, even though it be but phosphorescent
scintillations from the watery wastes.
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THE RELATION OF BAPTIZED CHILDREN TO
BY REV. WALTER THOMPSON.
"SUFFER little children to come unto me, and forbid them not,
for of such is the Kingdom of God," are words which were
spoken by our Saviour as He was making His last journey to
It was the custom of Jewish parents to bring their children at
an early age to the synagogue, that they might have the prayers