By Albert Schweitzer (author), Charles R. Joy (editor)
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Of Christian thought with Christian faith, that the thought proved an investment for the future which brought flict as has proved to be profit to the faith of later generations, the case again and again in the history of Christianity* [Mysticism, pp. j The Rights Paul vindicated for all of Thought time the rights of thought in Chris- which drew its authority from traditianity. he set the tion, knowledge which came from the Spirit of Christ. There lives in him an unbounded and undeviating Above belief reverence for truth.
It will ever remain incomprehensible that our generation, which has shown itself so great by its achievements in discovery and invention, could fall so ing. low spiritually as to give up think- [Life, p. 257] Contempt for Thinking Karl Barth, who is the most modern theologian, because he lives most in the spirit of our age, more than any other has that contempt for thinking which is characteristic of our age. He dares to say that religion has nothing to do with thinking. He wants to give religion nothing to do with anything but God and man, religious person does the great antithesis.
Is second. it. Who the sun once knows but that the earth will circle round more without man upon it? Therefore we must not place man in the center of the universe. And our gaze must be fixed on the barred windows of a lunatic asylum, in order that we may remember the terrible fact THE SANCTUARY OF THOUGHT that the mental and spiritual are also liable to destruction. [Religion, p. 1520] The Riddle of the Universe All thinking must renounce the attempt to explain the universe. cannot understand what happens in the universe.