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The Faith Once Delivered
Clarence E. Macartney
The first Christian missionaries to England went as far north as the kingdom of Northumberland. The king of that land, Ethelbert, was not sure whether he ought to permit these missionaries to preach their new doctrine. To decide the matter he called a convocation of his lords and nobles. They met at night in one of the great baronial halls. As they were deliberating the question, a swallow, attracted by the light, came in out of the darkness at one end of the hall, flashed through the hall under the great beams of the ceiling, and then passed out into the night again at the other end of the hall. Whereupon, one of the nobles arose and, addressing the king, said, "The soul of man is like that swallow. It comes out of the darkness into the light for a little, and then passes again into the darkness. If these strangers with their new doctrine can tell us whence the soul of man cometh and whither it goeth, then I vote to let them preach to us."
"Where is he?" He gives up the ghost and lies down. Where does the soul of man go? "Where is he?" That has been the great question ever since Cain looked down on the face of Abel.
To this question a number of answers are given. Let us listen now to some of those answers.
The Answer of the Materialist
The materialist says, in answer to the question, "Where is he?" "He is nowhere." "Where do we go from here?" "We go nowhere. 'Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.' That is the end of man." The soul is but a flash of the brain. Hit a man on the head with a hammer, and then where is his soul?
The Answer of the Scientist
Great names can be cited on either side, for or against the immortality of the soul. Among those against it is Einstein, who said that the hope of immortality was only the expression of man's "ridiculous egotism." And yet his name, despite this denial of the great doctrine of the faith, was thought worthy of bei ...
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