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to be found there. St. Paul says the same, only more forcibly still, in Gal. ii. 20 and 1 Cor. vi. 17.

But this question of the possibility of the transition from ' fides ' to the experience of union is not to be definitely decided by a citation of texts from Luther or from the Bible, but by a consideration of what ' Faith ' is in essence. Faith is more than a conviction of the truth of the eternal verities. It is a deeply felt state of tension with regard to them and of absorption in them ; and, as ' trustit is the most intimate feeling of nearness. But in all this it contains in itself the core of that which is meant by mysterious terms like ' union ', something that is more than the ' knowledge' or the ' love ' of the earlier mystic schools. And this becomes still plainer to any one who has clearly recognized by deeper contemplation the profoundly non-rational elements to be found in the very act of faith.

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