Butcher, Aspects of the Greek Genius, 34 ? ?The Phunicians taught the Greeks how to write, but it was the Greeks who wrote.? Aristotle was the beginner of science and outside the Aryan race none but the Saracens ever felt the scientific impulse. But the Greek made his problem clear by striking all the unknown quantities out of it. Greek thought would never have gained universal currency and permanence if it had not been for Roman jurisprudence and imperialism. England has contributed her constitutional government and America her manhood suffrage and her religious freedom. So a definite thought of God is incorporated in each nation, and each nation has a message to every other. <441726>Acts 17:26 ? God ?made of one every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed seasons, and the bounds of their habitation?; <450312>Romans 3:12 ? ?What advantage then hath the Jew?
...First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God.? God?s choice of the Hebrew nation, as the repository and communicator of religious truth is analogous to his choice of other nations; it?s the repositories and communicators of esthetic, scientific, governmental truth.
Hegel: ?No nation that has played a weighty and active part in the world?s history has ever issued from the simple development of a single race along the unmodified lines of blood-relationship. There must be differences, conflicts, a composition of opposed forces.? The conscience of the Hebrew, the thought of the Greek, the organization of the Latin, the personal loyalty of the Teuton, must all be united to form a perfect whole. ?While the Greek Church was orthodox the Latin Church was Catholic: while the Greek treated of the two wills in Christ, the Latin treated of the harmony of our wills with God; while the Latin saved through a corporation, the Teuton saved through personal faith.? Brereton, in Educational Review, Nov. 1901:339 ? ?The problem of France is that of the religious orders; that of Germany, the construction of society; that of America, capital and labor.? Pfleiderer, Philos. Religion, 1:183, 184 ? ?Great ideas never come from the masses, but from marked individuals. These ideas, when propounded, however, awaken an echo in the masses, which shows that the ideas had been slumbering unconsciously in the souls of others.? The hour strikes, and a Newton appears, who interprets God?s will in nature. So the hour strikes, and a Moses or a Paul appears, who interprets God?s will in morals and religion. The few grains of wheat found in the clasped hand of the Egyptian mummy would have been utterly lost if one grain had been sown in Europe, a second in Asia, a third in Africa, and a fourth in America; all being planted together in a flowerpot, and their product in a garden bed, and the still later fruit in a
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