?gathering questions for eternity?; cf. <431307>John 13:7 ? ?What I do though knowest not now; but thou shalt understand hereafter.? The most beautiful thing in a countenance is that which a picture can never express. He who would speak well must omit well. Story: ?of every noble work the silent part is best: If all expressions that which cannot be expressed.? cf . <460209>1 Corinthians 2:9 ?Things which eye saw not and ear heard not, And which entered not into the heart of man, Whatsoever things God prepared for them that love him?; <052929>Deuteronomy 29:29 ? ?The secret things belong unto Jehovah our God: but the things that are revealed belong unto us and to our children.? For Luther?s view, see Hagenbach, Hist. Doctrine, 2:338. See also B.D. thomas, The Secret of the Divine Silence.
(f) In the lack of spiritual discernment caused by sin . Since holy affection is a condition of religious knowledge, all moral imperfection in the individual Christian and in the church serves as a hindrance to the working out of a complete theology.
<430303> John 3:3 ? ?Except one be born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.? The spiritual ages make most progress in theology, ? witness the half century succeeding the Reformation, and the half century succeeding the great revival in New England in the time of Jonathon Edwards. Ueberweg, Logic (Lindsay?s transl.), 514 ? ?Science is much under the influence of the will; and the truth of knowledge depends upon the purity of the conscience. The will has no power to resist scientific evidence; but scientific evidence is not obtained without the continuous loyalty of the will.? Lord Bacon declared that man cannot enter the kingdom of science, any more than he can enter the kingdom of heaven, without becoming a little child. Darwin describes his won mind as having become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts, with the result of producing ?atrophy of that part of the brain on which the higher tastes depend.? But a similar abnormal atrophy is possible in the case of the moral and religious faculty)see Gore, Incarnation, 37). Dr. Allen said in his Introductory Lecture at Lane theological Seminary: ?We are very glad to see you if you wish to be students; but the professors? chairs are all filled.?
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