When we consider the great diversity of the human character, influenced as it is by education, by opportunity, and by the physical and moral conditions of the creature, my dear hearers,” he earnestly concluded “it can excite no surprise that creeds
so very different in their tendencies should grow out of a religion revealed, it is true, but whose revelations are obscured by the lapse of ages, and whose doctrines were, after the fashion of the countries in which they were first promulgated, frequently delivered in parables, and in a language abounding in metaphors and loaded with figures.
Latterly he had seen only Life, felt only the great passionate pulse of existence, unwarped, uncontorted, untrammelled by those creeds
which futilely attempt to check what wisdom would be content to regulate.
Let it be your task also to teach him our holy creed
Excess of feeling--excess of feeling; and it was part of his creed that any excess of feeling was unhealthy--morally unprofitable; a taint on practical manhood.
But the memory of the vision, the memory that abides forever within the seer made him say to her with the naive austerity of a convert awed by the touch of a new creed, "You haven't the gift.
And that's not all--twenty years ago he would have found in that literature traces of conflict with authorities, with the creeds
of the ages; he would have perceived from this conflict that there was something else; but now he comes at once upon a literature in which the old creeds
do not even furnish matter for discussion, but it is stated baldly that there is nothing else--evolution, natural selection, struggle for existence--and that's all.
He bolts down all events, all creeds
, and beliefs, and persuasions, all hard things visible and invisible, never mind how knobby; as an ostrich of potent digestion gobbles down bullets and gun flints.
were their schemes, their religions their nostrums, their philosophies their devices, by which they half-believed they would outwit the Noseless One and the Night.
As men's prayers are a disease of the will, so are their creeds
a disease of the intellect.
One more example of innovation must suffice: the famous Filioque added to the Creed
by the Western Church and still a bone of contention between Catholics and Orthodox.
Between these poles--on one side, the formal necessity of a Christian creed
, on the other, its political and ecclesiastical temporality, Pelikan unfolds his historical considerations.
says it all started when Tom Gale took over as vice president of design in 1985.