Religion in China: Containing a Brief Account of the Three Religions of the Chinese: with Observations on the Prospects of Christian Conversion Amongst that People

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Seite 185 - ... each floral bell that swingeth And tolls its perfume on the passing air, Makes sabbath in the fields, and ever ringeth A call to prayer. Not to the domes where crumbling arch and column Attest the feebleness of mortal hand, But to that fane, most catholic and solemn, To that cathedral, boundless as our wonder, Whose quenchless lamps the sun and moon suppl j ; Its choir the winds and waves — its organ thunder — Its dome the sky.
Seite 200 - It is not for you to know the times and the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power.
Seite 48 - Some of them [Taonist temples] are called Kung, palace; and the endeavour is made in these to represent the gods of the religion in their celestial abodes, seated on their thrones in their palaces, either administering justice or giving instruction: " recalling the Greek idea of Hades. That like ideas prevailed among the early English, is curiously shown by a passage Kemble quotes from King Alfred, concerning the permission to compound for crimes by the bot in money,
Seite 94 - He would have left heaven without a government when He came into our world. That they should attempt to disprove the Divinity of Christ in this way, shows that they have no proper conception of the omnipresence of God. With regard to creation, they know of no law but spontaneity and self-development in the construction of the existing universe. They consider that all things have come to be as they are of themselves. They do not conclude, from the marks of design and contrivance which are exhibited...
Seite 71 - Commissioner Yeh, in a conversation with Mr. Wingrove Cooke, said " Tien means properly only the material heaven, but it also means Shang-te, * supreme ruler,' * God,' for, as it is not lawful to use his name lightly, we name Him by his dwelling-place which is in Tien.
Seite 123 - If a man having such faults," says the Blessed One, " does not repent, but allows his heart to remain at rest, sins will rush upon him like water to the sea. When vice has thus become more powerful, it is still harder than before to abandon it. If a bad man, becoming sensible of his faults, abandons them and acts virtuously, his sins will day by day diminish and be destroyed, till he obtains full enlightenment.
Seite 59 - Buddhists are known to be nothing but f1ctitious impersonations of some of these ideas. The Buddhist worship is not reverence paid to beings believed to be actually existing; it is a homage rendered to ideas, and it is only supposed to be reflex in its effects. Their worship is useful as a discipline, but not effectual as prayer.
Seite 23 - The idea of a sacrifice is that of a banquet ; and when a sacrifice is performed to the supreme spirit of Heaven, the honour paid is believed by the Chinese to be increased by inviting other guests. The emperors of China invite their ancestors to sit at the banquet with Shang-te, the supreme ruler. A father is to be honoured as heaven, and a mother as earth.
Seite 221 - a steep mountain, or any mountain at all remarkable, is supposed to have a special local spirit, who acts as guardian.
Seite 19 - Shangtf looks on all without partiality. My Imperial Grandfather received the gracious decree of Heaven and founded a kingdom in the East, which became firmly established. My Imperial Father succeeding to the kingdom, extended it ; and I, Heaven's servant, in my poor person became the inheritor of the dominion they transmitted. When the Ming dynasty was coming to its end, traitors and men of violence appeared in crowds, involving the people in misery. China was without a ruler. It fell to me reverentially...

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