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verted to worship and service of Evil.  Mid all these gigantic faiths, and
oft led astray by them, Phoenecia, Assyria and Babylonia-engirdled, through
all those ages was the God-given faith.    Do you tell me, caviller    
said he, as his cheerful, manly face was lit up by the light within him  
 that if this faith was God-given, the wonder is that they swerved at all?
I tell you the miracle is, that they had that faith   and that this
small, close, bigotted conservative people have for forty centuries clung to it.
How will you explain this?          From thence he, as I notice, he loves to do,
proceeded to point out Christ as an object of love.     Glancing at the Transcen-
dental, and Nature-worshipping creeds of the day, he showed they satified 
not the heart and need of man;   more is needed for the infinite sypathies
and desires of man;   who with all his knowledge, still in feelings is as
helpless as a little child;   as one of those to whom Jesus sued  Suffer
little Children to come unto Me.         Dead geologic worlds loom dimly
at us; the land-surging Time sea  echoes of mighty ages and Kindoms
and peoples, numberless as the sounds on the shore, now for ever gone;
the visible ocean with its grandeur, its beauty and terror;   this starry
world above us,   each unit world to us but as a leaf of light;  
man s wit and skill; all these will give us just ideas of the unmeas-
urable, inconceivable, illimitable, awful power of the Being who created us.
But only in Jesus can we draw near him as a tender Father, who hath
individual regard for each unit of us.   That of all words, that most en-
dearing me was chosen by him, for us to address him by.  Too much do we
think of him as the Creator, (when we do think at all) and too little of him
as manifest in Jesus of Nazareth.     And very cold is our love for anything 
in the abstract, and of little power in us.   When a great deed is done, then
is our heart touched,   when the martyr goes with cheerful, uplifted brow to
the dungeon, the stake and flame; when the prison philanthropist bends over
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page ninety-four
Description:Comments on a sermon by Chapin.
Subject:Chapin, E.H.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Religion; Science and civilization; Sermons; Transcendentalism
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's attempts to find drawing work among New York publishers, brief employment in an architectural office, visits to his soldier friend William Barth on Governors Island, boarding house living, drawing at actor Edwin Forrest's home at Fonthill Castle, and sailing and walking trips taken with friends.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.