The Working Men's College, 1854-1904
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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC
By: John Llewelyn Davies
Excerpt from book: leader, who in 1848 was forty-three years of age, went beyond that of disciples to a master. More i than any other modem thinking person, Maurice was habitually aware and conscious of a living God as working in all things. I do not think that any one has ever been more aware than he was of the contradictions and perplexities which beset the recognition of a living God : but he would not allow these to stifle his apprehension of a Divine Power speaking to individuals, moving in the societies of men, carrying the world onwards. I need hardly say that to Maurice this Divine Power was not Nature, but the Eternal Fountain of righteousness and love revealed in Jesus Christ. He believed that every man understood himself best when he regarded himself as an instrument of the purposes of the living God. No one of any sensibility could be in contact with Maurice without being moved to something of reverence towards him: but to a few he was a prophet. He himself, with all his embarrassing humility and readiness to think others as inspired as himself, yet accepted the kind of devotion with which those few looked up to him, and it gave him a new confidence and courage. He had noopinions with which he desired to indoctrinate his disciples, but he felt that he had a witness to bear, a message to deliver. If he had any watchword, it was perhaps that of the kingdom of God. He believed that Christ had come to establish a Divine kingdom on the earth, and that the kingdom in which Christ was King was the true and actual spiritual world of men and of mankind. He felt a peculiar distrust and' aversion towards " systems " and " theories " , because he saw men substituting these compositions of their own minds for the voices of the living God. It is a common view of Maurice to regard him as a fervent phil...