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First International New Thought Metaphysical Congress

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Preface - First Convention - Address of Welcome - Thought Grafting - A Rational Positive Spiritual Philosophy - Abundant Life - Value of Social Ideals - Powers Invisible - After Christianity, What? - Mental Treatment for Communities - A Plea for Work Among School-teachers - Officers and Executive Board for 1899 - 1900 - Factions and Divisions - Law of the Good - Tried and True - Gospel of Healing - Is Mental Science Enough? - Constitution and By-laws - Divine Law - God, Freedom, and Immortality - Unity of Good - New Century's Call - Spirit of the New Thought - Individual Ideals - Contents -


AFTER CHRISTIANITY, WHAT?

BY THE REV. SOLON LAUER.

There is a story of an English candidate for Parliament who was stating to an audience what good things he would do for the people if elected. "Will you vote for an alteration of the Decalogue?" shouted a wag in the crowd. Now, this candidate had perhaps heard of the Decalogue, but, if so, had forgotten that it meant the Ten Commandments of Moses; and so, turning to a friend on the platform, he asked, in a whisper, "What the deuce is that?" The roguish friend replied treacherously that it referred to flogging in the army. Turning to his expectant hearers, the candidate made reply "If elected I will vote, and indeed I will move, for its total abolition!"

I trust that none who have seen the announcement of my subject may think that I, like this aspiring politician, design to overthrow the foundation of morality. When I say "Christianity," I mean the doctrines and usages of the Christian churches. That these have undergone a tremendous change within the last fifty years, no close observer can deny. That they will undergo still further change every believer in human progress must admit. From Calvinism to Unitarianism is a long way, but Unitarianism is not the end of it. Unitarianism may have reached its limit, but bold explorers are pushing on --- past the stakes driven by Charming and Parker --- to explore the vast unknown. Unitarianism has carried the evolution of Christianity as far as Christianity can be carried. Those who pass beyond the present position of Unitarianism must leave Christianity as a systematic religion behind them and enter the field of universal religion. Timid souls shrink from this bold step. The Unitarian body falls back upon what it

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