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xi                   A SYNTHETIC PHILOSOPHY OF LIVING                405
the field of speculation have united in a higher unity.101 This synthetic spirit opens the way to a meeting-place between philosophy as a long adventure of analysis and interpretation and Christianity as a living passion. In other words, our only assumption has been this : Christianity has a right to speak according to its own nature, and we must value the specific claims it makes in the light of the fashion in which its whole organism relates itself to the deepest life of the mind of man. Here we find truth conceived in terms of inspiration and action which meet with thought in the hour of moral and spiritual victory. The leading ideas brought forth by philosophy find their meaning revealed more clearly than before and are drawn together in a new unity and harmony.
Unfortunately, however, the Christian Philosophy of Living never secured a psychological formulation before the Christian tradition had been transmitted through emotionally distorted minds. On the assumption here put forward that Christianity was primarily a system of psychotherapy, we would expect to find it appealed to those in most need of this help. (Salvation, at-one-ment, if a word play is justified.)
The humanity it advocates is not based on guilt or a sense of abject permanent unworthiness, the service towards man it enjoins is not patronage, its ' propaganda ' was neither subversive nor coercive, its faith was not arrogant nor contemptuous of ' paganism \ This is why Christianity represented an attempt to integrate the ethical attitudes and other advantages of the two types of cult. In fact, Christianity idealized the Kingdom of Heaven on earth a human fraternity not dependent upon authority (human or divine), for its solidity and stability, nor regulated by competition and not troubled with neurotic guilt and aggressiveness.