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little child, though, when he has passed through the stage of doubt he will be able to contribute to the general fund his own peculiar experience and ideas, just as anyone else can. At this stage he will be equally as ready as he was before to accept what philosophy has to offer, provided this does not strike at the fundamental assumptions of his manner of living. At the same time, as a Christian he will soon rise to a new and commanding position from which, as soon as he has fully understood the implications of his religion, he will be able to pass judgment on the philosophers themselves.
One point to which Professor Grensted draws especial attention is that Christianity has little or nothing to do with the proclamation of belief in God, which was already and progressively dominant in human life long before the time of Christ. In principle this is nothing more than the assurance that life, with all its immense complexity, and in spite of the darkness with which it seems to be shrouded, is not without significance, that it is possible to look beyond the present moment and what is transitory to something which is of permanent and eternal value. In that the prophetic preachers of justice among the Jews and the philosophical seekers after truth among the Greeks were of one mind, the primary interest of Christians lay elsewhere and so belief in God was taken over uncritically from the past. Even to-day Christianity has not been able wholly to shake off the problems and difficulties which have beset it as a result of this borrowing.
However it may be thought to depend for its credentials upon a remote, other worldly future, together with a few facts which occurred in a distant, and somewhat dimly understood past, Christianity is essentially realistic. The recognition of this principle is the first step towards philosophy of living.