Religious Expression of This Identity in the Term LOVE

Religious Expression of This Identity in the Term LOVE

In the theory of the religious life offered by religion itself, there is no dualism at all between knowing and acting. The two things are united, for instance by the author of the fourth Gospel, in such a way that they are absolutely indistinguishable.

The term used to express their unity is “love” an activity which in its perfect manifestation is represented as the perfection of the religious life. The whole of the great final discourse in John is an exposition of this conception ; nothing can be clearer than the way in which the spirit of love is identified on the one hand with that of truth, and on the other with that of morality or obedience.

Love

Love

And the two elements are not connected merely externally ; knowledge is the way of obedience and obedience the approach to truth. The connexion between the two is the most intimate conceivable ; just as the perfect life involves the denial of all distinction between man and man, so it involves the denial of all distinction between man’s two faculties of thought and will.