Philip Schaff on the triumph of Jesus of Nazareth | Thomas Larsen

Jesus of Nazareth, with­out money and arms, con­quered more mil­lions than Alexan­der, Cae­sar, Mahomet, and Napoleon; with­out sci­ence and learn­ing, He shed more light on things human and divine than all philoso­phers and schools com­bined; with­out the elo­quence of schools, He spoke words of life such as never were spo­ken before or since, and pro­duced effects which lie beyond the reach of any ora­tor or poet; with­out writ­ing a sin­gle line, He has set more pens in motion, and fur­nished themes for more ser­mons, ora­tions, dis­cus­sions, learned vol­umes, works of art and sweet songs of praise, than the whole army of great men of ancient and mod­ern times. Born in a manger, and cru­ci­fied as a male­fac­tor, He now con­trols the des­tinies of the civ­i­lized world, and rules a spir­i­tual empire which embraces one-third of the inhab­i­tants of the globe. There never was in this world a life so unpre­tend­ing, mod­est, and lowly in its out­ward form and con­di­tion, and yet pro­duc­ing such extra­or­di­nary effects upon all ages, nations, and classes of men. The annals of his­tory pro­duce no other exam­ple of such com­plete and aston­ish­ing suc­cess in spite of the absence of those mate­r­ial, social, lit­er­ary, and artis­tic pow­ers and influ­ences which are indis­pens­able to suc­cess for a mere man. Christ stands, in this respect also, soli­tary and alone among all the heroes of his­tory, and presents to us an insolv­able prob­lem, unless we admit him to be more than man, even the eter­nal Son of God.  – Philip Schaff

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