Christianity and the New Age by Christopher Dawson

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It is the result of a spiritual intuition, even though that intuition is, as St. Paul says, in bondage to " the weak and beggarly elements " of nature. The religion of the blood of which Lawrence writes, the religion of pure sense and animal instinct, can only be attained by the unreflecting animal soul. If we were conscious of it, we should not have it. It is a true spiritual instinct which prompted Lawrence to revolt against the tyranny of " the white mind " and to seek a deeper wisdom than that of the rational consciousness; but, owing to the denial and repression of true spiritual intuition, it has been deflected into a false cult of the primitive and * Pansies, pp.

1927, pp. 101, 133. 47 CHRISTIANITY AND THE NEW AGE its most essential function, and ultimately, like Deism, ceases to be a religion at all. It may perhaps be objected that this view involves the identification of religion with mysticism, and that it would place a philosophy of intuition like that of the Vedanta higher than a religion of faith and supernatural revelation, like Christianity. In reality, however, the Christian insistence on the necessity of faith and revelation implies an even higher conception of transcendence than that of the oriental religions.

It is a true spiritual instinct which prompted Lawrence to revolt against the tyranny of " the white mind " and to seek a deeper wisdom than that of the rational consciousness; but, owing to the denial and repression of true spiritual intuition, it has been deflected into a false cult of the primitive and * Pansies, pp. 65-66. 51 D2 CHRISTIANITY AND THE NEW AGE the physical which can afford no true solution of his problem. This is fully realised by another writer, who has considerable sympathy with his point of view and who also seeks escape from the present impasse in a religious experience.

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