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The critical study of the life of Jesus has been for theology a school of honesty. The world had never seen before, and will never see again, a struggle for truth so full of pain and renunciation as that of which the lives of Jesus of the last hundred years contain the cryptic record. One must read the successive lives of Jesus with which Hase followed the course of the study from the 'twenties to the 'seventies of the nineteenth cen- tury [Karl August Hase, the Jena professor, whose first Life of Jesus was published in 1829] to get an inkling of what it must have cost the men who lived through that decisive period really to maintain that "courageous freedom of investigation" which the great Jena professor, in the preface to his first Life of Jesus y claims for his researches.

Phy, and The it real history of progress in physics, philoso- and more especially in psychology, religion, is the history of incomprehensible cessations of conceptions that were unattainable by a given epoch, in spite of all that to them of the thoughts it did not could not, but because there was some mysterious command upon it not to. In the same way, the true history of art is the history of invisible, insuperable happened to lead it think, not because barriers, up it which only fall when the due time comes, without anyone understanding why this happens exactly when it does, and not just as well earlier or later.

What the ultimate goal towards which ing that we are moving will be, what this something is which new life and new regulative principles to corncenturies, we do not know. We can only dimly divine shall bring it be the mighty deed of some mighty original whose truth and rightness will be proved by the will genius, fact that we, working at our poor half thing, will oppose him might and main we who imagine we long for nothing more eagerly than a genius powerful enough to open up with authority a new path for the world, seeing that we cannot succeed in moving it forward along the track which we have so laboriously prepared.

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