Rev. B. B. Tyler, D. D., of New York, preached last evening in Appleton Chapel on "Christianity in its Relation to Culture," taking his text from Luke X: 25-37.
We have various conceptions of Christianity, manifested in the different forms of the Anglican, Roman, Greek, and Protestant churches. But the Christianity of Christ can be best learned from study of the New Testament - not only the four gospels, but all the rest as well, for Christ did not fully reveal in person all the truths which have come to the world through him, but said himself to his disciples, "when the Holy Spirit is come, he will guide you into all truth."
Christianity according to Christ furnishes the basis for the largest and richest culture of which men are capable - the largest and richest culture of mind, body and soul. The old religion taught that Christ's doctrine was the doctrine of the mortification of the body for the glory of God. But we know now that Christ paid great attention to the physical welfare of men. He went about healing all manner of disease among the people, and ended the parable of the Good Samaritan by commanding his disciples to go and do each for his neighbor in distress what the Good Samaritan did.
Beside requiring us to pay attention to our physical well-being, Christianity enjoins upon us a broad and deep intellectual culture. The old idea was that the true faith could only be preserved by the suppression of free thought, but we find Christ Himself reasoning with men and asking them their opinions. In these days, as always, every seeker after truth is following Christ's teaching. Our colleges and universities have been founded by Christian men for the advancement of Christianity, and built up with Christian toil and sacrifice.
The moral hold which the religion of Jesus has upon the minds of men comes from the fact that it appeals to their hearts. It supplies to men just the inspiration which they need in every-day life, and as they continue to love God they will grow into the fullness of the divine life.
The choir sang "Let Every Soul be Subject," by Stainer; "The Path of the Just," by Roberts; and "It is of the Lord's Mercies," by Thorne.