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"Religion", said Hitchc.o.c.k, "implies Revelation". By "Revelation" is meant a set of sublime (and therefore, divine) truths revealed, _i.e._ communicated from time to time to chosen men (= Prophets) who had the necessary spirituality to comprehend them and to convey them, as G.o.d's messages, to their fellow-men in the _human_ language of themselves. The defects (if any) found in the authoritative records (= Scriptures [Arabic: ?a?if]) are the defects in the human language and not certainly in the sacred and sublime truths revealed to the chosen men, the Messengers of G.o.d. It is the defect of _human_ understanding, no less than the poverty of _human_ language, that has often prevented the full comprehension of the divine dispensation and the sublime truths in the messages of Prophets. It is _our_ comprehension of the truth itself that has given rise to diversity in religious beliefs and practices.
 Provided they are authentic and genuine and not altered by interpolations and omissions.
 Neither the Bible nor the Qur'an is responsible for the cruel excesses committed by Christians or Muhammadans in the name of Religion.
 "The best of things is the medium thing"--_Muhammad_.
 Charles R. Gibson.
 _Vide_ Note 12 para. marked (a) p. 79.
 For the purpose of this Note it will be enough if you understand the first four propositions. I am afraid you will find some difficulty in understanding the remaining two propositions without ill.u.s.trative examples, for which I have no s.p.a.ce here.
 "For _such as be_ blessed of him shall inherit the earth, and _they that be_ cursed of him shall be cut off."--Psalm 37th, 22.
 Qur'an, xxi. 105. Following the late Mr. Justice Karamat Hussain of Allahabad, I take the word [Arabic: saleh] to mean "fit" in the evolutionary sense. See his book [Arabic: ilm-ul-akhlakh].
 He edits a journal called "Biometrika" which is devoted to the statistical study of biological problems.
 Prof. Muirhead of the University of Burmingham, in his kind letter to the author on these "Notes."
 Hence Formalism creeps into every Religion and renders it lifeless when its doctrines fail to adjust themselves to new facts or to changes in old facts. See _Appendix_.
 It should be construed and applied to new ideas and changed circ.u.mstances of each age in quite the same manner as Judges in a Court of Law construe and apply old Statutes to facts of cases that come before them. See Hali's [Arabic: al-din ya.s.sin]
 See the verse of the Qur'an quoted on p. 33.
 Or say: True Christianity is but true Islam writ large. "On the whole this religion of Mahomet's is a kind of Christianity."--_Thomas Carlyle._
 See hints:--Para 3 of Note 5 pp. 31, 32; Footnote (48) p. 43; Footnotes (4) and (5) page 12; Footnote (85) p. 81.
 Written in 1917.
 Cp. Note 7.