This is the last quote in Mockingbird’s Holl series from The Distinctive Elements in Christianity (1937). Next week we will feature Holl‘s lecture and book, The Reconstruction of Morality.  

Here the great one does away with distinctions between people. He also references by strange advanced knowledge a novel by James Gould Cozzens. Most important, Karl Holl here observes that Christ’s conception of God came to people like an awakening from a dream. As always, the emphases are Mockingbird’s, and the excerpt is from pages 29-30.

This conception of God which Jesus taught, though it ran so sharply counter to all natural religious notions, still possessed its hidden, its irresistible strength.  It went deeper than any other conception of God. For it spoke straight to the conscience. Was it not after all convincing that he who would aspire to fellowship with God must take his stand not on heroism, but unconditionally on God’s own moral nature, on God’s great goodness? For him who earnestly sought to do this, the distinction between the just and the unjust, the pure and the impure was dissolved. … The admonition ‘know thyself’ now found its full significance.”

“He who grasped this was like a person awakening from a dream.”  

No wonder that some revival movements have been called Great Awakenings.