210 HISTORIC GROWTH OF MAN.
To starve and mortify the body does not enrich and beautify the soul. Body life and soul life are interlinked at every point. To injure one is to hurt the other. The best body is the best instrument for soul expression.
Since the time of Aristotle the men of science have sought to find those laws which bind together in one connected chain the long series of animals and plants. These men have found that one system of laws extends all the way up the scale, from the simple ameba without any special organs up to man with all his complex powers. If beings exist of still higher rank than man, the laws-of their existence are still the same as those which are in his constitution. Man is still incomplete, when measured by the standard of the laws in his own nature. In those higher beings these laws have their full expression. If we know these laws as they are in plan, then we can understand them in beings still higher. There is neither good science nor good logic in speaking of the higher existences as "incomprehensible" or "unknowable."
THE COMING RELIGION must state clearly the spiritual laws in the constitution of man. If it does this, it will clear up the mysteries of the Bible. As one example, that book asserts that man was made in the image and likeness of God. We know that if a small machine be made in the form of a large one, then the small one will be governed by exactly the same mechanical laws. We there' ore know that if man is in the image of God, then the laws of his constitution are the same, allowing for difference of per fection and greatness.
It follows that if we understand man we shall also