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PREFACE
True religion confronts earth with heaven and brings eternity to bear upon time. The
messenger of Christ, though he speaks from God, must also, as the Quakers used to say,
“speak to the condition” of his hearers; otherwise he will speak a language known only
to himself. His message must be not only timeless but timely. He must speak to his own
generation.
The message of this book does not grow out of these times but it is appropriate to them.
It is called forth by a condition which has existed in the Church for some years and is
steadily growing worse. I refer to the loss of the concept of majesty from the popular
religious mind. The Church has surrendered her once lofty concept of God and has
substituted for it one so low, so ignoble, as to be utterly unworthy of thinking,
worshipping men. This she has done not deliberately, but little by little and without her
knowledge; and her very unawareness only makes her situation all the more tragic.
The low view of God entertained...

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