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The Religious Press
THE distinctive Baptist doctrine of the separation of Church and State is in grave peril from certain tendencies that are developing in American churches and missionary societies; but those who see the peril are coming to a larger recognition of the validity of the doctrine. For example, Dr. Charles H. Parkhurst, the eminent New York Presbyterian clergyman and reformer, has recently said,—
You cannot make a man believe in God if you do not convince him you believe in Him yourself. Peter, by brandishing his sword, denied the divinity of Jesus; and any other man cheapens God when he goes about to yoke God's Spirit alongside of carnal contrivances. It is the absence of such carnal contrivances that explains the rapid extension of Christianity during the first three centuries of our own era. God worked mightily because he had no backing. Up to that time armies and navies were on the side of the pagans. Christianity is never so powerful as when it is unprotected, and evangelization that depends upon soldiers and gunboats has no future. The instant Christianity begins to lean on anything, its divine vitality dries out of it. The cause of Christ prospered in the Roman Empire till it became the State religion—till it came to have the government back of it—then Christianity deteriorated into a pious kind of politics, with a good deal more politics than piety.
A Modern View of Inspiration
Professor Morgan an Advocate of the Higher Criticism.
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An Interesting Meeting in New York City
with contributions from W. F. STORM, M. E. NICHOLS, MAY R. BOLTON, M. H. Lincicome, Frank Westfall
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George F. Barker with contributions from MARY CLARK BARNES, F. W. BALDWIN
A Chapter on Medical Legislation
BY ROBERT L. ZILLER.
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BY ANNIE M. KNOTT
with contributions from Simon M. Landis
Questions and Answers
A Letter to a Friend
F. W. Gibbons
A Summer Service
Addie Keith Merrill
The Carol of the Rain
BY KEYES BECKER.