Metaphysics: the New Cult

The Troy (N. Y.) Record

Our little systems have their day;They have their day and cease to be;They are but broken lights of thee,And thou, O Lord, art more than they.

Advanced thinkers have ever been in the minority, misunderstood, jeered at, persecuted, and particularly is this the case in religious matters. No new system or idea in religion was ever yet advanced but it at once met opposition. The followers of the new suppose they reach unto something higher and better than that they leave; while they who are left, pooh at the thought—the presumption of the thing, that they can be shown anything better than that they have been born to, than that their fathers and grandfathers of blessed memory have instilled into them, than that they themselves have been baptized into and have sworn to live and die by. Hence, martyrdom begins on the one hand, and a supreme crucifixion by contempt on the other.

One Man's Enthusiasm
July 27, 1899

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