Reforms and Reformers

Solomon said, "There is no new thing under the sun." This truism might well be applied to all who have appeared in the world as the originators and leaders of religious movements. Looking back upon the history of the religious we find that no departure from conventional religion, no matter what its form or origin, whether Pagan, Judaic, Mohammedan, or what not, has ever escaped criticism, anathematism, misrepresentation, misconception, and consequent persecution.

A careful study of this phase of history also shows that the greater the religious reformation the more violent the opposition. This is inevitably so, for the more radical the change the more conventional predilections are interfered with and stirred.

American Baptist Flag
August 29, 1901

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