Professor James on Saintliness

In a general way, then, and "on the whole," our abandonment of theological criteria, and our testing of religion by practical common sense and the empirical method, leave it in possession of its towering place in history. Economically, the saintly group of qualities is indispensable to the world's welfare. The great saints are immediate successes; the smaller ones are at least heralds and harbingers, and they may be bearers, also, of a better mundane order. Let us be saints, then, if we can, whether or not we succeed visibly and temporally.

"The Varieties of Religious Experience."

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