A Hindrance to Progress

It is manifest that intellectual advance is quite impossible for him who estimates the value of information upon the basis of its antiquity. Reverance for authority is always more or less subject to degeneration into antagonism to the unfamiliar and modern, and history furnishes abundant illustration of the mental torpor and inertness inevitably resulting from the persistent maintenance of this attitude.

This has been peculiarly and most lamentably true with respect to religious thought, and it explains the meager showing which religious progress presents when compared with the astonishing advance of physical science and civilization in general.

In speaking of this a recent writer has said,—

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My own Demonstration
March 7, 1903

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