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The first fact with which we are confronted is an increasing discredit upon the value of all theological definition, either as a condition of entrance into the Church or as a guarantee for developing character. This opinion is supported by certain practical observations upon life. The average man is influenced by results, and cares little for the process by which good results are obtained. As he views the Christian Church and her formal adherents, he does not behold in what is called orthodox Christianity, or in the people who assent to correct theological definition, any monopoly of the fruits of Christian living. No one Church or body of Christians possesses a discernible monopoly of Christian character.

Rev. Theodore Irving Reese.
The Churchman.

In no respect is the example of Jesus more significant than in his constant effort to naturalize religion among human interests. In nothing can the Christian worker of to-day receive more help from a study of the method of Jesus than in learning how to put the religious life before people in such a way that it shall be given a place in every-day affairs. The tendency to relegate religion to occasions is constant and strong. The effort to confine it within certain forms is a part of the continuous history of man. Jesus assumes that religion is of universal and constant importance, and is not to be crowded out of our common life into some corner where we have stored ecclesiastical furniture.

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February 3, 1906

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