[Prof. A. C. McGiffert in The Hibbert Journal.]

When many men are interested enough in a particular system to attack it, it still has a hold upon the world; when they are too absorbed in other matters to trouble themselves about it, its day is over. And so it is evident that a new age has dawned in the history of Christianity and the old apologetic is out of date, not because it attempts to prove so many unbelievable things, but because it attempts to prove so many things in which men have no interest. Much mattered in other days which does not matter now. An apologetic which is to be of value today must defend the things that matter to-day, and only those. The question, then, for the modern apologist is not merely what is true, but what is important. What is the one thing, if there be one thing, that really counts — the one thing whose acceptance or rejection means the acceptance or rejection of Christianity? For this it is the business of the Christian apologist to secure approval and support. Failing this, his apologetic is a failure, whatever else he may successfully defend.

[The Christian Life.]

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