Signs of the Times

[Pres. William Arnold Shanklin in a baccalaureate sermon, Wesleyan University]

The period through which we have just passed was a day of judgment. The nations were arraigned at God's bar, and sentence went forth against selfishness and envy and greed and the hardness of heart and ruthlessness of men, and was executed with unrelenting severity.... There will come a society in which each citizen shall have the fullest opportunity to develop bodily, mentally, and spiritually; the perception that democracy is not merely government, but also an entire way of life; not merely government "of the people, by the people, for the people," but the use of all the natural resources given by God, by all the faculties of man, for the sake of all the people. Every question between men is a religious question, a question of moral economy before it becomes one of political economy.

August 16, 1919

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