Excerpt from An Inaugural Address: Delivered Before the Newton Theological Institution, June 28, 1854
Without pausing to justify this proposition by further argument, we add, in the second place, that a correct view of Christianity itself must underlie and pervade every good history of the Church. This normal idea will give unity, coherence, meaning and interest to details otherwise impertinent and wearisome. It will effectually prevent the intrusion of thoughts or facts alien to the subject, and like the force of attraction, will seize and hold with the strongest grasp that which possesses the greatest affinity to it. Wisely to choose his materials constitutes half the merit of an able historian. Evenwhere all the facts Spread out before his mind appear self-consistent and reliable, a selection must be made; many must be examined, but few admitted.
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