Excerpt from The Lamps of the Temple: Crayon Sketches of the Men of the Modern Pulpit
The Modern Pulpit, it must be admitted, has been surrounded and assailed by a storm of whims and diﬂﬂ culties, such as have not beset the rostrum in any pre vious age. On the one hand it has had to address a more intelligent, watchful, sceptical, critical audience, than the Ancient Pulpit; nor can there be any doubt that the audience to which it has had to address itself, while more intelligent, has been much larger_than in any former age. On the other hand, it has had to speak to and in a perfect sea of excitement. Never before was the human mind so antagonistic and in many parts of our country the minds most active and strenuous in their prosecution of the aims of commerce have been also constant in their attendance upon pulpit ministra tions.
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