Excerpt from Outlines of Christian Theology, or Theological Hints
The vast number of books which are now being written and published, and the multitude of book agents who are canvassing for their sale, with their ﬂattering recommen dations, 'are disseminating among the uncultured masses every imaginable theory in the prowess of unsanctified in genuity. Thus, we are living in a dangerous period - while it is a period of great enlightenment and progress. A large majority of the reading world accept of any theory, how ever foreign to the truth, as a veritable declaration, because some neatly bound and, possibly, gold-gilt book so states. Beyond that, they seem to have no thought; and, instead of being able to formulate some counter-argument, to re but the many wild sophistries set aﬂoat, they succumb to the many illusive contents, and become the disseminators Of the same subtle Sophistries. Especially is this the case with any people who have not been accustomed to classic books, and are passing through a transitional state. No era in the history of the world has been so pregnant with read ing matter as the present. Everv railroad train is laden with dime novels, nickel papers, and obscene literature.
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