Excerpt from The Soteriology of Jesus
Prejudice, custom, and inclination should have nothing to do with this choice. Calm investigation, accurate observation, and persistent reﬂection, are requisite to the realization of truth. Few indeed have the power of seeing a point when it makes against them, and if they see it, they weaken its force by refusing it con sideration. Yet, sooner or later the ascendancy of morality or theology will assert itself in the life, so that it is useless for any man to avoid or procrastinate this important decision. The sooner a thinker decides which of the two measuring-rods is the surest, and best adapted to practical use, the better is it for him and all those among whom his inﬂuence extends, and the more likely is he to reach a satisfactory conclusion. In vain does the ostrich hide his head in the sand, when the enemy ap proaches. It were far better for him in the end to examine critically his own resources, and those of the coming foe, and to use what opportunity of defence 'or ﬂight may still remain within his grasp.
In order to judge intelligently between morality and theology, they should be critically considered one at a time.
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