Excerpt from The Light: Is It Waning? Why? How Much? And What Shall We Do?
The author of this little treatise is deeply impressed with the belief that "Yea" is a more fruitful word than "Nay." It is not what we deny that makes us strong, but what we believe. Similarly, he thinks, dissuasive appeals can at the utmost be but half-way effective. As John Newton long ago said, "We cannot shovel out darkness: we must shine it out."
His plan, in the preparation of the essay, has been to forestall timid objections to the exposure he felt constrained to make, by showing, in the first place, how victorious Christianity really has been, and how it comes to pass that her victories stand out now in less bold relief than in former times.
Having thus cleared the way for plain speech, he has ventured to lay bare some of the evils and some of the dangers that now beset the Church. If many differ widely with him as to the point to which notice should be especially drawn, he will not be at all surprised. But what he offers is his sincere, well-weighed belief, long entertained.
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