Excerpt from The Church's One Foundation: Christ and Recent Criticism
Puts it The Christian Church is the most potent fact in the most important ages of the world's progress. It is an institution like the world itself, which has grown up by its own strength and according to its own principle Of life, full of good and evil, having as the law Of its fate to be knocked about in the Stern develop ment Of events, exposed, like human society, to all kinds Of vicissitudes and alternations, giving occasion to many a scandal, and shaking the faith and loyalty Of many a son, showing in ample measure the wear and tear Of its existence, battered, injured, sometimes degenerate, sometimes improved in one way or another, since those dim and long-distant days when its course began; but showing in all these ways what a real thing it is, never in the.
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