Prophets of Yesterday and Their Message for To-Day

Prophets of Yesterday and Their Message for To-Day

Prophets of Yesterday and Their Message for To-Day

Prophets of Yesterday and Their Message for To-Day

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LOOKING at the names of the three great English writers whom we are to study in these lectures, there may be some who are at the outset more or less prejudiced by the fact that these are classics. "The works everybody admires are the ones nobody examines. Each generation receives them as a precious burden and passes them on to the next without as much as looking at them." There is much truth in this amusing criticism of the classics, and the more truth there is in it, the more necessity there is for reviving, as far as one can, an interest in our priceless heritage. The very fact that a book is a classic, so far from embedding it in its time, removes and sets it free for all time. As a matter of fact, each one of these great English authors represents a characteristic force which has existed and spoken in every century of English literature. Dr. Moffatt has well observed in another connection that, "The interests of Christianity are not served best by those who . . .

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