was probably the most moral society that ever existed.
If we consider its thousand years of prophets, its literature of ethics and of devotion, its popular passion for theology, its passion for those discussions which went on constantly in temple and marketplace, and which show a deeper clutch upon truth than Athens
at her best could show --if we consider what sort of men those scribes and Pharisees probably were, we shall have to confess that Christ
's rebuke fell on men whose faults were mild compared to the atrocities visible in the modern world.
Examine the morning newspaper and you will find fiendish cruelties unknown in Judaea
At the back of the prophet's emotion is; his vision of a relation between innocent suffering and half-innocent selfishness.
If you should see a man being burned alive by respectable rate-payers, you would cry out, you — yet not you but something in youwould burst into agonized protest, accusing those rate-payers; and your language would be harsh.
Such is the explanation of the strong language of Anti-slavery.
The Abolitionists were the only people in the country who effectually saw what was going on. They saw the slave-block, they saw the child