and Moravian churches, and one company from Holy Trinity Church was named after the “Prince
of peace” ! What would William Penn
and the early Moravians
have said of it?
And Episcopal missionaries have introduced the Brigade into China
, a nation which looks down on war. If lovers of peace leave the church as the Abolitionists did, they may find more Christianity without, and they will not be without good precedents for their action.
There is something petrifying and deadening in institutionalism of all kinds, sacred and profane, and a church cannot in the very nature of things (except at its very inception) be a pioneer in social progress.
We must be satisfied if it does not fall back too far in the rear.
Institutions of learning fall into the same category, and their general influence during the years of anti-slavery activity was uniformly reactionary.
Those who expect to find guidance now or at any time for the advance of society in the churches or universities are asking impossibilities and neglecting one of the plainest lessons of history-namely, that the priest and the professor are rarely in the van.
and the Abolitionists found themselves arrayed perforce against the laws of the land, and these laws, as they were carried out by presidents, governors
, legislators and judges, were among the chief