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[280] that underlies Christianity. All other religions allow that the strong have the right to use the weak. Like Darwin's principle of philosophy, the best, the strongest, the educated, the powerful, have the right to have the world to themselves, and to absorb the less privileged in their enjoyable career. Carlyle represents that element in modern literature. Christianity ignores it in its central principle. Wealth, health, and knowledge are a trust. “If any man be chief among you, let him be your servant.” If you know anything, communicate it. Whatever you hold, it is not yours. See that you make yourself the servant of the weakness of your age.

God in his Providence, to which Christ gave us the key, is the mover of the ages, has always been dragging down the great, and lifting up the poor; and Christianity was the first testimony of religion which recognized the decree of Providence, that the greater is the servant of the lesser.

Again, Christianity endeavors to reform the world by ideas. There is not such another attempt in the history of the race. There is nowhere a single religious leader that ever said, “I will remodel the world, and I will remodel it by thought.” Christianity not only trusts itself to the mind, to the supremacy of the soul, but it is aggressive on that line. It not only says, with every thoughtful man, the mind is stronger than the body, but the Saviour says, “Go out and preach the Gospel to every creature.” The great agitator of the centuries is Jesus Christ of Jerusalem, who undertook to found his power on an idea, and at the same time to announce his faith and to teach his disciples, “this idea shall remould the world.” No other religion has attempted it; no other religious leader has proclaimed any such purpose, plan, or faith.

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