back here and find its key.”
Christianity says, “I leave my record with the instincts of the race.
The accumulating evidence of my divine mission shall be that nowhere can the race travel, under no climate, in the midst of no circumstances, can it develop anything of which I have not offered beforehand the explanation and the key.”
The fourth element peculiar to Christianity is its ideal of woman.
In all civilization as in every individual case, in all times as well as in all men, this rule holds: The level of a man's spiritual life, and the spiritual life of an age, is exactly this,--its ideal of woman.
No matter where you test society, what its intellectual or moral development, the idea that it has held of woman is the measure and test of the progress it has made.
The black woman in the South
holds in her hands to-day the social reconstruction of half the Union
The black man of the South
holds its material and industrial future; its spiritual and moral possibility lies in the place which woman shall compel her fellow-beings to accord her in their ideas in the future.
So, wherever you go, into Asia
, the idea that each religion held of woman is a test of its absolute spiritual truth and life.
Christianity is the only religion that ever accorded to woman her true place in the Providence
It is exceptional; it is antagonistic to the whole spirit of the age. The elements I have named are those which distinguish
Is Christianity an inspired faith or not?
tower above the intellectual level of their times like the peaks of Teneriffe
and Mont Blanc
We look at them, and it seems impossible to measure the interval that separates them from the intellectual development around them.
But if this Jewish
boy in that era of the world, in Palestine
, with the Ganges