“You are a tyranny.”
He arraigned unjust power at its own feet.
If a man does so now we send him to the coventry of public contempt or the house of correction.
But that is where Christianity goes.
That is the way it entered the world, and that is the way it grapples with the world to-day.
As the old Italian
said in 1554, “There has not a Christian died in his bed, for two hundred years.”
There will never a Christian die in his bed in the sense in which he meant it. The distinctive representative, the typical, advanced Christian of his age will never die in a respectable bed, because the society of to-day, though growing out of a Christian subsoil, struggles yet to defy its Master.
I have endeavored to show the wise men at the State House
that they are gravitating toward the despotism of incorporated wealth.
I showed them that in a republican community you could not afford to have half the individuality of the masses taken away, because you would have no basis for our form of government to rest upon.
I did n't dare to say to that legislature, “God gives to you the keeping, annually, of so many hundred thousand souls, and whether they are good voters or trustworthy citizens, is a secondary matter.
You should make these streets safe for immortal souls to grow up in.”
And yet that legislature is better than a church, for it says there shall be no distinction of color.
It does n't know caste.
But when you go down to the Old South Church, you find it has taken a leaf out of Hindostan, and has black men in one place and white men in another.
That is a church; the other is Christianity.
I have impressed this fact,--Christianity is a divine force; it is the great force to which we owe Europe
; it is the key that unlocks the government, the society, the literature of Europe
It unfolds to you the goal toward which we are all hastening; but you must not seek for it