o recognize especially within these limits the superstition and intolerance which have been the bane of all religions—this disposition, which was frequently manifested both in the essays presented and in their discussion, offended not only my affections, but also my sense of justice.
I had indeed been led to transcend the limits of the old tradition; I had also devoted much time to studies of philosophy, and had become conversant with the works of Auguste Comte, Hegel, Spinoza, Kant, and Swedenborg.
Nothing of what I had heard or read had shaken my faith in the leadership of Christ in the religion which makes each man the brother of all, and God the beneficent father of each and all,—the religion of humanity.
Neither did this my conviction suffer any disturbance through the views presented by speakers at the Radical Club.
Setting this one point aside, I can but speak of the club as a high congress of souls, in which many noble thoughts were uttered.
Nobler than any special view