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if it is true to its methods in dealing with all phenomena that can be brought within its range and be subjected to its scrutiny, is challenged for an interpretation of these results so contrary to the natural manifestation of human nature. With her exactness in weighing and measuring the forces of nature, she nature, she must account for this disturbing influence, this transforming power on the nature of man which shows itself capable of turning the stream of selfishness into channels of benevolence, changing vengeance into forgiveness, and hatred to love; phenomena which the world had never seen exhibited in human conduct previous to the advent of Christ. But in the demonstration of the phenomena of a "life-process" according to scientific methods, the "crucial test " is self-inoculotion, and this the founder of Christianity has Himself declared to be the real avenue by which to approach the truth to be revealed in this field of investigation.
"I am the Light of the World; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life.John 8:12.
"If any man shall do His will he shall know of the doctrine whether it be of God or whether I speak of myself."John 7:17.
If ye continue in my word then ye are my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free."-John 8:31-32.
It is contrary to all rules of scientific experimentation to vary the rules laid down by the author of a method in attempts to verify his results. It is unjust to him, and the motive which actuates it is either a desire to throw doubt upon his conclusions, or a lazy interest in the result to be secured.
A desire to get at the truth, is at the foundation of all
knowledge. The desire is sometimes lacking for fear the truth may prove unacceptable when revealed. That scientist may be justly charged with disloyalty to his methods, if, when the truth is made known thereby, in any department of human knowledge within the scope of his investigation, he declines to accept it. In pursuing investigations regarding Christianity, the scientist is not asked to depart from the methods that have served him so well in his researches among material things, but in entering into the laboratory of another experimenter, for the purpose of testing the accuracy of his results, it is but fair to require that he recognize the scope and nature of the phenomena with which he has to deal, and the standards of weight and measurement by which they must be tested, and, moreover, before he pronounce adversely, that he submit to the final test of self-inoculation by which alone, according to the word of Him who introduced the plan of salvation for the spiritual regeneration of mankind, its truth can be verified.
And in closing, I wish to emphasize the notable fact that among the many millions who have made this test, in sincerity, during the many ages that have passed into history since it was introduced, there is yet to appear man, woman or child, to raise a voice and protest that the Christian plan of salvation is either inadequate or untrue.
THE EXPANDING POWER OF CHRISTIANITY.
PRESIDENT JAMES B. ANGELL.
Delivered October 9, 1892.
I know some young men who think the hearty acceptance of Christianity would set certain limitations to their development and growth, would in some way fetter their power and influence, would somehow preclude the attainment of the highest type of manbood. I have heretofore, in the presence of some of you, discussed the relationship of Christianity and freedom, and have shown, I think, that true liberty is attainable only by conforming to wise and just law, that regulated liberty is the only true liberty, that any other liberty is license, which is at once destructive and suicidal, that it is ruinous to society, and that it calls down on itself the penalties of selfvindicating laws, that the old liturgy expresses a profound truth when it utters the prayer, "O Thou in whose service is perfect freedom.”
I desire now to show that the way to make the most of one's self, to develop not only the finest quality but the largest quantity of manhood, is to give hearty acceptance to Christian truth. In other words, I wish to ask you to consider with me The Expanding Power of Christianity on the Intellectual and the Moral Force of Man,
I. Let us see how Christian truth tends to expand the intellectual powers. It does this by presenting great truths to the mind. The mind grows, if at all, by the apprehension and