Excerpt from Missions From the Modern View
The lectures following contribute to the solution of a problem at once intricate and fascinating. That problem is the readjustment of missionary ideals and methods to the modern state of knowledge. To admit the need of read justment ... in the field of missions is to place that field in the same honorable category with every other field of lofty human enterprise. Readjustment means growth, progress, aug mentation of power, as the effects of increased knowledge and experience. It would be mis taken loyalty to great leaders of the past to contend that their successors in work must occupy the same point of view and practice the same methods. The great leaders of the past, could they speak to us, would protest against such well-meant but erroneous conservatism. They themselves were prophets, gazing beyond the things they saw, and testifying beforetime of a better day to come after them. William Carey, of Serampore, was a statesman and a prophet. None can stand in his library, or look upon his buildings on the river bank, or trace the outline of his missionary policy with out realizing that his mind anticipated and.
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