A Hindu once said to a missionary, “Your book is very good.  If you were as good as your book, you would conquer India in five years.”  That may be true or it may not, but it gives us the impression that is produced by godless Englishmen on heathen peoples.  We are taking away their religion from them, necessarily, as the result of education and contact with European thought.  And, if we do not substitute for it the one faith that elevates and saves, the last state of that man will be worse than the first. – Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910), from a meditation on Romans 1.14.


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