[The evangelical preachers of the eighteenth century] knew nothing of the modern notion that Christ is in every man and that all possess something good within, which they have only to stir up and use in order to be saved.  They never flattered men and women in this fashion.  They told them plainly they were dead and must be made alive again, that they were guilty, lost, helpless, hopeless, and in imminent danger of eternal ruin.  Strange and paradoxical as it may seem to some, their first step towards making men good was to show them that they were utterly bad, and their primary argument in persuading men to do something for their souls was to convince them that they could do nothing at all.  (p. 12)

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