Controversy and religious strife, no doubt, are odious things, but there are times when they are a positive necessity.  Unity and peace are very delightful, but they are bought too dear if they are bought at the expense of truth. . .It was a pity that Arius taught error about Christ’s person, but it would have been a greater pity if Athanasius had not opposed him.  It was a pity Tetzel went about preaching up the Pope’s indulgences.  It would have been a far greater pity if Luther had not withstood him.  Controversy, in fact, is one of the conditions under which truth, in every age, has to be defended and maintained, and it is nonsense to ignore it.  (p. 13)


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