Excerpt from The Theologies That these theologies are not soon to disappear should, in stead of being allowed to discourage us, but serve to make us more impatient to have the right and effectual blows struck at them. They, who are only pruning their branches, should be wielding axes upon their roots. They, who are at work to make them better, should be at work to overturn them from their lowest foundations. Some of these would, for conscience' sake, retain the theological systems, were they but modified here and there. Others, however, of these superficial workers, would be glad to be more thorough, could they believe that they would thereby hasten the overthrow of these systems. They would thereby hasten it. Going for a whole truth is more effective than going for a part of one - the whole one being the more obvious, the more commanding of approbation, and, every way, the more powerful and influential. On this principle the public mind is far better prepared for the entire flinging away than for the partial retention of the theologies.
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