In capitals all around the world, men devise many means to encourage or impose even the most tenable of unities. Against these efforts are raised the schemes of still other clever men, attempting another new unity to replace the last. The church is to stand outside the circle of these efforts, preaching a gospel that displays a different kind of power.
Arguments are frequently founded upon the implausibility or impossibility of their falsehood; but Paul’s tack is different. He is so sure of the resurrection’s fact, and so committed to all its attending consequences, that he makes the logic and character of this life to hinge upon the veracity of Jesus’ resurrection.
"And often the more ostensibly spiritual and refined these thing are, the more potent and treacherous their lure. The modern man who seeks to save and perfect himself has a whole pantheon of ideals, each of them a veritable god sapping the vitals of his religion."