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illustrated.1886 Excerpt: ... MODERN CIVILIZATION. (Plate 60.) ONE
is puzzled, in considering that distinctive period of the world's
history which includes the present day, whether to assign it three
centuries, or one, or fifty years. So rapid has been material
progress, such an impulse and expansion have been given to
intellectual activity, so sharply drawn have been the stages of
that general movement, and so specially marked have been its
results within the past two generations, that it is not easy to
make a hard and fast definition of Modern Culture and of the field
of time which it covers. At the beginning of the seventeenth
century, that birth-period of the modern age which is aptly styled
the Renaissance had reached its close. When we think of it we are
wont to think chiefly of its achievements in the fine arts and
elegant literature. Lapped infancy, "of imagination all compact,"
the new world was enjoying its youth. The printing-press, just
placed in its hands, it used, for the most part, as a toy.
Metaphysics and theology were topics discussed in a dead language,
and poetry, though highly valuable to us as illustrating manners,
and to contemporaries as training and elevating literary taste, was
not particularly promotive of practical research or the advancement
of human well-being. Long after the close of the sixteenth century
the use of a dead tongue still impeded the popularization of
scientific inquiry, which thus remained the exclusive province of a
few--a select few, who wrought alone and builded on a narrow basis.
The Church, at least in Northern Europe, had set them the example
of partly abandoning the vehicle of expression which they had
borrowed from her. Had they followed that example and invoked the
aid and sympathy of the laity, progress would have been expedited.
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