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1895 Excerpt: ...organic. Monarchies may boast of their central
fountain of sovereignty. Republics can glory in their broad sea of
sovereignty, ever renewed, clarified and purified by millions of
living streams flowing forever from fountains of pure,
unadulterated, original power. The modern democratic state is the
acme of civilization. It is the cumulative product of all the
evolutionary forces of history. It has brought society to that
condition where every one is arbiter of his own fortune, where the
scholar is master and dictator of his own powers; where thought and
the thinker receive a true and a just consideration at the hands of
humanity. Although the scholar is indigenous to Democratic soil, it
would bean historial error to affirm that he flourishes in no
other. Scholars have been leaders of the world. They have set in
motion the wheels of revolution. They have broken down the barriers
of prejudice and superstition. They have shattered the walls of
despotism and defiled the temples of idolatry. They dethroned kings
and crowned the uncrowned millions. They have wrenched the tiara
from the hand of an insolent papacy, and laid bare the follies of a
corrupted priesthood. How pregnant with meaning are such names as
Galileo, Kepler and Copernicus Those intellectual giants whose
genius unveiled the uuiverse, consigned to eternal oblivion those
geographical and astronomical errors which blinded the world for
two thousand years and who above all exposed the folly of deeming
man or institution infallible. What a halo of glory clusters round
such names as Luther, Calvin, Huss and Zwingli Those men of
learning--scholars, whose divine vision pierced the dark pall of
ignorance and superstition which enshrouded all Christendom,
blinding men's souls and obscuring the light of tr...
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