Leaders in Modern Philanthropy (Classic Reprint)
The special object of this collection of biographical sketches is to show the connection between a vigorous faith in Christ and the labour of love in the service of man. Philanthropy is not a casual product: it is not a mere outcome of the Zeitgeist, or fashion of the age: its roots are deep in the soil of Christianity: it cannot pick up a living either from Paganism, or Agnosticism, or Secularism, or any other system cut off from the influence of the love of Christ.
Though modern philanthropy teaches this lesson in the most emphatic form, it is really as old as Christianity itself. The religions that Christianity superseded were singularly wanting in philanthropy. Neither Greece nor Rome gave encouragement to the spirit that cares for the poor and needy, and seeks to dry up the fountains of human misery. Not that the Greeks and Romans wanted compassion, or were unwilling, on occasion, to make large contributions for the relief of the poor. Roman Emperors, and even rich men in private life, would sometimes make presents of great value to the poorer classes of the citizens.
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