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Copyright, 1899, by
Lest the writer be thought to be holding up a primitive people to ridicule, a few words of explanation may be necessary.
It is not my wish to decry religion: I have seen instances of sincerity and childlike faith, especially among the Free Methodists. There is one Evangelist now, preaching in the rain-belt who gave up his position of railroad engineer to work and suffer for a pittance in the cause of Christ. But as an eye-witness to the shallowness and absurdities palmed off on a credulous community under the name of religion, it has been my wish to set forth the harm of emotional religion—to show how the glaring inconsistency between professions of holiness and imperfect lives tends to dull the moral sense.