Moody: The Man of the Nineteenth Century -- By: George Hibbert Driver
BSac 94:375 (Jul 37) p. 343
Moody: The Man of the Nineteenth Century
Few epochs have seemed to give a wider range of celebrities from whose significant ranks one might make a selection of the outstanding personality of the period, than the era in a part of which many of us at least have lived,-the Century known as the Nineteenth.
In invention, we have Edison and Morse and a multitude of others. In science, Roentgen with his discovery of the X-Ray (at the end of the century), and Darwin with his thought-transforming theory of evolving man, and its corollary (or vice versa), developing entire natural world. In philanthropy, Ashley, Seventh Earl of Shaftesbury, and in a more particular sphere, Florence Nightingale. In exploration, Stanley, and the beginning of the exploits, though not their culmination, of Peary. In literature, Emerson and the whole Concord School, on this side of the water; and Tennyson and the whole numerous group of Victorian prose writers and poets in the British Isles; to say nothing of much of the final work of Goethe, in Germany. In education, Horace Mann, and Froebel. In philosophy, Comte, Schopenhauer, Spencer, Nietzsche, and much of the work of William James. In statesmanship, Webster, Gladstone, Disraeli, Bismarck. In national rulers, Lincoln, Victoria herself, and even William, the Second, Kaiser of Germany,-at the beginning of his now war-eclipsed glory. In national patriots, Garibaldi, and Theodore Roosevelt. In missionary heroes and martyrs, Livingstone, Paton, and, laying down his life in the Boxer Uprising (in the opening year of the present
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century), Horace Pitkin, of Paotingfu,-a host. In historians, George Bancroft, for limited America, Parkman, with his historical works for a wider field; Motley, John Fiske, Grote, Mommsen, Lecky. In theology, Strauss, Bushnell, Harnack. In business, the Pratts, inaugurating the business “trust,” Carnegies innumerable, and the hitherto invulnerable house of Morgan. In the church, preëminent preachers like Phillips Brooks, Charles H. Spurgeon, and Dwight L. Moody.
What opportunity, might be asked, in such a galaxy, of receiving the palm of award as the outstanding man, could be hoped for by this last named representative: Moody?
Let the canons of success be what they may, we have a span of a hundred years here, which is notable in so many ways, that it is difficult-some would say impossible-to pick out the most successful of the human beings that have trod its stage. For the sixty-three years of Victoria’s reign alone it may be said they compassed not merely the swift growth of the British Empire, but “saw the development of the steamship, the railroad, and the beginnings of ocean cable communic...
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