The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Ancient Regime by Charles Kingsley:|
such men as Newton, Boyle, Sydenham, Ray, and the first founders of
our Royal Society.
In England, too, arose the great religious movements of the
seventeenth and eighteenth centuries--and especially that of a body
which I can never mention without most deep respect--the Society of
Friends. At a time when the greater part of the Continent was sunk
in spiritual sleep, these men were reasserting doctrines concerning
man, and his relation to his Creator, which, whether or not all
believe them (as I believe them) to be founded on eternal fact, all
must confess to have been of incalculable benefit to the cause of
humanity and civilisation.