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ple of action, that they have a right to dispense the gospel in the manner and measure which their judgement and generosity
The following pages aim at the correction of these and similar mistakes. Those arguments which are usually advanced against foreign missions, are briefly and dispassionately considered, while those which should engage every Christian in this work are presented to the consciences of all to whom they apply.
To divest the subject of all local or extraneous associations, the writer has had recourse to an effort of imagination. He has pictured a scene for the occasion, which lies within the region of the strictest probability, and is perhaps best calculated to place the subject of missions in its true aspect.
His object is not to pamper a vitiated taste, nor to embellish truth with the trappings of imagery. The candid reader will not charge him with much attempt at dramatic effect. He will soon perceive that the characters introduced are with very few exceptions made to possess about the same amount of intelligence, and to employ the same style of address. They are represented as urging rather what might be advanced on the points they advocate, than what persons under their circumstances would be qualified to adduce.
The sole intention of the writer in this ideal scene is to present the Christian duty of evangelizing all nations, in as pure and strong a light as he can pour upon it.