Alexander Maclaren

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As to practice—a righteous life will not make a man ‘popular.’ And as for ‘opinions’—earnest religious opinions of any sort are distasteful.

Not the profession of them, but the reality of them—especially those which seem in any way new or strange—make the average man angrily intolerant of an earnest Christianity which takes its creed seriously and insists on testing conventional life by it.

Indolence, self-complacency, and inborn conservatism join forces in resenting the presence of such inconvenient enthusiasts, who upset everything and want to ‘turn the world upside down.’

Sermon on the Eighth Beatitude