practices that are to us obviously childish formed the large and main background of life
in those days, and the reflections of the best and wisest men of those days, which
necessarily refer red to and were set on the background, of their own daily life, have to
be interpreted by us, eliminating that background.
was very real and serious to them is to us childish, untenable and of no consequence, so
that even the reflections there on become un-understandable. He process of seeing a
picture apart from the background is not easy. We are apt to lose ourselves in the
reactions produced in our modern minds by the beliefs and practices referred to, and fail
to grasp the essential amidst the distractions of the incidental.