Comparative theology testifies that Jesus Christ, who is not less truly the incarnation of the Christians theology than of the Christians God, is indeed the desire of the nations, but not their product, their invention, or their discovery.
A theology at war with the laws of physical nature would be a battle of no doubtful issue. The laws of our spiritual nature give still less chance of success to the system which would thwart or stay them.
Theology is but a science of mind applied to God. As schools change theology must necessarily change. Truth is everlasting, but our ideas of truth are not. Theology is but our ideas of truth classified and arranged.
A man must have a stout digestion to feed upon some mens theology; no sap, no sweetness, no life, but all stern accuracy, and fleshless definition. Proclaimed without tenderness, and argued without affection, the gospel from such men rather resembles a missile from a catapult than bread from a Fathers hand.