Mornings in the College Chapel—Short Addresses to Young Men on Personal Religion by Francis Greenwood Peabody (The Riverside Press, Cambridge Copyright, 1896)

Gap-filling Exercise

LXIV
AN IMPOSSIBLE NEUTRALITY
John xviii. 28-38.

(PASSION DAY—FRIDAY) Part 2

I was once talking with a cultivated who volunteered to tell me his attitude toward . He wished me to understand that he was in with the purposes and the administration of worship. He desired that it should prevail. He welcomed its usefulness in the university. But as for himself it appeared better that he should hold a position of . His responsibility seemed to him better met by standing for religion nor against it, but in a perfectly judicial of mind. He did not take account, however, the fact that this neutrality was ; that it was just what Pilate attempted, and just wherein he failed. If he {161} was not to be counted among those who would by their presence encourage worship, then he must be counted among those who by their absence hinder its effect. On one or other in these great issues of life every man's weight is to be thrown, and the Pilates of to-day—as of that earlier time—in their impossible neutrality are often the most insidious, although most unconscious of a generous .