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 3



And so to-day on this most solemn of religious history, while it is, as the passage says of this interview with Pilate, “yet early,” let us set before , the issue just as it is now and just as it was then. This morning demands of any honest-minded man an answer to the question: “On which side do I propose to stand?” It is not a demand for of conviction or unwavering , but it is a summons to recognize that Christ died on this day largely at the of intellectual dilettanteism and indifferentism,—the peculiar and besetting sin of the cultivated and academic life. On which side, then, do I propose to stand; with the neutral and his skillful {162} questioning: What is truth? or with the prisoner who in this early morning says: “Every one who is of the truth heareth my voice;” with Pilate in his neutrality or with Jesus on his cross?