His spirit is the most powerful constructive force in history. He whom the Pharisees both hated and feared as the destroyer of religion, re-created religion and gave it a place and power in the world beyond the prevision of all prophetic dreams. 262 TJie Religion of^ope. In this particular of planting and developing, Jesus is the supreme exemplar, as he is in so many other ways. We need to study this aspect of his character and work to-day, when the ten- dency to destroy is so powerful, when there is such impatience with the old and the over-worn. On every side, in the Church and in the State, there is a growing discontent with that which has long exercised the authority of custom. The social order is challenged and questioned, and here and there its overthrow is both urged and attempted. The dogmas and forms of the Church are subjected to close and ever severer criticism, and criticism is steadily pouring itself into action. " The old order changeth, yielding place to new. And God fulfils himself in many ways, Lest one good custom should corrupt the world." The present time is marked by a powerful movement for reform that invades all fields, — political, religious, and social. Those who lead in this rising enterprise are mainly the young; not merely the young in years, but the young in mind and spirit. I would not say one word, if I could, to check the movement. It is a sign and product of life, and God is in it. The world is still inchoate and undeveloped. Humanity is yet in its spiritual childhood. There is more truth than men have yet taken into consciousness.