them. The old Greek system of politics was wan- ing, decaying, almost dead; we have no opinion of Paul as to the causes of its decline. He does not go into any question concerning the genius of the Roman government ; he never steps aside at a single place to discuss any question that had arisen, or might be expected to arise, between the emperor and the senate, between the patrician and the ple- beian, concerning the extension of the rights of Roman citizenship, or any cognate question. He visited cities that were rich in art, Ephesus, Corinth, Rome, and especially Athens, a city made glorious by the supreme and immortal genius of Phidias, that immortal worker in marble and gold and ivory and brass, but Paul passes no judgment on statue or temple. You may search his letters, speeches, ad- dresses, and sermons in vain for any opinion on art. You would not surmise from anything that we have left of the apostle Paul, that he had ever visited a city that was made splendid by this great creative genius. He gives us no account of the countries through which he passed, as Humboldt, or Stanley, or Livingstone might have done ; they seem to have made no impression on him at all. He never goes Sovereignty of Purpose 41 into ecstasies over any natural scenery; there is no indication that any sea, or any landscape, or any range of mountains ever made any appeal to him. "This one thing I do." He had found a supreme purpose for living, he was mastered by it, he lived in it, it possessed him thoroughly. He saw all these outward things; he knew that Phidias had put his best work on the Acropolis; he quoted from two obscure Greek poets, but he never mentions the name of Socrates.