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“I can never say the Lord’s Prayer without a fresh surprise. One would have expected something about the knowledge of God, love of men, spread of the gospel, progress, service, or feeling. But no: the Lord’s Prayer is sobering, prosaic, self-extinguishing. It asks for bread for the day only, and deliverance from evil—without a hint as to what evil is, except that somehow evil implies hard feelings toward other men. By the first words of the prayer all men are dissolved into a unity: Christ himself does not appear in it. Here indeed is a slowing-down of religious enthusiasms, ethical movements, ecstatic visions, emotionalism, cleverness, ambition—and a becoming as little children, which is all but insulting to the adult intelligence.”
—John Jay Chapman, “The Story and Sayings of Christ”