The last chapter closed with the promise of a new day, dreaded by the conservative majority, and impatiently awaited by a handful of humanists. The conservatives were impotent, because they were pessimists; the humanists were dangerous because they were eager, active and hopeful. When the day dawned the apprehensions of the conservatives were justified, and the humanists found that they were not to enjoy sweetness and light. It was a stormy and dark day; but the storm cleared the air, and the resulting flood, if it destroyed much that was precious, also swept away many festering impurities. In the long run, Christendom, including the Church of Rome, was in a healthier condition after the Reformation.
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