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The Church and the Ordinances
      "Church history is, like all other history, an account of what somebody sees, and the account becomes at most a conscientious interpretation. In spite of all effort, the historian must write as he sees, with the facts which are at his command. The historian has not personally witnessed all that has taken place over the last two thousand years; he writes what he gleans from what others have left in their writings and attempts to interpret it for the reader. Much that was said and done in history was not recorded, and much that was recorded has been destroyed. Furthermore, the same events, in many cases, may have meanings to some which they do not to others.

      "For instance, the Anabaptists may be to some historians a band of foolish radicals, while to others they may be the persecuted heroes of the Cross. The historian's account will magnify or minimize certain events in their lives according to how he evaluates them as a people.

      "We see what we want to see. . . ."

           Buell H. Kazee, The Church and the Ordinances, "The Problem of Baptism in History", pp. 97-98.


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