86 Separation or Continuity, Which?
apology for bishop Foster's book.
OME of our leading brethren white and colored have at¬
tempted to apologize for Bishop Foster without his soli-
tation. Why should others try to apoligize for him for writing his
new book "Union of Episcopal Methodisms?" Is it because of
the baneful effect; their ability to make us believe that the Bishop
is not sincere or that he is mistaken in the number in the Church,.
who a^ree with his uews?
There was a time when the Negro was very credulous but educa¬
tion and other advantages have made him slow to believe. Now
he analyses expressions, and seeks to reach wise conclusions. He
has paid immensely for his present experience. It is an element of
weakness for any person to take it upon himself to offer an apolo¬
gy for some one else, especially when the person is fully competent
to speak for himself. Surely no one will deny that Bishop Foster
has the ability to apologize for writing his book. Many things
have been said but the Bishop has' not been as yet moved to offer
an apology for writing "Union of Episcopal Methodisms." Some
seem to have great sympathy for the Bishop. They feel called by
their own conviction, great love for the Church and the colored
man to apologize for the Bishop's book. We are advised not to
pay any attention to the book, since it has been written by Bishop
Foster. That implies one of two things. First, what the Bishop
writes is of little force in the Church. Second, if such a book had
been written by some one else equally as high in authority, the