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"Truth never changes. Language does. Many treasures remain unread, often because older language puts off modern readers." (John Armstrong)
"I may be exposed to the criticism of a few who would blame me for altering an author's work, adding to or diminishing from it; but I find all the shelter that I need from such censure, in the remark of J. A. James, 'The chief value of a book consists in its usefulness.' Bearing this fact in view, I have omitted many expressions, left out whole lines and paragraphs, and in some instances altered words — when satisfied that 'usefulness' required such a course." (J. O. Choules)
Spurgeon had the Thomas Watson's Body of Divinity "Revised and adapted to modern readers" for use in his pastor's college. George Rogers, principal of college, who carefully superintended the updating, writes: "The style has been modernized, so far as could be done without detracting from its own peculiar characteristics. Long sentences have been divided into two or three, where it could be done without injury to the clearness or force of the signification. Modern words have been substituted for such as had become obsolete; and divisions of subjects more clearly arranged. The whole, in fact, has been rendered more readable, and consequently more attractive and intelligible — which in our estimation far outweighs all the supposed advantages that could arise from perpetuating the crudities and vulgarities, as they now appear to us, of former times. By popularizing ancient works, their readers are multiplied — and their meaning may often be more readily apprehended."
Editor's note: In keeping with the above sentiments — we have updated, revised, and adapted all materials on GraceGems to modern English. We have adopted a 'flowing poetic form' for most of the quotes, as an aid to reflection and comprehension.
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