Commonplace Book #184

1928: In a day of specialists and experts there ought to be room for a specialist in moral and spiritual values. But think of commanding a large salary because you are a better preacher than someone else! Isn’t that putting a market value on the ability of a man to help people find God? Fortunately it is the rhetorical rather than the spiritual gift that usually creates the different prices in the preacher market

Reinhold Niebuhr, Leaves from the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic, 142.