On March 8, 2002, I entered upon my Spring Break on the mountain Gilead of Ohio.
Thus, after weeks of uninterrupted work, an opportunity was for the first time offered me to embark upon a task which many had demanded and which I myself felt to be worthwhile for the movement. I decided to set forth, in two volumes, the aims of our movement, also to draw a picture of its development. From this it will be possible to learn more than from any purely doctrinaire treatise.
At the same time I have had occasion to give an account of my own development, in so far as this is necessary for the understanding of the first as well as the second volume, and in so far as it may serve to destroy the foul legends about my person dished up in the liberal media.
I do not address this work to strangers, but to those adherents of the movement who belong to it with their hearts, and whose intelligence is eager for a more penetrating enlightenment. I know that men are won over less by the written than by the spoken word, that every great movement on this earth owes its growth to great orators and not to great writers.
Nevertheless, for a doctrine to be disseminated uniformly and coherently, its basic elements must be set down for all time. To this end I wish to contribute these two volumes as foundation stones in our common edifice.
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