Can the Remnant Become the Majority?

Albert Jay Nock (1870-1945) was a classical liberal thinker and writer. He wrote several articles and books, among them Free Speech and Plain Language.

Albert Jay Nock

Albert Jay Nock

In chapter thirteen of this book Nock refers to the Remnant and the majority. He re-words quotes from the Book of Isaiah as an answer to the following question: “Should I go and preach my teaching (meaning liberalism) to the masses?” The answer was the following,

“‘Ah’ the Lord said, ‘you do not get the point. There is a Remnant there that you know nothing about. They are obscure, unorganized, inarticulate, each one rubbing along as best he can. They need to be encouraged and braced up because when everything has gone completely to the dogs, they are the ones who will come back and build up a new society; and meanwhile, your preaching will reassure them and keep them hanging on. Your job is to take care of the Remnant, so be off now and set about it….’”

I also believe that there is a remnant that “will come forth and build up a new society.” Therefore, my answer would be yes. The remnant can become the majority.

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