Toward ideal completeness or perfection in respect of quality or condition; -- applied to individuals, communities, or the race; as, social, moral, religious, or political progress.
or Success. During the present time of moral and spiritual declension, the church is daily losing ground to the world. Each false convert that is added to an already adulterated work adds to the decline and hastens its pace. We have already reached that point where the negative impact of those who profess to be Christians and either are not or are badly backslidden is greater than the positive impact of those who profess to be Christians and truly are. Thus, the church is going backward instead of forward. Oh for the day when God once again works so mightily that His labors are described as "The "Present Progress of the Gospel," or "The Remarkable Success of the Work of God," a blessed time when salvation runs across the land as a rushing mighty river.
the idea that with the proper method of discovering the laws of human existence, it was possible for humans to create better societies and better people. (p. 605)