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the creed of a very able man. It is crude, hastily done; much of the thinking is shallow because the process has been too rapid ; there has been a want of assimilation in the writer's mind of the materials of his thought. We fancied every now and then in reading the book we could detect the tones of the author who had helped him to the statement before us. We are sorry that we cannot speak so highly as we could wish of this production of Mr. Kirkus, but he is a strong man and can bear criticism from those who wish that for his own sake he had done better. The marks of ability in the book are abundant; they would be sufficient to establish the reputation of an unknown man for intellectual vigour, but for one, who has already shown how well he can write, they are the indications of his duty to do better.
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SHORT NOTICES OF BOOKS.
The Author of “ The Sinner's gures. Consequently, also, is it
Friend.” An Autobiography. impossible to apprehend the power Edited by NEWMAN HALLfor good wielded by a man, whose LL.B. London: Nisbet and simple Gospel pamphlet has had
such a wide notoriety. For Mr.
J. Vine Hall, living, and for his On a page of advertisements at sons-on his behalf-now that he the end of this book, we find the is gone, it is surely fame enough following remarkable notice :- that he was the author of “The "The 375th edition. One million Sinner's Friend." The book be. six hundred and sixty-three thou- fore us cannot possibly increase sand (exclusive of all foreign edi. that fame; for, though we sintions, in twenty-nine languages), cerely grieve to say so, this “Auof The Sinner's Friend." Now tobiography” is a mistake. Of this may be quickly written, and Mr. Newman Hall's integrity of still more quici said; but what purpose in the publication of this cannot be quickly apprehended, book, we can have not even the nor, indeed, apprehended even shadow of a doubt, and we, thereapproximately, is the amount of fore, have not the heart to follow spiritual influence represented by, some of our contemporaries in or rather, concealed in, these fi. their dissections of the work. We
London: Jackson, Walford, & Co., Paternoster Row.
will only suggest that a much smaller narrative, carefully divested of all that is either trivial or objectionable in the larger one, be given us instead.
The Life of John de Wycliffe, with a sketch of the Ancient British Church and the English Reformation. By the author of " The Story of Martin Luther" and “The Story of Ulrich Zwingle.” London: John F. Shaw & Co.
The genial and accomplished anthoress of the it stories » of Luther and Zwingle has esta blished another claim to the thankfulness of young readers, by the publication of this life of Wycliffe. The work has no pretensions to originality: it is really a compilation; but it is done throughout with much taste and good sense. The sketch of the early British Church, though necessarily brief, is well done, and, considering the small quantity of reliable materials at hand, gives a fair idea of that Church. Equally good is the story of our Reformation; it is particularly free from party bias, and is simply an impartial statement of factsa statement made, however, with much true feeling. The life of the great translator and reformer Occupies rather more than a third of the book. We advise the readers of the CHRISTIAN SPEC. TATOR to put this book into the hands of their young people : it will prove both healthy and instructive reading for them.
We cannot better state the object of this volume than by quoting the first paragraph of the preface. The writer says: “ This volume is an attempt to show that our Lord Jesus Christ, in his person, his attributes, and his offices, is God's present answer to man's chief questions, whether of the individual soul or of any one of the small or great circles of human society. There is through. out the book a persistent and prolonged effort both to state the prime facts in our moral nature and circumstances, and the prime facts in the mediatorship of Christ, and to exhibit the adaptations of the latter series of facts to compass all the demands arising out of the former series of facts. My aim has been to represent Christ as hasting to draw forth the great moral and religious inquiries of the soul and of society, and I have striven to make it evident how triumphantly the Saviour King, sitting on the circle of his offices, fulfils the varied and complicated and immense demands of the case. The individual, the family, the market, the State, the Church, the age, and the race, are viewed as stirred with their better aspirations, surrounded with their dire necessities, and burdened with their weightiest problems. The Christ of the Word, the Christ of earth and heaven, of time and eternity, satisfies these aspirations, meets these necessities, and solves these problems."'-To the accomplishment of his task, the author sets himself with remarkable earnestness, and, although his subject is by no means new, he treats it
Christ and Man; or, God's Ano swer to our Chief Questions. By WILLIAM BATHGATE.
with much vigour and freshness. We should, indeed, be withhold ing a due meed of praise if we did not say that it is long since we read a book which pleased us more. The volume contains twelve chapters, arranged accord. ing to the outline sketched in the quotation we have made above. The principal chapter in the book, however, is the fourth. It is on the offices” of Christ, and is a very complete, intelligent, and unexceptionably evangelical exposition of the old and great sub ject. We had marked several passages for quotation, but must forbear. We only repeat our commendation of the book, and assure our readers that they will find both pleasure and profit in its perusal.
The Nature and Extent of Divine
Inspiration, as stated by the writers, and deduced from the facts, of the New Testament. By the Rev. C. A. Row, M.A.
London : Longmans. 1864. Tuat a revelation from God to man is not only possible, but has actually been given, is a proposition to which assent is yielded by persons of widely different opinions. It is also admitted by many who by no means agree when they come to details, that a divine revelation has been made through individuals who may truly be called inspired, and who have recorded the results in their writings. Beyond this it is not easy to proceed without contro. versy; for some affirm that all men alike have a certain divine inspiration ; ohers, that select soul in connection with all creeds in all ages, have been specially inspired; others again, that this
inspiration can only be predicated of the writers of the old and the New Testaments, and of such as are there set forth as under a divine afflatus.
Mr. Row has treated most phases of the subject with much candour, earnestness, and ability, and his book ought to be placed along with the more important of the modern essays on inspiration. If the number of his chapters had not been so considerable, we would have copied here their titles at least. Some notion of them may be acquired from the following selection :--Ch. 2. The inadequacy of all human conceptions of the Infinite a limitation to the extent of truth which can be communicated in a revelation. Ch. 4. The possibility of a divine revelation, and the mode adopted in its communication. Ch. 5. The impossibility of arguing from the Divine attributed to the facts of nature, invalidates all such arguments when applied to the facts of revelation. Ch. 6. The theory of verbal inspiration contrary to the mode of ihe Creator's acting in creation and providence. Ch. 7. The incarnation is the great objective manifestation of Deity to the finite mind. The person of Christ exhibits the highest form of inspiration. In the next chapter, the inspiration of our Lord is considered; after which come eleven chapters devoted to a most searching inquiry into the nature and extent of the inspiration of Apostles and Evangelists. The 20th chapter is an application of results to existing theories, and the 21st, which ends the book, is an endeavour to prove that the Christ of the Gospels is no creation of the unassisted powers of the human mind.
ence. This is a very common fault in books of this kind, and it has greatly helped to create an exaggerated prejudice against all portraitures of youthful piety, Writers of this class of literature have to remember that whilst Christianity can take hold of even very young hearts, it does not extinguish youth; it but beautifies and sanctifies it.
It will be seen that the author strictly adheres to his programme, -to consider the nature and ex. tent of Divineinspiration, as stated by the writers, and deduced from the facts of the New Testament. He has been perfectly at liberty to confine himself to these limits; but would not he render an invaluable service to his generation who should resolutely grapple with the statements and facts of the Old Testament? The subject is fairly afloat, and we owe our best thanks to those who seek to bring it to a satisfactory conclusion. Mr. Row has not done this, but he has given us a valuable contribution towards it; and we venture to think, without approy. ing of all he says, that the work which we have rather reflected upon than reviewed, will secure a respectful hearing from most of those who are honest enough to appreciate a good book, whether they agree with it all or not. We not only believe our readers to be of this class, but that they will very much approve of a large portion of Mr. Row's excellent volume.
The Cottage Preacher. By the
Rev. HENRY Watts. Lon. don: Elliot Stock.
This little volume of sermons is designed for those who are deprived of the privilege of the Sanctuary; and of such persons, alas, there are not a few. The sick and the aged always abound, and with many among them, enforced absence from God's house is one of the bitterest ingredients in the cup their Heavenly Father gives them to drink. Happily for them, however, they have access to God's truth, and to a vast mass of religious literature which is specially designed to meet their wants. The sermons before us are well adapted to their end. They are short, evangelical, pointed, and devout. We have pleasure in commending them to our invalid friends.
Shadows and Sunshine, and other
Tales. By the author of 16 Helen Dundas. or the Pastor's Wife.” London : John F. Shaw & Co.
Here are half-a-dozen tales with the same moral-viz., that in all the shadows of life a living Christian faith sheds sunshine. The tales are written with much feeling, and, on the whole, with much felicity of diction. One fault we would point out, and that is that the pious children brought before our notice are too mature in their Christian experi
A Memoir of J. E. Taylor. By
his Father. With Selections from his Literary Remains. Edited (with Preface) by the Rev. GEORGE GILFILLAN M.A. Second Edition. London: H. J. Tresidder, Ave Maria-lane.
Here is another exception to the general rule set forth by the Greek orator :-“In times of war fathers
bury their sons, but in times of Through Deep Waters; or, Seek peace sons bury their fathers." and ye Shall Find. Translated Once more a father has had to from the German. Nisbet & lay a son in his grave when war Co., 1865. was not the cause of death. In this case the grief must have been The object of this story, which great, for the buried youth was takes the form of an autobiograone of whom it was reasonable to phy, is to pourtray the workings cherish no little expectations. of a mind, morbidly self-conscious, The story of his brief but busy in its struggles after peace. The life is well told, and is well worth chapters which relate to the stay the telling. It is wise to publish of the heroine at “ Bethany," the the biography and the literary name of a hospital under the care remains in the same volume, for of deaconesses at Berlin, are full each section of the book enhances of interest; but the book, as a our appreciation of the other. The whole, is tedious to an extent “ Remains” furnish unmistakable which materially detracts from proofs of a mind versatile in its the pleasure of reading it. gifts and acquirements, for Mr Taylor was “at home” in some Friendship with God. By the branches of physical science and Rev. CHARLES STANFORD. in metaphysical discussions; he London: Jackson, Walford, tried his hand at fiction, and by and Hodder. no means failed ; and last, but not least, he possessed some sparks
Amid the turmoil and disapof the true poetic fire. The pointment of daily life, it memoir shows that with all these is refreshing to the spirit to indications of culture and genius
take up this little pamphlet. We be bad strong common sense, good
have read Mr. Stanford's disbusiness abilities, and the faculty
course with exceeding pleasure. of achieving success in labours
The theme is one of the loftiest, which many young men with less and he has treated it eloquently of literary power would have and well. counted drudgery almost unbearable. For this reason amongst The Preacher's Portfolio : containothers we give the book our most ing two hundred and fifty Outhearty recommendation; it will lines of Sermons. Second Se teach our young men that neither r ies. Marlborough and Co. fine literary tastes nor true genius need be separated from the pru We once heard a young preacher dence and industry by which daily bemoan the difficulty he expebread is to be won, and, on the rienced in “ breaking up” texts; other hand, it will teach them the above would furnish him a (what a large number of them goodly choice of texts already much need to learn) that proper “broken." To any who labour devotion to business need not under the same difficulty this become a sordid and grovelling volume will prove useful; and thing, eschewing all literature as the outlines are not the proexcepting that found in share lists duction of one mind, but are deand the Times City article. rived from such sources as Cecil,