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' will be made partakers of a spiritual nature and become obedient to 'the will of God, and by the New Earth that happy condition of the human family when this renovating work shall have been effected."
These views are clearly stated and well sustained. Mr. Mill's book will be read by those who are interested in the subject of which it treats with great satisfaction, but it would have been more acceptable had some of the chapters been compressed. The Ground and Object of Hope for Mankind. Four Sermons
preached before the University of Cambridge in November, 1867. By the Rev. F. D. MAURICE, M.A. London:
Macmillan. Were not Mr. Maurice capable of expressing distinct meanings in lucid and nervous English, he would not have been so often complained of for failing to do so. His readers have no cause to complain here. Every sentence is simple in language, natural in construction, and obvious in meaning. The object of Mr. Maurice is to rest the hope of the missionary, the patriot, the churchman, and the man, in the millennium of the future upon an intelligent and secure basis. Why do we hope that the kingdom of Christ will be established ! Many Christians whose faith is very strong and assertive, would, we fear, find it diflicult to give a conclusive answer. With many it is largely an instinctive desire; with some it is chiefly a conclusion based upon prophecy and miracle. Mr. Maurice relies mainly upon the moral power of truth. The missionary, he thinks, is not to trouble his hearers much with lectures on the evidences. Although equipped for it as few men have been, Paul on Mars' Hill did not; he simply proclaimed the living God and the risen Christ. We think, however, that there was a good deal of argumentative reasoning as well as of fervent proclamation in Paul. Mr. Maurice's intense intuitionalism as it has led him to undervalue or reject certain aspects of Christian doctrine-the judicial aspect of the atonement for instance—so it has led him to disparage unduly certain historical and logical forms of Christian evidence. Our Lord did not disparage the evidence of the prophets, nor the evidential use of miracles, although he gave the superior place of nobleness and power to the spiritual elements of truth.
Still faith in God and in truth is the grand hope of all who do hopethe missionary and the patriot, the churchman and the man. If a man deems himself a Jew simply because he is not a Gentile, if belief in one God is simple denial of many Gods, if being a churchman is simply not being a dissenter, a man's basis of hope is narrow and false. This Mr. Maurice propounds in true and noble words. We wish, however, his thoughts were somewhat more cleanly cut. There is a nebulous haze about them which makes them indistinct. Mr. Maurice thinks in a somewhat dense atmosphere of mysticism or theosophy: Only very careful readers, we may say practised thinkers, can feel sure of the precise form and value of his idea. If the clearness of his expression were equal to the depth of his meanings, Mr. Maurice would be a teacher of great and permanent power. The Hero of the Desert ; or Facts more Wonderful than Fiction.
By the Rev. JAMES SPONG. London: the Book Society. Under this title, The Hero of the Desert,' Mr. Spong has given us a series of essays or meditations on the life of Moses. Taking for the
Theology, Philosophy, and Philology.
foundation of his remarks successive chapters of the record in Exodus, he has illustrated and enforced the lessons which they teach.
There are many to whom this very attractive volume will be acceptable as a book for Sunday reading, and it will doubtless be a favourite with a large circle who desire to occupy their leisure with devout and profitable thought. It is simple, evangelical, and earnest; singularly free from many of the faults which characterise the so-called Christian literature of the day. Bible Class Studies on some of the Words of the Lord Jesus. By
JESSIE COOMBS. London: Jackson, Walford, & Hodder. Miss Coombs has been encouraged by the reception given to her Thoughts for the Inner Life 'to put forth a second series of 'Short Meditations, or Sermons,' which, we presume, were prepared as · Bible Class Papers.' They are neither profound nor critical, but they are in. telligent, graceful, and tender, and appeal wisely and powerfully to all that is noblest and purest in life. The volume is an excellent example of the class of devotional works to which it belongs.
The Tables of Stone. A Course of Sermons Preached in All
Saint's Church, Cambridge, during the Michaelmas Term, 1867. By HERBERT MORTIMER LUCKOCK, M.A. London:
Macmillan & Co. The Second Table of the Commandments. A Perfect Code of
Natural Moral Law and of Fundamental Human Law, and the Criterion of Justice. By DAVID ROWLAND. London:
Longmans, Green & Co. Inasmuch as the decalogue enfolds the eternal principles of human piety and virtue it must ever have an important place in religious teaching. If the teacher be competent its exposition will touch all the great theological and moral questions of every age. It proposes the standard, and every form of error is error in proportion to its deflection from it.
Mr. Luckock devotes eight germons to the Ten Commandments, the Third and Fifth, and the Eighth and Tenth being considered together. Of
the survey of Idolatrous, Pantheistic, Polytheistic, Deistic and other systems opposed to the First and Second Commandments, in a couple of sermons, must be very cursory indeed; and we are compelled to say it is as superficial as it is cursory; Mr. Luckock fails to lay hold of great root principles, which are the key to all truth and error. He simply seizes surface characteristics. Idolatry, for instance, is not even conceived in its true genesis, it is treated as a gross substitution of material things as objects of worship for the spiritual God, which is only its second stage of development; its first being the use of material things as symbols of the spiritual God. Mr. Luckock simply attributes its origin to human depravityhe can find no philosophy or rationale of it; had he done so he would not, with so much simplicity and gravity, have argued for the proper use of the cross in baptism. Mr. Luckock, too, has a reverential regard for the legend of Constantine's fiery cross, which, he says, ' was an immediate revelation from God, and a plain direction to take the cross as the symbol and banner of his faith.'
Mr. Rowland is an able advocate of absolute and eternal morality
as opposed to the utilitarianism of Paley, Bentham, and Mill, whose systems he subjects to acute, and, we think, just criticisms. With most philosophers and theologians of the absolutist school, he finds the ultimate basis of right and wrong, not in the will but in the nature of God. These distinctions are found in his being, beyond this we cannot carry inquiry. He finds identity, too, in God's laws and man's moral nature. We agree with Mr. Rowland's general principles, and we cordially commend his treatment of them.
In Memoriam James Hamilton, D.D., the beloved Minister of the Pres. byterian Church, Regent-square.-This attractive volume, which, though not published, is nevertheless placed in many hands, forms a charming memorial of the saintly, loveable, and accomplished man, whose loss 80 many of us feel acutely. It contains a brief record of his life followed by four sermons of unequal but of sterling merit, showing extraordinary diversity of literary conception and expression, but breathing the same spirit. These sermons were preached by Dr. Candlish, the Rev. Henry Allon, the Rev. John Matheson, and the Rev. W. Brock. Seventeen extracts are appended from sermons or addresses delivered by other honoured members of different religious communions in reference to the departure from among us of the beloved James Hamilton. They breathe one spirit of chastened gratitude that so beautiful and holy a life had been lived, that such high and varied powers had been witnessed by many. The speakers all seemed drawn nearer to the Father's house, in which their brother is now at home, and in the spirit of one of the sermons, they smile through their unbidden tears at the little while' that parts them from him. Heroes of Discovery: Magellan, Cook, Park, Franklin, Livingstone.By SAMUEL Mossman. Edinburgh : Edmonston and Douglas.-Young people and half-educated people need to have information condensed for them and put into a popular form ; and the more careful and scholarly the process of condensation the more valuable the result. It demands great learning to make things simple. Mr. Mossman has compressed into a moderate sized and very readable, although we can hardly call it a graphic volume, an account of the lives and discoveries of the great travellers whose names appear upon his title page; that is, he has given us the essence of many large volumes in one small one. This is neces. sarily at the cost of what is often the distinctive charm of books of travel
-the detailed diary of the traveller. The art of biography is not a very common one, and it consists of much more than a condensation of facts. Mr. Mossman has hardly been critical or careful enough in his narratives. He could perhaps hardly be expected to know that Mungo Park’s ‘ Account of the First Exploration, written by himself,' one of the most pleasing narratives in the English language,' was really written from the traveller's notes by Mr. Bryan Edwards, as publicly affirmed by Mr. Edwards at a meeting of the African Association ; but there are many other blunders which a little care would have prevented. Yorkshire, for instance, is robbed of the honour of having given birth to Captain Cook. When Mr. Mossman wrote more fear than hope gathered round the fate of Dr. Livingstone. We trust the great discoverer will yet read the minute details which Mr. Mossman gives of the manner and circumstances of his death. His book, however, is a very excellent one for young people and village libraries.
I N D E X To the Forty-Seventh Volume of tle“ Britis: Quarterly Rerier."
Abyssinia, 179; Reasons why we
should have maintained Peace with the Country, 180; Causes of our present hostile
relations, French projects, ib. ; Consul Cameron's proceedings, 183; Intrigues of M. Bardel, 184; Theodore's dis. pleasure at the friendship of Eng. land for the Turks, 186 ; Effects of M. Rassam's Mission, 188; Description of the country, 190; How our army must reach Magdala,
Baker's account of the Atbara, 196; Major Harris's description of the Shoa, 199; Commerce of the country, 201; The Slave trade, 203; Theodore's oppo. sition to it, 204 ; What the English can do in the matter, ib. ; Disas. trous effects likely to arise from the war, 205 ; Scientific discoveries to be hoped for, 206. Alford, Henry, D.D., Dean of Canter
bury, The Year of Praise, Edited by, 546.
How to study the New Testament. The Epistles.
First Section, 572. Annotated Book of Common Prayer,
The, 69. Ansley, T. Chisholm, Esq., Notes
upon The Representation of the
People Act, 1867,' 244. Ante-Nicene Library-The Writings of Irenæus, 570.
The Refutation of all Heresies. By Hippolytus.
With other Fragments, 570. Archer, Memoir of Thomas, D.D., 241. Atherstone, Edwin, The Fall of
Nineveh. A Poem, 548. Axel, and other Poems. Translated
from the Swedish, 289. Bachmann, Dr. J., Das Buch der
Richter, 583. Baker, Sir Samuel W., The Nile Tri
Baring-Gould, S., Curious Myths of
the Middle Ages, 258. Bersier, Eugene, Sermons, 575. Binney, T., Micah the Priest-maker, 70.
From Seventeen to Thirty, 569. Bisset, Andrew, History of the Com.
monwealth of England, 235. Blackley and Hawes, The Critical
English Testament, Edited by, Vol.
III., 573. Blakeney, Rev. R. P., LL.D., The
Book of Common Prayer, in its
History and Interpretation, 69. Blunt, Rev. J. H., The Sacraments
and Sacramental Ordinances of the
Church, 70. Bonar, Horatius, D.D., Light and
Truth, 288. Bowring, E. T., Bentham's Deon
tology, 149. Brackenbury, Captain C.B., Euro
pean Armaments in 1867, 540. Brown, John P., The Dervishes; or,
Oriental Spiritualism, 569. Buchanan, Robert, North Coast, and
other poems, 251. Buck, Edward, Massachusetts Eccle
siastical Law, 243. Bungéner, .-;
Saint Paul, 575. Bunsen's Bibelwerk, 584. Butler, Bishop, Sermons preached at
the Rolls Chapel, 149. Canterbury, the Dean of, Union of
Christendom in its Home aspects, 474, Caro, E., Le Matérialisme et la
Science, 575. Chambers' Encyclopædia. Vols. I
butaries of Abyssivia, 179.
IX., 247 ; Etymological Dictionary
of the English Language, 248, Chandler, X. W., The Elements of
Greek Accentuation, 285.
Isle, the Noune Priestes Tale, from
R. Morris, 548.
Memoir of A. M. Macbeth, 530.
Church of England in 1867, The, 207;
Agitation in the Church, ib. ; its
Episcopal Church, 229.
Public School Education, 34.
Its excellencies, 71; Dangers con-
some of the words of the Lord
XXI, XXII, XXIII, 517.
and Miscellaneous, 538.
courses and Letters to his Congre.
Translated by Longfellow, 366 ;
Dante's Poetry, 367 ; Its egoism,
the representative of his age, 397.
The Inferno. A literal prose
tion of Species examined, 269.
Paix et de Guerre, 517.
through Abyssinia in 1862-3, 179.
Ventilation of Dwelling Houses, and
Ernest, Photographic Por-
venirs d'un Paysan, 519.
by Rev. T. W. Farrar, 245.
the People, 35; Wły education is