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PROFESSOR NEWMAN, in the recent edition of the “Phases,” has published a brief “Reply” to “ The Eclipse of Faith.” This book, he tells us, he should have preferred “to pass by unnoticed, only that its popularity gives it a weight which it has not in itself.”* He also says that his friends expected him to answer it. “ Save me from my friends” is an excellent caution, which an author, above most men, will do well to bear in mind. It is almost as wise in such a case to listen to one's enemies.
My own reasons for noticing the “ Reply” are widely different; and one of them imperative. Mr. Newman haš charged me with “stealthy misrepresentation and gross garbling." No man should allow himself to be so charged unjustly, (and I will venture to say that no controvertist has a more sincere abhorrence of any
* Phases. Reply, p. 177.