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RELIGION AND MIRACLE.
By Dr. Georee A Onrrtnn I9mr> ?r> 93c
$1.30 net. Houghton, Mifflin & Co.,
Publishers, Boston.
There are published in this volume a
series of lectures given by the author on
the Nathaniel W. Taylor Foundation in
Yale University. The purpose of the writer
is to clear away the doubts in the
minds of those people who wish to believe
in the gospel without at the same
time accepting the miracles. A perusal
of these lectures produces the impression
that Dr. Gordon has never fairly
faced the issue. He says he has no interest
in the destruction of the miracle.
He says it is immaterial to reasonable
Christians how Jesus came ||nto the
world; that we are not supremely concerned
about the manner of the resurrection;
we merely desire assurance of
the facts. At the same time he is nt
?ome pains to minimize and discredit by
indirection the miraculous element in the
Scripture narrative. In regard to the
birth of Christ he says: "For myself,
as I stand among the wise men by the
manger at Bethlehem, I forget to raise
the question, even in thought, how this
child came to be." This seems distinctly
a dodging of the question and is hardly
acceptable to the seeker after truth. On
the other hand he cautiously introduces
a doubt of the miracle. He says again,
in connection with the birth of Christ,
"The elimination of miracle here seems,
therefore, to be gain." His general position
on tho ?llhiof?t ho ctatoe ownlini?l? <?
MV IJVMVVO CAl/IIV, III J J 1 I
the following terms: "While I hold the
scientific conception of law and the religious
conception of the immanence of
God in His universe, I do not admit that
these ideas render miracle an impossibility.
They have it in the category of the
logically possible, with the further impression
that it is naturally and religiously
improbable." The whole book is characterized
by vagueness of conclusion. The
writer appears to be without sufficient
conviction to defend the miracles, and
iu men. me courage to anacK ttiem. The
argument is of little value either to the
honest doubter or to the believer.
A. B. D.
"A Study of the Lord's Prayer." By
William R. Richards, pastor of the Brick
Presbyterian church, New York City.
12 mo., pp. 148. Cloth. 75 cents, postage
six cents extra. Philadelphia: Presbyterian
Board of Publication. 1909.
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soon after it appeared, of its versatile
author. The theme of the book is so old
that one could hardly be expected to
present anything novel on it. One of
the features of this study is the manner
in which the author maintains that if
we want a righteous democracy among
men we must pray for the Kingdom of
God.
"Organizations for Boys" is tl!e title
of a booklet of fifty-three pages, written
by Willis L. Gelston, superintendent of
Young People's Work in the Presbyterian
Church, U. S. A., and published by the
Board of Publication and Sabbath School
Work; Philadelphia, at ten cents a copy.
After a preface and introduction there is
a short chapter discussing the why,
what and when of the subject. The author
recommends organization, prominence
to athletics, the separation of boys
and girls of adolescent age, and the starting
of boys when they are young. He then
gives some account of the work and methods
of the Senior and Junior Baraca
Classes, the Boys' Brigade, the Knights
of King Arthur, the Brotherhood of
David, Junior Brotherhoods, Civic Clubs,
a Boys' Choral, a Boys' Christian Endeavor,
and adds a selected list of books
for workers wi^ boys.
A HERO.
Von Zealand, Frederick the Great's
greatest general, was a Christian and the
king was a scoffer. One day the king
was making his coarse Jokes about the
Saviour and the whole place was ringing
with guffaws of laughter. It was too
much for Von Zealand, the general that
had won numerous and great battles for
Prussia and had really put the crown on
tha Ir i T*
- ? v. o uiur, .
With German militariness he stood up
and said, amid the h? a of flatterers
shaking his gray head solemnly: "Sire
you know I have not feared death, you
know I have fought for you in thirtyeight
battles, and thirty-eight battles I
have won. Sire, my hairs are gray; 1
am an old man; I shall soon have to go
into the presence of a Greater than thou,
the mighty God who saved me from my
sin, the Lord Jesus Christ whom you are
blaspheming against. Sire, I can not
stand to hear my Saviour spoken against.
I salute thee, Sire, as an old man who
loves the Saviour, on the edge of eternity."
Frederick the Great ?
voice, said: "General Von Zealand, I beg
your pardon; I beg your pardon." The
company dispersed in silence, and the
king reflected as never before on that
Greater One, whom his general reverencod,
even above himself. Stand up
for Christ! Be valorous!?Selected.
The sore and aching heart of humanity
is drawn to the bruised and broken heart
of Jesus. Of all the beings whom men
have worshipped, Jesus alone satisfied
the craving for sympathetic comprehension.
"In that he himself hath suffered,
being tempted, he is abler to succor them
that are tempted."
JTH. February 23, 1910.
THE STORY OF THE PEANUT SHELLS
As everyone knows, C. W. Post of
Battle Creek, Michigan, is not only a
maker of breakfast foods, but he is a
strong individualist who believes that
the trades-unions are a menace to the
liberty of the country.
Believing this, and being a "naturalborn"
scrapper for the right, as he sees
it, Post, for several years past, has been
engaged in a ceaseless warfare against
"tho I 1- *
uauui 11 usl, as ne iiKes to call it.
Not being able to secure free and untrammeled
expression of his opinions on
this subject through the regular reading
pages of the newspapers he has bought
advertising space for this purpose, just as
he is accustomed to for the telling of his
Postum "story," and he has thus spent
hundreds of thousands of dollars in denouncing
trades-unionism.
As a result of Post's activities the
people now know a whole lot about these
organizations; how they are honey-combed
with graft, how they obstruct the development
of legitimate business, curtail labor's
output, hold up manufacturers, graft
upon their own membership and rob
the public. Naturally Post is hated by
the trades-unionists, and intensely.
He employs no union labor, so they
cannot call out his men, and he defies
their efforts at boycotting his products.
The latest means of "getting" Post is the
widespread publication of the story that
a car which was recently wrecked in
uauouimsiuu was round to be loaded with
empty peanut shells, which were being
shipped from the south to Post's establishment
at Battle Creek.
This canard probably originated with
President John Fitzgerald of the Chicago
Federation of Labor, who, it is said, stated
it publicly, as truth.
Post comes back and gives Fitzgerald
the lie direct. He denounces Fitzgerald's
niuLuiuent as a deliberate falsehood, an
underhanded and cowardly attempt to
injure his business, having not the slightest
basis in fact. As such an effort it
must be regarded. It is significant that
this statement about "the peanut shells"
is being given wide newspaper publicity.
In the "patent inside" of an eastern
country paper I find it, and the inference
naturally is that labor-unionitos are Insidiously
spreading this lie.
An institution (or a man) which will
resort to moral intimidation and to physical
force, that will destroy machinery and
burn buildings, that will maim nnd kill
If necessary to effect its ends, naturally
would not hesitate to spread falsehood for
the same purposes.
We admire post. While we have no
enmity toward labor unions, ho long as
uisy aro conducted in an honest, "liveand-let-live"
kind of a w<\y, we have had
enough of the tarred end of the stick to
sympathize thoroughly with what he is
trying to do. He deservos support. A
man like Post can not be killed, even
with lios. They are a boomerang, every
time. Again we know, for hasn't this
weapon, every weapon, that could be
thought of, boen used (and not simply

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