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Echoes of Religious Thought.
BY W. K. Azbill.
God sons our fellowmen
Save them from every sin -
Make them thine own;
From heaven, thy dwelling place
Look on our helpless race,
Save them through Jesus' grace.
Thou Holy Une.
Teach us to know thy word,
O, thou our only Lord
Thy will be done
Bid all our strifes to cease,
Let ChrUtain love Increase,
Give us thine own sweet peace,
Oh, Make us One.
"Whatsoever you would not that
men should do to you, do you not
to them." Confucius.
"Whatsoever ye would that men
should do unto you, do ye even so
to them." Jesus.
When the priest and the Levite,
on the way to Jericho, passed by
their unfortunate countryman with
out showing any indignity or ad
ding any thing to his discomfort
as they would not have liked an
other to do to them they were
within the requirement of the gold
en rule of Confucius ; but when the
Good Samaritan took him up and
carried him on his own beast to
an inn, and provided for the suffer
er's cure, keep and comfort, he was
within the requirement of the
Golden Rule of Jesus, The disciple
of Confucius is taught to refrain
from evil; the disciple of Christ is
urged to do good. The one way
may be good, though there are
times when non-interference is a
crime; but the other is far better,
and not only justifies but requires
intervention for tne welfare of the
The contentions of the "higher
critics," and all the other critics,
continue without abatement, espe
cially in the religious journals ; and
one ' of the striking things about
these contentions is the persistence
with which the critics misunder
stand one another. From ages long
gone the devoutest of Christian
men have taken the lead in the
higher Biblical criticism, which re
lates to the composition of docu
ments, rather than to the thought
which they contain yet, there
is a disposition in a certain
quarter to regard all higher crit
icism and all higher critics as
skeptics and as destroyers of
the Bible. On the other hand, dur
ing recent years, a studious but
reckless tribe of literary critics has
arisen whose succeeding genera
tions are kept busy pointing out the
mistakes of their ancestors, and
who seem disposed to take to them
selves the honor of being the only
higher critics. Every week brings
items and comments on "the latest
trend," or "the most recent point of
view," or "the results of the final
findings" of the most enlightened
critics, which greatly modify or else
completely upset the profoundest
theories of the previous week. In
the meanwhile, the Bible and faith
in the Bible remain undisturbed,
not because the believers are either
ignorant or indifferent, but because
it has come to be understood that
the critics have yet a good deal to
do before they can pronounce a
final judgment.
58 - MS
The May number of the 'Hoini
letic Rcviczv has an able paper from
the pen of Prof. Charles M. Mead,
D.D., New Haven, Conn., on Ten
dencies of Recent Tltcistic Thought,
in which ( i ) The scientific founda
tion of theistic belief itself, (2)
The Divine personality, and (3)
The moral character as an im
portant part of the Divine personal
ity, are the chief points discussed.
On the first point evolution is con
sidered to have an important bear
ing. There are two types of evolu
tionists ; the theistic and the atheis
tic. The theistic define evolution as
the divine method of working; the
atheistic define it as a process of
development which dispenses with
the divine altogether. This view
the learned professor disposes of
with a rcductio ad absurdum, yet
he admits that evolution has modi
fied the old theology, though it has
not extirpated it. The following
two sentences embody the main
thought of this section of his paper :
"It (evolution) has compelled us to
lay less stress on individual adapta
tions of means to ends; but it has
all the more compelled us to in
quire for the purposes of the whole
process, and to believe there is, such
a purpose, even if it is not yet fully
discovered. Evolution
has tended to make natural theol
ogy less an accumulation of dis
tinct arguments, ; and
has forced theologians to lay stress
on the deeper principle which un
derlies all the arguments the na
tural and irrepressable feeling that
there must be a reason for all
things, and that the reason must be
found in a reasonable person."
M S&
In America as well as in England
a good deal is being written, chiefly
in the religious press, in remon
strance against the publication of
Sunday papers. Those who make
a plea for a day of rest have the
better part of the contention; but
they should object also to the Mon
day morning paper which must be
edited and printed in the end of
"the Lord's day." The Evangelical
Messenger, Cleveland, remarks that
"what is a good argument for the
Sunday newspaper, is good for
other forms of Sabbath desecra
tion," seeming to forget that it is
not the reading of a paper on Sun
day or any other clay that defiles a
man or desecrates a day, but the
contents of the paper read. The
Commonwealth, Philidelphia, with
reference to the difficulty of pre
serving the reverent and spiritual
life, and the withstanding of the
pressure of the world upon the
church, adds wisely that "new diffi
culties and dangers do not imply
that Christianity will suffer defeat ;
they rather call for a more pro
nounced and aggressive attitude
towards everything that opposes
and hinders the kingdom of God."
It might be added that it is needful
for the church to pass through every
possible phase of trial and danger
for the development of every possi
ble virtue and grace.
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or Canadian Pacific Railways. Month
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the "Port Albert."
The International Lesson Para
phrased. Colossians 3:1-15.
1. If you then were raised out of '
the water of your baptism (see v.
12) as Christ arose from the grave,
and are identified with Christ in the
new life, which is endless, aim to
make the seat of Christ at the right
hand of the Throne of the Universe
your view point, and
2. Let your emotions arise from
this superior view of human life,
and not from any narrow or selfish
view ;
3. For you are dead to all mo
tives save those which control the
life of Christ and your life is merg
ed with Christ's in the Deity him
self. 4. When Christ shall appear,
whose life is henceforth identical
with ours in nature and purpose,
then God also shall appear with him
in the glory of the triumph and
supremacy of the right and the ,
5. Therefore, you should kill
every low and degrading desire of
the flesh, as fornication, unclean- 1
ness, passion, evil desire, and cove- '
tousness which is a form of idol- '
atry (as it indicates a trust in
worldly possessions instead of faith
in God who promises to provide) ;
6. On which account, according '
to the creative arrangements of the
natural as well as the spiritual
world, hardships fall upon the dis
obedient ;
7. In which course of disobe
dience you were walking before you
renounced the worldly and selfish '
life and adopted the Christ's idea of
life. 1
8. But now you have put off all
those things, such as anger, (which
is dangerous), wrath, (which is
cruel), malice, (which is mean),
railing, (which is presumptuous),
and shameful speaking, (which is
degrading), unworthy of a Christ
ian's mouth;
9. Do not lie nor deceive one
another, since you have renounced
every motive which would lead to
deception (which is of the Devil) ;
10. You have assumed the char
acter of the new man who, through
the higher and better knowledge of
life's essence and aim, is restored
to the image of God the Creator,
1 T . Where one's character is not
ascertained through his nationality,
as a Jew or a Greek or a Scythian,
or by one's environment or condi
tion, as bond or free, but where
Christ's ideas and spirit pervade all
and control all,
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