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The Fortnightly Review for August discusses: 1. “Mr. Gladstone and the Civilized World;" 2. “Downing Street and Africa;“ 3. “Gounod's Views on Art and Artists;" 4. "The Fortress of Paris;” 5. “The Great Servian Festival;" 6. “Giordano Bruno;" 7. “ Present Discontent in Cyprus;" 8. "Roger Bacon;" 9. "Spanish and Portuguese Bull-Fighting;" 10. “Mr. Browning in a Passion;" 11. “Some Truths About Russia." Of these papers the one on Giordano Bruno, the recent unveiling of whose statue in Rome greatly exasperated the unwisely ambitious Pope, will be read with especial interest. Bruno was a Dominican monk learned in ancient Greek philosophy; a mystical, "god-intoxicated" pantheist, wbo anticipated the Dutch Spinoza, and a student of natural science worthy to be compared with Bacon and other modern pliilosophers, whom he also anticipated. He was a preacher of fiery eloquence, and an ethically pure man. The Inquisition burned him, not because he was a bad man, for he was not, but because he chose to do his own thinking-which, though it was not orthodox, was certainly not a crime deserving death. But even to-day, if all the heretical thinkers in the world had but one neck, Romunism, if it bad power, would gladly sever it with an ax.

The Statesman for August treats of: 1. “ Postal Savings-Banks;" 2. “Labor, Capital, and Land;" 3. “Local Option: Its Relation to the Genius of our Government;" 4. “Woman Suffrage;” 5. “Moral Purity in Our Children;" 6. “Insurance Laws." Of these papers the third places the ethical principles involved in “Local Option " in such juxtaposition as will incline thoughtful temperance men to question its rightfulness. The fourth is especially suggestive to parents who study how to promote moral purity in their children. The Statesman is an ably conducted magazine.

The Theological Monthly for August contains: 1. “ Justin Martyr;" 2. “Prophecy;” 3. “Secessions to Rome;" 4. “Gleanings After Harvest;” 5. “ Review of Essays in Biblical Greek;" 6. “Synopsis of the Argument on the Date of the Exodus;" 7. “ Current Points at Issue.” These are scholarly, vigorously written papers which harmonize with the mottoes of this magazine; which are, to "exorcise the evil genius of dullness from theology," and "hold to the written word.”

Harper's Noro Monthly Magazine for September is rich in illustrations, varied in topics both grave and gay. Students of current religious bistory will highly prize M. Edmond de Pressensé's paper on - The Relig ious Movement in France." In view of the attitude of Romanism in America this portrayal of its ultramontane tendencies in France is as timely as it is interesting.– - Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine for August, besides its usual literary attractions, has a review of Bryce's American Commonwealth which discusses “ British and American Democracy” in a spirit of candor that concedes the superiority of our political system in some respects to that of monarchical England. It points out our defects also. Maga,” though not desirous to see England a republic, is yet willing to have her democratic tendencies guided by the light of both our good and evil experiences. Evidently English Toryism is wiser to-day than it was in the “ long ago. - The London Quarterly Review for August has: 1. “ The Mind and Evolution; 2. Stowey and Coleridge;" 3. “Socialism and Self-Help;" 4. " Felix Mendelssohn and His Music;" 5. “Lives and Teaching of the Fathers; 6. “Motley's Letters;" 7. “Modern Buddhism;" 8. “ Rogers and His Contemporaries; " 9. “ Gouverneur Morris."- The Andover Review for September has: 1. “What is Reality?” 2. The Congregational Polity;" 3. “ Centralization and Congregationalism;" 4. " Matthew Arnold's Influence on Literature;” 5. The Sabbath in Relation to Civilization." Christian Thought for August has: 1. “ Thoughts on the Discord and Harmony Between Science and the Bible;” 2. “The Relation of Pedagogy to Christian Philosophy;" 3. “Five Points in an Evolutionary Confession of Faith;” 4. “ Evolution and Development.”—The Edinburgh Review for July contains: 1. “ Charles, Earl Grey;” 2. “The Railways of England;" 3. “Villari's Life of Savonarola;” 4. “ The Roll of Battle Abbey;” 5. “ The Land of Manfred;" 6.“ Maria Theresa; " 7. “ The Duke of Coburg's Memoirs;" 8. "Gardiner's History of the Civil War:" 9. Imperial Federation;" 10. “ The Hamilton Manuscripts;" 11. “Her Majesty's Opposition." The Unitarian Rerieu for August has: 1. “Is There a Philosophy of Evolution?" 2. “Theodore Parker;" 3. “Why not Turn Jew?” 4. “ Missions and Mohammedanism; ” 5. “ The Humanization of Religion;" 6. “ Social Studies;" 7. “ Editor's Note-book.”—The African Methodist Episcopal Church Revier contains fifteen papers besides its miscellaneous and editorial departments. Among them we note “ Our Episcopacy," by Bishop J. Campbell; “Natural Science in the Schools,” by R. K. Potter; “The Afro-African as a Factor in the Labor Problem," by J. McCants Stewart; “ Race Confidence and Race Unity,” by T. A. Walker, M.D.; “Education Proper," by J. P. Sampson, D.D. If any one is disposed to doubt the literary capacity of our colored brothers let liim read this excellent Rericio. - The Catholic World for September has: 1. “A Study of Modern Religion;" 2. "Soul and Sense;" 3. "'Varsity Reminiscences; " 4. “Clews to Ancient American Architecture;” 5. “By the Rapidan;" 6. “Christianity Indefectible;" 7. "The Mozarabic Rite;" 8. “The Closed Heart;" 9. “ The Loveliness of Sanctity;" 10. " A Tale of San Domingo;" 11. “Should Americans Educate Their Children in Denominational Schools;” 12. “ The New Manual of Prayers;” 13. “ Talk About William and Mary Smith.” The ability with which this magazine is edited need not be questioned; but we note that it co-operates with the present Jesuitical plan of deliberately falsifying the history of its Church, for it commends a book which asserts that the bull by which Pope Adrian placed Ireland under the crown of England some seven hundred years ago, in consideration of the payment of St. Peter's pence, was forged ! Is there no limit to Jesuitical lying and papist gullibility?

BOOKS: CRITIQUES AND NOTICES.

AN APPRECIATION OF BOOKS.

. THOMAS À KEMPIs wrote: “Every-where have I sought peace, and found it nowhere save in a corner with a book.” It is probable that the following works will confer upon their readers not only the blessing of peace, but also strength, courage, and illumination: Essays on the Work Entitled Supernatural Religion, by Bishop J. B. Lightfoot; Lost Chapters Recorered from the Early History of American Methodism, by J. B. Wakeley; Charles George Gordon, by Sir William F. Butler; and Deaconesses in Europe and their Lessons for America, by Jane M. Bancroft.

RELIGION, THEOLOGY, AND BIBLICAL LITERATURE.

A New Commentary on Genesis. By FRANZ DELITZSCH, D.D., Leipsic. Trans

lated by Sophia TAYLOR. Vol. II. 8vo, pp. 408. New York: Scribner &

Welford. Price, cloth, $300. The second volume fully equals the first in scholarship, acuteness of discrimination, and an industry that usually characterizes German theologians. If it fail to measure up to the level of the other volume in any particular, it is in the subject matter of which it necessarily treats; for in the first volume the author considers the profound questions of creation, the fall of man, the introduction of evil, the range of the flood, the re-peopling of the earth, and all those collateral issues that spring from them; while in the second volume he is limited to the more prosaic facts of historic times, many of which, however, are still unauthenticated, and over which a serious controversy is in progress. The commentator does not attempt to settle disputed history, but to show the relation of events in their chronological order, and the providential tcom of the progressive career of Israel. It must be remembered, too, that his is a commentary on the Hebrew text, a knowledge of which is necessary to an understand. ing of his studies in Genesis. He has nothing to do with the English or any translation, but bases his methods and conclusions entirely upon the Hebrew, with side lights from the Arabic and the LXX. While this feiture is one of its excellences, and suited to Hebraistic students, it can be of no special service to those who are confined to King James, or to any translation. We are also bound to state that Dr. Delitzsch writes in the style of the Higher Critics, maintaining the division of Genesis into Elohistic and Jehovistic documents, and that other writers indicated by letters of the alphabet also participated in its composition. "Q."though less frequent than “J” or “E,” nevertheless shows his hand in the preparation of the original documents; and hence, while the exposition of the text may be critical and correct, the orthodox reader will regret that so profound a scholar as the author has needlessly supported some of the

claims of the rationalists touching the wonderful book. It has its mcrits, however, for the Christian student, who, anchored in the truth, will not be beguiled into the island of error by the siren voice of the charmer.

Voices of the Spirit. By GEORGE MATHESON, M.A., D.D., Minister of the Parish of St. Bernard's, Edinburgh; Author of Moments on the Mount, Jy Ispirutions, 12mo, pp. 241, New York:

A. C. Armstrong & Son. Price, cloth, $125,

etc.

Modestly, the author describes his book as an aid to devotion, but it is more than helpful in one's religious meditations. With great patience and insight he has gone through the Bible in search of the innumerable ministries of the Holy Spirit, from his participation in the original work of creation through all the intervening history of the human race to the final triumph of the mediatorial reign of Jesus Christ, the end of the world, and the opening of the heavens to the saints who have gone up through great tribulation. In ninety-five theses the author particularizes the specific offices of the Spirit, not only exciting the spiritual feeling of the reader, but exhibiting, in an informal way, the grandeur of the divine administration under the leadership of the Spirit. Until one has traced the manifold operations of the Spirit in human affairs, temporal, spiritual, intellectual, commercial, moral, social, and political, as pointed out so clearly in this book, one will have little conception of the overshadowing presence of the divine power in the world. It is this idea of the spiritual presence that inflames devotion and gives to the author's work a value be may not have realized in its preparation. It certainly is instructive and invigorating.

The Saltcellars ; Being a Collection of Proverbs, together with liomely Notes

Thereon. By C. H. SPURGEON. 12mo, pp. 334. New York: . C. Armstrong

& Son. Price, cloth, $150. The proverbs, for the most part, are not original with the author, but a collection from many sources during twenty years. They cover all subjects, and the notes accompanying them are sometimes even more suggestive than the sayings themselves. No one can read a page without getting an idea, either being rebuked for some folly, stimulated to some duty, or led into quiet meditation of destiny. It is remarkable that of so large a number of proverbs as are here reported, so few are without meaning, or without some objectionable peculiarity. Mr. Spurgeon has been an industrious gatherer of honey, and he is very generous in its distribution. We cannot, however, understand how a clergyman, with hands full of important work, and with great projects ever in progress, to say nothing of the constant press of pastoral duties, would consent to take the time to prepare a work of this kind. The book itself cannot fail to find readers; but other writers might have produced it. Almanacs, proverbs of the newspaper type, and pamphlets of anecdote should hardly issue from a pastor's study, whatever their current value or readable worth. Commending the book, Mr. Spurgeon was not exactly justi. fied in preparing it.

59—FIFTH SERIES, VOL. V.

The Bible-Work; the Old Testament. Vol. III. Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1st and 2d

Samuel, i Chronicles xi, 1 Kings i-xi; 2 Chronicles i-ix. Israel under Joshua, the Judges, Saul, David, and Solomon. The Revised Text, Arranged in Sec tions, with Comments Selected from the Choicest, most Illuminating, and Help ful Thought of the Christian Centuries, taken from nearly Three Hundred Scholarly Writers. With Illustrations, Maps, and Diagrams. Prepared by J.

GLENT WORTH BUTLER, D.D. 8vo, pp. 635. New York: Funk & Wagnalls. As it is studied, the Old Testament so grows in the exhibition of its supernatural features that a commentary upon its books seems too great for any single pen; hence, commentaries made up of the mature thinking of the scholars of the centuries are to some people really more desirable than those which bear the imprint of but one, though it be a master mind. The present work contains the accumulation of the researches of many scholarly interpreters, under the careful editorship of the Rev. Dr. Butler. The fear that in such cases unity of interpretation cannot be maintained, and that the book can be nothing more than a hap-bazard miscellany of religious opinions, is set at rest by an inspection of this portly volume. It has also in its favor a freedom from theological bias that will recommend it to the average reader; but free, fair, and honest as it is, it does not deal with scholarly questions in a scholarly way, and cannot furnish the thinker or investigator with much new material. It will pass, however, for a very useful, because suggestive, elaboration of the wonderful truths hidden in the Old Testament. The mechanics of the volume might be improved; it is altogether too large, too heavy, and a burden to the reader.

Through a Glass, Darkly. An Exegetical Study in First Corinthians XIII. By

Rev. J. H. TMBRELL. With an Introduction by Rev. Lewis R. Dunx, D.D.

16mo, pp. 262. New York: Palmer & Hughes. Price, 80 cents. The “ offense ” of the author is, not that this is his first book, but that er necessitate rei he vacates the common interpretation of this chapter, basing his conclusion upon an alleged idiomatic method in Paul's epistles and a peculiar use of the personal pronouns in argumentative discussion. He admits that no theologian or commentator holds his view, except perhaps an unnamed German exegete; but, willing to risk scholarship and reputation for theological acumen, he supports his theory with earnestness because he believes it to be correct, denies the application of the chapter to the future life, anıl injects into it, or, rather, elicits from it, a more beautiful synthesis than the pulpit has ever promulged. The reader will admit the attractions of the interpretation as it is unfolded, and if of liberal mind will incline to approve it because it is new; but the sober-minded will wish to ascertain if it is true, and this will require an examination of the basis on which it rests,

Relying upon the context for guidance, the author discovers that Paul is discoursing to the Corinthian Church upon the character and value of spiritual gifts, some of which would cease, if not with the apostle's day, at least subsequently, as operating powers; but better than gifts, which were a common possession, is Love, which they inherited or displayed to

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