Imatges de pÓgina

argument, historical or philosophical, for denying a trustworthy authority in religion. To deny a trustworthy authority in morals would probably too much alarm the age. But Sir James Stephen justly observes upon the great progress of disintegration in religious thought during the twenty-eight years which have passed since Lewis published in 1849. In twenty-eight more years, perhaps, those of us who may be alive will have nerve to look in the face the proposal that the unreal theory, which separates religious doctrine and practice, shall be allowed to go the way of all flesh; and that the doctrine of a trustworthy authority in morals shall be abandoned, as well as that of a trustworthy authority in religion.

Using his happy faculty of illustration, Sir James Stephen closes with two parables.43 In the latter, one of two seeing men lays claim to a superior kind of sight, called 'intueing,' and not possessed by all, which discloses to him what is passing in sun, moon, and stars. Such a parallel emphatically convicts pretenders to a transcendental faculty. But against those who take their stand, in good faith, on the general constitution, which God has given to His human creatures, it is really a pointless dart. There are some philosophies, which maim this constitution by declining to take account of some of its most important offices and organs. He who argues against the Hedonist, that there is such a thing discerned or discernible by men as good apart from pleasure, asserts nothing for himself which he does not assert for humanity at large. All or most faculties may indeed enlarge, multiply, and vary their powers by vigorous and judicious exercise; or may stunt and finally lose them by disuse. But the starting-point is the same if the goal is not, and the race is run along level ground on even terms. By intuition I only mean mental sight, the faculty common to us all. I do not ask how far it is an original power, or how far it is one trained or reached by the exercise of other powers. How we know God, this is hardly the place to inquire. But it may be the place to say I cannot assert any method of knowing Him otherwise than by operations in strict conformity with the general laws of our nature. I agree with the deceased Mr. Dalgairns, that my knowledge of God is as real as my knowledge of man;' and bold, or more than bold, is he who affirms that his knowledge of man is limited to what his senses can discern in man.


The disintegration of belief, to which Sir James Stephen refers, is, I believe, very largely exaggerated in the estimates of some of those who have suffered it; but is yet in itself both remarkable and ominous. Among the special causes which have promoted or favoured it has probably, I admit, been that unusual rapidity of material progress, to stimulating which a great portion of my own life and efforts, in the line of my public duty, have been directed. In extremely kind terms, Sir James Stephen challenges me on this subject. I do

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not deny the fact, nor my own relation to it. I plead, however, first, that whatever zeal I had in the cause was inspired by the hope, not of our increasing the wealth or weight of the wealthy, but of our bringing millions upon millions out of a depressing poverty into a capacity at least of tolerable comfort; and that, in acting otherwise, I should have been like a physician refusing to use the appropriate means for bringing back to health a patient of questionable habits, lest he should misuse the blessing when attained. There can be little doubt that, with this abnormal rapidity in the creation of masses of wealth, there has come a shock to moral and mental equilibrium, and a perceptible overweight of material objects and pursuits. But on the other hand it may be allowed us at least to hope that the effect of such a shock may pass away, like an atmospheric disturbance, when it has produced its proper amount either of discomfort or of mischief. But here again we stand at the door of a large subject, which it would be especially unsuitable to prosecute at the end of a paper already carried to an extent that may well have exhausted the patience of the most willing reader. I shall close with a single remark on the celebrated dictum of Vincentius, quod semper, quod ubique, quod ab omnibus; on which Lewis has offered critical observations that, in the letter, it would be difficult to dispute. My remarks shall be not on its positive but on its negative value. It supplies, or ought to supply, an useful safeguard against the mental panic to which some give way when they perceive, or think they perceive, some violent rush of popular opinion. It is a good antidote against the sentiment which has not yet assumed the form of a counter-adage, but which may be fairly expressed in the words quod nunc, quod hic, quod a paucis. It may supply some fresh securities for our mental freedom against the hurried and crowded, and yet rather too imperious, demands of our own day and place; and may remind us that the promises and purposes of the Creator are not for but for the ages, and not for a tribe but for mankind.

an age


NOTE.-In an article on 'The Abuses of a Landed Gentry,' which appeared in the May number of this Review, a Public Drainage Loan is mentioned, and the question is put: 'What did the landed gentry do with it? Mr. Caird tells us that they borrowed at 6 per cent. from the Government, and lent at 7 per cent, to their tenants.' We are requested by Mr. Caird to state that he has been erroneously quoted as the authority for that general statement, which, though it may be true in some few exceptional and unimportant cases, is to his knowledge inapplicable and unjust to the landed gentry as a whole.'-Ed.

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DASTIAN'S (Dr.) experiments on
spontaneous generation, 517
Becket (Thomas), Life and Times of, by
J. A. Froude, 548-562, 843-856
Becquerel (Edmond) on the ultra-red
region of the solar spectrum, 160
Benefices, sale of, 58, 438
Beryllium or glucinum, 158
Bishops, appointment of, 693
Blanford (H. F.), age of the plant-
bearing series of India, 508

Board of Trade and Railway accidents,


Bohemian coal-fields, strata in the
(Feistmantel), 507

Bolingbroke on the success of Puritan-
ism, 150

Bourke's (Mr.) speech on the Eastern
Question, 868
Bowring (Edgar A.), South Kensington,

Brassey (Thomas), Round the World in
the Sunbeam, 774-789
Britain, Greater or Lesser, by Sir
Julius Vogel, 809–831

Brown (Rev. J. Baldwin), Is the Pulpit
Losing its Power? 97-112
Buchanan (J. Y.), specific gravity of
sea-water, 510

Budd's (Dr. William) observation of
typhoid fever, 386

Burials Bill, Duke of Richmond's, 456

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YAROLINA,' a deserted vessel, 785
Carpenter (Dr. W. B.), The Ra-
diometer and its Lessons, 242-256
Carter (Rev. Canon T. T.), The Present
Crisis in the Church of England, 417-


'Challenger,' specific gravity of sea-
water determined during the voyage
of the (Buchanan), 510
Chauvin (Marie von), experiments on
the axolotl, 174

Child-murder, punishment of, 583-595
China, cost of wars with, 42
Christianity, argument of authority on
behalf of, 14, 271, 909

Church (Dean), A Modern Symposium,

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-Montenegro, a Sketch, 360-379

Resolutions on the Eastern Question,


Glass, changes in, 512
iridescence of, 512

Gloucester and Bristol (Bishop of), The
Church of England, Present and
Future, 50-71

- The Ridsdale Judgment andits Results,

Glucinum, on the atomic weight of (J.
Emerson Reynolds), 158-160

Goptchevitch (S.), Montenegro und die
Montenegriner reviewed, 360
Gore House Estate, 563

Great Britain, On the Imperial Policy
of, by Sir John Lubbock, 37-49
Greater or Lesser Britain, by Sir Julius

Vogel, 809-831

Groth's Journal of Crystallography, 513


HAMLET and Ophelia, by H. Irving,
Hampden somewhat of a Philistine, 154
Harrison (Frederic), A Modern Sympo-

sium, 345-349

The Soul and Future Life, 623–636,
Hartington's (Lord) Speech on the
Eastern Question, 870

Heaven a conscious annihilation, 842
Heer (Professor) on climatic change,

Henry II. of England and Thomas
Becket, 559, 843

Hertwig, researches on the foraminifera,

Home's (Mr.) psychic powers, 251, 884
Hope (George), of Fenton Barns, treat-
ment of, by his landlord, 465

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Infanticide, the Punishment of, by C. A.
Fyffe, 583-595

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'Intue,' use of the word, 297, 925
Ireland, ancient monuments in, 269
-England's policy towards, 45
Irving (Henry), Shakespearian Notes,
No. I., 327-330; No. II., 524-530

ANUS,' work published in Germany,
Council, 189, 602

Jelly fish, on the nervous system of
(Romanes), 171-172
Jex-Blake (Miss), at the University of

Edinburgh, 888

Judd's (Prof.) Contributions to the
Study of Volcanoes, 166-168
Judicial Committee of the Privy Coun-
cil (Ridsdale Judgment), 757

Edgar A. Bowring, 563-582
Khrabry Voin, or Valiant Warrior, 409
Knowledge, How we come by our, by
Prof. G. Croom Robertson, 113-121
Kohlrausch (F.), Electric Conductivity
of Water, 513

Koran no longer the exact mirror of
Islamism, 731

Kühne, researches on sight-purple, 521

Hervey's (Lord Francis) opinion of LAING'S (Mr.) speech on the Eastern

ancient monuments, 263

Lakes, origin of salt, 163-165
Land, rights of the people in the, 463
Landed Gentry, the Abuses of a, by
Arthur Arnold, 458-478, 926

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