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In a later article in the number of the Edinburgh which opens with the Paper on Methodism-a review of Miss Bird's charming volume on Japan-the writer, commenting on that lady's complaint as to the Japanese diet,' appropriately asks: 'Whether this asserted tastelessness of fruit and other viands is objective orsubjective?' in plain words, whether the fault be not rather in the palate of the taster than in the food which others so much enjoy and on which they so plainly thrive. It is quite conceivable that the like explanation may apply to sweeping complaints as to spiritual fruits and viands, the produce of a widely different spiritual climate from that in which the complainer finds his home.

But the remedy which this writer prescribes for the bad taste of Methodist speakers and writers of whatever class,' goes far to prove that the seat of the disease is in the practitioner's own fancy. His prescription is as follows: The proper antidote to a serious divergence of thought and style is to go out of the literature and theology of the "Connexion" and read a certain propor

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tion of good models from other Communions. This is easily done, and is worth a little trouble and time.'

A glance at the monthly Book Orders at the Wesleyan-Methodist Book-Room, a comparison of the denominational range of quotation in books written by Wesleyans as compared with that in the works of clergymen of the Established Church, the mere index of the London Quarterly, quarter after quarter, and, we may venture to add, a list of the contributors to this Magazine, the bare titles of its Articles and the recommendatory reviews of books of all denominations, month after month, would convince our kind adviser of the utter gratuitousness of his well-meant advice. The honest truth is that the intellectual cordon around Methodist literature is not drawn by Methodists themselves.

It is rather reassuring, however, to be informed that the intellectual stagnation of Methodism is not absolute, but that the Wesleyans being intense Trinitarians,' their 'ambition' is 'to be at once learned theologians and original thinkers.'

The Lecture on Methodism which forms part of the series of the Congre gational Union Lecture this year we characterised in our last number. It is so good that we can only ask our readers to get a sight of it. We must content ourselves with a few quotations:

'Methodism does not merely teach that a Church should send out missionaries, but that it should never cease to be a missionary itself.' Methodism...may be regarded as...a religion which lays stress on spiritual experiences; which believes in a Divine life in the soul of man; which shows its care for sound morals by laying the foundation for them in spiritual motives and affections; which deals with the heart, and by it governs the conduct; which, not satisfied with being correct, aims also at being devout; which intensifies all convictions,


ennobles all principle, and suffuses all life with the glow of pure emotion.' 'Personal godliness is the essential qualification for Church-membership.' Methodism is a great confederation, the separate parts of which are guided by the central force.' 'The two systems (Congregationalism and Methodism) fitted to work on parallel lines, and in friendly co-operation...There are some who work best as part of a great organization, and at the opposite pole there are others who seem as though they could work with no one but themselves, and occasionally find difficulty even in that.' Methodism...the system-which is one of the youngest in Christendom-is one of the most vigorous and successful, with no signs of diminished vitality or impaired force.' 'They all alike preach...a message of salvation addressed to humanity at large...and they all trust largely to the influence of social Christianity in the meeting for fellowship.' 'The Methodists are to-day in the same spirit and resolution as they were in the days of John Wesley.' That marvellous economy of spiritual force as developed in Classmeetings,' etc.

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With other writers Mr. Rogers greatly overrates the Constructive genius' of Wesley. The obvious fact is, that Wesley was a mere pupil of Providence, and his constructive genius was simply a single eye to the glory of God. Mr. Rogers also falls into the not uncommon error of supposing that Wesley was 'arrogant' and 'arbitrary in his temper.' He was not so, after his conversion. True, with his Preachers he was the autocrat'; but what a weak and foolish man he would have proved himself to be had he not been the autocrat! If he had given way to the selfassertion of such men as Alexander McNab and John Atlay, there could have been at this day no such great fact as Methodism to form the subject of this masterly lecture.

Mr. Rogers puts his finger on the one point of unfairness in Canon Curteis's representation of Methodism: Leading idea-revival of religion by an appeal to the "feelings;' method adopted-an elaborate system

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of "societies" preaching the doctrine of "sensible conversion." On this Mr. Rogers remarks: The definition may be fairly challenged as inadequate, as lacking in scientific precision, as calculated to create prejudice by some of its terms.' He remarks: If there has seemed to be a closer alliance of late between Wesleyans and Puritan Dissenters, it has been because the latter have been gradually losing their hold of the distinctive principles of Calvinism, and coming to understand that underlying all the disputes of Calvinists and Arminians, is a substratum of Evangelical doctrine. which is common to both.' He thus defends the Methodists against the charge of sectarianism: 'Sectarian they are, if an implicit belief in the efficiency of Methodism as the most potent instrument for the extension of the Church of Christ, and a consequent concentration of all their efforts to develop all its resources to the utmost, be sectarian. But in the evil sense of the termthat is, in the belief that they, and they alone, are the people of the

Lord-Methodists have never been sectarian.' Our limits admit of only two more quotations:

'The lay element in Methodism has been growing in power, but that growth has involved no disturbance in the harmony of the body, and has strengthened instead of weakening the happy relations between the Ministers and the people.' 'Cold cynics may sncer at spiritual extravagance; but lovers of a free Protestantism and a pure Gospel will rejoice that a denomination which can do so much for both knows how to conserve its true strength, and to prepare for advances even surpassing in extent those which have marked the past period of its wonderful history.'

The Lecture on Presbyterianism manifests the same candour and lenience of judgment which pervades the rest, and that on Congregationalism is the frankest in the admission of the defects of one's own

system, and the most moderate and uninvidious in the setting forth of its excellences we remember to have ever read. Yet misrepresentations of Congregationalism are loyally cor

rected. It is plain that the problem with Congregationalism is-How far it may be Connexionalized without violation of its principles.


Sermons to Students and Thoughtful Persons. By L. D. Bevan, LL.B., D.D. London: R. D. Dickinson.--A remarkably healthy and timely book, of a class much wanted. Coolly and cheerfully loyal to the truth, Mr. Bevan has yet strong sympathies with young thought and intellectual tendency. The spirit of the book is very tonic. It has plenty of ozone in it. Its effect is like that of a stroll along the sea-cliffs, at no too dizzy height, with rolling downs on the other hand. His strictures on the physical scientists are especially good. Perhaps the best lecture of all, in most points, is that to medical students. We are truly thankful to find that the former assistant - pastor of Thomas Binney has caught so much of the spirit of that great man.

The Christ of Calvary. An Exposition and a Harmony of the Gospel Narrative of our Lord's Last Sufferings. By the Rev. Thornley Smith. Blackwood and Co.-This book is well worthy to take its place beside Mr. Smith's former works. It is solid, practical and devout; and there are no doubt many Bible-students who would find it at once interesting and useful. Whilst we cannot expect for this work the widespread popularity of Dr. William Hanna's The Last Days of Our Lord's Passion, we cannot think it superfluous. Indeed, though so many good books have been written on the wonderful life and death of the world's Redeemer, the glorious theme is still exhaustless.

Chips. A Story of Manchester Life. By Silas Hocking. F. Warne and Co.- This is one of the many stories about poor but honest little street boys, but the freshness and simplicity of the style, together with the very striking illustrations, fully redeems it from the charge of being commonplace. It is a touching tale, very suitable for Sunday-school libraries.

John Wesley: His Life and his Labours. By John Evans (Eglwys Bach). Holywell: P. M. Evans and Son.-This is the first complete biography of Wesley in the

Welsh language. We congratulate Mr. Evans upon his successful effort to supply the want, and we congratulate the Welsh people upon possessing in their own tongue so concise and so comprehensive a history of the Founder of Methodism. In addition to full details of Wesley's lineage, parentage and life, Mr. Evans gives an exhaustive account of the state of religion and morality in England during the eigh teenth century. This might have been much briefer had the volume been intended for English readers, but to the monoglot Welshman, to whom the works of Stoughton and Lecky are sealed treasurehouses, this chapter will be of especial value. The book is nicely printed on toned paper, and contains several por traits and illustrations which are, on the whole, tolerably well executed.

The District Visitor's Companion. By the Rev. W. B. Carpenter, M.A.-The Nurse's Handbook. By Mrs. H. S. Leonard.-Labourers together with God. By Rev. G. Calthrop, M.A. Elliot Stock. -A series of prettily got up shilling volumes, each good in its way. Mr. Carpenter's book is specially adapted to the wants of Church' District Visitors; but it contains much that is useful to all who visit the poor.-Mrs. Leonard gives much good advice in small compass.--Mr. Calthrop writes specially for Sunday-school teachers. We are glad to see his admi rable addresses in this form. We heartily commend them to all teachers.

The Choice of Wisdom; or, The Sa viour's Response to Man's Anxiety. By Rev. Canon Bell, D.D. Elliot Stock. -This pocket volume is one of a most useful series. Its wise counsels, stimula. ting exhortations, and kindly admoni tions to those not far from the kingdom, or to the babe in Christ, are blended with true and tender realization of their peculiar difficulties. The style is simple, earnest, and forceful; and some of the hymns at the close of the chapters are touching, and even beautiful.


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