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attending new and vast discoveries, but also from that spirit of haste which impels all classes of mankind in the present age of the world. Onward, onward seems to be the great watch word of our times. The traveller listens to it as he steams his way over land and sea with a speed that outstrips the wind. The merchant listens to it as he makes haste to be rich, and turns away with disgust from patient toil. And while all such pursuits of life are stimulated into increased rapidity of progress; notwithstanding the prescriptive right of the philosopher to be calm and deliberate, he also is often carried away by the same ambition which animates men around him. He would have the fable of “Mercury on wings” ripen into reality. He will be satisfied with nothing short of a railroad speed on the highway of knowledge, and the lightning of the telegraph must make discoveries in science with the same despatch that it communicates the common occurrences of the passing hours.

But while this spirit of progress with men of learning is to be hailed as the harbinger and means of invaluable good, it is at the same time attended with dangers which should never be overlooked. The great truths of Nature often lie deep, very deeply hidden; and we are liable to imagine that we have fathomed them to their depths, when we have only just touched their surface. Her works and laws also are far from standing alone, or isolated one from another. They are all combined into a harmonious system, of which the parts might be considered as deformities or imperfections, if viewed by themselves; and yet when viewed in their relation to the whole, are essential to its beauty and perfection. In this way our Creator has enstamped upon his own works the image of himself, shewing that “he sees the end from the beginning, and makes all things work together for good.” And there is danger, great danger, that in discoveries recently made, and investigations hastily conducted by short sighted man, we may leave many of them in a crude undigested state, neither reduced to their proper form, nor carried home to their proper place in the great systems of truth and wisdom.

Now it should always be remembered that it is just when scientific attainments are yet imper

fect, fresh and unmatured, and the bearing of discoveries not fully ascertained, that Infidelity is most able to array them in apparent conflict with the Scriptures. While it has not yet nastered the alphabet of Science, it would be a judge of the most difficult questions in syntax and prosody. “A little learning is a dangerous thing;” dangerous to the man himself, for it often makes him vain and self-sufficient, and dangerous also to the truth according as it is sacred and precious. But enlarged learning, learning that goes deep and sees far, and takes patient care to gain a full knowledge before it pronounces judgment, is learning from which the Bible has nothing to fear, and much to gain. There is scarcely a branch of Science to which this observation does not apply; and we have recently seen a remarkable example of it. It must be known to many of us, that, when some of the early Geologists made their investigations in the structure of the earth, they pronounced the Cosmogony of Moses erroneous and unphilosophical. But after they had taken time to review their first opinions, and to carry their inquiries farther and deeper, they found that Moses was right both as to fact and philosophy, and that they themselves

had been wrong.

Well would it have been for the world if all

learned men who, like them, have at first made a false step, had also, like them, the wisdom to see it, and the honesty to own it. But far otherwise is the case. There is a pride of opinion with some, which prevents them from confessing an error even when they see it. There is a vanity, a love of notoriety with others, that delights in discarding what the multitude receive as truth. And with others, if not with them all, there is an appetite, a love for what the Bible forbids on pain of heaven's wrath, which inclines them to devise and to carry out, far as they can, every plea that may promise to impair or destroy the divine authority of His revealed will.

Of course, although there may be times when Infidelity shows a bolder front than at others, yet, while man remains fallen and corrupt, we must expect to meet it in some of its multiplied forms. The war between it and the Bible is a war of ex.

termination. Be it so. We have no fear as to the

final result. We not only hope, but we know the day is coming when error shall be utterly destroy. ed from the face of the earth by the all-prevail. ing power of divine truth. But the contest must endure for many years to come before that consummation shall be reached ; and as depravity, the prolific root of Infidelity, is a disease which has spread from the highest to the lowest of our race, we must expect to meet the humbling spectacle of men who have distinguished their names in the cause of Science, tarnishing their honors by mingling in the ranks of those who reject the holy Word of God.

Let us then at the outset take a fair view of Infidelity in this aspect. The Gospel, which declares itself to be “Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God," does not require us to disparage the attainments or the numbers of those who un

dervalue its claims. It would have us do them full

justice. In another discourse we shall endeavor to show that if the question in dispute is to be settled by the authority of names, the argument may be viewed as at an end. We have a majority that removes every doubt. On the one side are luminaries, it is true; but they are “wandering stars,” however bright and glaring, yet baleful in their

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