[The British Congregationalist.]

During the last fifty years great changes have passed over the minds of men on religious subjects. ... Look where one may, he is met with evidence strong and convincing that the churches do not stand, so far as their living faith is concerned, where they stood, and the end of the transformation has not yet been altogether reached. This is true of most countries. ... The critical period through which the teachings of all schools of theology have passed has removed the old landmarks, changed the standpoint of vision, and thereby created a distrust in the old and a longing for a new statement of the essentials of the faith. The thoughts of many, particularly of inquiring and intelligent youth, are in solution, and require to be crystallized, otherwise they may in the stress of life evaporate into a weak sentiment of little or no practical value. The restatement demanded is not to be of the nature of a revolution, an entire rebuilding on an altogether new foundation. All the great fundamental truths held, in one form or another, by the Church in all ages are not to be thrust aside as if they were of no permanent use in the household of faith. The spiritual realities are the same in all the centuries, though explanations of them may differ according to the idiosyncrasies of their expounders and the spirit of the times in which they lived.

[Wall Street Journal.]

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