[The Congregationalist.] The ferment in England over Rev. R. J. Campbell's championship of the new theology and the eagerness with which the matured expression of his opinions through his just published book has been awaited on both sides the Atlantic, reveal something far deeper than a sensational and transient interest in a conspicuous individual who has become the target for much criticism. Influential and picturesque as Mr. Campbell's figure before the eyes of the world just now is, he could not have made theology a theme of general discussion among all classes and in all sorts of publications, were there not a movement of the public mind toward the things of the Spirit. And when the smoke of controversy has cleared away, it may be seen that the greatest service Mr. Campbell has rendered the Church has been the stimulation of this already latent interest in Christian truth. He has undertaken to map out a positive and orderly system of thought. He may be greatly in error in some of his premises and conclusions; but he has sought to state his views in definite terms, and unquestionably has influenced that increasing number of persons in the community who want to know just where a Christian preacher and teacher stands, and who also want a surer footing for themselves.

[The New York Observer.]

The Lord Christ is with men to-day. He has gone from earth, and yet he is here. Jesus of Nazareth passeth by as truly as he once did among the Galilean highways. He is still accosting men alike in their sin and their godliness—he has a look, a scrutiny, and an offering for men of all classes and conditions. As he stopped to open the eyes of a blind man or to cleanse the lepers in Judea, so now he waits to be gracious to modern men who, though they think they see, are yet blind, and though they pretend to know are dead in the corruption of sin. The truth to be preached to men to-day is that Jesus is near—that he has a question for every conscience, and knocks at the door of every heart. We must preach a present Christ, or we have no Christ at all to preach.

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May 18, 1907

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