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Upon this delusion I submit as follows-That the best and highest use of the reason
ing power, in matters of its province, is to teach man not how much he knows, but how little. That the reasoning power of man fallen, though he be redeemed and regenerate in and by Christ, has to be humbled continually, that it may be ex
alted a. That for the reasoning power to so much as
attempt to enter into “ The Secret Things of God," which are not of its province, is not only not reasonable: it is sinful. Of these " Secret Things” God has revealed so much as it is good for man to know by The
Spirit, guiding His Church into all Truth.” Hear the Teaching of the Old Scriptures. I cite here Deut. xxix. 29, and the last five chapters of Job only. Hear the Teaching of our Lord in His Gospel. St. Matthew xviii. 1-6, St. Mark ix. 33, St. Luke ix. 46, and xxii. 24. Hear St. Paul, 1 Cor.
. “ Little children keep yourselves from Idols,” is the teaching "of the Apostle whom Jesus loved.”
The Idol of the heathen is the stock and the stone. To him they represent a power above his Own.
The Idol of the Christian is not the "stock" and the “stone :” it is his own reasoning power; and he worships it above the GIVER OF IT.
* Prov. i. 7, xv. 33, xviii, 12.
3. Matters subordinate; but all of them of
primary importance in connection with “The many coloured greatness of England."
In 1879 I published “Notes of My Life,” containing the record of what I had, so far, been principally concerned in for forty years up to that time.
I resume that record now by way of Supplement. Since 1879 I had, in 1886, been compelled to publish my “ Mr. Gladstone." I supplement this also now.
It requires no words of mine here to show the close connection between the above matters and Mr. Gladstone.
As I understand Mr. Gladstone, he holds what “ The New Criticism” rejects.
On the other hand, he holds not as of Divine Authority, external to man, but as of the outcome of controversy among men. If so, he conforms to the principle of “The New Criticism,” while rejecting its conclusions. Now this is not the simplicity and obedience of faith : it is the pride of reason. In St. John's language "the pride of life.”
Let us have Grace not to waste our little life in giving heed to fables, and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edify
ing which is in faith.” i Tim. i. 4, vi. 4; 2 Tim. xi. 23; Titus iii. 9.
It is not for us to build up in our “ Vanity" a Church other than that “which is built upon the “ foundation of the Apostles and Prophets --JESUS
Christ Himself being The Head cornerstone.”
Neale, of my most loving memory, was, with us a great master of holy song.
He has left to ourselves and our children his song of faith ; his Hymn for St. Thomas' Day. Among many beautiful Hymns, I know nothing more beautiful; more moving in its grand simplicity; in the faith which believes what it cannot sce; in the hope, “an anchor of the soul "," which grasps and clings to what it cannot touch.
We have not seen, we cannot see,
The happy land above,
And all is peace and love:
Its streets of pearl and gold,
That never groweth old.
We only see the path is long
By which we have to go;
That seek to work us woe.
We have not seen, we cannot see,
The Cross our Master bore,
The devil's slaves no more.
We only think it hard to part
With very pleasant sin,
And make Him Lord within.
The Spirit's grace we cannot see,
That makes an infant whole;
From sin a guilty soul.
b Hebr. vi. 19.
We only know that we have power
To do our Father's will ;
We meet temptation still.
And blessed Saint like thee
Because we cannot see.
Thy doubting heart received ;-
And that have yet believed !'
To God all glory be;
And, Holy Ghost, to Thee! Amen.
Hymn 227, from the People's Hymnal.-- Masters and Co.
The Volume contains, besides Text, Pa Speeches, Documents, inserted in their orde time and connection, concluding with Six Ser preached in Wells Cathedral between May 10, and Nov. 13, 1892.
I am indebted to Messrs. Fradelle and Y for their kind permission to use the Photog at the beginning of the Volume.
GEORGE ANTHONY DENIS