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sell. The subjects cover the first half of the Christian Year, including Advent, Christmastide, Lent and Passiontide, together with the Holydays falling within the period. The outlines are valuable for several purposes. They give an insight into Father Stanton's method of preparation, exhibiting something of his simplicity and effectiveness. They will prove suggestive to others in sermon writing. Or they will furnish material for meditations. The outlines have all the defects and disappointments of notes prepared solely for the preacher himself who can recall from a detached phrase the line of thought he wishes to develop, while to another the words are cryptic or meaningless. Stanton, with the license that great preachers may take, breaks the ordinary homiletic rules, as, for example, when he takes for his subject a single word
29 Then from the text, "Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness." He is unconventional in these notes, as all who have heard him, know he could be in the pulpit. None but a great preacher could dare to paraphrase St. Paul's well-known series of rhetorical questions thus: "Are you a high churchman? So am I. Are you a broad churchman? So am I. I would put every baptized Christian into the Body of the Church, and every seeker after Truth into the Soul of the Church. Are you a low churchman? So am I. Are they agnostics? So am I, and so is every believer, for no one by reasoning can find out. God. Are they socialists? So am I. I believe what Paul said at Athens. God has made of one blood all the nations God is no respecter of persons. Are they Unitarians? So am I. I believe in one God. But I am more, for I believe the Father is God, the Son God, and that the Holy Ghost God. The more is the Lord Jesus."
Many will find these sermon notes exceedingly helpful in many ways.
A. W. J.
The Living Church Annual and Churchman's Almanac. 1918. The Young Churchman Co. Cloth, 90 cents; paper, 65 cents.
In addition to the usual Directory of the clergy in the Church in the United States and the ecclesiastical calendar with the lectionary, the Annual for 1918 contains a synopsis of the acts of the General Convention of 1916, a list of amendments tentatively adopted by that Convention in its work of the revision of the Prayer Book, the annual cyclopaedia of the Church, and much other useful information. The General Statistics have to be interpreted with regard to effort of the General Convention to secure a uniform year for all statistical reports, the war conditions, and some other abnormal circumstances.
The Philosophy of Christian Being. Walter E. Brandenburg. Sherman, French & Co., Boston. $1.20.
A very crude attempt at philosophizing Christianity characterizes Mr. Brandenburg's volume. Many passages sound orthodox on first glance. One quickly discovers that the writer does not hold the fundamental truths of the Christian revelation to be supernatural facts. The assertion of the virginity of Mary was a blunder in "our creed of a later day" than "the simple, yet comprehensive, confession of the Apostolic Church." The mystery of the Word-made-flesh is similar in the writer's mind to other mysteries in evidence all around us. "Do we not cause our thoughts (immaterial things) to find expression in material forms? What about the inventor? The genius? The author? The great captains of industry?" So the author does not hold our Lord's taking of human nature to have been unique in method. The Resurrection with him is natural, not supernatural. And so on. The writer's position appears to be merely the humanitarian view of our Lord a kind of Nestorianism.
The Conduct of Brief Devotional Meetings. Paul Micou, B.D. Association Press, New York. 50 cents.
There is no objection to holding devotional services conducted in a non-liturgical way. The Book of Common Prayer is not intended to crowd out or supersede informal devotional meetings and extempore prayer. But there is grave objection to watering down the Prayer Book and excusing it and trying to disarm dislike by removing the positive witness. The book before us seems to be open distinctly to criticism on the latter ground. Liturgically its explanations of the Prayer Book are inadequate and inaccurate, e. g., the statement that " the Nicene Creed is mainly an expansion of the Apostles Creed in more definite terms." The principle of Christian worship, around which all true objective worship centres, is the adoration of Jesus Christ as from all eternity God. And why does the compiler omit the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary from the list of Holydays? Does he wish to slur over the Virgin Birth? We cannot commend this attempt at teaching non-churchman about worship.