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FAITH AND FREE THOUGHT.

A COURSE OF LECTURES

DELIVERED AT THE REQUEST OF THE

CHRISTIAN EVIDENCE SOCIETY.

WITH A PREFACE BY

THE RIGHT REVEREND

SAMUEL WILBERFORCE, D.D.,

LORD BISHOP OF WINCHESTER.

Loudou :
CHRISTIAN EVIDENCE SOCIETY,

13, BUCKINGHAM STREET, STRAND.
HODDER AND STOUGHTON, 27, PATERNOSTER Row.

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BOOKS PUBLISHED BY THE
CHRISTIAN EVIDENCE SOCIETY,

OR AT THEIR INSTANCE.

CHRISTIAN EVIDENCE LECTURES :-
Series . MODERN SCEPTICISM.

2. Faith AND FREE THOUGHT.
3. CREDENTIALS OF CHRISTIANITY.
4. POPULAR OBJECTIONS TO REVEALED TRUTH.
5. STRIVINGS FOR THE FAITH,

THE SUPERNATURAL IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, POSSIBLE, CREDIBLE, AND His

TORICAL. By the Rev. Preb. Row, M.A. 125. THE GOSPELS IN THE SECOND CENTURY. An Examination of the critical part of

“Supernatural Religion." By the Rev. W. SANDAY, D.D. Ios. 6d. Some Modern Religious Difficulties. Course of six Sermons. Is. 6d. SOME WITNESSES FOR THE Faith. Course of six Sermons. 15. 4d. THEISM AND CHRISTIANITY. Course of six Sermons. Is. 6d. THE JEWS IN RELATION TO THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD. Course of six

Lectures. 35. 6d. LA VÉRITÉ CHRÉTIENNE ET LE DOUTE MODERNE. Conferences données à Paris

pendant l'Exposition Universelle, 1878. 3 fr. or 35.

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Hazell, Watson, and Viney, Printers, London and Aylesbury.

PREFACE.

TT is but little that need be said to introduce a

1 Second Series of the Lectures which have been delivered in connection with the Christian Evidence Society. The acceptance of the First Series is proof enough that in many quarters, at least, the existence of the evil they are intended to meet is acknowledged, and that this mode of meeting it has been approved.

It would, indeed, be difficult to deny the existence of the evil.

The literature of the day, which, like the straw borne aloft by the currents of the air, the more ephemeral it is, only the better marks the direction of the flow of common opinion, bears undoubted marks of its présence.

Doubt is everywhere. Sceptical suggestions are wrapped up in narrative ; they bristle in short,

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