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Prevalent Fallacies in Belief and Worship
WITH THEIR REMEDIES.
REV. STEPHEN JENNER, M.A.
OPINIONS OF THE PRESS Upon Seeen of the Essays in this volume, us originally published ; now revised
and enlarged, with the addition of Three new Essays. "This is no common-place book. There is a vivacity and force about the style, as well as an originality and freshness about the thoughts, which make it anything but dull reading; while there is a fund of information in the work on various subjects connected with religion which renders it as iustructive as it is interesting. Had this work appeared under the name of a dignitary, or a politician, or a celebrity of any sort, it would have made what certain literary liners call a 'sensation.' There is an acateness of perception and an analysis so searching in some of the author's thoughts that remind one of Pascal and Port Royal. We do most heartily commend this admirable volume. It cannot fail to create a sound and healthy sentiment on subjects which passion warps and prejudice clouds in the present day.”—The Press.
" These essays are entitled, in our judgment, to a standard work among the religious literature of the age. Christians of all denominations would do well to become possessed of them.”- The Standard.
“This is a book worth reading. We have perused it with no ordinary pleasure, for it is the production of no ordinary mind. It is replete with sound wisdom; and every page shows a power of intellect, a fertility of genius, and a largen ess of soul which cannot but attract the reader. It is a book for these times. We recommend it strongly as a volume that ought to be read." -The National Standard.
“Will repay an attentive perusal.”-Scottish Guardian.
"Of these essays we may say that they deal with their subjects from the author's point of view generally in a masterly and original manner.”-Clerical Journal.
“These essays are very ably written. The reasoning is close and logical, and characterized by extreme fairness and candour. Throughout the volume there is much originality of thought, and happiness of style and expression."- Morning Herald.
"This series of essays on s me of the most vital errors of the day, from the pen of so profound a theologian as Mr. Jenner, cannot but be welc: me at a time so rife with controversy as the present We commend them to our readers, both for the soundness of their theol gy aud the ability with which they have been penned."-Church and State Gazette.
“Of the essays, the most valuable and instructive are those on Sacramental Efficacy, and "the Conflict,” or “True Cross.” In these he has embodied in terse and vigorous language the principles and doctrines he had taught from the pulpit.”—The John Bull.
“Expresses his opinions wiih clearness and ability.”—Morning Post.
"A very well written and instructive work, well worth the profound attention of all persons.”—The Rocord.
“ Written in a clear and vigorous style, every line of it indicating that it proceeds from the pen of the scholar as well as the Christian."- Morning Advertiser.
“Mr. Jenner is a man of thought, with a dash of original genius in him. The book is marked by super or information.”—'The Christian Witness,
“We have no hesitation in pronouncing this one of the ablest works that has appeared on the present agitated religious questions. All ministers of the Gospel ought to study it carefully."--The Bulwark.
“Amidst all the ciscu-sion that has recently taken place in regard to Tr .tarianism and Popery, little has bt en done to lay bare those peculiarities of fallen human nature to which they form such cunning adaptations. The great John Owen has a masterly sermon on oue branch of the subject, and Archbishop Whateley has glanced at the entire sweep of it in bis usual powerfully and masterly way; but we have not seen anything so close, so sifting, and so satisfactory, as this treatise by Mr. Jenner." (Name of Review lost.)
“The essays are, as a whole, clear and convincing, showing much deep thought and acute reasoning."--The Patriot.
“We have read much of this book with sincere pleasure. Mr. Jenner is evidently a man of of refined, reflective, and cultivated mind. The principles maintained are, in our view, generally sound: the tone and temper are healthy ; and the arguments are conducted with calmness and strength. It is a book for many, and especially for those of educated miuds who are seeking light on the subjects discussed.”—Tho Eclectic.
“We consider that we do our part in simply calling the attention of our readers to the fountain at which (if so inclined) they may quench their thirst; and we can assure them that it bubbles vigorouely, flows freely, and that the waters are pure, and, to our taste, healthy and life-giving."- Maidstone, Chatham, and Canterbury Journal.
"One of Truth's most splendid triumphs ever achieved by calm investigation and the patient force of thought. The Church of England owes Mr. Jenner a deep debt of gratitude for these masterly essays.”—Essex Standard.
These are all the notices, so far as the author knows, by the public press, of seven of these essays when they appeared in their original form; except by one paper, which curtly dismissed them with the single observation
"Mr. Jenner's essays are not worth the trouble they take in endeavouring to comprehend them."
The name of this journal is withheld only out of a charitable consideration.
BY THE SAME AUTHOR.
THE HOLY CHILD: a Poem in four Cantos. Also an
ODE TO SILENCE, and other Poems. London:
NOTICES OF THE PRESS.
"The poems of this volume are carefully written; they are full of thought, and will bear comparison with the best examples of recent poetry. Speaking of them as a whole, we have much pleasure in awarding them a high meed of praise."- Journal of Sacred Literature.
“No one can open Mr. Jenner's handsome volume, and glance at the contents, without feeling that he has the ‘ring' of a true poet about him ; and without being attracted at almost every page with some musical line, or refined poetical sentiment.”—The Clerical Journal.
“This volume is got up in a peculiarly chaste and elegant style, devoid of everything ornate or pretentious. 'A Summer's Eve's Contemplation’is genuine poetry, abounding with brilliant conceptions, and characterized by graceful and harmonious versification.”-- The Examiner.
“Much to praise, and little to find fault with.” — The Westminster Review.
“The author of this volume displays many attributes of the true poet. He is not a mere versifier, nor a composer of metrical conceits. He is touched with the great inspiration of the muse. He combines tenderness of feeling, sympathy with suffering, much pathetic appreciation of human sentiment, with originality of thought. The .Ode to Silence 'conveys many an indication of true poetry, viz., freshness of subject, elevation of thought, and extensive play of fancy. Bat Mr. Jenner excels most in the true element of the poet, -pathos, sympathy, and tenderness of feeling. The volume is well fitted by the style in which it is got up, as well as by its contents, for a place on the drawing-room table of every house that would deserve the sacred name of 'home.'”—The Press and St. James's Chronicle.
“It would be unjust not to recognise the many beauties of thought and expression which mark this poem, in common with other productions of its author ; yet we think that, in some respects, it is far surpassed in this very volume by several of those minor pieces of which Mr. Jenner modestly speaks in terms of unnecessary depreciation. Of these we regard the 'Ode to Silence,' not merely as incomparably the best, but as possessing in itself very superior merits.”—The Record.
“His verses are marked by refinement of feeling, and careful, and sometimes highly polished execution. The poem next in importance is the 'Ode to Silence. The strophe, or earlier part of this ode, is extremely beautiful. Mr. Jenner has skill to use the majestic trumpet, the stirring clarion, the throbbing harp, the pastoral pipe, or the tender lute ; and we shall be happy to see more of his melodies."— The Methodist Recorder.
“We thank the author for this able production, which places him in the rank of poets born, not made.”—The Methodist Times.
“The subject is one eminently worthy of the pen of a poet, and in Mr. Jenner's hands it has been most worthily and appropriately treated.”—Maidstone Journal.
“Marked by sound thought and real poetic feeling. Some of Mr. Jenner's shorter pieces are of rare excellence, and such as any poet might be ready to acknowledge. Fine ideas, sound sense, and religious sentiment, abound in nearly every page."-Bath and Cheltenham Gazette.
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The author of the following Work feels that a brief preliminary statement with respect to it may be, if not necessary, at all events not altogether out of place.
Of the Essays, ten in number, of which the volume now consists, seven were published many years ago, under the title of "TRUTH'S CONFLICTS : or, Great Questions of the Day," and obtained a degree of acceptance and of commendation, far beyond what the writer ever anticipated. If he may judge from the concurrent testimonies of so many writers for the public press as will be found placed at the beginning of the present volume-- coming as they did from the representatives of widely varying, and, in some instances, opposing shades of religious thought and opinion--the author ventures to entertain a hope that the republication of them in a revised and enlarged form, with some addition to their number, may not be wholly without justification. One, and one only, of the criticisms will be seen to be unfavourablewhether deservedly so, or the reverse, the reader will decide for himself. The name of the journal is not