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EDITED BY THE REV. H. BURGESS, LL.D., Ph. D.
SACRED LITERATUR E.
No. XIII. - OCTOBER, 1854.
MILMAN'S HISTORY OF LATIN CHRISTIANITY." Had this work been the production of a Continental author, it would have furnished our critics with another opportunity of extolling foreign research and scholarship at the expense of that of native growth ; and therefore, as we profess to be Anglican in our tastes and prepossessions, we are glad of the occasion thus furnished to us of introducing to the notice of our readers this valuable result of the industrious learning of our own soil. It is in every way a contribution to history of which Englishmen may be proud, and we hope to bear some efficient, though humble, tribute to its accomplished author.
The title of the work, the History of Latin Christianity, brings before us the division of literary labour, which is a characteristic of the times in which we live, and is highly favourable to historical writing. Our fathers thought they could only write upon a subject in its complex entirety, and whether they laboured on a Biblical Commentary or a Church History, they took the two extreme points into their conception, and aimed at discussing the whole space between them. În the department of Scriptural Exegesis, this plan is now relinquished, for it is seen that very various mental qualities and attainments are demanded by different books of the Bible, for their successful elucidation. The same remark applies fully to the writing of Church History, in any manner which can
& History of Latin Christianity; including that of the Popes to the Pontificate of Nicholas V. By Henry Hart Milman, V.D., Dean of St. Paul's. London: John Murray, 1854. 3 vols. 8vo. Pp. 1580.
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