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71.

IN THE BEGINNING.

REMARKS ON CERTAIN MODERN VIEWS

OF THE CREATION

BY

RICHARD HILL SANDYS M.A.

of Lincoln's Inn Barrister-at-Law

Dissentientis ......
.... exemplo trahenti
"Perniciem veniens in ævum.

ALDI

DISCIP.

ANGLVS

SIETE

WIDT

LONDON
BASIL MONTAGU PICKERING

196 PICCADILLY

141. i . 510.

IN THE BEGINNING.

Since the final severance by show of hands, of morality from doctrine, and the assertion at the same time by those who should know best, of the free merits of humanity, the main battle between belief and unbelief absolute, has become little better than one of compliments on the one side and concessions on the other. “Yea, hath God said ? Nay, but surely God doth know that the world is what we say it is ; only do not be so very objective, and we shall agree well enough."

Not many of much mark or true scholarship now attack long received beliefs, without repeated assurances of distinguished consideration, and an occasional well-bred whisper in commendation of the First Cause; but underlying all is an intensity of purpose and self assurance of success never yet surpassed; and there is withal abroad generally a complacent looking on, an indifferent weaving of victor's crowns for first comers, not slightly discouraging to those who earnestly believe for themselves and for others.

There has never been a time when less complete homage has been paid to Revelation than there is now. În the Court and Times of Leo the Tenth, the chill that preceded the dawn, associated with the revival of Greek letters and frivolity, there may have been more unavowed infidelity absolute; but even that lay rather amid an entrapped and unassured priesthood, themselves nearly dead with weariness of ceremonial unrealities, and a few highly-placed scoffers, with their ever deadly imitators and parasites of the board. The idea was not familiar, nor under the influences of high art, the shadow of the Keys in politic hands, and the long custom of submis

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