The New Englander Volume 27

The New Englander Volume 27

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ... Article IV.--THE "PRINCETON REVIEW" ON THE THEOLOGY OF DR. N. W. TAYLOR The Biblical Repertory and Princeton Review, January, 1868. Article III.--Presbyterian Eeunion. Philip Melancthon, a few days before he died, wrote on a loose sheet of paper a memorandum of reasons why death should be less unwelcome to him. Among them was the prospect of escaping "from the fury of theologians."f The outcry against him, that began before Luther's death, increased afterwards; and men who copied in excess the faults of Luther, without a grain of his nobleness, were barking and howling round the great scholar--the Preceptor of Germany, the St. John of the Reformation--for presummg to deviate in some particulars from Luther's doctrine. He could not help agreeing with Calvin on the Lord's Supper; he could not admit the slavery of the wll as Luther had proclaimed it; he would go, perhaps, too far in retaining old forms of worship for the sake of peace. For these conscientious opinions, the author of the Augsburg Confession was pursued with unrelenting hostility; so that a half century after he died, the leading Professor of theology at Wittenberg was so enraged at hearing him referred to by a student as an authority for some doctrinal statement, that, before the eyes of all, he tore his portrait from the wall and trampled on it. There is such a thing, then, as rabies theologorum. Of course we do not mean to imply that Dr. Taylor was ever in the same degree the object of it. Yet, it was well that even he was made of sterner stuff than poor Melancthon. He never complained of a manly, courteous opposition to his opinions. He who brings forward new ideas has no right to claim exemption from unfavorable criticism. But he did feel that there was far more effort to more

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