Excerpt from The Princeton Review: October, 1870
Even the most hasty reader of Renan cannot but perceive that he works hard to represent himself, not as the enemy, but as the decided friend and advocate, of the Christian reli gion, which be fully understands, - knowing how to separate the kernel from the shell, the truth from errors that have united with it either through the incompetency of its author and first propagators, or through the perversion of others in the course of centuries. But these very efforts of Renan do not increase our respect for him as an honest man, or a man of veracity, who loves the truth and fearlessly proclaims what he considers as truth. He himself finds fault with German university professors for pretending to be atheists, a thing which he seems to regard as an impossibility, but we are free to declare, that we regard the censured conduct of these Germans in a far more favorable light than Renan's, and Paul, the Fool, we should consider a more appropriate title of his book than St. Paul. St. Paul, the other Apos tles, and even Jesus himself, are to M. Renan, at the very outset, in fact, can be for him, only mere fallible men, more or less well-meaning, but ignorant, devoted to an idea, to maintain and propagate which they considered as the work of their lives, and in the prosecution of which they shunned not labor, toil, sacrifices, dangers, yea, not death itself; shrinking, however, at the same time, from the use of no means whatever; practically carrying out the maxim which the Jesuits are charged with having invented, that the end justifies the means. So we are plainly told in the Life of Jesus, that the miracle of the raising of Lazarus from the dead was the'result of the collusion of Mary and Martha, the.
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