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essential part of Schleiermacher ' s hypothesis . Now many of the appearances seemi equally capable of explanation b y the first supposition ; as the hebraizing style , the fragmentary character of the whole gospel , tfie fulness of some parts and the brevity of others , the uncertain chronology of a considerable portion , the wide intervals of unoccupied time , and the appearance of a termination at the end of some of the narratives . If this be sufficient to account
for the appearances of the gospel , it must , we think , be admitted to correspond better with the profession of the introductory verses , in which the author may seem to have taken too much credit to himself , if his KoSrcffc ypdipai , irapvjKoXovhvjKori ava&ip icacnv dytptpat ; , Only means , that he had arranged and transcribed thirty-three documents , the composition of others .
It only remains to observe that the translator of this work has discharged his task with great ability ; his version is perspicuous and smooth , and yet retains the characteristic qualities of the author's style . We have observed only one passage in which the meaning is obscure , p . 114 : " Not that the nraxot must be exactly the poor in spirit , but they who were not able to distinguish themselves in the legal sense , the Ttra % oi Kara vofAov mol ) Kara ,
vapd-SooW Not having the original at han < J , we can only conjecture that the German would have been better rendered by " able to distinguish themselves in the meaning of the law . "
Art . II . —The State of the Protestant Religion in Germany , in a Series of Discourses , preached before the University of Cambridge . By the Rev . Hugh James Rose , M . A . Cambridge and London . 1825 * Had the Four Discourses of Mr . Rose contained a fair and candid view of the progress of Biblical Criticism , and the change of Theological opinion for which , since the middle of the last century , Germany has been so remarkable ; had he examined those opinions which he condemns , and shewn us where
their fallacy lies , we should have rejoiced in laying the contents of his work fully before our readers . For while we claim for the Germans the merit of nearly all that has been done within the period which we have mentioned for the improvement of Biblical Criticism , we readily acknowledge that many crude and hasty opinions have been promulgated by them , and that some of
them , in their attempts to refine Christianity , have deprived it of the essential characters of a Revelation . Such a task , however , as it required the union of extensive knowledge , with a liberal and candid spirit , and a mind not fettered to any particular system of opinions , but ready to receive them , whether new or old , according to their evidence , was not very likely to be fulfilled by the Quarterly Reviewer of Mr . Belsham's Translation of the Epi 3 tles ; and the
object of these Discourses is a very different one indeed . The recent history of theology in Germany is regarded by him only as an illustration of the awful consequences , both to individual faith and the unity of churches , of men's allowing themselves to consider theological truth as a thing left to be discovered by those who have lived since the Articles of the English and
Lutheran Church were framed ; and more especially of their fancying that it is to be found by a blind confidence in the powers of the human understanding The view which is presented of German theology is calculated solely for the purpose of enforcing these representations ; to have separated the good from the £ vil , to have shewn where the Germans had deviated from the principles of sound criticism and logical reasoning , would have been to admit that some
48 Review . —Rose ' s Discourses on the State of Religion in Germany .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1827, page 48, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1792/page/48/