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“ESSAYS AND REVIEWS.”
“A work, that, in a less pusillanimous age, would awaken admiring sympathy, as well as provoke open and spirited opposition. ... The social and official position of the authors, their learning, their abilities, and their sincerity, courage, and earnest, reverential spirit, as attested by their joint publication, entitle them to an unprejudiced and considerate hearing.” — Westminster Review.
“The themes are handled with great freshness and freedom, and sometimes with conspicuous ability. The writers are men, evidently, who have discovered that reason was given them to be used, and not to be trifled with; and that the highest problems in religion, philosophy, and cosmogony are not to be settled by the literal sense of the Apocalypse or the Book of Genesis.
“ This book is a new thing in Christendom..... We are brought into communion with men who are so strong in faith, that they undertake to show the compatibility of the freest handling of the letter, and of everything external, with the heartiest conviction of the everlasting power, worth, and beauty of the Gospel.” — Monthly Religious Magazine.
“ It is a most significant fruit of modern scholarship and of robust courage given to the treatment of the issue between the old traditionary faith and the new knowledge. Dr. Hedge has furnished an Introduction to this American edition, in which he shows how thoroughly he masters the whole scope of its contents, and how gratefully he recognizes the noble vigor and spirit of its writers. ..... In these seven Essays our readers will find bold and earnest writing, profound scholarship, and a large and generous culture, brought to bear, in a spirit of reverence, upon the discussion of nearly every point involved in the antagonism between the old faith and the new knowledge of Christendom.” — Christian Examiner.