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CRITICAL OPINIONS OF THIS WORK.
'Fairly designed and carefully executed.'
JOHN BULL. • Dr. BOULTBEE'S volume is a sort of text-book of brief notes, with an unmistakably Protestant bias.'
CHURCH TIMES. ‘Every page has the stamp of a man thoroughly sound in the faith, yet discreet and cautious in his handling of truth. We doubt not that it will win its way to the first rank of theological text-books.'
CHURCH ASSOCIATION MONTHLY INTELLIGENCER.
“We have been particularly struck with the calm and dispassionate tone of the author, combined with clearness of statement and conclusiveness of argument, in vindicating the Protestant and Evangelical teaching of our Church.'
OUR OWN FIRESIDE.
“We conclude our notice of Dr. BOULTBEE'S book by expressing our conviction that it will admirably answer the ends for which it has been written, and by heartily commending it to those who desire, within the compass of moderate and inexpensive volume, to master the elements of true Anglican theology.'
Clear, comprehensive, and conclusive in its statements, this explanation of the Thirty-nine Articles may be accepted as the best that has been made in modern times. The tone is orthodox, the principles honest and natural, and the authorities cited rigidly adhered to without evasion or equivocation, upon the sound basis of Scripture rather than ecclesiastical reference.'
"The work avoids the party polemics of the day, and endeavours to confine the reader's attention to the plain teaching of the Thirty-nine Articles....... It would be a great loss to the Church if this temperate, yet firm and sound treatise should be regarded as a mere college cram. It may be read with solid advantage by every thoughtful member of the Church of England.'
A handbook of this kind, when logically and thoughtfully compiled, is a work of very considerable labour, requiriug careful and extensive reading, readiness and exactitude in condensing, and general clearness in style. In all these respects Dr. BOULTBEE has proved himself well qualified for his task, and his book is one which will be found both trustworthy and well arranged by all those who specially need such help.'
*Honourable mention is due to the fact that we have not seen one sentence betraying the odium theologicum, not one unseemly expression directed against opponents: there is a calmness of tone throughout which betokens confidence in the truths maintained, and evidences the mind, not so much of an advocate, as of a judge. The style is a model of clearness as to expressing thought, and of order as to matter; the track is never lost amid the turns and windings to be followed, but with free step the writer leads the reader to the end.'
Dr. BOULTBEE'S Introduction to the Theology of the
Church of England.
OPINIONS OF THE PRESS-continued.
• The tone and spirit of the writer are good. He evidently wishes to be fair. As a judicious and useful compilation we know of none equal to it on the same subject. The book is a good one according to its purport, and the author may be congratulated on the successful performance of his task. Few will fail to have so convenient a handbook beside them as an intelligent guide to the Articles of the Church.'
'It is a dangerous title Dr. BOULTBEE has chosen. The truth is, there is no theology of the Church of England...... But this volume is a very admirable volume, notwithstanding this flaw in its title. It is a very thorough exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles, “the forty stripes, save one, of the Romanising party of the Church of England ;" and, as such, contains a great deal of valuable matter, and references to important sources of information on the topics elucidated.'
It traverses the whole ground of our theology, and comprehends in its system, in their proper place and order, the secondary studies necessary for the ministry.... It deals a good deal with results, and contains excellent digests of the theology of our principal writers. In doing this it supplies a greatly needed want a brief estimate of the standpoint of our great writers, and the exact peculiarities of the school they represent....... It is consequently a most useful and instructive book and will tend to raise the already high reputation both of St. John's College and its Principal.'
This work differs in many respects from the well-known treatise of BURNET, and the more recent one of the Bishop of ELY: but it is likely to be used by a much larger class of readers than either of those large volumes, and may prove more generally useful. It is an admirable manual, written with sound judgment and much ability: and though designed especially for the theological student, to whom it will prove a great boon, it will prove most convenient and trustworthy as a book of reference for the clergy, and one of great value to the thoughtful and inquisitive among the laity.'
*This is a carefully written volume, containing a good deal of independent thought: the facts are put with unusual clearness and precision : its style, notwithstanding the rigid compression everywhere discoverable, is pure and flowing ; and finally it is an honest and vigorous attempt to supply an acknowledged want. So much we can honestly say in favour of the volume; but we are sorry to add that it is above all things a partisan book. It is a book for Low Churchmen only. ...... Take it for all in all, this book is the ablest that has emanated from the Evangelical party for years. It is but seldom that one sees them even attempt to take truth all round and see what it comes to. In the present volume, however, we have the work of one who is evidently a vigorous and independent thinker, a man of various culture, and considerable acquaintance with (as we should say), especially, the theology of the 16th and 17th centuries. He is often fair with his subject, and thinks it out after his fashion. Accept his leading principle, expressed or implied, and you will probably go with him to his conclusions. For ourselves we should have to decline doing this.'
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gested by a question or questions volume is a most valuable one. For occurring to a wavering and unfixed width of reach and spiritual sym- mind, made or propounded to the pathy, for faculty also of dealing learned Author...... To quote the with ideas, we have seen nothing important and striking parts of the like it of late years. We hope it book would be simply to reprint it will be widely circulated and read.' entire ; it is therefore with a feel
LITERARY CHURCHMAN. ing of confidence and security that Mr. GRIFFITH's Fundamen- the book is recommended as an aid tals, copious, effective, and contrived to the doubtful, confirmation to the in a most temperate spirit, is just
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