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PROTESTANTISM IN FRANCE.
- (From the Times.) - The Protestant Biblical Society held on Wednesday its | general annual meeting at the Lutheran Temple, in Rue Chau. || chat. M. Guizot, who presided at it, delivered the following
*jamen, called by your suffrages to the honour of presiding over your society, I have nothing new to tell you respecting its proceedings. You will hear the report of your committee on its labours, by which you will perceive that its activity continues and developes itself without any innovations, casualty or clamour. I do not mean that our so ciety attracts no attention, on the contrary, its merits are discussed, it is attacked, and the wisdom and efficacy of its works are questioned. It does not reply to those attacks, and refrains from discussion or defending itself. | Averse to all controversy, it remains silent and acts. Is it solely actuated by moderation, prudence, fear of the struggle, or hesitation to engage in it? No, gentlemen, a higher and more Christian motive directs our conduct. We place faith, entire faith, on the one hand, in the divine origin and the divine
| inspiration of the holy books, and on the other, in their efficacious action and their salutary influence over the human soul. . Those two convictions, those two faiths, are intimately connected with each other. How is it possible not to believe in the moral efficacy of the Old and New Testament, when we believe in their divine inspiration? How is it possible not to confide in their influence over man when we believe that they emanate from God? If you encounter anywhere doubts as to the moral efficacy of the holy books, hesitation or indif. ference to propagate them among men, you may be certain that faith and confidence in their divine inspiration is wanting or tottering. Whoever believes God to be present, and acting, and speaking in those books, cannot but wish that men should assist at that presence of God, hear that voice of God, and feel its effect in their soul. We are aware of the difficulties that may arise from the reading and study of the holy books, and of the bad use that may be made of a number of its passages and recitals. We know the obscurities, the problems which the learned may meet with in them, and the inconveniences which prudent persons may | | anticipate from them. But those are mere embarrassments of human science and conditions of human infirmity. Above those embarrassments and inconveniences rises and soars the divine character of the holy books, the divine spirit which fills and animates them. The meaning is sometimes obscure—difficult to understand and explain; but God is everywhere present—God is everywhere to be seen, heard, and felt; and through all the obscurities, all the difficulties to be met with, the continual spectacle of the presence and action of God, the constant sound of His voice cannot fail to strike, move, enlighten, and command mankind. Facts confirm that confidence of faith. Ioroţānā Ā'PI's." "I