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PRESBYTERIAN MESSENGER.

1860.

* The pulpit should be like the key-board of an organ, and the Church like the pipes. It is my business to press down the keys here, and it is yours to respond out there. Christian life ought to be so exhibitory, that when you look at a Christian you will know what God's truth is. If one comes to me and asks me the meaning of faith, and humility, and charity, I ought to be able to paint to one man and say, 'There is faith,' and to another, There is humility,' and so on through al the Church and all the graces. Christ's kingdom will not come until his disciples are such * living epistles, known and read of all men,'" —BERCIER.;

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CONTENTS

Alexander, the late Joseph Addison, 65
Bengel's Gnomon, 301
China and the Chinese (with map), 173, 205
Congregational Prayer meetings, 273
Duty of Working Men to educate them.

selves, 303
Foreign Missions of the American Presby.

terian Church, 97, 129

Glasgow Free Church College case, 1

Homage of Man's Mind to God's Word,

269, 365

Nellore, 33

Ordination Charge, 37

Presbyterian Churches of Northumberland,

Dr. McCrie's visit to, 333

Presbyterianism in England, 176

Royal Road to Visibility, A, 210

Scottish Church, IIistory of the, 336

Self-denial, 102, 135

Scottish Reformation, IIistorical Sketch of,

241

Singing for Schools and Congregations, 6

St. Matthew's Gospel, Original language

of, 237

What's in a Name? 68

ciety, 32

56, 289, 354

Cassell's Popular Natural IIistory, 223

Illustrated History of England, 224

Central Truths, 56

Christian's Mirror, The, 190

English Unitarianism, Dr. M'Crie's Lec-

ture on, 54

Calvinism and Presbyterianism, 203

Canada, Presbyterian Union in, 359

China, 332, 267

Domestic Servants, Our, 231

Educational Statistics for 1859, 236

Father Chiniquy, 330

Free Church General Assembly, 233

Missionary Boxes, 64

Conference, 125

Life in China, 234

Midnight Mission, The, 127,

Maronites and Druses, The, 299

New Zealand, 128

New Brunswick, Revival in, 325

Nova Scotia, Union Movements, 235

Patronage in the Established Church, 364

Presbyterianism in the United States, 299

Proposed Union between the English

and United Presbyterian Churches, 199

Protestant Institute, 123

Scottish Parliament of 1560, 328

» Reformation, Ter-Centenary of,

294

Spiritualism, 362

Turkey, The Gospel in, 327

Unitarianism in England, 96

United Presbyterian Church, 234

Union Prayer Meetings, 364

Victoria, Presbyterian Church in, 95

Whitehaven, Revivals at, 95

THE ENGLISH

PRESBYTERIAN MESSENGER.

THE GLASGOW FREE CHURCH COLLEGE CASE.* As the pamphlet we intend to notice briefly makes “special reference to the Glasgow College case,” it is necessary, in the outset, to state that case. Though it agitated a whole college for well-nigh eighteen months, wasted much of the precious time and energies due to other interests, gave rise to some strange and most unedifying scenes in a large and important Presbytery, and in divers ways drew to itself the anxious attention of Christian men of all denominations, it was in reality short and simple. Rescued from the complications in which it was involved, and disentangled from the irrelevancies which were more than once attached to it, in its main substance and distinguishing element it was as follows:

At an early period in the session of 1857-8, Professor Gibson prescribed to his class of Systematic Theology an essay on the Unity of God. According to his usual practice, he privately examined the essays given in, commented upon them publicly in the class, and gave their authors an opportunity of reading in the presence of their fellow-students the passages he saw fit to select. It so happened that, with respect to two or three of the essays written on the subject named, he did not feel at liberty to speak in terms of unmingled commendation, but was constrained to find fault, chiefly on the ground of rashness of expression, incorrectness of sentiment, and tendency to dangerous consequences. No one likes to be unfavourably criticised, and the young men whose productions were thus animadverted upon would have been different from the general order to which they belonged, if they had taken it pleasantly. They not only smarted under it, but conceived that great injustice had been done them, and that steps must be taken against the Professor for the purpose of obtaining redress. Accordingly, they went almost at once to the Principal (Dr. Fairbairn), laid their supposed grievance before him, and by his advice put their complaint into a written form, got it signed by three or four students whose essays had not been criticised at all, had it laid before the senators, and their Professor summoned to meet itall within six or seven days of the criticism. The complaint assumed a most serious aspect, inasmuch as it alleged that the Professor had “misunderstood and misstated their views;" that they had all “ directly or by implication been

* A Vindication of Natural Theology, on Grounds of Reason, Scripture, and Orthodosy; with special reference to the Glasgow College Case, and the recent Publications of Professor Gibson. By the Rev. James Macgregor, Free Church, Barry. 2nd edition, Edinburgh, 1859. No. 145.-New Series.

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