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NEW BOOKS Ueviewed by the REV. DANIEL HUGHES, Pontypool. KINGDOM OF HEAVEN." Me Elliott Stock recently published a small but interesting volume by the Rev Canon Walpole on the Kingdom of Heaven." The volume will prove instructive to the readers, and especially will Anglicans appreciate the Canon's treatment of a subject which is wide and deep and of perennial importance. The contents of the volume are lectures delivered to student* in America, and deal with many phases of the sub ject. It is well to have the term "Kingdom of Heaven" defined and presented in simple language. The conflict beween the two cr,n- ceptions of "Rule" and "Realm" is earnesrly discoursed upon, and though we believe that Dr Sanday's position should have been giv-n greater consideration, yet the explanation of the Canon's position is lucid. Dr Sanday combines the two conceptions. The relation of the "Kingdom to the "Church" forms a whole lecture. The King- dom is extensive, while the Church is infcpneivf. The relation of the Kingdom to Nature" makes profitable reading, and philosophers in this particular branch of study are duly recognized. It is also cheering to read the author's view of the relation of Church and "tate." From some Anglicans' point of view he may seem heterodox, but from a higher point of view he will be understood to rer.ocrnizn esa«nf-ia.l« -t""t- THE HEROES AND MARTTRS OF FAITH." That is the title of an exceedingly valuable which has just been published by Hodder and Stoughton from the prolific and facile pen of Pro- fessor Peake. It is an application of the teaching of the eleventh chapter of the Epistly to the Hebrews to modern needs. Though Professor Peake is among the critics of Elblicalliterature in this book he takes the traditional stories as they stand in this chapter and discriminates between the phases of the faith exhibited by the heroes of the Old Testament, in so doing he throws out hints that many preachers will readily seize upon and turn to good account in many sermons. Faith is shown to be < a conviction of things not aeen,' the title-deed of things hoped for.' This faith-power in Abel discriminated between the gift of less value and the one of greatet value, and impelled him to offer the acceptable sacrifice. In Enoch it so allied him with the invisible that to earth < he was not' the quotation from the 'Pilgrim's Progress' is hnuutingly apt, for Christian was informed when he asked whether the River of Death was equally deep in all its parts that he would' tind it deeper or shallower as he believed in the King of the place.' Noah's faith-power was manifested in his persistence in providing against the coming disaster though among an unbelieving people. Abraham aban- doned home and country in obedience to the call of this faith, and looked for a city which was.to rise from and above all cities, and he died be- lieving that its foundations were already laid. The chapters of the faith of Moses are the most excellent part of the book, the act of renunciation the power to behold in a horde of slaves the very people of God, and the discipline of this faita during the period of seeming inaction are points which will show the thoughtful the way to wide and fruitful fields. The closing chapter which sums up the argument of the Epistle is illuminat- ing and relates the heroes to one another and to xis. The volume vrill b widely read and profit- ably studied. A MASTER-PIECE BY A WELSHMAN. Messrs J. Maclehose and Sons, of Glasgow, have published Professor Henry Jones Lectures on Philosophy and Modern Lifn which he delivered before the University of Sydney. The book is called 'Idealism as a practical creed.' Both author and publishers have piaced thoughtful readers in this country under a debt of gratitude. Professor Henry Jones' name is sufficient guaran- tee that the articles and volumes that bear his name are of intrinsic worth, full of wisdom and felicitous phrase. We have hnard it questioned whether Wales produces great thinkers; poets we have had galore, preachers are a host, physicians a mighty band, but where are your great philoso- phers we are a ked ? We are not without a relidy reply while we have Professor Henry Jones. Philosophy, according to the-, author, is liOG a discipline of the school.?. but an attitude of the mind, and the purpose of thij volume is to teach us the right attitude; the readers will be thank- ful for such safe guiding. The influence of too theory of Evolution is skilfully traced, and its application to the conception ot freedom is won- derfully suggestive. It was working in the world before the days of Darwin we are told, and this thought introduces a lucid and impressive study of the nature of freedom. We are inheritors of the wealth of the past, therefore an answer exclusively of Yes'' or "No" to the query whether man is free is not possible. Man ia becoming, hence his idealism. Man is never utterly bond nor free, but the range of his choice widens." To grow with the opportunity and to make the right and ennobling choice is the gospel of the Idealist. Growth is life, and life is motived or else it ceases Religious, social, and political freedom are dealt with, emancipation is only the alphabet of Freedom, and real Democracy is more than to govern on the part of all the people, it is to seek the common good. The Ideal State comes in for mention with an insight which is unmistak- ably the union of reason and reality. The Ideal- ism of Wordsworth and cf Browning form the subject of one lecture which is both cogent and glowing. The author tells us what is the "Call of the Modern Age," and tells us also what is the Answer of Idealism." The book is full of the wholesomest food and a fount of moral stimulus.

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