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Professor Henry Jones criticises the Revival. ON Friday evening, Jan. 6th, Professor Henry Jones, of Glasgow, delivered a lecture at Denbigh before a crowded audience on "Reason and Religion," in the course of which he referred briefly to the revival. Concluding a most learned and interesting address, Professor Jones ösaid the strength of the Christian religion lay not in signs and mysteries, but in its reasonable- ness and the light it threw on the life of man. It showed what was great and small in life, re- pealed to man his real nature, revealed to him -his real God, and showed also the true sequence of cause and effect in the order of the world. St. Paul might have dreamed dreams and seen 'Visions; even Jesus of Nazareth might have seen visions and heard voices He might have wrought miracles. But the strength of religion lay not in these things. They were not religion, and the crowning miracle of Jesus ot Nazareth ^as that He loved man with so great a love. He had no objection to the religious revival in Wales, but he would say that the strength of the Christian religion lay in its sanity. The remarks made by the lecturer brought the Rev. D. E. Jenkins, Presbyterian minister, to his feet. He said he had just arrived from the field of revival in South Wales, and felt that 1£ Professor Jones did not explain the words he made use of in connection with the move- ment some of the audience might possibly go away under a misapprehension. He wished it to be known that Evan Roberts, the revivalist, was under no delusion whatever as to visions. When he entered on a course of study with the view of preaching the Gospel it was his intention to preach its terrors, but he now felt that his Message was a message of love, and if sanity ^as the prime essence of Christianity, as the ecturer had stated, then everything he saw in connection with the revival was intensely sane. Professor Jones: I should like to know what you want me to explain; because, let me tell you beforehand that I shall neither withdraw nor qualify anything until I find that I am wrong. I do not wish, one way or the other, to affect the revival. This commotion and excite- ment may be necessary to draw many people to religion-that I do not deny; but I do deny that these things constitute religion. The Bishop of St. Asaph (who presided) said it had been a profound pleasure to him to listen to Professor Jones for the first time. Mr. Jones had touched on some very great themes that night and had given his audience real food for thought. He (the Bishop) had not yet expressed any opinion on the great religious movement in South Wales at the same time he wished to say how grateful he was to Professor Jones for having the courage to tell his audience that the strength of the Christian religion lay in its sanity. It may be necessary to draw a crowd from the outside, but this did not constitute re- ligion. In making that remark, God forbid that he should say one word to discourage the work of lifting up those who were living a life of degradation and sin.

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