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C,or,ceoponbenct. In no case are we responsible for the opinions expressed in this column.] To the Editor of "The Weekly News." THOUGHTS IN SEASON. SIR,-In opposition to the utterances of Mr F. Nunn, as recorded in the last issue of The Weekly Ne7iJs, it may be interesting to quote the following thoughts from an article, by the Rev. Meredith Hughes, on "St. Paul before the Chiliarch (Acts xxiii.-6-7) published in the current number of The Expository Times. After a com- plete analysis of St. Paul's action in availing himself of a difference amongst the Sanhedists in an effort to secure his personal liberty, the writer r, says, "How far can we follow St. Paul's example ? The Apostle's example has suffered untold per- versions, especially in dark and trying days of religious persecution. Cornelius a. Lapide makes it the basis of an astounding maxirn-' vellum haereticorum pax est ecclesiae ',—and he instances its application in this sense, by a reference to the L practices of the '7vise' Cardinal Hosius, who so bitterly persecuted the Protestants of Holland in the xvi. century. St. Paul had no sympathy with the principle of Divide, and rule.' Such perversions, however, should not blind us to the value of a wise and discriminating use of what may be termed true and practical cclectism. The right following of St. Paul's example is a duty binding upon us in the interest of the larger truth, and it is also profitable in that it aims not at division but true unity. Points of agreement amongst us should furnish so many bases of unity, but always in view of a recognition of the more comprehensive truth held in part by all. St. Paul wished to lead the Pharisees to a deeper and more vital apprehension of that truth which formed the salient feature of their faith. Thus, in availing ourselves of the differences existing between others, in order to ensure our own safety, we must fully recognise the further reaches of truth, the unreserved apprehension of which alone make possible intelligent and permanent unity. In these days of differences and dissensions we are apt to miss the very point which gives exemplary value to the method adopted by St. Paul. He clearly regarded his personal safety as being closely bound up with the fearless declaration of a great truth, none the less a fact because ignored and discredited by a section of the Jewish National Council." And again, further on in the same article, The promotion of unity and peace in the Church of Christ is best realised by a manly and Christian recognition of truth wherever found and its gradual development, in the due proportion of faith, to the full and sufficient revelation in the Divine Person of the incarnate Son of God. Thus St. Paul's object was unity, not schism, but it is only in the universal apprehension of Truth that unity is poss ble-becaitse truth is one-like God." We commend the whole article to Mr Nunn's notice. We humbly think that it is possible to state the argument for the Free Churches in a more concise and logical form than it is found in Mr Nunn's presidential address, and certainly a little more of the spirit of Charity which thinketh no evil would not do any harm. It is a curious coincidence that Mr Hughes's article should have appeared so soon after the delivery of Mr Nunn's address at any rate, in the article we have an antidote to the views of the address. -Yo ki ]-,i, etc., May 5th, 1896. PHILOS. [Our readers should be careful to fully compre- hend the circumstance that the Rev Meredith Hughes's article was not written in reply to Mr Nunn's speech Mr Hughes is evidently treating of a Scriptural subject in a magazine article, and the almost simultaneous appearance is merel; fortuitous coincidence.—ED. W.N.] y.