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,"<' 1f'¡:j'r' "I '■REVIE'WSJ- v; • "BlaCrt. and White'- for last '•Saturday was a special Empire number. It was a wonderful sixpenny worth. Those who would arrive at a clear ijsrhjer- standing of the Near Eastern problem would do well to peruse, arrpaipphlet-bv; Vladimir- Yova-v novitch (Messte,V £ Atj!s. and" C0., .17, J98pn:s,; court, Fleet-street, London, E.C.). The author of the pamphlet, whichJs published at sixpence, is a Servian, and therefore speaks with a knowledge 01 the situation. The hundredth anniversary of the death of Thomas Paine is being marked bv the issue by Messrs. Watts a.nd Co., in cheap form and unabridged, of the well-known "Life of Tho- mas Paine," by the late Dr. Moncure D. Con- way, and of a companion volume at the same price (half-a>-crown), entitled "The Writings of Thomas Paine," which includes '"The Age of Reason." "Rights of Man, e.nd a selection from Paine's miscellaneous political writings. "The Riæ and Destiny of Man," by Edmond John Hunt (Messrs. Watts and Co.), has just been issued in pamphlet form at sixpence. The booklet, which runs to fifty odd pages, is divided into three sections: "The Old Faith," "The New Faith," and "The Future of Man!" Mr. Hunt points out in the introduction that "from the point of view of religion, man may no longer be regarded as made in the image of his Creator, and brought into being as the result of a definite act, but must take his rightful place as an outcome of an evolutionary process extending over untold aeons of time. Further, it is clear that if man did not fall, there was, then, no need) for a Divine Re- deemer to offer Himself on the Cross as an expiatory sacrifice for the sins of the world." The argument of Mr. Hunt may be gathered from this quotation. We havo received acopy of a, new ordnance small soale map which has just been issued on behalf of the Ordnance Survey authorities by Mr. T. Fisher Unwin, 1, Adelphi-terrace, Lon- don, W.C. During the last year or two, since Mr. Unwin's appointment as the Bole wholesale agent for tho sale of these small scale maps, a good deal of attention has been given to them. They are Government public- ations, and therefore the official maps from which all others have to be prepared. In the eArly days they were not available in attractive form, but the new large sheet series on both the scale of 1-inch and 2-miles to the inch, and especially the new set printed on the co-called "layer system," are unexcelled by any maps hitherto produced. The map before us is two miles to the inch. This is one of a eeries which are published at Is. 6d. on paper, 2s. mounted on linen, and 2s. 6d. mounted in sec- tions. "Successful Advertising: Its Secrets Explain- ed," by Philip Smith; 24th edition, 732 pages, 5s. net. (The Smiths' Advertising Agency, 100, Fleet Street, London, E.C.). We have received a copy of the new edition of "Successful Advertising," published by the Smiths' Advertising Agency. This is the 24th edition of the work, which is an entirely new book, increased in size, set in entirely new type, and re-written from title-page to colo- phon. It contains more matter than any prev- ious edition, and possibly more information of value to advertisers than has ever yet been presented in a single volume. In the first part of the book, there is a series of articles cover- ing the entire range of advertising: but the emphasis is placed upon Press publicity, be- cause it is by far the most popular form of appeal, and certainly reaches the largest num- ber of people in the most effective manner for the greatest length of time. Special attention i" called to the article called "Work, Wages, and Wealth," in which are presented authorita- tive statistics which will be found: of great value to advertisers. These .statistics speak for themselves as to the abounding prosperity and actual potential wealth of these islands. "Bibby's Annual," edited by Joseph Bibby, Liverpool? We have been favoured with a copy of this "Annual"—an unconventional journal publish- ed about once a year. Its aim is to give ex- pression to thoughts and ideas, which the editor believes will contribute to social advancement. Originally published in the interests of farmers and agriculturists, the journal now caters for a far wider class of readers. The pictures are really very fine-indeed the journal, may be described as a work of art. Then there are articles on "The Homely English Garden," "The Feeling of Plants," "Salt" Protection: Animal, Human: and Divine," "Sanity on the Sex Question," "The Coming Englishman," "A Word on Art." "Milk versus Beer," "Man and Systems," "Remedial Suffering," "The New View of Life," "The Socialism of Jesus," "Some Common Insect Pests," "Some Words on Unemployment," and other interesting sub- jects. This issue certainly eclipses any prevo ious number of the "Annual" we remember having geen. and is certainly worth more than the one shilling charged for it. The pictures alone are worth the money. The magazine will be cordially welcomed by thousands of readers. Last year's issue was Bold out, and although 10,000 extra copies have been printed this we shall be surprised if this issue is not quickly sold out. "Modern Rationalism," by Joseph McCabe. Messrs. Watts and Co.; cheap edition, one shilling. This is a book for inquiries. It gives a sketch of the progress of the Rationalist spirit in the Nineteenth Century. It has been re- vised. and is now issued by Messrs. Watts for the Rationalist Press Association. It runs to about 200 pages, and is divided into balfl-a- dozen ohapters, the subjects dealt with being "Rationalism in Theology": "Biblical Criti- cism" "Comparative Religion and Myth- clogy"; "Rationalism and Philosophy"; "Re- ligion and Science" 5 and "Rationalism in Ethics: Constructive Rationalism." At. t" c end of each chapter the author gives a list of books to be read on the subject dealt with. These lists will be found "Very useful to' the student. The progress of the Rationalist spirit, the author says, must be estimated, not only by ihe novelty and solidity of its achievements, but also by the universality of its diffusion. The theories and discoveries summarised, he claims, are not "idols of the den," but are the possession of all ranks of Society. "The social and humanitarian move- ments which the tyne-spirit has evoked are largely characterised by a purely secular character, which contrasts ominously with ear- lier movements, and which is anxiously depre- cated by theologians. Literature is almost universally secularistic. and is very largely anti-dogmatic and anti-sacerdotal. Dogmatism is visibly decaying. The Church is appeal- ing to aesthetic, or ethical, or humanitarian influences, and suffering an unrestrained li- cense of thought in speculative regions. In fine, the progress of the Rationalist spirit in the Nineteenth Century was indefinitely great- er than during the eighteen centuries since the Galilean and His followers infused a. new life into the Hebrew, Greek and Egyptian versions of the primitive myths." History, says Mr. JMcCabe. throws new and wonderful light upon the origin and nature and ethical contents of non-Christian religions, and the strange ana logy of their mytlis to Christian dogmas. Edu- cation has been improved and secularised, and the spirit of inquiry now pervades the masses. He also states that by the end of the Nine- teenth Century a sceptical Rationalism "a.bso. lutely overides our age," and is found in every able book. Ho gives the names of forty writers and scientists and claims that thirty-four of these were Rationalists of an extreme type, or Agnostics. "The New Theology," by the Rev. R..T. Campbell. (Messrs. Mills and Boon, 49, Whitcomb Street, Leicester Square, London, W.C:). A popular edition of this work has now been published at one shilling. The book first made its appearance two years ago, when the New Theology controversy was at its height. It has since been thoroughly revised, and there is a new preface by the author. The book has had en unprecedented sale for a theological work, and has now reached the eighth thou- sand. There has been a steady demajid for it throughout the civilised world. In tho naw edition, some of the controversial elements which were necessarily present in the original work have been omitted. In other respects, it is the same as before, except that in tho intro- duction Mr. Campbell has surveyed the pro- gress of the New Theology movement during the laet- two years. This will prove interesting to those whose sympathies are with progressive religious thought—and there are not a few in South Wales who hold views similar to those enunciated by the pasWr of the City Temple. Mr. Campbell points out that. it was asserted by representatives of the various Nonconform- ist denominations that the New Theology would be a nine day1' wonder, that it was stiJI-born, and that the* CSty Temple people would make short work of the connection between it and themselves; "so eure, indeed, were soTne of the critics of the last-named result of the upheaval that they began giving the present writer notice to quit without waiting for the verdict of his Church." Needless to say, these antici- pation« falsified. Mr. Campbell is still it the City Temple, and it is safe to assert that LA!IA.tS)9ge I number of people than some orthodox Non- conformists would have us believe. "P is now. becoming clearly seen that the new religious movemnj everywhere is one and tbe tame. ] Liberal Christians are drawing together and' making common cause. What has come is ai revival of spiritual religion, freed from thai trammels of dogma. It is now more possible I for an intelligent man to oonfess himself s: Christian without feeling that in to doing he is stultifying his intellect, not to speak of his moral sense." Reference is made to the form- ation of associations of those in sympathy with the newer standpoint—many of which exist m. South Wales—and to the fact that these associ-> ations have now crystallised into the organiza- tion known as the League of Progressive Thought, and Social Service, or more popular- ly the Progressive League. At the beginning of the present year, there was a subscribing', membership of between three and foui thou- sand, and altogether there are nearly A hunK di«d:brap4&eg; £ If suctealjmdwajr has been" made ia so short, a time, wb^t.process will bo made, say. during the next dedide? There cam be no doubt that men's views in regard to TrMigious matters are changing: mtoy of the old dogmas are bfcffifc abafccU&ed.. The proba- bility is that- ere lortgthe churches will have to consider the question of modifying or re- stating of the beliefs hithtsrto held. To all who are interested in 'the new movement, we commend the,book now before as, which, published at" one shilling, is brought) within tbe reach JQf alL

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