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COLWALL NEWS. I The Right Hon. J W Wilson, M.P., was one of the guests at the Speaker's third Parliamentary full-dress dinner on Friday. I THE CHURCH TOWER. Towards the j215 still owing for the thorough repairing of the Parish Church tower, the col- lections, with donations, on the first Sunday in Lent amounted to the sum of E8 4s 10}d. I COL WALL RACES. The first spring meeting of the Colwall Park Steeplechase Club will be held at the Colwall Park racecourse on Monday, March 23rd, and as this meeting is always a popular one with Midland sportsmen there should be a very large ] attendance, considering the prospects of good sport. The entries are exceedingly good, and number 134. One race has received an entry of 30, three of 26, one of 16 and the other of 10. Mr H W Pye, Unioom Chambers, Worcester, is clerk of the course. I PAROCHIAL COMMITTEE. Monday evening Mr T Pedlingham in the chair. The Clerk reported that he was in com- munication with Dr Bright's agents in respect of wayleaves, who wrote to the effect that they were prepared to accept the sum of £10 for his life interest. After discussion the Committee decided to pay L10 in complete settlement, or to let the case go to arbitration. The Engineer was in attendance to answer any questions and report progress of the sewerage works now being executed. It was decided to recommend Ledbury to pay the contractor j5200 on account of work done, also to pay cheque for purchase of site for sewerage works. I THE HERO OF SOMALILAND. The sister of the late Mr Richard Conyngham Corfield is Mrs 0 N Holt Needham, of Barton Court. Mr Corfield had often visited Colwall, where he was greatly respected. It will be remembered that he was killed in the Camel Corps disaster in Somaliland, last August. A tablet to his memory was unveiled at a military service in Heanor Parish Church, Derbyshire, on Sunday afternoon last, by Captain Godfrey Miller Mundy, of the 1st Life Guards. Mr Corfield was a native of Heanor, of which his grandfather, father and two unc!es have been successively Rectors. Three hundred of the Sherwood Foresters, Derbyshire Yeomanry, and ambulance men were on parade, and the congre- gation included the mother, brother and sisber of Mr Corfield. His uncle, the Rev. Ashley Corfield, who is Rector, said that their prayers would go out that, where that brave man's blood was shed, there might arise a more prosperous and more godly Somaliland. i CHRISTIANITY IN THE FIRST TWO r CENTURIES. The Rector, the Rev. Dr. Harris, delivered the second of his lectures on "Christianity in the first two centuries," on Wednesday after- noon, at the Temperance Hall. There was a large audience. His subject was the growth of the Canon of the New Testament. He begau with a quotation from the Ecclesiastical His- tory of Eusebius (published A.D. 324), which showed that at that period the New Testament books were divided into two classes (1) Undis- puted books, among which were included the rlv Gospels, the Acts, the thirteen Epistles of St Paul, the Epistle to the Hebrews (of uncertain authorship, but canonical), the lsfc Epistle of St Peter, the 1st Epistle of St John, and (in the opinion of most) the Revelation of St John though Eusebius himself was inclined to reject it. (2) Disputed books, which, never- theless were accepted as canonical by very many. These comprised the Epistles of St James and St Jude, the 2nd Epistle of St Peter, and the 2nd and 3rd Epistles of St John. (3) Rejected books, such as The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, and the Shepherd of Hermas. Dr Harris then showed that the evidence of the first and second centuries fully bore out the statements of Eusebius. About the year 200 A.D., the Muratorian List, originating in Rome, the works of Tertullian, of Carthage, and of Clement, of Alexandria, showed that all over the Christian world at this period, practically the whole of the present New Testament was already accepted. The only exceptions were II Peter, II and III John, Jude, and perhaps the Apocalypse. The lecturer quoted from Irenaeus (A.D. 180) to show that already at that early period there had been from time immemorial only Four Gospels, viz., those of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. He explained that Tatian, a pupil of Justin Martyr, composed about 160 A.D. a Harmony of the present Four Gospels. He showed that Justin Martyr A. P. 150 used all our Gospels, and that already in his time they were read in Church as Scripture, like the books of the Old Testament. In conclusion, he mentioned some of the principal results of the recent criticism of the New Testament writings.

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