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“The pulpit should be like the key-board of an organ, and the Church like the pipes. It is my business to press down the keys here, and it is yours to respond out there. Christian life ought to be so exhibitory, that when you look at a Christian you will know what God's truth is. If one comes to me and asks me the meaning of faith, and humility, and charity, I ought to be able to point to one man and say, ‘There is faith,' and to another, “There is humility,' and so on through all the Church and all the graces. Christ's kingdom will not come until his disciples are such ‘living epistles, known and read of all men.'”—BEscHER..
WOL. XI, NEW SERIES.
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Smith, Rev. George, 114, 222, 378
Mission, Our, 83
Foreign Missions, Synod's Report, on, ,
India, Signs of Daybreak in, 319
White, Rev. Thomas, 92, 123
Free Church General Assembly, 233
„ Conference, 125
„ Life in China, 234
Protestant Institute, 123
„ Reformation, Tcr-Centenary of,
THE GLASGOW FREE CHURCH COLLEGE CASE*
As the pamphlet we intend to notice briefly makes "special reference to the Glasgow College case," it is necessary, in the outset, to state that case. Though it agitated a whole college for well-nigh eighteen months, wasted much of the precious time and energies due to other interests, gave rise to some strange and most unedifying scenes in a large and important Presbytery, and in divers ways drew to itself the anxious attention of Christian men of all denominations, it was in reality short and simple. Rescued from the complications in which it was involved, and disentangled from the irrelevancies which were more than once attached to it, in its main substance and distinguishing element it was as follows:—
At an early period in the session of 1857-8, Professor Gibson prescribed to his class of Systematic Theology an essay on the Unity of God. According to his usual practice, he privately examined the essays given in, commented upon them publicly in the class, and gave their authors an opportunity of reading in the presence of their fellow-students the passages he saw fit to select. It so happened that, with respect to two or three of the essays written on the subject named, he did not feel at liberty to speak in terms of unmingled commendation, but was constrained to find fault, chiefly on the ground of rashness of expression, incorrectness of sentiment, and tendency to dangerous consequences. No one likes to be unfavourably criticised, and the young men whose productions were thus animadverted upon would have been different from the general order to which they belonged, if they had taken it pleasantly. They not only smarted under it, but conceived that great injustice had been done them, and that steps must be taken against the Professor for the purpose of obtaining redress. Accordingly, they went almost at once to the Principal (Dr. Fairbairn), laid their supposed grievance before him, and by his advice put their complaint into a written form, got it signed by three or four students whose essays had not been criticised at all, had it laid before the senators, and their Professor summoned to meet it— all within six or seven days of the criticism. The complaint assumed a most serious aspect, inasmuch as it alleged that the Professor had " misunderstood and misstated their views;" that they had all "directly or by implication been
* A Vindication of Natural Theology, on Grounds of Reason, Scripture, and Orthodoxy; with special reference to the Glasgow College Case, and the recent Publications of Professor Gibson. By the Rev. James Macgregor, Free Church, Barry. 2nd edition, Edinburgh, 1859.
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