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TH8 work, a new edition of which is now ready, embraces a full and fair statement, and a critical review of the theories by which the various schools of Naturalism seek to account for the origin of Christianity. The positions taken by Strauss, Baur, and the other leaders of the Tübingen school, and by Renan, are subjected to a thorough examination. The historical as well as the philosophical argument for the Christian faith is fully presented. The origin and authorship of the New Testament writings are set forth, and the bistorical reality of the New Testament Miracles is amply vindicated.

The new edition of the work is not a mere reprint of the former editions. In a full introduction and in elaborate şupplementary Notes, leading topics are discussed anew, the recent literature is reviewed, and the work brought down to the present date.


The author seems equally at bome in every department of his subject They are all treated with learning, with insigbt, with sense, and discrimination. His volume evinces rare versatility of intellect, with a scholarship no less sound and judicious in its tone and extensive in its attainments, than it is modest in its pretensions.

From the Nortu AMERICAX Review.


the able and scholarly Essays on the Supernatural Origin of Christianity, in which Professor Fisher discusses such subjects as the Genuiveness of the Gospel of John, Baur's view of early Christian History and Literature, and the mythical theory of Strauss.

From the METHODIST QUARTERLY REVIEW, The entire work is one of the noblest, most readable, most timely and effective contributions to our apologetic literature, which has appeared at the present day.

From the British QUARTERLY REVIEW (Dr. Vaughan). We know not where the student will find a more satisfactory guide in relation to the great questions which have grown up between the friends of the Christian revelation and the most able of its assailants, within the memory of the present generation. To all these topics the author has brought a fulness of learning, a masculine discernment, and a sturdy impartiality which we greatly adınire.

From the British AND FOREIGN QUARTERLY REVIEW. The question as to the origin and historic veracity of the Gospel narratives is very ably and satisfactorily reviewed.

From the AMERICAN PRESBYTERIAN AND THEOLOGICAL Review. The work is timely; the questions it raises are widely entertained, and are of vital import. Professor Fisher bandles them in the spirit of a true Christian scholar. He understands them, he has studied them; he knows their difficulties, and he is competent to grapple with them. The best view of some of these topics to be found in English theological literature, for example the theories of Baur, is contained in this volume. The author is eminently candid, there is no evasion of difficulties, and his replies commend themselves to the reader's most sober and reasonable convictions. The style is lucid, and the arrangement orderly. Professor Fisher has the rare art of saying and doing just enough to establish his points, and not venturing into any rash and needless positions. We heartily commend his work. It deserves a cordial welcome and a wide circulation.

From the BIBLICAL REPERTORY AND PRINçetox REVIEW. The current objections to Supernaturalism, i. e. to Christianity itself, as they have been voiced by Strauss, Baur, Renan, and Theodore Parker, are very ably bandled in this volume. The author constantly betrays the scholarship, culture, metaphysical and theological insight, together with the judicial mind, which the proper execution of the task be has undertaken, requires.

Critical Notices of Prof. Fisher's Essays on the Supernatural Origin of Christianity.

From the BIBLIOTHECA Sacra (Prof. E. A. Park, D.D.) These essays embody the results of careful reading as well as of discrimiDating thought. They are suggestive and timely. So much has been said of German skepticism, that we have long needed an intelligible exhibition of its processes. Professor Fisher bas described them candidly. He has thus illustrated the massiveness of the argument for historical Christianity. * We regard the whole work as a highly important contribution to our theological literature, and an honor to the American press.

From the New York Evangelist, (by Prof. H. B. Smith, D.D.) Professor Fisher has done a good service to the cause of Christian learning by his able and elaborate account of the later critical schools in German theology. It is such a book as has long been wanted. It gives a perfectly fair and clear account of the systems and books he opposes, and a simple and convincing reply to their hypotheses and arguments; so that we have an impartial summary and judgment of the facts in the case.

One commendable feature about this volume is, that though the subjects are difficult, and remote from common thought, they are yet treated in so clear and natural a way, that any reader interested in the themes can follow the author without difficulty. There is no useless parade of learning, while it is also evident that the writer is a learned man. Laymen as well as ministers will find it for their account to read and study this work.



From the Christian Register (by Rev. Rufus Ellis). Having just finished a pretty careful reading of all except the last few pages, I am exceedingly desirous that our students in theology, candidates for the ministry, and teachers of advanced classes in Sunday-schools, should make themselves familiar with the contents of a volume which is eminently timely and singularly fitted to aid all those who are honestly inquiring into the history of the New Testament canon. I am persuaded that some of our fairminded young students who have bastily given in to the confident assertion that the historical evidences of Christianity, so far as they involve a recog. nition of the genuineness and authenticity of Gospel and Epistle, bave been hopelessly shattered, will see reason as they read these pages to retract their assent to this pegation.

From the Round TABLE.

We cordially commend the volume as one of no ordivary interest and importance. The tone is that of a ripe scholar; there is no denunciation; no appeal to unworthy motives; no slurring over the points in dispute. Enough is attempted, and not too much. The statements throughout are clear, and the style is simple and flowing, without any affectation or parade of foreign terms. The author uses the ablest works on both sides of the controversy, but exercises his own judgment both as to the arguments and their results. He bas performed a difficult task in a most creditable manner.


These essays are characterized by breadth of research and vigor of thought, not less than by capdor of tone and clearness of expression.

Oritical Notices of Prof. Fisher's Essays on the Supernatural Origin of Christianity,

From the New YORK OBSERVER. In these essays, the paramount authority of the Bible is established, the character of the conflict between Christian faith and skepticism is unfolded, the nature and function of miracles distinctly set forth, and the personality of God proved in reply to the positivist and the pantheist, and a thorough 'sisting and refutation given to the theories of Strauss, and Baur, and Renan. The book is extremely able, and is written in such a clear style, is of so practical a character, and so well adapted to direct and govern thought upon themes of vital importance in philosophy and religion, that we rejoice at its advent, and heartily commend it to the Christian public.

From the INDEPENDENT. The work evinces extensive learning and decided ability, and successfully exposes the sophisms and errors of what the author styles

“ The Tübingen School.” It should be in the hands of every clergy man, that he may be prepared to meet and combat this popular aud plausible form of infidelity, now so widely disseminated.

From the CongreGATIONALIST, (by Rev. J. P. Thompson, D.D.) We are grateful that we can point to a thorough and masterly vindication of the supernatural in Christianity from the pen of an American scholar, in opposition both to the historical skepticism of recent schools of criticism in Germany and to the materialistic skepticism of some recent scientists. *

While the historical handling of the question of the Gospels will be to many the freshest and most instructive portion of Prof. Fisher's work, its deepest value lies in the more pbilosophical chapters which treat of the supernatural.


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From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL. The work is a most timely and important contribution to the theological literature of the age. No layman could present his pastor with a yolume which would be more serviceable or acceptable.

From the New Haven JOURNAL & Courier. Professor Fisher's style is very clear; his positions are fortified by many references and careful research, his statements of opposing views are candid and discriminating, and the volume is one that will probably be accepted as the most complete defence yet published of the orthodox theology against the later forms of skepticism.


The Essays are all prepared in the spirit of a reverent disciple, yet with a readiness to see every real difficulty, and to understand erery honest doubt.

From the Christian EXAMINER.

Professor Fisher is entitled to the credit of stating frankly the fundamental questions at issue in the chief religious controversy of the hour, and of grappling, in a familiar way, with the most eminent masters of those schools of criticism which he opposes.

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