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AMIDST THE CONFLICTING OPINIONS BY WHICH
THE CHURCH IS AT PRESENT agitated.
REV. G. E. BIBER, LL.D.
"THAT YOUR FAITH SHOULD NOT STAND IN THE WISDOM OF MEN,
1 Cor. ii. 5.
An apology seems due for the appearance of a treatise like the present, from the pen of one who is yet young in the ministry. At the same time the author is well aware, that if the manner in which he has handled the subject, fail to afford him the justification of which he stands in need, no prefatory remarks can avail him for that purpose.
Nevertheless, as he would wish his readers to peruse the following pages free from any unfavourable impression, on the ground of what might appear to them, at first sight, the author's presumption in placing before the public his views on a subject so comprehensive and so difficult, he takes leave here briefly to state the considerations from which he has been led to think, that an exposition of those views might not, at this time, be altogether without its value.
Born and educated in another, and in regard to the knowledge of the word of life, far less privileged country, he has arrived, through a process of thought altogether peculiar, at those convictions which, by the unspeakable grace and mercy of God, led him to seek, in the first instance, admission to the communion, and subsequently, entrance into the ministry, of the Anglican church. How much of the “gross darkness” which covered his mind on the subject of Christian truth to an advanced period of his life, may have been attributable to the truly melancholy state of that church, through whose ministrations he was made a Christian "outwardly," and how much to the natural disposition of the human mind to “ love darkness rather than light,” and to his own individual “hardness of heart,” need not here be inquired into ; suffice it to say, that when first “the scales fell from his eyes," and he discerned that which alone deserves to be called “the truth as it is in Jesus,” his case resembled that of the Gentile philosophers converted to the faith in the early days of the Gospel, rather than that of a person grown up under the influence of Christian doctrines and forms of life, but now only awakened to their vital import. His mind, previously float