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prevalence of scholastic language) that this kind of direct opposition to scripture could not be met otherwise than in metaphors. Such is the nature of the thirty nine articles, whenever they relate to mysteries, not to facts. I do not find that the scholastic language they use, contradicts the original metaphors of the scriptures, though it obscures them. The occasions which demanded this and many other scholastic compositions being no longer in existence, I am of opinion that these old documents should be, at least, revised. I find much in them which encumbers Christianity; but nothing that invalidates its spirit and efficiency, and therefore I remain attached to a Church which has done much good, and which, if it were delivered in spiritual matters, from the trammels of Parliament, would continue to be a distinguished supporter of Christian revelation.
[Expressions of approbation and respect were uttered here by all present.]
MR. M.-But who is to do the work of disencumbering the Church of England from the
rusty and ponderous armour with which scholastic theology endeavoured to protect her?
MR. FITZGERALD.-The Church of England herself will gradually and carefully do that work, if she becomes a living society. I have told you that the Church of England, as it is under the law, is only a dead frame, a mould without life, will, or discretion, into which its members either find that they fit, or to which they fit themselves.
MR. CUSIACK.-Do you think that the English Church will be allowed to govern itself in spiritual matters.
MR. FITZGERALD.-If not, I fear its days are numbered.
MR. M.-If I were still possessed by my old controversial spirit, I should say, then let us join the Church of Rome which promises to be eternal.
MR. FITZGERALD.-A Mahometan might urge the same argument in favour of his own religion. A Brahmin might put in a similar claim. The character of all divine works is life and progress both of which imply change of forms. Error,
like dead substances, may be made by human contrivances, as permanent as a statue, or a mummy."
We laughed; and the conversation became as various and immethodical as it usually grows when supper is announced, and people begin to grow sleepy.
Advice to the doubting-Enthusiasm-True Faith-Mistakes of Protestants on this point--Objection answered-Helps to the study of the Christian Evidence.
THE glorious sky of Italy invited Mr. Fitzgerald not unfrequently out of the carriage. Who was to be his companion in the front seat was an object of no small contention among us. One of the ladies, as may be supposed, usually carried the point. Nevertheless I could not but observe that, when Mrs. Cusiack was not well enough to ride out, my dear Rose usually resigned her claim in my favour. This was a source of great delight to me, because the interest she took in me was evident; and I could not be so blind and prejudiced as not to perceive that every conversation with our loved and respected friend, Mr. Fitzgerald, improved both my mind and heart, and, as it were, established peace and har
mony between my feelings and my mental faculties.
Seated outside with my excellent friend, under a sky that appeared to proclaim "good will towards men," and surrounded by a scenery smiling with beauty and plenty, my heart expanded with an instinctive impulse to thank the Giver of such blessings. I observed the eyes of Mr. Fitzgerald swimming in tears of gratitude. When touched by such emotions, he was never inclined to keep them to himself. His nature, at all times social, seemed, when excited, to overflow with a philanthropy which appeared actually too oppressive, unless he imparted his feelings of love and kindness. His joy drooped and languished when he could not share it with another human being. Urged by my own desire of hearing the observations of my companion, and treasuring them up for my own use, I did not hesitate to interrupt his meditations, by expressing a deep sense of the beauty of the scenery. I would make any sacrifice (continued I, addressing my friend)