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PRESBYTERIAN MESSENGER.

1860.

* 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

I 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.'"-BEECHER:

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VOL. XI. NEW SERIES.

LONDON:
MARLBOROUGH & Co., AVE MARIA LANE.

CONTENTS

Alexander, the late Joseph Addison, 65
Bengel's Gnomon, 301
China and the Chinese (with map), 173, 205
Congregational Prayer meetings, 273
Duty of Working Men to educate them-

selves, 303
Foreign Missions of the American Presby-

terian Church, 97, 129

Glasgow Free Church College case, 1

Homage of Man's Mind to God's Word,

269, 365

Nellore, 33

Ordination Charge, 37

Presbyterian Churches of Northumberland,

Dr. Motrie's visit to, 333

Presbyterianism in England, 176

Royal Road to Visibility, A, 210

Scottish Church, IIistory of the, 336

Self-denial, 102, 135

Scottish Reformation, Historical Sketch of,

241

Singing for Schools and Congregations, 6

St. Matthew's Gospel, Original language

of, 237

What's in a Name? 68

Nevermore and Evermore, 217 1 Eternal Purpose of God, The, 289

Sowing and Reaping, 376

Family Treasury, The, 55, 354

The Christian Bidding Adieu to the Glimpses of Missionary Work in China,
World, 182

87

The Long Ago, 280

Good Words, 56

The Builders, 112

| Haste to the Rescue, 55

Time, 18

Histoire des Classes Laborieuscs en

Waiting, 112

France, 180

Idols in the Heart, 224

Correspondence-

Lectures of Young Men's Christian

Another Relic of English Presbyterian-

Association, 289

1 Leisure Hour, The, 386

ism, 52

Presbyterian Church in Maderia, 258

M'Comb's Presbyterian Almanack, 56

Sabbath School Statistics, Our, 258, 2871

Missing Link, The, 55

Old Truths and Modern Speculations,

State of Religion, 51

Trinitarians and Unitarians, 85

288

Vaudois Church, The, 285

Prophetical Landmarks, 289

Vaudois Church, Synod's Deputation to

Quarterly Journal of Prophecy, 56, 289,

354

the, 186

Samuel the Prophet, 86

Voice from Ridley's birthplace, 353

Secret prayer, 288

Sunday at Home, 386

Missions

Tune Book, The New Congregational, 56

China Missionaries, Letters from :-

Ulster Awakening, The, 51

Burns, Rev. W. C., 49, 317

Year of Grace, The, 289

Douglas, Rev. Carstairs, 20, 285, 347 Young England, 57

Grant, Rev. A., 19, 184

Mackenzie, Rev. H., 284, 316 Presbyterian Church in England-

Smith, Rev. George, 114, 222, 378

Swanson, Rev. W. S., 283, 379

Accounts of the Presbyterian Church in

China, The Rebels in, 348

England, 161

Corso, Letters from Rev. W. Charteris,

College Fund, 28, 88, 159, 262, 354

23, 81, 144

, Committee, Report of, 225

Prayer for, 21

Corfu, 355

Chinese Missionary Gleanings, 256

Foreign Mission, 57, 88, 117, 160, 228,

Mission, Our, 83

323

Departure of Missionaries, 49

Foreign Mission Committee, Report of,

191

Ewart, Death of the Rev. Dr. of Cal-

Indian Mission, 28, 160, 263, 323, 355
cutta. 349

Fellow Workers with God, 257

“ Juvenile Messenger," The, 58

Foreign Missions, Synod's Report, on,

“ Messengers,” The, 28

Millwall Building Fund, 89

140

Home Mission Committee, Report of,

School Fund, The, 118, 292

191

Collection, 259

India, Signs of Daybreak in, 319

> Report, 259

Letter from Mrs. M. Mitchell, 185

Presbyteries' Proceedings-

Karens, Mission Schools for tbe, 256

Itals Awakening Under the Bible, 321 Berwick, 30, 90, 118, 292, 356

Karens, The Gospel Among the, 81 Birmingham, 60, 90
Indian Prince, Mission Supported by an, i Lancashire, 29, 59, 119, 196, 229, 264,

London, CO, 89, 118, 194, 228, 264

Notices of Books --

Newcastle, 119, 197, 263, 323

Northumberland, 61, 196, 265, 355

Abner the Leper, 289

Blind Bartimeus, 288

Intelligence

Blood of Christ, The, 223

British and Foreign Evangelical Review, Alderney, 95, 122, 324

56, 289, 354

Alnwick, 62

Cassell's Popular Natural IIistory, 223 Ancoats, 266

Illustrated History of England, 224 Ancroft Moor, 62

Central Truths, 56

Bournemouth, 199

Christian's Mirror, The, 190

Carlton Hill, 94

English Unitarianism, Dr. M'Crie's Lec Chalmers's Christian Young Men's So-
tare on, 54

ciety, 32

Calvinism and Presbyterianism, 203

Canada, Presbyterian Union in, 359

China, 332, 267

Domestic Servants, Our, 231

Educational Statistics for 1859, 236

Father Chiniquy, 330

Free Church General Assembly, 233

Missionary Boxes, 64

Conference, 125

Life in China, 234

Midnight Mission, The, 127,

Maronites and Druses, The, 299

New Zealand, 128

New Brunswick, Revival in, 325

Nova Scotia, Union Movements, 235

Patronage in the Established Church, 364

Presbyterianism in the United States, 299

Proposed Union between the English

and United Presbyterian Churches, 199

Protestant Institute, 123

Scottish Parliament of 1560, 328

» Reformation, Ter-Centenary of,

294

Spiritualism, 362

Turkey, The Gospel in, 327

Unitarianism in England, 96

United Presbyterian Church, 234

Union Prayer Meetings, 364

Victoria, Presbyterian Church in, 95

Whitehaven, Revivals at, 95

THE ENGLISH

PRESBYTERIAN MESSENGER.

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. No. 145.-New Series.

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