Professor Huxley on the Bishop of Lincoln's Case.
Professor Huxley continues his crusade against orthodox Christianity by another article in this month's 'Nineteenth Century,' in which he dwells on the discrepancies between the different Goapels, and argues that the disputes in the early church on elementary points of doctrine prove that tho declarations by Jesus thereon ascribed to Him in the Goßpel cannot have been really made by him. Probably what will most interest newspaper readers is Professor Huxley's comment on the Bishop of Lincoln's trial, |which he calls "the saddest spectacle which has been offered to the eyes of Englishmen in this generation " : " A high court of ecclesiastical jurisdiction, with a host of great lawyers in battle array, is, and, for Heaven knows how long, wilfbe, occupied with these very questions of ' washings of cups and pots and brazen vessels' which the Master, whose professed representatives are rending the church over these squabbles, had in His mind when, as we are told, Ho uttered the scathing rebuke:—
Well did Isaiah prophesy cf you hypocrites, as it is wiitten— This peoplo honorcth me with their lips, But their heart is far from me; But in vain do they worship me, Teaching as their dootrincs the precepts of men. (Mark vii., 6, 7). Men who can be absorbed in bickerings over misorable disputes of this kind can have but little sympathy with the old evangelical doctrine of the 'open Bible,' or anything but a grave misgiving of the results of diligent reading of the Bible, without the help of ecclesiastical spectacles, by the mass of the people. Greatly to the surprise of many of my friends, I have always advocated the reading of the Bible, and the diffusion of the study of that most remarkable collection of books among the people. Its teachings are so infinitely superior to those of the sects, who are just as busy now as the Pharisees were eighteen hundred years ago, in smothering them under ' the precepts of men'; it is so certain, to my mind, that the Bible contains within itself the refutation of ninetenths of the mixture of sophistioal metaphysics and old-world superstition which has been piled round it by the so-called Christians of later times ; it is so clear that the only immediate and ready antidote to tho poison which has been mixed with Christianity, to the intoxication and delusion of mankind, lies in copious draughts from the undefiled spring, that I exercise the right and duty of free judgment on the part of every man, mainly for the purpose of inducing other laymen to follow my example." —«Pall Mall Gazette.'
Permanent link to this item
Professor Huxley on the Bishop of Lincoln's Case., Evening Star, Issue 7916, 25 May 1889, Supplement
Professor Huxley on the Bishop of Lincoln's Case. Evening Star, Issue 7916, 25 May 1889, Supplement
Using This Item
Allied Press Ltd is the copyright owner for the Evening Star. You can reproduce in-copyright material from this newspaper for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons New Zealand BY-NC-SA licence. This newspaper is not available for commercial use without the consent of Allied Press Ltd. For advice on reproduction of out-of-copyright material from this newspaper, please refer to the Copyright guide.