Lee On Inspiration -- By: Pond Bangor
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Lee On Inspiration1
We welcome the appearance of the work before us, and are glad to see so beautiful a reprint of it from the press of the Messrs. Carter of New York. Not that it is everything we could desire, in a work for general circulation. There is too much parade of learning about it; too many learned mottoes, appendixes, and notes. Then it discusses a variety of topics, more or less connected with the subject in hand, though not directly upon it. From both these causes, the work is too large, commending itself rather to Biblical scholars, than to the generality of Christian readers.
Still, we are glad to see it, and that for more reasons than one. It treats of a vitally important subject, — “the Inspiration of the Holy Scripture;” and amidst all the laxity on the one hand, and extravagance on the other, the denials and avowals, the doubts and the dogmatism, which prevail at this day, it takes substantially the right ground, and
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maintains it; the ground which has been held by evangelical teachers in this country for a long course of years.
Mr. Lee approaches the Bible just as the well-instructed philosopher approaches nature, to learn the truth, the facts, respecting it, and to draw such conclusions as facts justify.
Coming to the Bible in this way, we learn, first of all, that it was the work both of God and of men. That it was the work of men, — setting aside altogether the historic testimony, — of men, too, in the exercise of their own faculties and powers, — is evident from its entire contents. It bears the impress of human wit and wisdom, of human thought, emotion, feeling, and is throughout a human production.
Yet it could not have been the work of unaided man, — of man alone. This is evident from many considerations. Man, in the unassisted exercise of his own faculties, could no more have made the Bible, than he could have made the world. We most commonly found the argument à posteriori, for the existence of God, upon the world’s existence; but it is no less conclusive, when founded on the existence of the Bible. Here is the world; and here is the Bible. Both are in existence, and are to be accounted for. And we can no more account for the one, than the other, without bringing in the wisdom and the power of God.
And as the Bible is the work both of God and man, as to the substance, the subject-matter of it, so also it is as to its dress, its style, its language, its utterance. That the Scriptures were written by men, and in the style of men,—each writer having his own peculiar sty...
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