Current Periodical Literature -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 041:164 (Oct 1884)
Article: Current Periodical Literature
Author: Anonymous

Current Periodical Literature

I. American.

The current periodical literature of the United States is much less important, as well as less abundant, than the periodical literature of England and France of the last three months. In this section, therefore, we content ourselves with an allusion to an article of the July number of the Methodist Quarterly Review. This Review, now conducted by the Rev. Dr. Daniel Curry, succeeding the Rev. Dr. D. D. Whedon, devotes its leading paper to the higher criticism of the Pentateuch. . Of an historical form, the article considers briefly the various theories, as those of documents, fragments, supplements, and ethnic development. As to the authorship and origin of the Pentateuch, the author, Rev. Milton S. Terry, regards “these propositions as fairly settled”: “1. The Pentateuch contains a number of passages which cannot, without doing violence to sound critical principles, be attributed to Moses as their author. 2. The Pentateuch, especially the Book of Genesis, contains documents of various dates and authorship, which have been worked over into an orderly and homogeneous whole. 3. The laws of the Pentateuch were either unknown. or else very largely neglected and violated during most of the period

between the conquest of Canaan and the Babylonian captivity. 4. The Books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers show different stages of legislation, and Leviticus contains a noticeably fuller and more elaborate priestly code and ritual than appear in Deuteronomy.” The discussion of these propositions, which is reserved, we anticipate with interest.

II. English.

Philosophy and theology are represented in the British Quarterly Review for July, in two articles. One article bears the title, The Speculative Philosophy of Religion, and the other is a criticism of Professor Henry Drummond’s Natural Law in the Spiritual World. The author of the former, after reviewing the mistakes of Lessing, Kant, and others in endeavoring to establish a philosophy of religion, reaches the conclusion that “the speculative philosophy of religion has not succeeded in explaining the facts of the religious consciousness in such a way as to supersede the ordinary theology. Whatever the defects or the undue pretensions of that theology, it still held fast to the conception of a personal God as the doctrine of the Bible, and as that which alone can give full satisfaction to the religious imagination. The philosophers have attempted to substitute an abstraction, a form of thought, a name, an ‘order,’ a ‘substance,’ an ‘idea,’ for the living God. In the attempt to get rid of the inconsistencies of the anthropomorphic idea, they have involve...

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