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Christianity in the Cartoons

Christianity in the Cartoons

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CHRISTIAITY I THE CARTOOSBY WILLIAM WATKISS LLOYD.ARTISTIC TREATMET AD HISTORIC FACT.I abandoning this work to the world, I am notaware that it is necessary to guard against morethan one misconception. In the body of it willbe found various coincidences with the newerviews of Dr. D. F. Strauss in his ' Leben Jesufur das deutsche Volk bearbeitet/ which, to thereaders of that noble book, may appear strangelyunacknowledged. The explanation is this : thepresent book was already printed, and indeed inthe hands of Dr. Strauss himself, his cordialrecognition of it I value in the place of any de-coration, some weeks before his own issuedfrom the German press; finished in 1862, itwas printed in 1863, and from that time to thispresent, the pages as they follow hereafter havebeen content with whatever appreciation theymight find among the few to whom they wereaddressed by the limitary epigraph, appropriateno more, AMICIS.I take the opportunity of appending some notincongruous illustrations of "the Spirit of theew Testament within the Old," that have beendenizens of my desk from a date some twentyyears earlier.10, Hertford Street, W.1st September, 1865.
PREFACE.THE title of this work briefly but sufficiently defines itspurport, namely, the appreciation of the Cartoons of Kafael as works of Art, accompanied by a critical in-quiry into the value, as history, of the narratives fur-nishing his subjects. The criticism of Art and that of the ew Testament story thus run on side by side ; andthe pregnant selection of incidents by the painter, hasenabled me to comprise in the historical inquiry, withbut occasional and moderate divergence, an illustra-tion of the origin of Christianity, and its developmentthrough the most important epochs of the Apostolicage.In the combined treatment and in the relative spacegiven to my associated subjects I have been guided ex-clusively by the degree and kind of interest they havecreated in myself, and I have written without consi-deration, and am still quite unaware of the extent towhich any number of persons will care to take up andlinger upon the same points of view.I do not, however, put this work into the world with-Vi PREFACE.out being conscious how widely my processes are di-vergent from those of critics of established influenceand merited fame at home and abroad ; though I havepreferred to take the ground of exposition rather thanof controversy. I am quite aware that I have assigneda certain value to evidence that by the canons of Mr.Grote and Sir Cornewall Lewis would be cast aside as
unworthy of attention, on the ground that where thedoubtful or the false is mixed with truth beyond acertain proportion, it is labour thrown away to attemptanalysis ; and that it is shorter and safer and sufficientto disbelieve all, rather than to commit belief to theresults of an illusory process of discrimination.Still, it is in discrimination that criticism has itsfunction and being; and 1 am of opinion, that whereevidence exists of a certain voluminousness and of a cer-tain diversity, cross-examination will at last elicit truth." Expedit reipublicse ut finis sit litium " is a goodmaxim, no doubt, in literature as socially ; but discus-sion, endowed with still more tenacity of life than evenlitigation, is not to be got rid of by denial of appeal orby arbitrary shutting up of courts, however exalted.I have still a serious objection to anticipate fromanother side. The critics of the German school, whichtakes its name from Tubingen, and of which the Englishpublic possesses so excellent an account in the recentwork of Mr. Mackay, have never been chargeable withdespairing of an ultimate reward for critical labouron 'the ew Testament ; they have indeed followed upPREFACE. Vllworthily the great opening made by Strauss, and havelargely succeeded in restoring the colours and outlinesof the living men whose varying bias gave changefulforms to the incidents that fell into their hands forrecord or compilation. evertheless, it seems to methat they have still written I will not say overmuchin the spirit of the party of attack, but I will rathersay, as though they had enough to do to work out andto complete the case and the arguments susceptible of being brought forward to put the history and its docu-ments on their defence. The defence has still to be

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