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The Theology of Christ's Teaching

The Theology of Christ's Teaching

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THE THEOLOGY OF CHRIST'S TEACHIGBY REV. JOH M. KIG, D.DWITH A ITRODUCTIO BY THE REV.JAMES ORR, D.D.Professor of Apologetics and Systematic Theology^ United Free ChurchCoUegey GlasgoivITRODUCTORY OTICEBY THE REV. PROFESSOR JAMES ORR, D.D.It is a small thing to say of the late Principal Kingthat those who knew him best loved him most. Theyadmired him for his gifts of mind and heart ; theymarvelled exceedingly at the amount and qualityof the work he was enabled to perform ; they feltrebuked in view of the ceaseless and untiring energyhe threw into that work. They recognised a nobilityand unselfishness in his character and aims whichlifted him out of the rank of common men, andmade his career of quiet but concentrated usefulnessat once an example and an inspiration to them.It was the privilege of the present writer to knowDr. King with some intimacy in his later years,but while still in the full stream of his activity andinfluence. He had repeated opportunities of inter-course with him in public and private ; enjoyed fora few peaceful weeks the hospitality of his home atWinnipeg, and saw him amidst the sanctities of domestic life ; lectured for him in his College, andcould observe the workings of that institution, and
the part Dr. King himself bore in its labours ; in-terchanged thought with him on most theological,religious, and educational questions, as on others of vi Introductory oticemore general interest ; and witnessed without sur-prise the universal respect in which he was held inthe Church and the community. When, therefore,the request was made by those whose desires he wasbound to respect to pen a few pages of introductionto this volume, he did not feel at liberty to refuse aservice, which, in any case, enables him to pay ahumble personal tribute to one for whom he enter-tained so sincere a regard.It is not necessary to say much of the events of Principal King s personal history. He was born atYetholm in Roxburghshire, on the Scottish borders,on 29th May, 1829; was educated at EdinburghUniversity, under such distinguished professors asSir Wm. Hamilton and John Wilson ('* Christopherorth ") ; thence, after an interval spent in Germany,passed to the Divinity Hall of the United Presby-terian Church, where he completed his preparationfor the ministry. In Germany, at Halle, he studiedunder Julius Miiller, Tholuck, and the saintly ean-der, who then adorned that University, receiving fromthem indelible impressions, and acquiring a famili-arity with the German tongue which enabled himsubsequently, not only to teach, but even to preachin that language. In Scotland, one of his theologicalprofessors was Dr. John Brown, the influence of whose exegetical method of treating doctrinal subjectsmay easily be detected in the present volume. In1856 he took the degree of M.A. at the University
Introductory otice viiof Edinburgh ; and in the same year, under theauspices of the Colonial Committee of his Church,set out for Canada, by a wise instinct, as eventshave proved, choosing that as the scene of his futurelabours. In light of all that has happened, there isno impiety in seeing in his transference to this newsoil the direct guidance of Providence.Always large in his plans, and with an eye on thefuture rather than the present, Dr. King's first yearwas voluntarily spent in surveying the possibilitiesof the country, and forwarding the, work of Churchextension. Then he became minister, first of thecongregation of Columbus and Brooklyn, Ontario,and afterwards, in 1863, of Gould Street (now St.James's Square) Church, in Toronto. His memoryin the latter city will long be green. The con-gregation to which he came had been not longbefore at the point of extinction ; but under hisministry it grew to be one of the most prosperousand enterprising in the Canadian Church, Duringhis ministry in his earlier charge the union waseffected (in 1 861) of the United Presbyterian Churchwith the Presbyterian Church of Canada — a move-ment to which he gave his hearty support. In 1873took place his marriage with Miss Janet M. Skinner,who, with her sister, carried on a high -class school forladies inToronto,and no union, by universal testimony,could have been more beautiful or happy during thetoo brief period that it lasted — till 1 886. In 1 882, Knoxviii Introductory otice

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