The text is familiar and frequently cited : " God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son." And the utter- ances of his prophets and his Son are on record for our use in this volume, which we call the Bible. o volume can have such claim on our regard as this one, and as we value it, we should seek to reach an mtelligent appre- ciation of its contents. Who honors the Bible most? He who uses it blindly, without giving diligence in this direction, or he who presses every faculty into this ser- vice, and seeks to know truly what the will of the Lord is ? When we find utterances in the Bible, which bear clear marks of human infirmity and imperfection do we honor it in any way, by blindly insisting that such utterances are divine ? Do we not rather honor it when with reverent and discriminating thought we distinguish between the divine element in the Bible and its humaa accessories, and thus divesting the divine word of such perplexities, we have it in its simplicity to hide in our THE BIBLE, A PROGRESSIVE REVELATIO. 73 hearts ? And to this end, the tendencies of our best modern thought are steadily setting. There is a moving upon the face of the waters in this age, which is destined to lift theology out of the chaos and confusion of obsolete ecclesiastical formulas, and bring it more into harmony with God's gifts of reason and love bestowed on man. And this accomplished, humanity will rejoice with a joy unknown before. With a science of God, i.e. a theo- logy, brought into open and declared harmony with the character of God and with God's gifts of reason and love bestowed on man, ?:eligion will shine with a new meaning in the world, and burn with a new force in the hearts of men. Christianity, w^hich is a spiritual religion, will then come to be spiritually apprehended.