ultra-orthodox school which is generally called evangelical, but which really has no claim to such a title ; and I had acquired the habit of looking upon all Broad Church-men with suspicion and distrust. Well, I was one summer morning stroll- ing along the Tors at Ilfracoinbe, when I was overtaken by an old gentleman, with whom, after exchanging a few remarks about the scenery, I continued my walk. We exhausted various topics of conversation, and then began to speak 4 Preaching and Hearing. of the late Charles Kingsley, upon whose noble character my companion discoursed with elo- quence and enthusiasm. But at that time I was so very orthodox that I did not attach much value to character. My test question in regard to Kingsley and everybody else was not " Is he good ? " but " Is he evangelical ? " So I said with shame I confess it to you " "Well, what you tell me about his character may be very true, but, after all, I don't believe he has much religion." I have often wondered since that the old gentleman did not lose his temper at such an exhibition of impertinent self-assur- ance on the part of a stupid boy. Many persons would have wished me an abrupt good morning on the spot, and it would have served me richly right. But with the unruffled serenity of supe- rior wisdom, he merely replied, " What is reli- gion ? " This simple question reduced me to silence, and, better still, made me think. After a time I discovered that while I was thus talking glibly about the irreligiousness of others, my own ideas of religion, so far as I had any, were as bad as they could be.