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THE

CHRISTIAN EXAMINER

AND

RELIGIOUS MISCELLANY.

VOLUME XLII.

FOURTH SERIES, VOLUME VII.

JANUARY, MARCH, MAY, 1847.

BOSTON:

PUBLISHED BY WILLIAM CROSBY.

NEW YORK: C. S. FRANCIS & CO.
LONDON ; JOHN CHAPMAN, 121 NEWGATE STREET.

1847.

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THE

CHRISTIAN EXAMINER

AND

RELIGIOUS MISCELLANY.

JANUARY, 1847.

Art. I.- HUGO GROTIUS AND HIS TIMES.

He who loves truth more than party, who by his candid spirit and moderate policy seeks rather to rebuke extravagances and reconcile strifes than to be the trumpeter of a sect or the pander to a faction, may hope to live in peace with his own soul and with his God, and may not despair of winning the respect of just men in his own and after ages ; but he cannot anticipate that his name will be made the rallying-cry in the conflicts of opinion. He must be content to have many feebler and baser minds preferred before him; content with the censures of the many who mistake his moderation for cowardice, and the praises of the few whose word, however honorable to his worth, can give him little favor with the multitude. Such a man in some respects was Erasmus, the brilliant scholar of the Reformation. Such a man, beyond question, was Melancthon, the theologian of the Reformation, the superior of Erasmus in the devotedness

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