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alteration of the line in the Christian Year, however unfortunate and misleading I may think it. If the Dean of Chichester sees Dr. Pusey's letter, and thinks himself called upon to deal with it, no doubt he will do so. All that I said in The Times was that the subscriptions to Keble College stopped about the time of that alteration.

Whatever “fuss' I have been guilty of making was in connection with my caution against 'Keble-worship,' founded upon the difference of tone and teaching traceable in the earlier and later periods of that

setting up an imaginary Keble.' I am spared the necessity of enlarging on this point by the recorded words of Mr. Keble himself, to be found in Sir John Coleridge's 'Life,' p. 282, of the first edition ; and the quotation of these will, I hope, absolve me from the charge of making a ‘fuss.'

Sir John, in 1845, had written to his friend on the subject of the Lyra Innocentium, remarking on the difference of tone' between it and the Christian Year, to which Mr. Keble writes as follows :

When I wrote that sthe Christian Year] I did not understand (to mention no more points) either the doctrine of Repentance, or that of the Holy Eucharist, as held, e.g., by Bishop Ken, nor that of Justification, and such points as those must surely make a great difference.'

I will venture to ask whether it is possible to possess more absolutely complete testimony than this to the difference between the

earlier and later Tohn Keble,' and, still further, whether those who, delighting in the Christian Year, yet believe that the subsequent

understanding of the doctrines nientioned was a retrograde, instead of an 'advanced’ movement, are not justified in the protests they have made against being called upon to swallow down, on the strength of the well-deserved reputation Keble acquired from his one great work, all that he subsequently wrote? Your readers will judge.

I am, Sir, yours faithfully,

MONTAGU BURROWS. Oxford : October 3, 1878.

[This Correspondence is now absolutely closed.-Ed. C. Q. R.]

CORRECTION.

We have been requested by the Marchese Vitelleschi to state that it was

he, and not the Cardinal Vitelleschi, as stated in our last Number, who wrote under the nom de plume of Pomponio Leto. He likewise requests us to add that the Cardinal was not aware of the existence of the book until some time after its publication, and communicated no materials for it.

LONDON: PRINTED BY

SPOTTISWOODE AND CO., NEW-STREET SQUARE

AND PARLIAMENT STREET

THE

CHURCH QUARTERLY REVIEW.

No XIV. JANUARY 1879.

ART. I.-IS THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND

PROTESTANT ? 1. The Quarterly Review. No. 292. (London: October, 1878.) 2, Pastoral Letter to the Diocese of Rochester, from A. W. : THOROLD, D.D., Ninety-eighth Bishop. (London, 1878.) 3. The Coronation Service, according to the Use of the Church

of England. Edited by JOHN FULLER RUSSELL, B.C.L.,

F.S.A. (London, 1875.) THE sophistical trick commonly known as the “ambiguous middle term' underlies all that stands for reasoning in an article in the Quarterly Review for October 1878, entitled 'Is the Church of England Protestant?' The evident intention of the writer is to write the history of the great ' Anglican Church' in convenient oblivion of that historical continuity, in virtue of which, to use the words of the Low Church ‘Ninety-eighth Bishop of Rochester,' though Reformed, she is Catholic, and dates her birth, not from Henry VIII., but from a pure mother in a far back time.' Contrariwise, with the Quarterly Reviewer, Henry VIII, and his New Learning are paraded as if they were all in all, and the legacy from the 'far back time' is contemptuously left matter of precarious favour and concession, revocable at plea-. sure, and just now more than desirable to be revoked. As a rule, this view, though not without adherents, has been confined, at any rate since the Restoration, to the less cultured members of the Evangelical party, who have been reared in a narrow groove of sectional tradition, and are fully persuaded. that any doctrine or usage which happens to be unfamiliar to, VOL. VII.—NO. XIV.

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themselves must necessarily contradict not only the Bible, but also the Prayer-Book, Articles, and Canons of the Church of England; while their own tenets and practices, on the other hand, are the accredited standard of loyal conformity. Such men are obviously sincere when claiming to be the only faithful members of the Church, for the statement is true in their sense, and its failure to square with the evidence is a circumstance which no more affects them than S. Paul's advice to Timothy to use a little wine for his stomach's sake touched the teetotal fanatic, who, rather than allow that Scripture can be against him, glossed the passage as referring only to external application.

But the Quarterly Reviewer exhibits no real sympathy with this school of religious belief, and does not attempt to reinstate it in the position which it occupied even so lately as fifty years ago. Had he so striven, it would be possible to respect the zeal which gave birth to the effort, however undesirable its success might be thought, and unfavourable to that success as all contemporary indications appear to be. Nothing of the sort, however, is to be discovered in his argument, which is of the purely negative and destructive kind, intended to pull down, so far as may be, the dykes built up during the last half century by High Church hands, and to let the salt and barren waters of negation surge back again over the fair regions, now fertile with golden corn, which have been reclaimed from them by the Catholic Revival.

The argument, such as it is, may be tersely, but not unfairly, summarised thus :

• The High Church school, actively in its most energetic section, and passively at least in its main body, maintains the tenability, within the Church of England, of certain doctrines, technically by thinkers, and invidiously by scoffers, termed Sacerdotalism; while, notably in respect of the Sacraments and the ministry, chief amongst these stand the tenets of Apostolical Succession and of the Eucharistic Sacrifice. Unless these tenets be the accepted doctrine of the English Church, the whole High Church position breaks down. But these tenets are not Protestant, whereas the Church of England is a Protestant body, and consequently has rejected them, and thereby annihilated the claims of the entire High Church school

There is the case, put together with just dexterity enough to satisfy the clients on whose behalf the brief has been drawn up, and with precisely the show of learning sufficient to impress them with admiration for their counsel's erudition.

There is, however, one cardinal omission throughout, which, were it indeed a legal prosecution which was being conducted, would necessarily result in a nonsuit. There is no attempt whatever to define the word Protestant itself, which is, of course, the keystone of the whole argument. Nor is this omission an oversight. It has been deliberately adopted in such a way as to mislead the ordinary reader, and to disguise the fact that the word has not merely several different significations in theology and literature generally, but that it is employed in more than one sense in the prosecuting article itself. We will endeavour to make good this omission, as briefly as may be.

There is, first of all, the only strict and exact historical use of the word, whereby it denotes those German princes, nobles, clergy, burghers and others who, on April 29, 1529, lodged their Protest against the condemnation of Luther by the Diet of Speyer, and appealed thence to a free General Council. So far as the word can be regarded as a 'trademark, only these persons and their direct representatives by succession or affinity of doctrine have a clear right to its use. That circumstance restricts its most legitimate application to Lutheran Germany, with a possible extension to Sweden, Denmark, and Norway, but in strictness it excludes all other countries and communities. Nor is this a mere technical quibble, for as a fact the word · Protestant' was used until quite recent times in Germany as distinct from “Reformed 'a title confined to the Calvinist and Zuinglian societies; while even now it has undergone a further change of meaning, and while · Evangelical’ is the official designation of the new syncretist communion, made up of a fusion of Lutherans and Calvinists, and set up as the State Church in Prussia, the word 'Protestant' is now claimed as peculiarly their own by the propagandists of free thought, insomuch that when the Luther Monument was unveiled at Worms on June 25, 1868, all those of the speakers who explicitly described themselves as Protestants' seized the opportunity to assail the fundamental doctrines of Christianity itself. A little later, Professor Bluntschli of Heidelberg, President of the ProtestantenVerein,' speaking as an unwelcome guest at the Old Catholic Congress in Cologne on S. Matthew's Day, September 21, 1872, asserted that no agreement in dogina or worship is possible for mankind, not even amongst Protestants themselves, but only in moral and ethical life; and that every attempt to formulate the truth is merely relative, and cannot be absolute;' explaining that in making these statements he

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was expressing the matured opinions of all German Protestants. It is plain, then, that the foreign use of the word is not of much help to the Reviewer's cause, nor will it mend matters if the venue be transferred to Great Britain. Nay, the difficulties rather increase, because of the much wider area over which the use of the disputed term extends. There is Mr. Spurgeon's Protestantism, for example, a perfectly genuine and unimpeachable article of its kind; and there is Mr. Voysey's, equally entitled to the name, but emphatically denying and decrying every specific item of Mr. Spurgeon's creed as sheer blasphemy; while Mr. Bradlaugh, in turn, doubtless views Mr. Voysey as a reactionary conservative. There are the Protestantisms of the Spectator, of the Record, of the Pall Mall Gazette, of the National Reformer, of the Standard, and of the Daily News, all radically diverse from each other, but equally justified, so far as any non-Lutherans can be, in claiming to be authentic; while nothing would be easier than to set down the names of a bewildering number of hotly rival and contradictory sects, all bearing the same ticket. Nor does the puzzle end even at this point. In Elizabeth's days, just as ' Protestant' and 'Reformed' were opposed and contrasted on the Continent, so ‘Protestant' and “Puritan' began to be similarly contrasted in England, and this phraseology came into such general usage that not only did Charles I., on certain coins of his, pose as champion of the Protestant Religion,' but actually Archbishop Laudthe bugbear to this day of all anti-sacerdotalists—described hirnself on the scaffold itself as a Protestant, and the word was used within living memory—perhaps is used still-in Ireland by members of the lately) Established Episcopal Church there, to distinguish themselves not merely from Roman Catholics, but from Presbyterians and other Dissenters. If this last-named nuance of the chameleon-like word be what the Reviewer means, he merely answers his question with the question itself.

It is obvious enough, as matter of history, that there has never been any intimate relation of an official character between the Church of England and German Lutheranism. That Luther's powerful genius influenced the Reformation everywhere, even in those forms of it against which he waged ceaseless war, and which did battle against him in their turn, is indisputable ; and thus his teaching is, to some small extent, traceable in the Anglican formularies, though far less than Archbishop Laurence imagined, or than the Quarterly Reviewer even now alleges. The truth is that the party which

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