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REFORMED CHURCH PUBLICATION HOUSE,

CHARLES G. FISHER, Proprietor.

907 ARCH STREET.

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THE

REFORMED QUARTERLY REVIEW

NO. 1.-JANUARY, 1891.

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KAFTAN'S "BRAUCHEN WIR EIN NEUES DOGMA?"

BY REV. W. M. REILY, PH. D.

"How manifold are the religious standpoints and attitudes towards Christianity, and how varied are the forms of the Christian life! In Christian doctrine as well as life, new formations arise of which hitherto nothing was known. Hence may the judgment often waver, and an unevenness and unsteadiness on its part show itself, but frequently also only an apparent one: for often, naturally under such circumstances, in connection with the strictest Christian confessionalism must the apparently loosest views find place. Under such circumstances the Christian knows not how to judge in regard to the man. The latter presents himself in such a way, that he is at once attracted and repelled by him. For the sake of the difference, to deny the affinity is not in his power; nor for the sake of the affinity, the difference. Here one cannot drive straight ahead with a bare Shibboleth, by which each individual is recognized and has his place assigned him, whilst we regard only the outward form and the letter, paying no attention to the spirit, as our North American brethren, in their extremely innocent (unbefangen) way, are wont to do."-Richard Rothe, Pastorale, vol. I. p. 59.

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The Human Christ is for men the only medium of knowing or approaching the one only true God. The maddest of all insane dreams under heaven is

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