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RECONSIDERED IN THE LIGHT

OF

MODERN THOUGHT,

BY

REV. GEORGE HENSLOW, M.A., F.L.S., F.G.S.,

Lecturer to St. Bartholomew's Hospital Medical School,
Professor of Botany at Queen's College, London ; and
Examiner in Natural Science for the College

of Preceptors.

AUTHOR OF

• Evolution and Religion,” “ Botany FOR CHILDREN,"

FLORAL DISSECTIONS," &c.

LONDON :
FREDERIC NORGATE,

7, KING STREET, COVENT GARDEN.
WILLIAMS & NORGATE, 20, FREDERIC STREET, EDINBURGH,

1884.

All Rights Reserved.

LONDON :

G. NORMAN AND SON, PRINTERS, HART STREET,

COVENT GARDEN.

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I thank you for allowing me to dedicate this book to you, as a slight mark of esteem ; not only for yourself,-acquired during a friendship which has lasted for more than a quarter of a century,- but for your constant and earnest zeal in leading your congregation to apprehend all that is pure, noble and spiritual in our Religion.

Believe me to be,

Most truly yours,

GEORGE HENSLOW.

DRAYTON HOUSE, EALING.

PREFACE.

In reconsidering certain Christian Beliefs, I have not attempted to discuss several of paramount interest and importance; such as the existence of God, the Doctrine of the Holy Trinity, of Immortality, &c.; but only such with which the so-called “Scheme of Redemption” is mainly concerned. It might be at once observed that a future life is intimately connected with the Redemption of Mankind; but the reader will find that I adopt the view that a future life is comparatively seldom alluded to in the New Testament, and that the Salvation there spoken of affects a man here, and only by implication, hereafter. I would nevertheless add that I regard a future life, either in compensation or fulfilment, as a necessary part of our existence. I assume, as I fully believe in the existence of God the Father, who created the Universe by the methods of Evolution. I am equally convinced of the Divinity of our Lord, as will become apparent in the last chapter, at least; and that the Holy Spirit is the greatest source of spiritual strength to man, I accept in the fullest faith, as God's answer to prayer; in accordance with the promise of Jesus Christ, “ If ye, being evil, know how to give good

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