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Lord and Saviour, which, as the Jews supposed, perished miserably on the Cross of Calvary. An enthusiasm like that of the martyr Stephen, over whose death as over a great victory his persecutors rejoiced and were glad. An enthusiasm which of apparent failure makes real success; because, fed by the fire that burns on the altar of God, it cannot be dimmed or put out by any worldly trial or sorrow or disaster,—looking ever for its reward, and the fruition of its effort, to the Eternal Rest which is in Christ Jesus.
JOHN COLERIDGE PATTESON:
MISSIONARY BISHOP OF MELANESIA.
"Ever as earth's wild war-cries heighten,
[Authorities:—The following sketch is necessarily founded on the "Life of John Coleridge Patteson," by Charlotte Mary Yonge(2vols., 1874). Some memoirs of the Bishop which have appeared in Reviews and Periodicals add no new facts of interest to those collected by Miss Yonge, whose book derives a peculiar interest from its copious selection from the Bishop's letters and journals. The reader may refer, however, to the essay by Mr. W. E. Gladstone, reprinted in his "Gleanings," Vol. ii., pp. 213—261.]
JOHN COLERIDGE PATTESON.
AT a time when Philosophy seems returning to its ancient symbols, and endeavouring to drive back the full streams of life, thought, and feeling into the old channels; when some of our public teachers are engaged in the effort to erect a vague theism or still vaguer pantheism on the ruins of the faith once delivered to the saints; it may not be useless if we attempt to place before our readers a portrait of the Ideal Man such as philosophy is able to mould him, and contrast it with that of a modern English Churchman, who in life and death showed himself a true Hero of the Cross. The character of a religious creed or an ethical system may, to a certain extent, be estimated by the character of those who proclaim or profess it; and its claims upon human acceptance may be gauged by its ability to satisfy human aspirations. Hence the argument we have in view may be simply stated; that, since the loftiest philosophy fails in developing those higher and purer faculties of our nature which are educed and cultivated by the religion of Christ, therefore that religion, apart from all other evidence of its authenticity, presents to us an d priori and irrefragable evidence of Sufficiency. We say that this evidence no other code of morality, no other confession of faith has been able to afford; and here we may find an additional reason, if such were needed, for living the Christian life whilst wearing the Christian name, in order that we may