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Evidences of Christianity.
THE REV. B. W. BOND,
Of the Baltimore Conference, M. E. Church, South.
EDITED BY THOS. O. SUMMERS, D.D., LL.D.
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1880, by
B. W. BOND, in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.
The author of this vigorous treatise is an estimable minister of the Baltimore Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. He bears the honored name of Beverly Waugh, late Bishop in the M. E. Church-a warm and life-long friend of the Bond connection, in Maryland, to which the author belongs. It may well be supposed, therefore, that he was steeped in Methodism from his birth; and if Methodism is “Christianity in earnest," as Dr. Chalmers says, an earnest defense of Christianity may be expected in this work. The reader will not be disappointed.
The conception of the book originated in the author's careful perusal and study of the best works on the Evidences of Christianity-Paley, of course, being prominent. Encouraged by judicious friends, he prosecuted his investigations, and committed his views to writing, until they were developed into a well-proportioned treatise of sufficient size, and, we will add, of due importance, to justify its publication. We have had the pleasure and profit of its perusal as it has been passing through the press, and we hesitate not to say it is an excellent résumé of the Evidences of Christianity, as presented by Paley, Row, and other apologists, embodying much fresh original matter adapted to the “perilous times" in which we live. Some, perhaps, may think that it was hardly necessary to refute for the thousandth time the argument of Hume against the possibility of proving a miracle—as, e. g., the resurrection of Christ, on which the system of Christianity is based—especially as Hume virtually acknowledged its worthlessness to Campbell, who graveled him, as he says he "graveled” a Jesuit in the Jesuits'