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METHODIST

QUARTERLY REVIEW.

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VOLUME XLIV.-FOURTH SERIES, VOLUME XIV.

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METHODIST QUARTERLY REVIEW.

JANUARY, 1862.

Art. 1.—THE BEMA AND THE PULPIT.

Orations of Demosthenes. Edited by BEKKER. 3 vols. Leipsic.

1855. Oratio de Corona. With Notes by J. T. CHAMPLIN. Orations of Demosthenes. Translated by KENNEDY. Two vols.

London: Bohn. New York: Harpers.

SPEECH will ever be the supreme human power on the earth. No rival will ever dethrone it. The printing press, that great king of thought, now seated firmly on his throne of widening empire, will in vain aspire to the highest sovereignty of mind. Nature is the mother of art, and holds dominion over her offspring by a primordial and prescriptive right. This right was solemnly reaffirmed by the Author of nature, in the person of Jesus Christ, when, about to ascend from the footstool to the throne, he placed the imperial scepter in the hands of speech, saying, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.” The pulpit, therefore, must ever be the divinely ordained fountain of religious instruction, the foremost agency of popular moral culture, and the grand conservator and bulwark of constitutional liberty. The word of God itself is bound where speech is set in the stocks, or where the pulpit is intimidated, enfeebled, or demoralized. Humanity and patriotism should join their voices with Christianity in vindication of the divine right of speech, and they should join their hands in the effort to bring the pulpit to the highest possible efficiency, by the speedy development of its maximum power. If there

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