19 AUGUST 1865, Page 23

An Address to the Younger Clergy and Laity on the

Present State of Religion. By the Bishop of Argyll. (Longman.)—We heartily com- mend this short review of the questions lately brought before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. It is marked at once by earnest Christian feeling and thorough sympathy with the age in which we live and its wants. The Bishop rejoices in the decisions of the Committee, not as involving a disparagement of dogma, but as pro- viding that the letter shall not supersede the spirit of religion, and that revelation shall not be reduced to a series of formulas destructive of spiritual life. The essay is replete with thought on the subjects of authority, baptismal regeneration, inspiration, and the kindred topics, and will well repay perusal.