23 MARCH 1918, Page 12


[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I am very glad that you refuse to open your columns to a theological discussion, but I think you will allow a word of protest against "Layman's" argument in regard to what he himself mentions as the " historical fact" of the Virgin Birth. Here is ao question of a theological definition patient of different interpre- tations, but of whether the ministers of the Church are to hold themselves free to say "Yes" to an historical statement in the sense of "No"; and this in the case of the most primitive and universally accepted Creed of Christendom.—I am, Sir, &c.,

L. C. F. C.