18 JANUARY 1902, Page 22

A Short History of Christianity. By John M. Robertson. (Watts

and Co. 6.3. net.)—Mr. RJbertson has not, we think, adequate qualifications for the task which he has undertaken. The judicial temper and the true critical spirit are absent. He finds allusions inconvenient for his hypothesis in 1 Cor. xi. and xv. (the 'Last Supper" and the "Twelve"), and promptly declares that they have "every mark of interpolation." What is meant by "every mark?" Absence from the oldest copies, differences of style, the presence of unusual phrases—can Mr. Robertson allege such "marks "1' We do not intend to waste any more space on him. A writer who could write so credulously puts himself out of Court.