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SOME NEW BOOKS. ¡SOME NE BOOKS. Science, Religion, and I Dr. Conan Doyle. Wh'ers Science &nd Religion Meet." By W. Scott- Palmer. London; Hodder a4,d Stou{fhtoo. 6a. The VitaJ lINlisl.¡e." By A. rona-a Doyle. I<OTKlon: Redder and 8-wught.-in. 6e. Strea-ma in tJte Desert." A Picture of Life in Mvingetonia.. By J. H. Morrtson .M..A. London: Redder &nd St<ouebton, 4a. It is a good sign th&t science ami religion are beginnit g to know each other better. Family quarrels ara sometimes the most bitter and enduring of quarrele. And religion .n<1 science belong to the same family. They are both engaged in the search for truth. In the old days th&y us.ed to lock "horns. Bu.t to-day th&y lock bands," and travel the w<Ly locking for truth. And the truth they look for is, according to Mr. Palmer, the truth of life—that ultimate truth which is the common quest of se1e.n<:t, religion and philosophy aJike. And since each and all are engaged in .the search for trn-th, they cannot, witbout, mutual loss, look askance at each other. nor even be indifferent to each th: Religion and science meet in exploring the problem of life, mysterious and mys- teriously potent, communicating and com- munieatel life." And life is one all through, -from a jelly spack to a man. Thp Christian .Clan ought to be a thcrougR- going evolutionist. The thing which gives oon,s.Ü,1.ency and percistende to his evolu- tionary principles is his sacramental doc- 1 hrine of the world and himeeLf, mutter informed and transformed by spirit, spirit pre-eminent over and including matter." Can life, having travelled as far as man, in whom if has become per- s-.iual and moral, go any further, do an'y thing more and better? The Christian replies 1 believe jn the Holy Ghoet, the I'ord and Giver of Life." Mr. PaJmer La.s given us something better than an attempt to reconcile religion and science. His b(Mk is a most suggestive contribution to the interpretation of the ftpiritua.1 life. Dr. Dle/s vocation is, aa he conceiveg I it in tbii! book" to popularise Spiritualism. The spot God has intended for this itw leading is, he,,iayF,, the minds and hearts of the people. And thts book is much more liiiely to put it there tiian the 1j(>di'011S report bj' tbd Society for Psychi- cal ¡Hesearch. It is frank, and in the main, i.:ir. Many enllgntened Christian ileople wiU agree with some thnigs &aj4 in tais book, especially in the chapter on The Two Needful Re-adjustments." The causes and object? of the world-war are essentially religious and not political. The political results will matter very little a thousand years hence; the religi- ?s"?'l ?e:the world. The war ought to shakp men out of make-beliefs, and teach them th..?y etand upon a narrow knife-cdge between two awful eternities." What are the re-adjustments necessarr for the new time? First, that the Old Testament, should be put in its proper place. It is a wonderful book; but it has no connection with modern conceptiojcs of rehgion, Ir;'hich. have been moulded b?''the New Testament. The second is that the I emphasis that has been placed almost ex. f:lusively upon the death of Christ- should be shifted &o as to embrace His life. Christians may not agree with the author I, whon ha eays that far too much emphasis has been placf'd upon His d<*ath; inany wiU agree with him in saying far too liftle has been placed upon His life. Dr.' Doyle d<w!<! not car& for the word II Spiritualism because it has been befouled by wicked charlatans and I chpapen<'d by many a sad incident." In. deed we must admire the frankness of thp ¡i author in his repeated acknowledgments ? (?hap. II.) of thf roguery/' the ma-MT ?S-rie-i-cus incident' th? e:ngt('ne ôf I frauds," the sham 6'bake.spearcs and vu'gar C?sars that. have appeared in ¡ marty Beauce rooms, the fact thst u some mediums are extremely irTPMxmsible and<'i-!]padfd people," art4 have been )<<-n' to cheat i the rcost chiMIsh and bare- fscfd fashion." and are U pPOple by n,, MMns rcn'arkable for m-eral or mental girts." These are fairly strong words: and wa may concluda that tvic)- history of Spiritualism has been a chequered one But it is when he (')m4"S to a cO!Iioa- tion cf Christ that pr. Doyle lays Hms(>1f open to criticism most or aH What a d Chnst i,,k cardina! for Passing any i1l1gmnt up6n it. Consider Dr. Dovle- as an expositor first. He savs it wouM ba "a !flaw-" if nlpchol and <-c- bacoo were not reproduced In the life beyond the g-rave. He believes thev ar'< apparently. And he supports hh lwtjp; by quoting Ci)rist'<! T.-ords. I will not I drink henceforth of this fnui- of the virx' I till I drink it: nmr with yon in my 'I Father's kingdom." This is literalism I with a vengeance! A-ain. ho b#,7ievts < hat Christ selected His disciples unon the principle of psychic powpr. He Himself was the greatest exponent of that power who ever appeared upon earth, and He desired to san'onnd Himself with others who possessed it in' a lesser flpgrpe. Psychic power is the of an Dr. DO,vll"s seeing. Christ has sufFerpd—the Christ cf New Tesia.tnRnt —at the 'hands of Hi8 enemies tre this. But if Dr. Doyle is a friend, Christ has mora b) fear at the hands ot His friends than Hi:. avo",J enemies. ) Durin,- the war it was discovered that I was easy to cnlipt the interest of so!- I f!icrs by addrf'8S(\g OBL, I This was partly du? to their own new i,,f,ripne,k, of travel, and thfir consequfat PeaHxatior! of the Lioness of tllp wo;'M, aTi<' the existeDce of other natione in it bcsidps tbpir 6-win. Parti?', als.), t<-) the fact that a change has over Mis- sions. Statesmanship has? largely tAkcn the place of relipious seBtiment ae the watchword of work. Bat fhepp two thina's not altogether account for this remarkable interest. This a thi"d rensön. The author intimates that the story of hia I visit to the LiviDgstonia. Mission in Airica. told in this book, was re-told (lU1'in mocths of lecturiTig to the troops I in 'France. After we have rr-r-4 Hip hook we can readily Understand tl,- in{:erpst of the pol(lipr in Missions. It is a mnring story of f;ac',rif¡e and succpsia that Mr. ) j\f"rjoon te1Js-privatiri't1s nobly hn'p dpfcrrpd, onlv to !?' more a!')a??.'n< r?Iised in the end. There is one i?ure in the book, Dr. Laws of the Dh'inp?ma Mi?sifn, who ia? worthy to rank side by sic!e witb Livingstone himself. One of the worM's greatest workers, sar? Mr. MMfison. Rreat in Mnccptio? arrd tire- less in The volume abounds in stores of the road/' Tnany of tbefn irrpsi.=:tahly hunMrons. A Mnps of illus- trations adds p'rpatly to the interest.