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THE

HEART OF CHRIST.

BY

EDMUND H. SEARS.

"It is seldom borne in mind that without constant reformation, that is without a con
stant return to its fountain-head, every religion, even the most perfect, nay the most
perfect on account of its very perfection more even than others, suffers from its contact
with the world, as the purest air suffers from the mere fact of its being breathed."

MAX MULLER.

FOURTH EDITION.

BOSTON:

LOCKWOOD, BROOKS, AND COMPANY,

381 WASHINGTON STREET.

1875.

HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
FROM THE LIBRARY OF
PHILIP HOWES SEARS
JANUARY 5, 1934

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1872, by NOYES, HOLMES, AND COMPANY,

in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

RIVERSIDE, CAMBRIDGE:

STEREOTYPED AND PRINTED BY

H. O. HOUGHTON AND COMPANY.

PREFACE.

"TH

HE fourth Gospel is the Heart of Christ," is the enthusiastic language of Ernesti, from whom we borrow the words of our title-page. Expositors both ancient and modern, who regard the four Gospels as veritable history, have generally manifested the same pref"Written by the hand of an angel," says Herder; and Schleiermacher, who with his school delighted in "the mystic of the four Evangelists," says that his soul must have been pervaded by eternal childlike Christmas joys.

erence.

But sentiments of admiration are not evidence to other minds who do not find through John those depths of living water which those who are more contemplative have ever found. No book has been the subject of a more searching or a more adverse criticism than the fourth Gospel. The history of the controversy, with the motives of it, is exceedingly interesting and instructive, and I had sketched it in two chapters of this work, but was obliged to omit them in order to bring the volume within convenient size. It is the controversy of half a century between some of the ablest theologians and profoundest scholars. The historical evidence was first seriously assailed by Bretschneider in 1820, who then published his "Probabilia," and who contended that the author of the fourth Gospel belonged to the first half of the second century, and wrote it

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