Renan's supports Babism
and degree. The Mormon delusion and Babism in Persia serve important uses in hia mind to illustrate the origin of Christianity.- Christianity.- The capacity capacity of the human soul to be strongly moved by hallucinations, and of communities to Buffer and endure torturo and death for a common belief, is adduced as though they explained every possible possible case of faith in a supernatural messenger or a supernatural communication. ' The readiness readiness with which he accepts the results of certain methods of historical and exegetical criticism, and the confidence with which he pronounces their decision, would be amusing if there were not such obvious haste and predetermination in the judgments themselves. Monsieur Bem Ait is doubtless very learned in Semitic literature, but he ia not an authority in New Teatameut criticism, criticism, and the readiness with which he accepts the conclusions of other critics without revising revising them, ia anything but creditable to his critical sagacity. But wliile this work fads to have a! very high historical value in the most important particulars, it were most unjust to call it only a romance, or to deny it very considerable worth even as history. history. The geographical pictures are graphic, minute, beautifully portrayecf,and doubtless true.