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STRAUSS AND RENAN.

An Essay.

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Of the two writers whose works are compared and
discussed in the following Essay, those of one, Ernest
Renan, are too well known to require much further notice
here. Almost immediately on its first appearance it was
translated into English, and from particular and especial
causes obtained great popularity, or at least notoriety, in
this country, as it had already done in that of the Author
himself. It was read by, and became known to, many
persons who were far from being professed theologians, or
indeed theologians at all. Condemned as it had been in
France by “Bishops innumerable and the Romish consistory
itself,” so also in England it was, if read, condemned, if not
officially “by Bishops” who happily have no such power
among us, at all events unofficially, and by those who
take their standard of belief from that which Bishops are
supposed to believe. On the other hand, it was read by
great numbers who could not be insensible to its attractions.
Those attractions were, the novel grace with which it in-
vested a subject hitherto considered too profound, when
critically handled, to be fathomed by the unlearned, the
unparalleled beauty of its style, the idyllic or pastoral
air which it threw around the principal personage, whom
it also clothed with a reality unknown before, and whom it
placed in the midst of scenery, which the author had

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