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Bible Mystery and Bible Meaning, by T. Troward (late Divisional Judge, Punjab); published by Stead Danby and Co., 4, Kensington High St., London. Many of our readers will know that Mr. Troward is the author of "The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science," a book formerly reviewed in these pages. His present work is a very elaborate one, consisting of 245 large pages of close matter. His object seems to be to dispel the mystery which has always been, more or less, associated with the Bible, and to give such rational and coherent rendering of its purport and meaning as shall reconcile all the apparent contradictions and inconsistencies of its letter. He deals largely with purely meta-physical and unproven speculations, but never loses sight of fundamental principles, is never unpractical, and always mathematical. His keenly analytical mind, his acute sense of the slightest inconsistency in an argument, and his power to sift evidence—these qualities (always fine in a writer) are strikingly evidenced on every page. His argument is elaborated and evolved with steady consistency and unflagging interest through ten chapters of fine reasoning and a calm flow of language which cannot fail to stimulate to vigorous thought and inspire to clearer heights of understanding.

The Goal of the Universe; or the Travail of the World's Savior, by S. W. Koelle, Ph. D.; published by Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, London, E.C. This is a book for the Theological student. Much learning and ripe Greek scholarship are manifest in its pages. It is the work of a speculative thinker.

The Knowledge of God; its Meaning and its Power, by A. T. Schofield, M.D. ; published by Hodder and Stoughton, 27, Paternoster Row, London. A restatement of Christian belief concerning the Supreme, without defending any particular creed, this book will prove of interest to Christians of various denominations.

The Path to the Masters of Wisdom; published by the Theosophical Publishing Society, 161, New Bond Street, London, W., is a work replete with inspiration for the solitary student of, and aspirant for, a life of moral strength and lofty virtue. It is chastely bound and beautifully printed.

The Book of Books, or Bible of Humanity, by "Seeker," published at Bombay. This is an intelligent commentary on the Bhagavad Gita and is a neat, cloth-bound booklet of 75 pages.

The Chief Scripture of India, by W. L. Wilmshurst, published by Philip Wellby, Henrietta Street, London, W.C. This is another good commentary on the "Bhagavad Gita" in its relation to present events.

Mental Art; or The Art of Mind Development, by Samuel George, published by the Power Book Company, Wimbledon, S.W., is a book relating chiefly to the writer's personal experience in certain psychic arts.

 

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