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THE author of the following Essays was, in 1843 and after, the preceptor of the Crown Prince of Prussia, and was and still is highly honored by the royal family. In his present professorship in the college at Neuchatel, Switzerland, he has won a wide and high reputation as a thorough and acute student of the Scriptures, an original thinker, and a very suggestive and inspiring writer. He is best known to American readers by his Biblical Studies. These Essays first appeared, at different dates since 1864, in the Revue Chretienne and Chretien Evangelique. Some of them, revised by the author, were translated by Mrs. E. Littelton and under the editorship of her husband, the Hon. and Rev. W. H. Littelton, rector of Hagley, England, were published in two separate volumes in London, in 1868 and 1879.
No American reprint of Prof. Godet’s Studies has, to our knowledge, appeared. But their originality, rich suggestiveness and tender Christian spirit deserve and ought to give them a wide circulation. The present selection is a tentative volume ; to be followed by other essays if a demand shall require it. It includes topics especially pertinent to the present themes of popular discussion ; and most attractively written for the reading of young people who desire to know the conclusions of one of the keenest and clearest thinkers.
In reply to a letter stating the wish of the Congregational Sunday-School and Publishing Society to issue an American edition of some of his Studies^ and inquiring particularly if his theological and scientific investigations for the past ten years since their publication had modified any of his conclusions, especially in his Study of the Creation^ Prof. Godet writes, April 15, 1882 : “I cannot at this moment know how to give the labor of a revision. And if I had the time for it, the changes which I might suggest would be without any importance,” and he kindly adds: “Since it is in a religious work that the Society is engaged, I surrender cheerfully all rights of authorship.” *’ We have the assurance, therefore, that these Studies express the latest religio-scientific theories. At a later date, July 13, Prof. Godet has sent a note to be added to his essay upon the Creation, which will be found in its proper place.
These Studies are commended to the thoughtful study of any who may be perplexed by plausible speculations upon the origin of things as a reasonable solution of their difficulties.