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It is a strange, though familiar fact, that great differences ofopinion exist respecting the Interpretation of Scripture. AllChristians receive the Old and New Testament as sacred writings, but they are not agreed about the meaning which theyMoreIt is a strange, though familiar fact, that great differences ofopinion exist respecting the Interpretation of Scripture. AllChristians receive the Old and New Testament as sacred writings, but they are not agreed about the meaning which they attribute to them. The book itself remains as at the first- the commentators seem rather to reflect the changing atmosphere of the world or of the Church. Different individuals or bodies of Christians have a different point of view, to which their interpretation is narrowed or made to conform. It is assumed, as natural and necessary, that the same words will present one idea to the mind of the Protestant, another to the Roman Catholic- one meaning to the German, another to the English interpreter. The Ultramontane or Anglican divine is not supposed to be impartial in his treatment of passages which afford an apparent foundation for the doctrine of purgatory or the primacy of St. Peter on the one hand, or the three orders of clergy and the divine origin of episcopacy on the other. It is a received view with many, that the meaning of the Bible is to be defined by that of the Prayer-book- while there are others who interpret the Bible and the Bible only with a silent reference to the traditions of the Reformation. Philosophical differences are in the background, into which the differences about Scripture also resolve themselves. They seem to run up at last into a difference of opinion respecting Revelation itself--whether given beside the human faculties or through them, whether an interruption of the laws of nature or their perfection and fulfilment.