Sir Robert Anderson

Chapter 3 - Is "Christian Religion" True?

One of the most obvious consequences of the conclusion reached in the preceding chapter is neglected or refused by many who profess to accept that conclusion most unreservedly. If it be the spiritual side of man's complex being that has suffered most by the disaster which has befallen him, it is here that the result will be most apparent. And while his moral nature may be capable of self-adjustment, we shall expect to find that, in the spiritual sphere, he is absolutely depen...

Chapter 2 - Universality of Religion

"As soon as man grew distinct from the animal he became religious." No one gifted with a sense of humour could have gravely penned a suggestion so grotesque as this. That the remote descendant of an ape might become intelligent, philosophical, mathematical, musical, poetical, scientific - all this possibly we could understand; but why should he become religious? And yet this dictum of Renan's is most important as a testimony from such a quarter to the fact that man is a relig...

Chapter 1

"It was the main purpose of the then rulers of the Church to put prominently forward the supremacy of the Bible." These words are quoted from the Archbishops' decision in the famous Incense case; and they indicate the chief aim of the leaders of the Reformation in England. For the Reformation was not merely a revival, it was a revolt. And ecclesiastical supremacy was the bondage from which those brave and noble men delivered us. That Church which is the vital unity of the Bod...

Preface and Contents

The subject of these pages is one of the highest interest, and it is only those who are in some way behind the scenes who can judge aright of its peculiar urgency at the present moment. "The greatest achievement in English history" is a distinguished historian’s estimate of the Reformation ; but in this flippant and shallow age we seem to be letting slip what the Reformers won for us. For a national lapse toward superstition upon the one hand, and rationalism upon the other,...

The Lordship of Christ

LAST words should have special weight, and I feel the responsibility of being called upon to speak in this the last hour of our Conference.  There is one word, entirely in the spirit of our meaning, which I would cite at the beginning — ''That in all things He might have the pre-eminence."  You remember the words in that passage in the first chapter of the Epistle to the Colossians, perhaps the most sublime in the entire Word of God, bringing before us the accumulated glories of our ...

Daniel the Prophet

'"The subject of these Conferences, as publicly announced, is threefold: the inspiration of Holy Scripture the Jews the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ I am this evening going to take up a part of Scripture that will combine each portion of that subject, I mean the book of the prophet Daniel.  Of course, within the limits of a half-hour's address, my remarks must be desultory, but it will be my aim to suggest thoughts to your minds, and perhaps to set at rest some here who are trou...

The Reasonableness and Certainty of the Hope

I GREATLY value the truth which we are here to consider, as affording a test of faith.  Man is naturally a religious animal.  I do not know how this will be accounted for by those who believe that he is developed from that mythical ancestor with a tail and pointed ears; for the evolutionist is face to face with the fact that it is as natural to man to have religion as it is for him to walk upon two feet.  Well, one result of this is that everyone has a creed.  This is not tru...

A Great Lesson

Someone has been kind enough to send me a copy of a prophetical magazine issued just fourteen years ago (August, 1880).  My unknown friend gives no indication of his reason for sending me this paper; but one article contained in it attracts my attention, and I seize on it "to point a moral." "The Crisis Of The End" is the startling title of this article, and its avowed purpose is to meet the unbeliever's objection to the study of prophecy that no two expositors agree.  To refute ...

Letter to E.W. Bullinger

Dr. Bullinger had a large circle of friends. Two prominent men who were very close to him were Sir Robert Anderson and Rev. Sholto Douglas. Both shared his strong stand on Protestantism and interest in prophetic studies; both had been among the original trustees of Things to Come. They were also personal friends of his and frequently spent time with him on weekends and holidays. Sir Robert Anderson was born in Ireland in 1841. His father was the Crown Solicitor for Dublin, his mother a member o...

Spirit Manifestations and the Gift of Tongues

What does the Bible say about... MIRACULOUS GIFTS? We live in a day of extravagant claims of the miraculous workings of the Holy Spirit. Every Christian must be prepared to evaluate these claims and determine reasonable expectations regarding the work of the Spirit in his or her own life. Noted apologist Sir Robert Anderson considers history and searches the Scriptures to determine what is of God and what is of the great deceiver. "The days we live in are intensely solemn. The stupid materialism...
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