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is, that after its perusal any one could ever again have recourse to such arguments. The contents of the Coran are next examined and, while it is acknowledged that it inculcates some excellent precepts and doctrines, it is held that these are mainly taken from the Bible, while the grandest and most important of its truths are denied, omitted, or perverted. The teaching that pardon is attained through Mohammed and God's mercy, is shown to be insufficient; and the sensual rewards, intolerant precepts, and blind predestination set forth in the Coran, opposed to the dictates of reason, as well as to the express teaching of the Gospel. Some canons of correct interpretation are laid down, to obviate the far-fetched and unfounded explanations by means of which our opponents avoid the unfavourable conclusions drawn from the contradictions in the text of the Coran. Mohammed's character is then brought under -review; the claim advanced of his miraculous and prophetical powers is refuted ; and the grossness with which he indulged his licentious passions held up to deserved reprobation, as well as the measures of violence and other worldly means by which he spread his religion. The whole closes with a statement of the wonderful manner in which the Gospel is now being preached to all the world, preparatory to the glorious advent of Christ; and with a solemn parting admonition to the Moslem reader. As an appendix, are added six narratives of conversion in various nations, by way of exemplifying the practical working of Christianity.1

The Miftâh-ul-Asrâr, or "Key of Mysteries," is a short treatise devoted to the establishment of the divinity of our Saviour, and the doctrine of the Trinity. It sets out with showing the lofty dignity ascribed in the Coran to Christ, and the reverence with which Moslems ought, therefore, to regard

1 These are very interesting, but perhaps they might be in parts curtailed without diminishing the effect. Indian stories will, in general, be more applicable and better understood than those of ,distant nations. Would it not be appropriate here to introduce a few instances of Hindoo young men who; in their conversion, have displayed so noble a victory over the world, so complete a subjection to the love of Christ?


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