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original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1878. Not
illustrated. Excerpt: ... VI. AN INTERNAL ARGUMENT FOR
CHRISTIANITY. THE word " remarkable " has been so hacked of late in
theological criticism--nearly as much so as "earnest" and
"thoughtful "--that we do not like to apply it without an apology
to the instance of a recent work, called "Ecce Homo," which we
propose now to bring before the reader. In truth, it presents
itself as a very convenient epithet, whenever we do not like to
commit ourselves to any definite judgment on any subject before us,
and prefer to spread over it a broad neutral tint to painting it
distinctly white, red, or black. A man, or his work, or his deed,
is " remarkable" when he produces an effect; be he effective for
good or for evil, for truth or for falsehood--a point which, as far
as that expression goes, we by adopting it, leave it for others or
for the future to determine. Accordingly it is just the word to use
in the instance of a Volume in which what is trite and what is
novel, what is striking and what is startling, what is sound and
what is untrustworthy, what is deep and what is shallow, are so
mixed up together, or at least so vaguely suggested, or so
perplexingly confessed, --which has so much of occasional force and
circumambient glitter, of pretence and of seriousness, --as to make
it impossible either with a good conscience to praise it, or
without harshness and unfairness to condemn. Such a book is at
least likely to be effective, whatever else it is or is not; it may
be safely called remarkable; and therefore we apply the epithet
"remarkable" to this Ecce Homo. It is remarkable, then, on account
of the sensation which it has made in religious circles. In the
course of a few months it has reached a third edition, though it is
a fair-sized octavo, and not an over-cheap one. And it has
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