age will be a prolific subject for the hilarity and pity of future generations. For a number of cen turies, they will say, the scholars of the western portion of a great continent were the victims of epidemic insanity; they imagined themselves to be the possessors of a life of eternal beatitude, and they busied themselves with divers lucubrations in which they sought to determine in what wa$; this life QuUl bo r ^li ^d, without doing any tiling them selves, or even concerning themselves with what they qught. to do to Ameliorate the life which they already had. And what to the future historian will seem much more melancholy, it will be found that this group of men had once had a master who had taught them a number of simple and clear rules, pointing out what they must do to render their lives happy, and that the words of this master had been construed by some to mean that he would come on a cloud to re-organize human society, and by others as admirable doctrine, but impracti cable, since human life was not what they conceived it to be, and consequently was not worthy of con sideration; as to human reason, it must concern itself with the study of the laws of an imaginary existence, without concerning itself about the wel fare of the individual man.
The Church says that the doctrine of Jesus can not be literally practised here on earth, because this earthly life is naturally evil, since it is only a shadow of the true life. The best way of living is to scorn this earthly existence, to be guided by faith (that is,