The New Zealand Evangelist
From Dr. Kitto's Journal of Sacred Literature we learn that the anthor of “Ancient Christianity,” Isaac Taylor, suspending his half-finished translation of Josephus, has sent forth an original volume entitled “Loyola; and Jesuitism in its Rudiments,” The work is divided into two equal parts, the first being devoted to the personal history of “Loyola” and the second to “Jesuitism in its rudiments,” that is, as set forth in what may be regarded as the canonical writings of Jesuitism.
The first portion is an admirable dissertation on the career of a most remarkable man. The history of Loyola is here related with much animation and strength of style; his character is delineated with masterly discrimination; and the principles developed in his career are indicated with marvellous distinctness. In every page we trace the mind of one who is gifted with a rare tact for the discovery of the beautiful and the true, wherever it may be found; and for detecting the foul and the false, in whatever dark corners it may be hidden. Loyola has never till now had a biographer so willing and so able to do full justice to all the good in his character and principles, and so resolute and keen in laying bare all the evil in both.
The chapter near the close, on the purport of Jesuitism, contains many sagacions and profound observations which will be read with great interest.
“It is probable,” Mr. Taylor says “that the Jesuit Society, not slow to read the lesson which events are placing in its view, will abandon what it may deem a desperate endeavour to rule the world as from the depths of closets and cabinets, and may at once address itself to a task which, if it be more arduous and more perilous, is more stimulating—that of ruling it by placing itself in immediate communication with the masses of the people; and by offering itself to ride foremost on the surges of popular agitation.
Henceforward, as we may surmise, it will not be in the way of intrigue that the society will make itself felt—for intrigue is not an engine that can be brought to bear on millions of men, but as the promulgators of a political and social creed acceptable to these masses in a sense of which it may seem to be susceptible when expounded to rude ears; but which in its inner and true meaning, carries entire the principles of an absolute despotism. In times gone by, Jesuitism sought to rule the world by putting itself near and nearer still to the throne: or by actualiy edging itself on to seats of power. But in times to come, as we may imagine, it will seek to compass the same design by standing the most forward in every popular assault upon thrones. So long as monarchies rested solidly in their places upon the field of Europe, the Jesuit Society wished to stand upon the same terra firma; page 351 but now that this ground trembles beneath the foot, it will com mend itself upon its own raft to the mighty deep—the many, the ‘many waters,'—the people!”—(p. 322.)