THE CONFLICT RENEWED.
THEY who imagined that Theodore Parker would return from Europe a submissive member of the Boston Association, with changed views and altered purposes, deceived themselves. He came back with every opinion and every determination more than confirmed. He had surveyed his position from a distant point; he had viewed it under all lights; he had examined the institutions of Christendom in the places of their power; he had talked with high priests of the Papal Church in Rome, with Protestant ministers and theologians in London, Oxford, Berlin, Heidelberg, Bâle, Zurich; he had attended lectures from the most eminent professors in philosophy; he had studied the working of ecclesiastical and doctrinal systems; he had noted the signs of the times in the speculative, social, and moral world; and the result was a deeper conviction than ever of the justness of his own method, and the correctness of his own conclusions. He felt himself, more than before even, a reformer, -- one who was commissioned along with many others to lead a new religious movement, as significant in its time as Protestantism was when it appeared. His beliefs were not imported: they were the native product of his own mind and experience. They were felt before they were formulated. As a boy, almost as a child, his sense of the reality, the immanence, the infinite perfection, of God, had been profound; his