PRINCETON and Yale are experiencing the effects of the extraordinary religious revival which was started in England by Messrs. Moody and Sankey. The former College was the first in which religious enthusiasm showed itself, and the movement still retains such force there that a recent observer is said to have counted nine prayer-meetings in progress at one time, in a dormitory or an entry which contained but fourteen rooms. A Rev. Dr. Taylor, soon after the revival had begun at Princeton, addressed the Yale undergraduates, and aroused in them an enthusiasm which the labors of two missionaries from Princeton and of some of the more ardent Christians among them will not allow to cool.
The Crimson has once or twice referred to this movement in a somewhat light manner, and the last number of the Courant, which reaches us as we are going to press, rebukes us for a levity which would be objectionable on the score of taste alone, and for which we hasten to express our sincere regret. A college paper, as the Courant justly says, is not the proper place for a religious discussion. But we cannot resist the temptation to say a few words on this matter, especially as it has occupied so much space in our recent exchanges. Religious feeling cannot be criticised and judged like other things; yet, although the semi-familiar manner in which religious matters are referred to in the Yale and Princeton papers would not be surprising in ignorant revivalists, it seems a little extraordinary in people who proclaim themselves to be "cultivated Christians." And the object of the revival appears to be simply belief. The revivalists of to-day, like those of the camp-meetings of twenty years ago, cry out, in substance, "Believe right, - i. e. as we do, - no matter what you do!" The true cultivated Christian tells us to do right, and leaves the minor points of our belief to our own conscience.