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into distinct communities, and become the cen- , embrace Christianity, he asks him only to be tres of large bodies of disciples who ought to consistent with his own religion, to act in barhave remained in visible association with each mony with the spirit of his own sacred books. other, and would have so remained but for this Hence Jesus said to the Jews, ‘Had ye believed cause. Clinging to its peculiar hypothesis, or Moses ye would have believed me, for he wrote rather to its partial views of truth, each party of me.'” gathers to itself all who are like-minded; while if individual charity be not more expansive One fertile source of controversy on than the party symbol, grave doubts are insinu- matters relating to the great redempated respecting the honesty if not the safety of
|tion, as well as other subjects, doubtless, the other. Scenes of needless disputation and profitless polemics are exhibited. ... In
is the want of care in drawing distincthe majority of instances, a limited rather than tions between things that differ; and the an enlightened faith gave being to these exhi. consequent employment of terms withbitions. The field of Christian vision becomes
out due regard to their meaning. Great obscure and contracted to the rigid partizan. . .. What if Christianity should rebuke
care seems to us to be taken in this both-the doctrinal and the practical_not for volume, to guard against both these what they believe, but for stopping short at errors. One illustration, out of many, limits which she has not drawn ?!”
may be presented.
In the argument from the antiquity
“ The word atonement' denotes simply the
| fact of reconciliation. But as it is generally of the great redemption, the harmony
| used in relation to the great doctrine of the between the glimmerings of light under Gospel, it signifies the death of Christ, by former dispensations, and the full shin means of which reconciliation is effected. In ing of the Sun of Righteousness under this sense it is used here; and the distinction the present, -or rather the oneness of
between it and redemption may be thus stated
-atonement respects the authority of governthe light under the different degrees of
ment; redemption respects the ruined state of its manifestation,-as constituting an all the subject : atonement is offered to God; resufficient reason for the Jew to embracedemption is the blessing conferred upon the be. Christianity is thus shown :
lieving man. The design of the atonement is to satisfy the law; the object of redemption
is to liberate the penitent sinner from its curse. “ The gospel not a novelty," "for though the
... Atonement is expiation, but redemption word gospel is of comparatively modern use
is our deliverance from the penalty and power of ... yet the idea of mercy through a Re
sin. By atonement the lawgiver shews himdeemer is one with which believers have been
self at once just and merciful; redemption is acquainted in all ages. ... Paul also in
the actual reception by man of the mercy thus his Epistle to the Galatians uses these remark
honorably offered. . . . An atonement was efable words, . And the scripture foreseeing that
fected at once when Christ offered his great God would justify the heathen through faith,
sacrifice upon the cross; but redemption is the preached before the Gospel unto Abraham,
application of the benefits of his death to insaying, 'In thee shall all nations be blessed.' ... The case of this illustrious patriarch,
dividual believers to the end of time.” standing as he does as a star of the first magni. tude in the constellation of worthies who ob
The freshness and vigour of the writtained a good report through faith, is conclusive ing of many parts of this volume would evidence that the principal truths of the econ- tempt us to larger extracts. But we omy of mediation were so far realized by the
may appropriately close this notice with ancient saints as to constitute their gospel; ... as a prospective system they rested on one from an earlier part of the book. and enjoyed its provisions. ... The new chap. iii., § 10, on the bearing of these economy was the filling up of the old. And views on modern theology; speaking the believing Jew did not abandon the faith of sentiments in which we cordially symhis fathers when he embraced Christianity, but,
pathize, the universal and practical reon the contrary, acted consistently with the essential doctrines of Moses and the prophets. cognition of which, in a spirit of earnest When, therefore, the Christian asks the Jew to prayer for, and of humble dependance
ou, the aid of God's Holy Spirit, would, admirable Essay on the Union of Church we are persuaded, do much to revive and State. Mr. Noel's work was read true godliness, and to hasten the coming by Mr. Hollis to large and attentive of that day when the disciples of Christ congregations, assembled for that purshall be one, and when through their pose on week evenings, at Islington unity the world shall believe that God chapel. The interest excited was unhath sent Him.
flagging to the last. Seldom was any “How inexpressibly important is it that the comment made, but the readings were theology of the modern pulpit should divest it- left to produce their legitimate impresself of the badges of denominationalism. Less sion. Subjects suggested by these readof the tradition of the elders,' and more of the
ings were, however, taken up, and disFord of God;' less of the founders of theological schools, and more of the author and
cussed on the evenings of the Lord's finisher of faith; less of sectarian enterprise, day. These discourses awakened much and more of the zeal inspired by the common interest and inquiry; "and with the salvation ; less of allegiance to symbols, and
hope of rendering them more extenmore of the doctrine which began at Jerusalem, would speedily tend to enlarge the boundaries
sively tributary to the furtherance of of the church and to convince the world that the work of our age, the second re'God is in the midst of her.' . . The time is at | formation of the church,' I have yielded band for change great and extensive. . . How to the request," says our author, “to important is it that at such a time as this . ..
reduce them to the form in which they the ministers of Christ should teach men to observe all things whatsoever he has commanded: are hereby most respectfully presented should declare the whole counsel of God; should to the public, and dedicated to Mr. speak with the certainty of conviction, the Noel.” The tone and tendency of this fidelity of witnesses, the dignity of ambassa- | well-timed and well-executed “good dors, the earnestness of all-absorbing zeal, and the largeheartedness of evangelical love; and
work,” may be accurately ascertained should rise, to the height of their 'great argu- | by the following extract from the prement,' untrammelled by human creed, free in face :the liberty which the reigning MASTER has given them, with Christianity in their hearts, “The Reformation, therefore, that we seek ig and understanding, in all its divine entirety, its one thorough-going; one of earnest and believing sovereignty, completeness, fulness, freeness ; | deference to the holy oracles ; a Reformation, and the bible in their hands, the sole appeal the motto of which shall be, See that thon book, the test, the living oracle. How impor- make all things according to the pattern that tant that the pulpit should become what the was showed thee in the Mount,'—not the Mount ample resources of Christianity, if allowed to Sinai but the Mount Zion ;-a Reformation that pour its light unmodified by party symbol, ex- shall so far harmonize with an advancing people pressed or understood, would speedily make it as to assert the claims of Christianity by its tbe light, guide, attraction, and honor of the manly intellect, and self-supporting energy, age.”
and obvious disinterestedness; a progressive We cannot omit to notice the beauti
Reformation by which the church, while faithful
to the record, shall be kept abreast and ahead of ful manner in which the volume is got
the times.” up, as to the size and clearness of the printing, the excellence of the paper, Mr. Hollis is a man of peace; one of and its almost perfect typographical ac- “ the quiet in the land,” who has “ carecuracy.
fully abstained from political strife.”
In this instance he is “ valiant for the The Second Reformation ; or the Earth truth;" and his appeals, from his known helping the Woman. By Rev. B. S. character, have all the greater power. HOLLIS, Minister of Islington Chapel. Thus he rebukes indolent time-servers, London: Partridge and Oakey.
who come not to the help of the Lord in Tuis is a spirited echo of Mr. Noel's times like these :VOL, XII.FOURTH SERIES.
“Oh! the contemptible apathy of some per- to be first done. These men demonstrate nosons on questions which are agitating both thing but their own indifference to the verities earth and heaven! In vain do you scek access | of conscience and of God. They will take, in to their attention: their ears have they closed.' affairs of religion, what they repudiate in all They love ease. They would disturb nothing; other departments of inquiry, everything on nay, not the fungus on the damp wall; not the trust. Not thus do they let out their houses ; rust which is corroding the metal to its centre. but just thus do they let out their souls. They
They are the advocates of things as they are;' stand aghast at all change, and never more and, for equal reason, would have been of than when it threatens to be one from death to
things as they were :' for not a finger would life, from bonds to liberty, from stagnation and they put forth even for the enactments they impurity to motion and translucent clearness." enjoy of toleration in their folly. They cry, Hold fast that which is good,'—the very thing
ity Our author thus speaks out briefly to be proved--and wholly eschew that earlier and boldly ; and we much commend his injunction, 'prove all things,' which is the thing effort.
Daily Bible Illustrations : being Original Read-sanctity of the Lord's day has been duly reings for a Year, on subjects from Sacred spected, by the appropriation of the Readings History, Biography, Geography, Antiquities, for the first day of every week to solemn matters, and Theology. “Especially designed for the involving, for the most part, the practical and Family Circle. By John KITTO, D.D., devout consideration of some topic which the F.S.A., Editor of The Pictorial Bible,” actual course of the Illustrations may present. “ Cyclopædia of British Literature,” gc. fc. In this part of the work,” the author tells us, Antediluvians and Patriarchs. January," he has taken an especial interest; and if the March. Edinburgh: Oliphant and Sons. reader obtains the same refreshment from these London: Hamilton, Adams, and Co. 16mo. | recurring periods for inner thought, which the pp. 468.
writer has himself experienced, there will be no
reason to complain of the result.” This is the first of four volumes in which the
The Life and Epistles of St. Paul: comprising erudite author proposes to furnish a short essay on some biblical subject for every day in the
a Complete Biography of the Apostle, and a
Translation of his Letters inserted in Chroyear. Arranging them in the order in which
nological order. By the Rev. W. J. CoNYthe topics occur in the Scriptures, he has made
BEARE, M.A., late Fellow of Trinity College, those in this volume a commentary, in reality
Cumbridge ; and the Rev. J. S. Howson, though not in form, on the book of Genesis. His qualifications for such a work are known to
M.A., Principal of the Collegiate Institution,
Liverpool Richlu Illustrated with Numerous be of a high rank as far as familiarity with the
Engravings on Steel and Wood of the Prinletter of Scripture, with the geography and
cipal Places visited by the Apostle, from physical peculiarities of the countries in which
Original Drawings made on the Spot by W. scriptural scenes took place, and with biblical
H. Bartlett, and by Maps, Charts, Coins, literature generally, can prepare a man for the
&c. London: Longman and Co. 4to. undertaking Many of our readers will, how
Part I. To be continued monthly, and ever, be anxious to know what Dr. Kitto's
completed in Two Volumes. theological views are, as in some of his principal works they have not been allowed to appear. The plan of this work, as described in the We have great satisfaction in testifying that, as title-page and developed more fully in the far as we have read, they are thoroughly evan- Introduction, is excellent. By means of a gelical, and that he writes in every respect like chronological narrative illustrating geographical a man who knows the gospel experimentally, and historical subjects to which Paul's epistles and reverences the sacred oracles. There is no allude, and a free translation of the epistles disposition evinced to explain away that which themselves, somewhat paraphrastic yet adding is miraculous, or bring down divine communi- | nothing which is not virtually expressed in the cations to the level of human reason. The original, we have often thonght that much topics are judiciously selected, and they are light might be thrown on this transcendently treated in a manner which shows an extent of important portion of the sacred pages, and reading which, after all we have known to much additional interést be imparted to the inDr. Kitto's advantage, we were not prepared to struction it affords. The details of the plan expect. For family reading, especially in as well as its principles seem to us to be very households which contain intelligent young judicious, and we shall be happy to report heremen, these Illustrations are inestimable. “The after respecting its execution. “While Mr.
Conybeare and Mr. Howson undertake the joint Points thereof. By CHRISTOPHER Ness. revision of the whole work, the translation of London : Ward and Co. the epistles and speeches of St. Paul is contri Sound doctrine, recommended by Dr. Owen buted by the former, and the historical and
and other worthies in byegone days ; somewhat geographical portion of the work by the latter."
antiquated for those who doat on new views,
but not the less scriptural and salutary. Mr. The Christian Philosopher Triumphing over Ness was an able minister of Christ, ejected Death. A Narrative of the Closing Scenes from the establishment for nonconformity. At of the Life of the late William Gordon, the age of fourscore years he sent forth this M.D., F.L.S., of Kingston-upon-Hull. By small volume, as his last legacy to the church. NEWMAN HALL, B.A. Second Thousand. “ This little book," he tells us, “ hath cost me London; J. Snow. 16mo., pp. viii., 215. great study, many ardent prayers, and many
wrestlings with God.” It contains much truth The late Dr. Gordon, who was born in 1801
in few words. and practised for many years as a physician at Hall, was a man of intellectual power, high The Formation of Character. A Lecture demoral principle, and great zeal for the public livered before the Members of the Bristol good. He was accustomed to hear the gospel Athenæum, Oct, 11, 1849. By NATHANIEL while in health, but it was not till his last ill HAYCROFT, M.A. London: B. L, Green. ness that he professed to feel his spiritual
An important topic, treated briefly but with necessities and his obligations to the Saviour.
ability, well worthy the attention of our young Then, " after many years of anxious investiga
men. The author adverts to the nature of tion of the claims of the religion revealed in the character the principles to be observed in the New Testament, and the most fearless and
process of its formation—and the importance candid examination of every scheme of sceptic
to the young of the present generation of diliism, especially the materialistic, he confessed
gently labouring to form their character aright. that the only true philosophy was the reception of the gospel as a little child. It was this
History of the Inquisition, from its EstablishwLich, though he was called away in the very prime of life, in the natural vigour of his facul.
1 ment to the Present Time. With an Account ties, and in the midst of his usefulness, from
1 of its Procedure and Narratives of its all that can make this world desirable and dear,
Victims. London: Ward and Co. pp. 445. imparted to him that unbroken peace and in We hope that the respected publishers have describable joy, in the immediate prospect of not given much for the copyright of this volume dissolution, which gave to those around him | under the supposition that it is an original the edifying and consoling spectacle of « The work, Large portions of it interested us Christian Philosopher Triumphing over Death.'"
greatly about forty years ago : the recent addi. The book is written with becoming delicacy, in tions are of comparatively little value. an elegant style, and is especially adapted to Composition, Literary and Rhetorical, Simplido good among the more refined classes of fied. By the Rev. D. WILLIAMS, M.A., readers.
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