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hinted at," is probably an error of the press. In a second edition he will possibly obliterate such questionable words as evidential and bewilderment. But these are minor blemishes, which do not subtract from the great and substantial excellencies of the work. It displays considerable skill in the anatomy of religious feeling and character, and hence is eminently a book for the closet. He who reads it merely as one of the newest publications, will probably be disappointed, but he who reads it with close attention and serious thought, cannot fail to receive the most important benefit. We recommend “The Scope of Piety" the more earnestly, as there is reason to fear that an indistinct perception on the subject of which it treats, is fatally prevalent; for although, as the author felicitously expresses it, “ the heart may get before the understanding in this path of godliness," the cloudiness of the understanding must have a most pernicious influence on both the temper and the life.
Since the foregoing remarks were written, we have been informed that the author contemplates a removal to a distant hemisphere. In that case, we shall . rejoice, that the truths contained in this volume are preached to the ends of the earth; and we shall hope, that the benefit which many in his native land will derive from this labour of Mr. Stow's pen, will urge them to pray for his personal happiness, and the success of his colonial ministry.
The Duty and Advantage of keeping holy the Lord's Day; the substance of Two
Sermons preached at Barwick-in-Elmet, in March and April, 1836. By
the Rev. W. H. Bathurst, M. A. Rector. Leeds. Very plain, practical, and faithful sermons; but deficient in discrimination. The author appears very zealous for the good of his parishioners; but rectors and parish priests appear, in their zeal, to forget that while duty is incumbent on all, only those who have sought and obtained the aids of divine grace, will observe, in the right spirit, the christian sabbath. There is a leaning among the evangelical clergy, in some quarters, to the antinomian heresy; and a tendency in others towards the extreme of requirement. We rejoice that there are great numbers who keep the middle course, and so preach as to “ save themselves, and them that hear them.” Mr. Bathurst's sermons would have pleased us better, had they evinced the scriptural wisdom with which he is endowed who keeps between these Charybdis and Scylla of divines. In his address to his parishioners, he says, “ My reason for printing and distributing among you these sermons, is chiefly this: I know that your everlasting welfare depends on your being truly religious; and I know that true religion cannot prosper in any place where the sabbath day is not strictly kept holy. I am grieved to think how little that sacred day is observed among you as it ought to be: I dread the fatal consequences of this sinful neglect, and the heavy wrath of God which must come upon you, if you refuse to hallow his sabbaths. I therefore feel it to be my duty to address you on this important subject as plainly and faithfully as I can; to show you how God commands, and expects you to honour his holy day, and to warn you most earnestly not to slight this command, lest you bring upon yourselves certain and terrible destruction.”
Decorum is good. A decorous parish is better than a disorderly one. But there is danger that the change from the latter to the former should be mistaken for true religion, while the heart remains unchanged, the carnal mind still in a state of enmity towards God, and the religion of the parish just of that character, wbich many a Dr. Orderly, of these days, is mistaking for all that can be, and all that is designed to be effected by the gospel of Jesus Christ. The truth is, men are not made religious in parishes any more than they are in nations, A parish religion, and a national religion, are the same in character. The surface has assumed a new appearance; but the sub-soil is foul and defiling still. After all that baptismal regeneration has done, all that the rite of confirmation has accomplished, and all that has been effected by the regular recital of the
liturgy, added to great moral excellence in the character of the parochial clergyman, and a well-meant zeal for the spiritual benefit of his parishioners, in how many instances has almost every mind within the compass of the parish remained dark as to the character of God, of Christ, and of the great salvation, and the prevailing conduct evinced that almost every heart is bard as the nether mill-stone to divine impression. Formality and pharisaism abound, but humility, purity, and devotion have rarely visited its border. Yet there are the parish church, and the officiating minister, and, (with the exception, perhaps, of a few dissenters,) the population of the whole parish, the strenuous adherents of the establishment. This is the parochial system, in which some good men see so much to admire, and from the least change in which they anticipate the greatest evils-religious confusion, and civil anarchy. But to many men of piety and reflection, its tendency appears to be to confound the church of Christ with the world, to infuse a bitter and over. bearing spirit of sectarianism, and to cherish, in the bosom of thousands, a fallacious idea of spiritual security. With these,“ to keep to their church," is to be secure (whatever be their sentiments, emotions, or conduct) of an introduction to heaven.
The Christian entitled to Legal Protection in the Observance of the Lord's Day.
A Sermon preached in the Church of St. Mary, Hornsey, on Sunday, May 8,
1836. By the Rev. Richard Harvey, M. A. Rector. A VERY excellent sermon on an important subject. The view it takes is the correct one. Would that Sir Andrew Agnew, and the advocates of his impracticable bill, would peruse it with attention. It is evidently the production of a liberal and superior mind. We most cordially concur with the writer in all his hints and illustrations. He hopes that his sermon will lead the readers of it to the perusal of other and more important writers on the subject. We hope, that one so well qualified by the simplicity and energy of his style, and by the correctness of his views, will engage in the composition of such a work bimself. It would merit, and coming from such a quarter it might secure, the attention of great numbers connected with the established church.
The Revival and Rejection of an old Traditional Heresy, as handed down by
Calvin, Luther, Edwards, Twiss, Toplady, Tucker, on the Doctrine of God decreeing all Sin, examined and refuted, showing that the Doctrine is unscriptural, and unquestionably makes God the Author of Şin. By John
Benson. 12mo. London: Ward and Co. We think John Benson would have done well, had he made the title of his book more simple and short, and the book itself much smaller and cheaper than it is. It must be admitted, that some modern divines, and several of the reformers of the sixteenth century, made rash and unwarranted assertions concerning the decrees of God. We quite agree with John Benson, in embracing the doctrine of election as taught in scripture, but abhor the thought of making God the author of sin.
The Mammon of Unrighteousness. A Discourse suggested by the Funeral of
N. M. Rothschild, Esq. By the Rev. John Styles, D.D. « GOLD," it has been said, " is the only power which receives universal homage. It is worshipped in all lands without a single temple, and in all classes without a single hypocrite; and often has it been able to boast of having armies for its priesthood, and hecatombs of human victims for its sacrifices." From Loke xvi. 9. Dr. S. has produced one of the most able discourses we have ever seen, on a subject of great importance. We shall only just repeat a few sentences from the conclusion.
“ Responsibility is a word of dreadful import, under any circumstances; with what a power of holy and awful impression ought it to fall upon our spirits at this moment! Give an account of thy stewardship. This was sternly said by death, to him who recently left his millions to obey the summons. It will ere long be addressed to every individual among us. Let me also remind you, that the solemn admonitions of our Lord in this parable, are directed to his disciples, his followers, the children of light; and do they who have entered upon a religious course, they who are affected by the terrors of the world to come, they who have awakened and tender consciences, who know their Lord's will and are deeply anxious to fulfil it, stand in such peril, and are they in such danger from a world which they have renounced ? "İf the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? What must be the doom of those who know no god but mammon-who care for no other world than the present? There can be no madness of infatuation to be compared with that of an immortal forgetting his high destiny, and seeking his happiness in the shadows of time."
The Value of the Church of England, as a Keeper of Truth. A Sermon preached
in the Cathedral Church of Norwich, August 17th, 1836, by the Rev. Edwin
Sidney, A.M. What Mr. S. applies from his text, Isa. xxvi. 1, 2, to the church of England, belongs more properly to the church of Christ, as scattered throughout various communities. We grant, that in the formularies of the English church, there are rich portions of gospel truth; but there is a certain depository, a volume bearing the stamp of heaven, which contains the whole treasure of divine truth without alloy; and every church, (congregation of faithful men,) yes, and every family and individual, influenced by genuine, vital, and practical religion, is a keeper of truth. Without such living guardians, we think Mr. S. will agree with us, that the decrees and symbols of general councils and convocations, or acts of parliament ratified by royal authority, are altogether but a dead letter.
A Letter to the Editor of the Quarterly Review, in Reply to certain Strictures
in that Publication on the Rev. Dr. Keith's Evidence of Prophecy, from the
Rev. James Brewster. The writer has vindicated his friend's fair fame with great ability, and, as we think, completely repelled the charges and insinuations of the reviewer.
The Danger of Apostacy from Christ ; exhibited in an Essay, by G. Barrow
Kidd. 18mo. London: Westley und Davis. This is an expository view of Hebrews vi. 1-. On this difficult portion of scripture Mr. K. abstains from all controversy; his spirit throughout being deeply serious, and his aim entirely practical.
We do not agree with him, that the persons described in the 4th and 5th verses were real Christians, men converted to God and united to Christ. They had attained a knowledge of the doctrines of Christianity, were affected by its promises, and the fair prospects of futurity which they open, and perhaps possessed some of the miraculous gifts of the Spirit common to that age; but they are not spoken of as regenerated, as new creatures in Christ Jesus, or as being the subjects of faith and love, abounding in self-denying obedience. These are the things which accompany salvation. Apostates, like the hearers compared to stony ground, produced a rapid vegetation, but having no root soon withered away. It is part of the character of real Christians, that they are not of those who draw back unto perdition, but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. This is the view of the passage given by Owen, Poole, Guise, Doddridge, and the general stream of our best commentators.
THE EDITOR'S TABLE.
The Editor will continue to insert under this head the title of new books and pamphlets that are forwarded to him. In this way he hopes to gratify both his readers and the publishers by the earliest announcement in his power of the works that are confided to him, which, however, will not supersede a critical notice of most of them at a future period. Copies of recent publications, and notices of works in the press that are likely to interest the readers of this miscellany, will in this way receive prompt attention.
Discourses by the late Rev. John B. Patterson, A. M. Minister of Falkirk : to which is prefixed a Memoir of his Life, and select literary and religious Remains. With a Portrait of the Author. In two volumes, crown 8vo. Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd. 185.
Letters on the present state of the Visible Church of Christ, addressed to John Angel James, Minister of the Gospel in Birmingham : by R. M Beverley. 12mo. London : Dinnis. 4s.
The Choir and the Oratory; or Praise and Prayer. By Josialı Conder. 12mo. London: Jackson and Walford. 6s.
The present State and Claims of London. By Robert Ainslie. 8vo. 1s. 60. London : Seeley.
Mrs. Henderson's Scripture Lessons, Part IV. 18mo. London: sold for the Author, by Hamilton, Adams, and Co. 60.
Theory of the Hebrew Verb. By the Rev. W. Yates, of Calcutta. Second Edition, pp. 58. London: Wightman. 38.
Reflections on a Flower Garden. By the Rev. James Hervey, late Rector of Weston Favell. Illustrated by Drawings of the Flowers. Neatly bound, 55. 6d. London: C. Tilt.
The Honour attached to eminent Piety and Usefulness. A Sermon preached at Downing-street Meeting House, Cambridge, Sunday, Nov. 20th, 1836, on occasion of the Death of the Rev. Charles Simeon, M.A. Senior Fellow of King's College. By Samuel Thodey. 8vo. London: Hamilton and Co. 1s.
Sermons preached at the British Episcopal Church, Rotterdam, by the Rev. C. R. Muston, M. A. Assistant Chaplain, and Author of “ Recognition in the World to come.” 8vo. Hatchard and Son. 12s.
The Preacher from the Press. Sermons to explain and to recommend the Gospel of Jesus Christ. By John Alexander, Norwich. 12mo. Vol. 1. Jackson and Walford. 3s. 68.
The Revivalist : exclusively devoted to the revival and extension of Evangelical Religion. Conducted by the Rev. Joseph Belcher. 18mo. Ward and Co.
Questions respecting the Social Worship of Inmates of Workhouses, considered by a Layman. 8vo. Hamilton and Co. 6d.
A Practical Guide to the Prophecies, with reference to their Interpretation and Fulfilment, and to Personal Fdification. By Rev. Edward Bickersteth, Rector of Watton. 12mo. 5th Edition, enlarged. London: Seeley and Co. · Pastoral Recollections. Edited by the Rev. J. Belcher. 18mo. London: Ward and Co. Missionary Records. West Africa, with two Maps. London: Tract Society.
Temper Sweetened, essential to Personal and Domestic llappiness. By J. Thornton. London: Wightman. 18mo.
Britain's Plea for Sailors. London : 18mo. Nisbet and Co.
The Christian Catechist, Part IV. On Public Worship. By John Bulmer. 32mo. London: Jackson and Walford. 3d.
The Adventures of a Cotton Tree. By Henry Harcourt. With many Engravings. London: Westley and Davis. 18mo. 2s.
The Herald of Peace. Monthly. 8vo. Ward and Co.
Daily Thoughts on important Subjects. Ward and Co.
The Adventures of a Coal Mine. By Henry Harcourt. London : Westley and Davis. 18mo. 2s.
The Family Magazine, Vol. III, 1836. Conducted by the Rev. Joseph Belcher. 8vo. London: Thomas Ward and Co.' 4s. 6d.
The Life of Ali Pasha, of Tepeleni, Vizier of Epirus; surnamed Aslan, or the Lion. By R. A. Davenport. London: Tegg and Son. 12mo. 5s.
An Efficient Ministry: a Charge delivered at the Ordination of the Rev. Joseph Elliott over the Church assembling at North Gate-street Chapel, Bury St. Edmund's. By the Rev. Andrew Reed, D.D. London: Thomas Ward and Co. 18mo. boards. 1s.
Elements of Prophetical Interpretation. By the Rev. J. W. Brooks, Vicar of Clarebro', Retford. London: R. B. Seeley and Co. 12mo.
Interesting Narratives from the Sacred Volume. Illustrated and improved by the Rev. Joseph Belcher. Second Edition, revised, with Additions. London : F. Baisler. Ward and Co. Crown 8vo.
Chapters on Flowers. By Charlotte Elizabeth. London : R. B. Seeley. 12mo.
An Act for Marriages in England, and an Act for Registering Births, Deaths, and Marriages, with a practical Arrangement of their Provisions, Notes, Forms, the Registrar General's Circulars, and a Copious Index. Adapted to the use of all persons. By Richard Matthews, of the Middle Temple, Esq. Barrister at Law. London: Saunders and Benning, Law Booksellers. 12mo.
A Guide to the Churchman in his Devotional Use of the Litany, in the Book of Common Prayer. Being a course of Lectures preached during Lent, at Acton, Suffolk. By John Bickersteth, M.A., Vicar. London : Seeley and Co. 12mo. .
One Hundred Sketches and Skeletons of Sermons. By a Dissenting Minister, Vol. II. London: George Wightman. 12mo.
Live Joyfully; or, the Duty and Means of being Happy. By the Rev. Joseph Belcher London: F. Baisler. 18mo.
Tales about the Sun, Moon, and Stars. By Peter Parley, with numerous Engravings. London: T. Tegg, and Son. 4s. 6d.
A Letter to the Editor of the Quarterly Review, in Reply to an Article in the last Number of that Journal, on the subject of Church Rates. By a Lay Dissenter. London: Westley and Davis. 8vo. 6d.
The Life of Christ, in the Words of the Evangelists. A complete Harmony of the Gospel History of Our Saviour, for the Use of Young Persons. London: C Tilt. 18mo.
The Devotional Psalmist, or Christian's Morning Companion, Select Psalms, with Practical Observations and Meditations ; a series of daily reading during a course of three months, selected from the most eminent authors. London: C. Tilt. 32mo.
The Temperance Penny Magazine, Vol. I. London: T. Ward and Co Large 8vo.
The Protestant Dissenter's Juvenile Magazine, Vol. IV. London: Simpkin and Co. 32mo.
The Adventure of a Sugar Plantation. By Henry Harcourt, with many Engravings. London: Westley and Davis. 18mo 2s.
The Scripture Doctrine of Atonement, proposed to careful examination. By Stephen West, D.D. of Stockbridge, America. London: Tract Society. 18mo.
Three Lectures on the Polity and History of the Hebrews, from the Exode to the Advent of the Messiah ; delivered to ihe Members of the Sunday School Union Library and Reading Room, Paternoster Row, on Wednesday Evenings, February 10th, March 9th, and April 6th, 1836. By John Hoppus, M.A. Professor of the Philosophy of the Iluman Mind and Logic, in the University of London. Sunday School Union, 60, Paternoster Row, 1 vol. small 8vo.