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imiles of heaven, and the exclusive fa Bible Suciety. By Herbert vour of the Almighty Ruler of the world. On the contrary, instead of

Marsh, D. D. F. R. S. Marthe sunshine of joy, lo, disappointment

garet Professor of Divinity. and disgrace; instead of happiness and Second Edition, London printplenty, lo, scarcity and general distress ed. Sold by Rivingtons. 1812. and calamity, staring us in the face! instead of order, harmony and peace, be

pp. 80. hold the demons of discord let loose

ART. III. A Letter to Herbert upon the world, wading through rivers Marsh, D. D. F. R. S. &c. &c. of blood, with pestilence and famine in &c. In reply to certain Observa. their train, accompanied by death in all its frightful shapes of terror and dis

tions contained in his Pamphlet

relative to the British and Fo. may.

“How long shall we continue to feel reign Bible Society. By Ed. che conflicts and commotions, which, ward Daniel Clarke, LL, D. like a volcano or an earthquake, con

Cambridge. Printed and Sold vulse and agitate the globe ? Shall Eu. rope be a scene of perpetual hostility by Hodson. 1812. pp. 13. and carnage, of fluctuating and uncer- The British and Foreign Bible tain conquest, of reciprocal plunder and partition? Shall the earth be deluged so

i Society, whether we regard its

o with the blood of its children, merely constitution or its object, is de. to gratify the lust of an unbounded ra- serving, we think, of the patron. pacity, or the restless rage of a domi. age of Christians of all denomina. ncering ambition ? When, o cruel and

Even from the received relentless War! when wilt thon cease tons. to disturb and depopulate the world ? translation of the Scriptures. When will thy reeking sword return into though, in the opinion of able and its scabbard, satiated with blood? When, candid judges, it sometimes re. O, thou enemy of the human race! shall the widow and the orphan cease to quires to be corrected, the seri. deplore the husband and the father ous, unprejudiced reader may deslain? When shall we be able to say, duce the principles of faith and Hitherto shalt thou go and no further conduct. We know many per. here shall thy ravages be stayed!"-Ppsons who, by the divine blessing 439–444.

Some of the Sermons are parti- on their examination of it, have cularly designed for the .vouyg: been led to an acquaintance with and in many of them there are the such counters for you as every sus," and however earnest are our parent would wish to submit to the wishes for a revisal of the authorstudy of his offsprino: in ad. ized version, we cannot consciendition to this recommendation, the tiously decline our humble co. hveliness of the preacher's style is operation with the efforts that aro well adapted to the taste of the making to give the most extensive youthful reader,

circulation possible, to a volume which, in every translation, con.

tains the words of eternal life, and ART. II. An Inquiry into the Con. which, together with a very large

sequences of neglecting to give body of our countrymen, we the Prayer Book with the Bible. would embrace all occasions of Interspersed with Remarks on recognizing as the religion of ProSome late Speeches at Cambridge, testants. and other important Matter re. It might well be imagined, nor lative to the Britisá and Foreign have we been disappointed in the

hope, that this institution would Society against its willing adver. experience zealous and general sary. support. There was also reason The Margaret Professor's pamph10 apprehend that from a certain let contains vine sections, In the quarter it would meet with oppo. first he endeavours to shew the sition: and we are sorry to con. usefulness and the necessity of fess that we have, for months, churchmen's distributing the praylooked forward to its finding an er-book together with the Bible to active opponent in Dr. Marsh.' churchmen, and, moreover, to es

Few of our readers, we pre- tablish the fact that some memsume, are ignorant that in Decem. bers of the church justify the ber last an auxiliary Bible suciety omission of the filurgy in the dise, was formed at Cambridge. On tribution of the Bible. The se. the design being announced, the cond section he employs in an at. Margaret Professor addressed to tempt to prove that his arguments the members of the senate a paper, against such a distribution of the in which he called upon them, as Scriptures alone by churchmen, friends of the church of England, are not inconsistent with the prin. to withhold their countenance ciples and the spirit of Protes. from any such attempt, and to tantism. In the third he' examaid exclusively the well-known as: ines the question by a reference sociation in Bartlett's buildings. to the practice of the reformers Not contented with having gone and the case of the reformation. thus far, he circulated, on the eve He points out, in the fourth, the of the meeting, a band-bill (of analogy, on the one hand,. be. which he now avows himself the tween the Bible Society and Lan. author,) sufficiently distinguished caster's system of education, on from the preceding by the circum. the other, between the association stances of its being anonymous in Bartlett's buildings and that and drawn up in the plural num. which styles itself the National ber. To the latter publication Society. The fifth is a narrative alone Dr. Clarke adverted in his of some memorable facts in En. speech at the Town Hall, and, glish history, and is designed to with the most commendable deli- evince that a disregard of the liturgy cacy, refrained from alluding to will lead to the downfall of church that which bore the Professor's sig. and state. In the sixth we have nature: such was his desire of an application of these facts to the avoiding whatever' might be con. present subject. A remedy is strued into a personal attack. proposed, in the seventh, for the

In the “ Inquiry, &c." on the apprehended evil : and this reme. other hand, this intelligent writer dy is stated to consist in church. is animadverted on by name; a men transferring their patronage treatment of which he naturally from the Bible Society to that complains. The public, how. with which it has been contrasted ever, will the loss regret it when by Dr. Marsh. In the eighth sec. they find that Dr. Clarke has tion the Professor examines Mr. hence been induced to employ bis Vansittart's objections to this meapen in a vindication of the Bible sure, and, in the ninth, details the reasons why he would cheer. he is not inattentive to the laws fully unite with Dissenters in a of argument; while his censures society the sole object of which are delivered with an air of plea. should be the circulation of the santry and humour, they are in. Scriptures in foreign countries. termixed with many examples of

We learn that the “Inquiry, &c." sound and conclusive reasoning. made its appearance on Monday, It is satisfactory to be informed January 27th, at four o'clock by Dr. Clarke that the Premier P.M. and that the same evening wrote to the Margaret Professor, Dr. Clarke's reply was finished, in acknowledgment of an appli. and the next morning was deliver- cation to him from that gentle. ed to the printer.

man, and declared his unequivo. He complains, in a note to the cal approbation of the new soci. advertisement, of his name hav. ety. ing been used without his permis. As a specimen of Dr. C.'s man. sion by the Margaret Professor. ner, we transcribe a few senten. In the advertisement itself he ces from p. 9, &c. states facts and enters into reason. «Professing a zeal for the Liturgy, you ings which shew that the members seem to disparage the Bible, urging of the imagined rival societies, arguments founded on its inability to may with perfect consistency sup- alone, it is weak, but when in company

* support itself; maintaining that when port both: and he informs his rea- strong. Where is the Protestant that ders that having “ fashioned his can agree with you in such opinions ? REPLY as nearly as he could to After being accustomed from our ten

derest years to regard the Bible with suit the complexion of the 'in.

Ne reverence, to open that sacred volume QUIRY,' it was necessary to bla. with mingled sentiments of awe and of zon the pages in a similar manner gratitude, as containing all that is newith CAPITAL LETTERS and Ito. cessary for our salvation, shall a precept lics,* otherwise an insignificant 6

go forth to be inculcated in the minds an insignificant of youth that the Bible, when alone, is observation might sometimes pass incomplete and imperfect ? Cease, I beoff unheeded.”

scech you, from observations, which reIn the compass of thirteen pages mind us of the “ Heresy” we have so

often sworn to renounce. Your persist. the writer of this letter has re- ing in them, will soon call for more plied to whatever is of most con. powerful reprehension than mine : Voi. sequence in the Inquiry, either as ces thundering out of Sion, will proit respects the principle and ten. claim the independence and inviolability dency of the Bible Society or any and this conviction, I have written to

.. of the Bible. Under this persuasion, personal differences between the you; but my appeal is to my country. Professor and himself. While he Although I am well aware that every reproves his opponent for his hasty church has its Cardinals, of all men I conclusions and ungenerous sur- resembling them in you."

was least prepared to expect any thing mises, for his self-complacent and

Dr. C. however, has not super. self-important language, and for some inaccuracies of composition,

seded the necessity of our notic" ing particular parts of the " In.

quiry, &c.” On this undertak. * In this publication, as in his Ser- ing we shall accordingly enter; mon at St. Paul's and in his Vindication, &c. Professor M. has freely availed him- citing

availed him: citing the obnoxious passages in self of these emphatics of the Press. Rev. the order in which we find them,

FOL. VII.

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and hoping, in this manner, to ceive of the views of others agree. convince our readers that the ably to feelings the reality of Margaret Professor's hostility to which his own experience attests? the Bible Society, is dictated by He is guilty of a departure from political rather than by religious the rules of fair reasoning and of considerations.

liberal manners. By assuming P. 5. What better safe-guard (against that the advocates of the Bible the delusions of false interpretation of Society are a 4 party," he begs the Bible) can we offer than the book of Common Prayer, which contains the the question, and makes a rash and doctrines of the Bible, according to its unjust estimate of their motives. frue exposition ?"

In a country the majority of Now, without inquiring whether whose inhabitants are avowedly the book of Common Prayer be Christians and Protestants it is intelligible to all, we must be something new to see the friends permitted to observe that, at best, of the circulation of the Bible it can do no more than enable without note or comment repre. men to know, what are the doc. sented as a party, and especially trines of the Bible, according to when they are known to consist of the creeds &c. of the Church of Eng. almost every description of perland. The Bible itself it cannot sons in church and state. assist them to understand, because 10. “ It is not the Bible itself, it does not contain any scriptural but the perversion of it, the wrest. arguments and illustrations; being ing of the Scriptures (as St. Peter a volame, partly of devotional expresses it) by the unlearned forms, partly of ecclesiastical di. and unstable,' with which (whom rections and articles and in a very England now swarms, whence the small degree of elementary in- danger proceeds." And again, struction. Dr Marsh would have Ü. u Have the persons to whom Biinstanced more pertinently in the bles are gratuitously distributed either Abridgement of Pearson on the the leisure or the inclination or the abicreed, or in Secker's lectures on lity to weigh the arguments for religious the catechism. His statement optarom places the matter on the mere foot. Assuredly, with all our respect ing of human authority; with the for the Professor's talents and atsubstitution of the mass-book for tainments, we are astonished at the common-prayer, it is perfectly such reasonings. We believe that convertible to the service of any the generality of "his Protestant Romish priest.

readers, will consider them as 7. “ Such are grounds (viz. the princi- more than “savouring of popery", ples of Protestantism on which a (8). The principle and the ten. churchman Dr. Clarke, in his speech dency of this argument, instead of at Cambridge,] justifies the distribution of the Bible alone, or unacconipanied

" lying concealed from public

. yung with the Liturgy: and they deserve par- view (ib.), are plain enough even ticular examination, not as being the to "the unlearned," These are sentiments of an individual, but as the common places of Bossuet and being the sentiments of a party." of other celebrated Romanists,

Why does the Margaret Pro. when they combat the reformedyr sessor introduce a word so offen. when their aim is to evince the sive as “ party?" Docs he con, 'necessity of an infallible guide and

judge, and to justify the prohibi- advantage can the cause of Reli. tion of vernacular translations of ligion derive from a nominal uni. the Scriptures.

formity? Professor Marsh has 12. “ If you ask a churchman why it done nothing more in the above is right to kneel at the altar, when he statement than renewed his conreceives the sacrament (the bread and cession that the Bible alone is inwine in the Lord's supper: for “ sacrament" is an unscriptural term), he will

i sufficient for conducting men to answer, that it is an act of reverence, an acquaintance with the doc. due from every Christian to the institu. trines, &c. of the English hierar. tor of that holy rite, at whose name, it chy. is declared in Scripture, that 'cvery bace should bow.'"

17. "Vit requires no examination to

discover, what Latimer and Ridley, If the answer can satisfy the what Cranmer and Hooper, what our Margaret Professor, it is well : we great

it is wo w great Reformers would have said, could believe that he has " laboured Divinity in an English university would

they have foreseen, that a Professor of hard," as he himself reminds us be publicly censured by churchmen and (9), “ to promote the study of the clergymen, within the precincts of that Bible;" thouga in mis specimen of a book which they composed, and Bible:” though in this specimen university, for urging the distributioni of his interpretation of it he is which contains the doctrines for which sadly unsuccessful. The words they died." which he quotes, from the receive With our author's good leave, ed translation of Philipp. ii. 10, the “ Professor of Divinity" has ought to have been rendered in not been censured for simply the name of Jesus. Conformably " urging the distribution” of the with the original, ey TW oyouati, liturgy, which his clerical oppo, %.7. ., they are so rendered in nents are as ready as himself to the Syriac, &c. To 66 bow the circulate among their parishionknee in the name of Jesus," is to ers, but for urging the distribution worship in his name : il iş an ac. of it as necessary to accompany knowledgement that he is Media, the Bible. This is the actual tor and Lord, “ to the glory of case, on which our great REGod the Father.” The eleventh FORMERS,” we presume, would verse, contrasted with the phrase, have passed the same judgment as ology in Rom. xiv, 11, fixes the Dr, Claske. Warmly as they were meaning of the clause beyond all attached to " a book which they reasonable doubt. is, composed,” they never even ap16, . “Since we know by expes the

wak peared to place it on a level with rience that the study of the Bible does the sacred volume. not lead all men to the same conclusions, 19. « Without denying the validity or there would not be so many Protes. [purity) of those other sources, such as tants who differ from the established tradition and the decrees of councils, church, may it not be said without re- they could never have secured to the proach that churchmen should not con- Bible such an interpretation as they tent themselves with the distribution of themselves believed to be true. For this the Bible alone ?" ,

purpose it was previously necessary to

divest it of the glosses, which perverted This" argument would be less its real meaning. But did they stop glaringly inconclusive did church- hete, and leave the Bible without any men agree in one interpretation of interpretation ? No," the articles and catechism contain. A personal interpretation of the ed in the Common Prayer. Wbat Scriptures, and an imagined expo.'

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