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resting production, but we do not like prejudices and errors, which are some the very disagreeable character of Ra- what widely entertained, with respect nulp, who is clearly the writer's fa- to the manner in which the operations vourite. We are also, though not by of Providence are conducted ; and any means insensible to the evils and many of his observations are excellent, ignorance of the middle ages, not in- both in a scientific and religious point clined to join in the common cant of view. Unquestionably the writer which exalts the present enlightened is a man of intelligence; and it was period at their expense, as the writer with equal pain and astonishment that does at page 19. They surely have we found, mixed up with much valubeen already sufficiently abused, and able information, a laboured account it is high time to begin to look on them of the miracles of Hohenlohe and with a little more discrimination than other Romish impostures, which are is usual with modern liberalism. placed on the same footing with the
marvels of nature. It is truly lament
able to remark, that a great portion Twenty-four Strong Reasons why I
of the books which are intended to dare not become a Dissenter. By
unite amusement with instruction, for L. S. E. Third Edition, making in
the benefit of the rising generation in all, Twenty-one Thousand Copies.
France and Belgium, are filled with Price One Penny, or 7s. per 100.
trash of a similar description. The language of this tract is somewhat strong ; but it is so excellent, that we Sermons preached in St. James's cordially recommend it, and say, Let Church, Kingston-upon-Hull. By it be distributed by handfuls ! We the Rev. William Knight, M.A. need not inform our readers that by Minister of that Church. London: the signature L. S. E. is designated Seeleys. 8vo. Pp. xv. 436. the Rev. M. A. Gathercole. The tract is published by Inkersley, Bradford,
The church of St. James is one of Yorkshire; but we presume may be
those for which the country is indebted had on application to Mr. Gathercole's
to the private exertions of pious inprinters, Sherwood and Co., Pater
dividuals, assisted by the Society for noster-row.
the Building of Churches in Populous Districts; and its erection has been
the means, under the ministry of Mr. Universal Redemption the Doctrine of Knight, of effecting no inconsiderable
the Bible and of the Prayer Book. improvement in a neighbourhood, in Two Sermons. By Rev. A. BADGER. which vice and misery had long held London : Rivingtons. 1837.
an almost undisputed reign. In the
volume before us we have a pleasing Mr. Badger, it appears, had been misrepresented as to the doctrine of these
and instructive specimen of the efforts
which the author has made in one Sermons, and has published them to do away with any erroneous impres
branch of his professional exertions; sions. They seem to us two very sound
and we do not hesitate to recommend and excellent discourses.
it to the serious and attentive perusal of other readers than those for whose inspection it is more immediately de
signed. There is a clearness of exLes Merveilles de la Providence ;
position in declaring the great doctrines Lectures Instructives et Edifiantes
of our holy faith, and a warmth of pour tous les Dimanches de l'Année.
energy in urging its salutary precepts, Paris : 8vo.
which at once enlighten the underThe contemplation of the works of standing and reach the heart. We nature, as exhibited in the animal, subjoin a list of the subjects from the vegetable, and mineral kingdoms, is Table of Contents :
:-Serm 1. On always edifying and instructive. In Earnestness in Religion, Phil. iii. 14.these Lectures the author has chiefly 2. The Spirit of Grace and of Supendeavoured to remove the various plications, Zech. xii. 10.-3. Wrestling
Jacob, Gen. xxxii. 26.-4. The Holy manner in which the subject may be
Le Siècle jugé par la Foi : ou des 15. False Profession detected and ex
Mæurs, de la Morale, et de la Reposed, Matt. viii. 19, 20.–16. The
ligion. Par P. F. D. Paris : 8vo. Bright and Morning Star, Rev. xxii. 16.-17. On the Lord's Supper, 1 Cor.
This is a singular performance. It xi. 23. - 18. Things Temporal and
contains some fine writing, and many Things Eternal, 2 Cor. iv. 18.-19. just and energetic remarks upon the The Believer's Hope in God, Ps. xxxix. extreme depravity of the age, as ex7. — 20. On Transient Impressions, emplified in the morals and manners Hos. vi. 4.-21. The Believer's Hatred of the French capital. The writer is of Vain Thoughts, Ps. cxix. 113.
a staunch Romanist; and we do not 22. The Origin, Nature, and Design
hold with the propriety of setting up of Afiction, Lament. iii. 32, 33.
the dogmas of a corrupt Church in 23. The Doctrine of the Trinity,
witness against the vices of a corrupt Matt. xxviii. 19.-24. The Believer's age; but the indignant tone of reproConflict with Indwelling Sin, Gal. v.
bation in which he speaks of the 17.-25. Comparative Estimate of the
shameless disregard of the marriage Trials of Life, Jerem. xii. 5.
contract, in the moral department of
his work, bespeaks a religious and a A Manual of Comparative Philosophy,
virtuous man. Of the latter portion in which the Affinity of the Indo
of the book, which treats of the docEuropean Languages is illustrated,
trines of the Church, we shall say and applied to the Primeval History nothing; but the work concludes with of Europe, Italy, and Rome. By a chapter on the Apocalypse, which the Rev. W. B. WINNING, M.A. Bed
gives a novel and not unamusing ford. London: Rivingtons. 8vo. , interpretation
interpretation of the prophecies which Pp. xii. 291.
are yet unfulfilled. By the mystic
Babylon we are told that Paris is unOf late years, and among the Ger
doubtedly typified; and that a terrific mans more especially, the investigation
deluge is on the eve of swallowing up of the origin of language, and the classification of kindred tongues, has
that sink of iniquity, with all its un
hallowed magnificence and vicious been pursued with an unwearied dili
Vie de Martin Luther. Par Lenderhas been advanced to the rank of a
Traduite de l'Allemand. comprehensive analytical science. In
Strasbourg : 8vo. Mr. Winning's Manuals the results of We have not seen the original of this the latest inquiries upon the subjects Life of the German Reformer; but are examined with considerable learn- we think that it is of sufficient interest ing, and with the more immediate to warrant a notice of the translation. view of directing attention to the Extracted in great measure from
Condensed Discourses; or Pulpit Helps.
Sermons, Doctrinal and Practical. By By A Minister. London: J. Hod
the late Rev. Richard Moxon, Cuson. Pp. viii. 290.
rate of Ilkeston, Derbyshire. With Neither the style of the composition, a brief Memoir and Portrait. Edited nor the manner in which the subject is by the Rev. John Dale Waws. treated, pleases us. The discourses are London: Hamilton and Co. Notof that peculiar class self-called evan- tingham : Dearden. Pp. xxxi. 265. gelical; but which are too often the
Sound and valuable doctrine, calcuoffspring of an ill-regulated mind. We
lated to become at once the guide and are quite sure no sober Divine of our
comfort of all who read. The Memoir Church would preach them.
of Mr. Moxon is at once modest and
pleasing; a rare occurrence in this Sermons preached in St. George's biographical age.
Chapel, Albemarle-street ; to which is added, An Essay on the Prophecies relative to Christ. By the Rev.
Reflections on the Office and Duties of William WEBB Ellis, M. A., Mi
the Clergy. A Sermon preached at nister of the Chapel.
the Visitation of the Bishop of WinLondon :
chester. By the Rev. R. Tritton, Rivingtons; Hatchard.
Rector of Morden, Surrey. Lon328.
don: Rivingtons. 1837. A highly valuable book; of which
Mr. Tritton, who is also a Rural the Essay is by no means the least im
Dean, has here given a most practical portant part ; illustrating, as it does, in
Visitation Sermon; one which, avoida clear and convincing manner, many ing all controverted topics, dwells forciparts of the Sermons; and especially
bly on the high responsibilities of the referring to the miracles and preach
ministerial office. ing of our blessed Lord, as the most incontrovertible proofs of his mission.
Considerations on the Vital Principle;
with a Description of Mr. Crosse's A Commentary on the Act for the Experiments. By John Murray,
Commutation of Tithes in England F.S.A. London: Wilson. 1838. and Wales. By the Rev. G. HUGHES,
MR. Crosse, who by his singular disVicar of Helversgate and of Moul
coveries in electricity has gained a ton in Norfolk. London : Riving
name of no mean celebrity, is here tons. 1838. Pp. 134.
rather severely handled. By a collecMR. HUGHES says, “A principal ob- tion of well authenticated facts, as to ject with me throughout these pages the length of time after which seeds has been to persuade you, my clerical have germinated and plants lived, and brethren, even at the eleventh hour, as to the remarkable circumstances of not to be in a hurry to enter into beat, Mr. Murray combats the too pre'voluntary agreements. To those cipitate conclusions, whereby some beneficed Clergymen who are inter- supposed that a continued stream of ested in the question we cordially re- electricity might call insects into existcommend this pamphlet. The writer ence without the agency of generation, denounces strongly the whole Act, as or of an intelligent Creator.
FOR THE SIXTEENTH SUXDAY AFTER TRIXITY.
LUKE vii. 12. Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead
man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow ; and
much people of the city was with her. There is not a miracle performed by our Lord which comes more home to our heart, or is better calculated to interest our feelings, than that recorded by the Evangelist in the chapter from which the text is taken. The loss of a beloved child, under any circumstances, is a heart-rending affliction to a tender mother. The bond of union between the parent and its offspring is too strong to be dissolved without much violence. The helpless state of an infant, when first it enters into this world of sorrow, dependent for all its comforts, nay, for its very existence, on a mother's care, draws close that bond, which is daily strengthened as the child advances from infancy to youth, and from youth to manhood ; promising, by his attainments and virtues, to reward all the fond cares and parental kindness bestowed upon him in his earliest days. To lose a child at such a period is an affliction indeed; and this severe loss the poor mother mentioned in the text had to deplore. Deep as was the wound her maternal feelings had sustained, there were circumstances in her case which rendered it still deeper ; for this young man was the only son of his mother. No remaining child was left to mitigate her sorrow, or to supply, by endearments and dutiful attentions, the place of him she had so fondly loved, and whose cold remains she was now attending to their last sad home—the grave. The sole object of all her hopes, of all her fond solicitude, torn from her for ever-herself no longer a mother, or mother only to the dead. Severe as was the trial to wbich she was exposed, it had another aggravation, which St. Luke places the last in the melancholy catalogue : “she was a widow." Friendless and solitary, for her no human consolation appeared remaining. Every thing she held dear on earth had been taken from her; and by mortal eyes she was probably viewed as one on whom the wrath of Heaven was poured in tenfold vengeance. Her accumulated sorrows had evidently excited a general sympathy; for we read that “much people
the city was with her." . Many of her neighbours, doubtless, had assembled upon this melancholy occasion, to testify their commiseration, to pay the last tribute of respect to her lost son, and to mingle their kind but unavailing sorrow, with her own. But among those crowds there was One, who, to the tenderest feelings of pity, added infinite power to relieve the wretched sufferer, and to restore to her widowed arms her lost, her much-loved son. One who, though disregarded by the multitude, while walking amidst them under the character of the meek and lowly Jesus, could, whenever occasion required, resume his divinity and exert his omnipotence. One who, being himself “the resurrection and the life," possessed such almighty control, as to make even death itself release the victim which it had already seized within its icy grasp. “ The Lord saw her, and had compassion on her.” Ever
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alive to the kindest emotions of benevolence, he could not see the mourning mother's woe unmoved. Addressing himself to her in accents of kindness, he bade her dry her tears, and cease from her lamentations : “ Weep not,” said he ; and turning to the bier in all the majesty of the Godhead, he uttered these emphatic and most authoritative words, “Young man, I say unto thee, Arise !” and scarcely had they passed his sacred lips, when the lifeless body was re-animated, “and he that was dead sat up, and began to speak; and he delivered him unto his mother."
This surprising event, so convincing of our Lord's divine mission, and so pathetically related by St. Luke, naturally suggests two reflections, or rather two questions, in considering or answering which, we shall, I hope, derive advantage and improvement. First, 'Why does our God, a God of mercy and love, allow his servants to be driven to such a state of extreme suffering as was the case with the widow of Nain? Secondly, Why was it necessary to work a miracle for the restoration of her son, who might have been healed of his disease before it had assumed a mortal character ? To such queries as these I might reply, that it is not for erring mortals to arraign the counsels of Omnipotence; or for the creatures who were by his goodness formed out of nothing, to call in question the motives by which their great Creator chooses to govern them. Yet, I trust we shall not be guilty of presumption, if we venture to examine whether we may not, even with our finite and imperfect faculties, discover in the narrative before us, fresh cause to adore the goodness and wisdom of God, even in his very chastisements.
Man was created in the image of God, innocent, happy, and immortal; but, alas ! he soon by transgression fell from this state of bliss, lost the image of his Maker, and entailed sin, misery, and death upon his whole posterity. Sunk in corruption, and exposed to the tempter from without, as well as to temptations from within, the wretched descendants of Adam had been lost in irremediable woe, had not the mercy of God devised the stupendous scheme of redemption; and had not Christ, the paschal Lamb, been offered up a willing sacrifice for all the sins of a guilty world. This alone restored us to the Divine favour, and opened a door to that state of perfect happiness in another world, which we have, through sin, all of us forfeited in this. Still there are, and must be, certain conditions to be performed on our part, certain dispositions and qualifications, to render us fit objects of the Divine mercy : and these are faith and repentance. Faith, lively and operative, prompting us to believe all which God has revealed, and to do all that he has commanded ; repentance, which evinces itself by deep humility, and unfeigned sorrow for our sins, and a sincere determination to forsake them. A very little reflection will convince us that a state of continued prosperity is unfavourable to the growth of these essential qualities in the human heart. By nature proud and selfish, we need the wholesome correctives of our heavenly Father, to make us sensible of our unworthiness, and to teach us our dependency upon his bounty alone. fore I was afflicted,” says the sweet Psalmist of Israel, “ I went astray.; but now have I kept thy word.” The blow which appears so terrible as nearly to crush us into utter annihilation, is frequently a blow of the most tender mercy. If there be a state which calls for our immediate