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Such is the doctrine of our Church, as expressed in the incomparable Homily of the Nativity :-“But because no creature, in that he is only a creature, hath or may have power to destroy death, and give life; to overcome hell, and purchase heaven; to remit sins, and give righteousness; therefore it was needful that our Messias, whose proper duty and office that was, should be not only full and perfect man, but also full and perfect God, to the intent he might more fully and perfectly make satisfaction for mankind. God saith, 'This is my wellbeloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.' Matt. iii. By which place we learn that Christ appeased and quenched the wrath of his Father, not in that he was only the Son of man; but much more in that he was the Son of God." And hence it follows that his glory as Son of God was the more fully manifested by that redemption, the value of which arose from his being not man alone, but God and man. The reader may see this subject most lucidly treated in Waterland's Lady Moyer's Lectures, (the discourse on Phil. ii.)
Mr. Knox appears to us to lay great stress upon a singular and unhappy interpretation of Heb. ix. 26 ;* nor is it the only instance in which his speculative taste leads him off from more solid ground. “He hath appeared to put away sin, by the sacrifice of himself;" appeared, says Mr. Knox, in heaven, before his Father. We cannot see any just reason for not regarding nepavépuras, in the sense of manifested; as in Coloss. iii. 4, where pavepów is found opposed to kpúntw in the preceding verse. The interpretation of Mr. Knox seems indeed to require a totally different form of speech in the original.
It is painful to observe so many inaccuracies, whether they are or are not intentional. And it must not be concealed, that even if positive errors do not immediately find their way into those places, in which preaching is encumbered with adornments at variance with true christian simplicity; such a result may nevertheless be expected to succeed at no distant period. Mysticism, and every kind of absurdity, will follow of vague, undefinable language, if any effect whatever be produced from such an abuse of the high trust of the ministry.
We the more regret these defects in this volume, from the excellent spirit of practical piety that is discoverable in it, and trust that as in some other instances, so in the present, a future volume from the same author will possess excellence less obscured, and will present a nearer resemblance to the unadorned simplicity, and unaffected nervousness of the inspired writers themselves.
• See his 7th Sermon, pp. 162–165.
Forget Me Not. A Christmas, New of our head are numbered, never cease
Year's, and Birth-day Present for to adore that Providence; and conse1839. Edited by FREDERICK Suo- quently this excellent little volume has
London : Ackermann and found peculiar favour in our sight, Co. Pp. 360.
calculated as it is to fulfil the author's If we said that the present volume is
desire, and render this “ providential in no one respect inferior to its prede
dispensation a means of moral discicessors, we should perhaps be pronouncing as bigh an eulogium as the most ardent admirer of the “ Forget Essays on the Church. By a Layman. Me Not "could desire. But this would A New Edition, with some Observanot satisfy us in speaking of one of the tions on existing Circumstances and first and best of the annuals. Tbe Dangers. London : Seeleys. Pp. literary department is of a more varied
viii. 360. and loftier character, the engraver's “The Church of England mainly rests burin appears to have had higher in- upon endowments which originally spiration on this occasion, and the entire volume has burst upon us, like
came to her through this (the volun
tary) channel; and she now receives, Minerva from the brain of Jove, in year by year, from the same source, full-grown perfection. We hope Mr.
gifts and offerings far exceeding those Shoberl and his spirited publisher will of any dissenting body."--P. 110. for many years take care that we “for
The above passage struck us on get them not,” by carrying on a pub- opening this able work, and on further lication in which
perusal we find much which may be "The pleasing and instructive too," profitably read both by the friends and are so admirably blended.
opponents of the Established Church. The Wonders of the World. Parts I. II. III. By H. Ince. London :
An Introduction to the Critical Study
of Ecclesiastical History, attempted Grattan.
in an Account of the Progress, and Every attempt to advance the useful a short Notice of the Sources, of the and practical knowledge of the people History of the Church. By J. G. deserves approbation ; and we conse- DOWLING, M.A. of Wadham Colquently have great pleasure in intro- lege, Oxford. Rector of St. Maryducing our readers to “ The Wonders
de-crypt, Gloucester. London : of the World;" not to the seven wonders Rivingtons. Pp. xii. 312. only, with which our childhood was familiar, but to those which are hourly
The history of that spiritual society
which bears the name of Jesus Christ, developing themselves more and more in “Nature, Art, and Mind," and
“in which the pure word of God is teaching us to
preached, and the sacraments are duly “Look from nature, unto nature's God.”
administered according to Christ's or
dinance," must always be a source of Twenty Essays on the Practical Im
the deepest interest to the christian
world. Its influence on the social and provement of God's Providential
intellectual condition of mankind, from Dispensations, as a Means of moral
its first introduction, has been immense; Discipline to the Christian. London: Seeleys. Pp. 191.
and consequently any additional light
which can be thrown upon its rise and None but a senseless atheist, or har- progress, claims the strongest attention dened deist, can deny the doctrine of of every class of thinking men. Mr. Divine Providence. We, who feel, and Dowling's book, therefore, under any rejoice to know that even the very hairs circumstances, would have commanded
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more promise we have scarcely ever met with. It deserves a conspicuous place in every cottage, and will be a pleasing addition to the monthly stores even of the mansion.
an attentive perusal ; but happily it wants no extraneous aids, being conceived in an excellent spirit, and executed in a most satisfactory manner; and we can conscientiously add that it has filled up an hiatus which has long been valde deflendus in this much neglected branch of study. The account of the early historians of the Church is peculiarly interesting; and the profound and classically written essay upon the sources of ecclesiastical history, with the appendix, and elaborate biographical index, render it not only useful, but almost necessary to the divinity student upon this particular point.
Short Family Prayers, &c. By A
MEMBER OF THE CHURCH OF Exo-
vi. 144. This selection is published with a view “to promote rational and unaffected devotion,” and we cordially wish the author success in his pious and amiable object.
The Typical Part of our Lord's Teack
ing; a Dissertation showing that the Miracles of Christ were prefigurative of the System of Divine Economy which he came to introduce.
Ву J. W. Smith, of Trinity Hall, Cam
bridge. London: Seeleys. Pp. 99. A VOLUME of considerable research, and written in a becoming and christianlike spirit.
An Inquiry into the History and Theo
logy of the ancient Vallenses and Albigenses; as exhibiting, agreeably to the Promises, the Perpetuity of the sincere Church of Christ. By GEORGE STANLEY Faber, B.D. Master of Sherburn Hospital, and Prebendary of Salisbury. London:
Seeleys. Pp. lxii. 596. The name of George Stanley Faber is too intimately connected with the church history of the present century, and his immense acquirements, in the analytical knowledge of prophecy, have been so often the subject of admiration and praise among the wise and good, that our imprimatur can add as little to his well-earned reputation, as our criticism could detract from his all but universally acknowledged merit. To review a book like the one which has elicited these remarks, would, however, far exceed the limits which we can afford to all our literary remarks ; especially as the striking passages, scored in a first perusal, exceed in extent the entire of one of our numbers. We can only, therefore, recommend the work most strongly; and perhaps our highest recommendation will be, that he has out-Fabered Faber; or, in other words, produced a volume superior even to its valuable predecessors.
A Brief History of Christ's Hospital, from
its Foundation by King Edward the Sixth. Sixth Edition, with Six Illustrations, and a List of the Governors. By J. I. Wilson. Lon
don: Van Voorst. Pp. viii. 136. A very interesting little book, very prettily illustrated.
Protestantism the Old Religion, Popery
the New; or, Protestantism as old as the Bible, and Popery the Corruption of the Seventh Century. By the Rev. Thomas LATHBURY, M.A. London:
Leslie. 1838. Pp. 22. “Nothing," says the author of this most seasonable tract, “is more common with the papists, than to boast of the antiquity of their church. In nine cases out of ten of those in which they have been successful in seducing individuals from protestant to popish principles, they have succeeded by means of this fallacy. It is the argument to which they always resort in commencing an attack : that, too, by which uninformed protestants are most eagerly staggered.” Mr. Lathbury has therefore conferred no small benefit
The Village Magazine. No. I. Lon
don : Tyas. Pp. 40. Among the numerous minor periodicals which have issued from the press of late years, one of less pretensions or
upon all protestants, by furnishing them and scriptural illustrations of that most with a popular refutation of this Rom- admirable compendium of christian ish sophism, and proving the Romish doctrine and duty, the Church Catechurch to be the innovatrix, by giving chism, intended as helps to self-examithe dates of all the modern dogmas nation in faith and practice. This which she has grafted on the pure faith unassuming little work is equally a of the Bible, and showing their contra- companion to the study and the closet. diction to it. We have not often seen so much really useful information com
Eleven Chapters on Nervous or Mental pressed into so small a compass, and
Complaints, and on Two great Dissold at so low a price, as in Mr. Lath
coveries, by which hundreds have bury's tract, which we hope will receive,
been, and all may be cured with as as it deserves, a widely extended cir
much certainty as water quenches culation.
thirst, or bark cures ague.
W. MOSELEY, A.M. &c. &c. LonThe Parochial System. An Appeal to don: Simpkin, Marshall, and Co. English Churchmen. By H. H.
Pp. viii. 134. WILBERFORCE, M.A. of Oriel Col
Although not prepared by scientific lege, Oxford. Curate of Bransgore, Hants. London : Rivingtons. Pp.
acquirements or medical study fully to
appreciate the merits of this work, we 142,
can warmly recommend it for its pracTuis essay obtained the premium of tical exposition of the nature, effects, two hundred guineas, offered by the and remedy of nervous and mental coinmittee of the “Christian Influence disorders, and its able exposure of the Society,” and we fully concur in the attempts of Lawrence, the modern award of the adjudicators, as a more copyist of more learned and less rash solemn and impressive address to the pathologists, to establish the exclusive christian public, upon the present paro
materialism of man.” This has been chial system, could scarcely have been done on most correct principles. penned.
Sermons for the Use of Families. By Companion to the Book of Common the Rev. E. THOMPSON, M.A. Officiat
Prayer. By a MEMBER OF THE ing Minister at Brunswick Chapel, CHURCH OF ENGLAND. London: St. Mary-le-Bone, and Rector of
Low. 1838. Pp. 59. 12mo. Keyworth, Notts. London: Hat“It is the intention of this compilation
chard. Pp. xv. 504. to add interest to that invaluable ma- If the limits of the CHRISTIAN REnual of devotion, the Book of Common MEMBRANCER, and the claims of our Prayer." This intention the compiler numerous friends would permit, we (a lady) has fully realized in this cheap should devote as much space to the and neatly printed little book, which notice of this adınirable volume as we we have found to be a convenient ma- did to Mr. Thompson's great work on nual of reference. It comprises an Prophecy; as it is, we can only proalphabetical arrangement of the col- nounce it to be the very best family lects according to their subjects, from book we have met with. The subone of the excellent tracts of the Society jects are well chosen, the most importfor promoting Christian Knowledge : ant points judiciously illustrated, and a list of collects best adapted for family the whole forms a christian code of or private prayers; a table of the por- faith and practice, which we heartily tions of the Gospels, Acts, Prophecies, wish was recognised and acted upon and Epistles in the Book of Common by “all who profess and call themPrayer; the Book of Psalms, with the selves Christians." The five Sermons authors, occasions on which they were on the Offices of the Church need only composed, and the subjects classed be read, to be properly appreciated, under different heads ; portions of the and are published at a most opportune strictly prophetical Psalms, which are moment, when men's minds are quoted as such in the New Testament; “ tossed to and fro by every wind" of
legislation on Church doctrine and repay the reader; and we sincerely discipline. “ The last sermon treats hope the vineyard of the Christian of the value of the Bible as the only Influence Society will produce much rule of life, and the genuine source such "good fruit." from which our doctrines and offices have flowed from the primitive times to our own," and closes with this fine Christian Modes of Thinking and peroration, “ Go ye and do likewise : Doing; or, the Mystery of the Kingpreserve your Bible-uphold your dom of God in Christ : thoroughly Church—cleave to your kindred; they
discussed and recommended. In l'uo are the gift of God, who by the richest
Parts. 1. Of the Subject; 2. Of the mercy delivered them unto you, to
Relations of the Kingdom of God in avert the evils and troubles of the
Christ. By the Rev. Joun Pring, world. Pray for spiritual life, which
B. A. London : Groombridge. also is the gift of God, and which will
3 vols. 8vo. be vouchsafed to all those who desire We confess ourselves unable to comits possession. In short, “Seek ye prehend the cui bono of this book. first the kingdon of God and his We find some fine spun distinctions of righteousness, and all these things what nobody thinks worth distinguishshall be added unto you.'”-1”. 504. ing, and a deal of laborious trifling;
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Not Tradition, but Revelation. By The object of this work is to delineate
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and Rector of Forley, Wilts. Londirect reference to the Bible. The don : Rivingtons. Pp. vii. 157. first series relates the Conspiracy of A very clever and interesting little Absalom; the Battle at Ephraim's work. The author has treated his Wood, and the Dispute between the subject in a clear and lucid manner, Tribes after the Battle. The second and has shown a thorough knowledge series embraces the Revolt of Sheba; of the ancient Fathers, with whose the Famine; the Pestilence; and the labours he seems well acquainted. We Usurpation of Adonijah. A most sincerely recommend this small volume judicious selection of topics, and ex- to the attention of all who feel interceedingly well illustrated. If Mr. ested in the discussion of this important Simpson has not "indulged in imagi- question ; which deeply concerns the nation beyond truth in its most scrupu- members of the Protestant Church of lous striciness," he has evinced poetic Christ at all times, and more particutalent of no mean order, and, what is larly so at the present day, when such far better, proved himself a diligent strenuous efforts are making to prostudent and sound interpreter of Scrip- pagate the erroneous doctrines of Roture.
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