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prosecuting, and from this he derives constant aid in settling the meaning of his words. He is moreover a firm believer in the truth and divine authority of the opinions which his author expresses, while he distinctly recognizes the individual peculiarities of style, of modes of thinking and feeling, and all else that makes these writings his own. Occasionally he allows himself a natural digression into the practical and devotional, in which, however, he does not overstep the limits of good taste. His style is somewhat diffuse, but not to great excess. It is always warm and glowing, so that the commentary has the rarest of all merits in such works. We read it with pleasure for the very life of the diction, and the earnestness of the thought.

The student of this epistle opens most naturally at Chapter II, 5–11. Dr. Eadie's exposition will not fail to satisfy him in respect to his rare qualifications for the task which he has undertaken, as a scholar, a theologian, and a believing Christian. He is withal a man of liberal spirit and a catholic temper, removed as far as possible from the narrow bigotry and the denunciatory temper of such expositors as Haldane and Hengstenberg. We rejoice to see and partake of such fruits of modern learning gathered by English hands. We wish great success to the publishers, who have undertaken to introduce these commentaries of Dr. Eadie to the Ainerican public.

Christ AND THE INHERITANCE OF THE Saints.* -Dr. Guthrie is we believe acknowledged to be the prince of living Scottish preachers. Certainly he takes and deserves to take the front rank

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many fervid pulpit orators of Scotland. In imagery he is affluent to excess, gathering bis materials from every quarter and combining them into gorgeous and sometimes over-wrought pictures. In feeling he is intense and glowing-animating his readers with kindred sympathy and setting them on fire in spite of themselves. His Christian faith and zeal are undoubted, and the high standard of Christian duty which he holds up and enforces is worthy of the highest praise. In this volume he presents himself to us in a more pleasing aspect than in any work which we have happened to see. He is at once elevated and subdued by the character of his theme. “Christ and the Inheritance of the Saints” could not but affect the intellect and heart of such a man as Guthrie. Accordingly he speaks of it with more beauty and pathos, than ever he is wont

* Christ and the Inheritance of the Saints. Ilustrated in a series of discourses from the Colossians. By Thomas GUTHRIE, D. D. New York : Carter & Broth

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to do, and has produced a book which will bring strength and comfort to many believing hearts.

It consists of twenty sermons, with the following titles: 1.- The Inheritance. II.—The Power of Darkness. III.-The Power of Darkness, continued. IV.-The Kingdom of Christ. V.—The Kingdom of Christ

, continued. VI.—The Translation. VII.-Redemption. VIII.Christ the Redeemer. IX.-The Image of God. X.-The Image of God, continued. XI.--The First-born. XII.—The Creator. XIII.The End of Creation. XIV.-Christ in Providence. XV._The Head. XVI.—The Head, continued. XVII.—The Beginning. XVIII.—The First-born from the Dead. XIX.—The Fullness. XX.—The Reconciler.

Memoir of St. AUGUSTINE. —The object of the author of this book has been to weave together, in one connected memoir, all the information with regard to the life and character of St. Augustine, which is to be found scattered up and down in different books and documents, and particularly in his “Letters” and “ Confessions." The author

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if ever it was true of a man that the central point of his system of faith was previously elaborated as the central point of his personal life, that man was St. Augustine. This fact gives to the struggles and the victories of his exterior life an interest and value which is all-important. Here lay the strength of this great “ Father” of the fifth century. He did not teach a lifeless or a traditional theology, but the things which he had himself seen and heard, and which he knew by bis own experience.

The plan of the author has led him to introduce into his narrative, wherever it was possible, the very language of the authorities from which he has gleaned his information. This is attended with the disadvantage of breaking the easy flow of his paragraphs, and giving them what at first may seem rather a stiff and fragmentary appearance, as if they were the materials from which a well digested memoir was yet to be made ; but there is an important advantage also, as it gives the whole history an air of reality-and reproduces, to the reader, most vividly the age and characters that figured in it.

THE GREAT AWAKEning.t—The Congregational Board of Publication have republished Tracy's “Great Awakening." No American Christian's library should be without this book.

* St. Augustine :: A Biographical Memoir. By the Rev. John Baillie. Gonv. and Caius Coll, Cambridge. New York: R. Carter & Brothers. 1859. pp. 305. 18mo. + The Great Awakening. A History of the Revival of Religion in the time of Edvards and Whitfield. By Joseph Tracy. Boston : Congregational Board of Publication. 1859. pp. 433.

ARMSTRONG'S THEOLOGY OF CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE.*—Dr. Armstrong, in this book, attempts to exhibit those views of truth which Christians hold in common. Without making a profound book, or one always clear, he has written one which may in some measure accomplish his plan of showing that there is an essential agreement among them in fundamentals.

Some of his statements, however, are open to criticisin, as unguarded and confused. Thus, if we understand him, he makes the governing purpose of Paul's life the same before his conversion that it was afterwards :

“The reigning motive in the heart of Paul, the persecutor, is zeal for God'-a zeal without knowledge, it is true, but not on that account less properly a 'zeal for God.' The reigning motive in the heart of Paul, the Apostle, as he preached the faith which once he destroyed, is 'zeal for God'-a zeal according to knowledge, now. And it is of this 'zeal for God,' in both instances alike, the conscience directly approves. There is no discrepancy, then, between these two decisions of conscience. • Zeal for God’ is a righteous motive, and this is just what the conscience declares in the one case as well as the other. ... The actions are as different as actions well can be. The motives from which they spring are one and the same."

We have no idea that he regards the character of the persecuting Saul as praise worthy; but the language, by which he describes it, is certainly most unfortunate. Some other similar defects impair the work, which can hardly be considered a very important contribution to theology.

PORTER'S LETTERS Ox Revivals. - The Congregational Board of Publication have republished the well known “ Letters on Revivals," which were addressed to the Revival Association in the Theological Seminary at Andover, in 1832, and published in "The Spirit of the Pilgrims.” The statements, examples, and instructions in these " Letters" are as valuable now as when first published, and we are glad to see their usefulness perpetuated in this new and neat edition.

* The Theology of Christian Experience, designed as an exposition of the common faith" of the Church of God. By George D. ARMSTRONG, D. D., Pastor of the Presbyterian Church, of Norfolk, Va. New York : C. Scribner. 1858. pp. 342.

| Letters on the Religious Revivals which prevailed about the beginning of the present century. By E. Porter, D. D., late Professor in Andover Theological Seminary. Boston: Congregational Board of Publication, Chauncey Place, 1859. 12mo. pp. 174.

JENKYN ON THE ATONEMENT. - The first edition of this valuable work was published many years ago, and has been so long out of print that its republication, with the author's latest and final revisions, is very acceptable. The views advocated here are in the main such as are held in New England, and they are presented with copious illustrations and cogent reasoning.

PHILOSOPOY.

Hamilton's LECTURES ON METAPHYSICS.-Just as we are going to press this long expected and, to the philosophical student, most attractive volume is put into our hands. It comes to us with sad but pleasing recollections of hours that were passed in familiar intercourse with the lamented author, recollections which divide and distract our attention as we look through the contents of this book. But we can see at a glance, that the work will be acknowleged as worthy of the well earned and exalted fame of its distinguished author. It is rich in matter, abundant not only in the learning for which its author stood alone, but also in familiar facts and illustrations. The style is clear and intelligible—it will be easily comprehended by any attentive reader. In this respect we rejoice to say it will form no barrier to the general usefulness and the wide circulation of what will prove to be one of the greatest books in philosophy that is to be found in our language.

MORALITY AND THE State.f—This is a carefully written treatise by a professional jurist, on those truths which are at the foundation of the science of the law. The author has read abundantly the leading authorities in ethical and political science, and has thought carefully and independently on the topics that are involved in these discussions. His style is simple and natural. His conclusions are conservative and Christian. We should differ from him in respect to his judgment of the value of natural theology, and we do not coincide with all his principles

* The Extent of the Atonement in its relation to God and the Universe. By the Rev. Thomas W. JENKYN, D. D., late President of Coward College, London, Third Edition. Boston: Gould & Lincoln. 1859. pp. 376.

| Lectures on Metaphysics. By Sir William Hamilton, Bart, Professor of Logic and Metaphysics in the University of Edinburgh. Edited by the Rev. HENRY LONGUEVILLE MANSELL, B. D., Oxford, and John Veitch, M. A., Edinburgh. Boston : Gould & Lincoln. 1859. 8vo. pp. 738.

| Morality and the State. By Simon Nash. Columbus, Ohio: Follett, Foster & Co. 1859. 12mo. pp. 442.

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concerning the foundation of morals and the end of the state. Perhaps our differences might be those of language only. But whether they are real or verbal on some speculative points, we agree most heartily with most of the author's views, and admire the industry and careful study which he has bestowed upon this well-written and most useful volume. We would that we had occasion more frequently to express our thanks to the legal profession, for a similar contribution to political and ethical science.

MAN AND HIS Dwelling Place*_This is a work in five books, with the titles following: Of Science, Of Philosophy, Of Religion, Of Ethics, and Dialogues. It is written by one who has thought earnestly upon the nature of man and the great problem of bis destiny. Its philosophy is amiable, but not always clear; it is elevated but imaginative. Its theology is Theosophic, after the pattern of Swedenborg, and teaches the final restoration of all men. Its interpretations of the teachings of the Scriptures are forced, and many of them, in our view, untenable. We lay down the book with a higher opinion of the intellect and heart of the author, than of the value or truth of many of the opinions which he propounds. His ethical principles are elevated and pure.

An OUTLINE OF THE Necessary Laws of Thought.t-We rejoice that an American edition has been given of this most interesting and readable of all modern English treatises on Logic. We do not doubt that it will be preferred to every other for the instruction of advanced classes in our colleges. For the private reading of the student who has made some progress in philosophical studies, it cannot be commended too highly

BIOGRAPHY. Masson's LIFE OF Milton.I-Every earnest reader of the Poems of Milton desires to know as much as possible of the man. He follows

* Man and his Dwelling Place. An Essay towards the Interpretation of Nature. Redfield : 1859. 12mo. pp. 391.

+ An Outline of the Necessary Laws of Thought : A Treatise on Pure and Applied Logic. By William Thomson, D. D., Provost of the Queen's College, Oxford. From the fourth London edition. Cambridge: John Bartlett. 1859. 12mo. pp. 345.

| The Life of John Milton : narrated in connection with the Political, Ecclesiastical, and Literary History of his Time. By David Masson, M. A., Professor of English Literature in University College, London. With Portraits and specimens of his hand-writing at different periods. Vol. I. 1608-1639. Boston: Gould & Lincoln. 1859. 8vo. pp. 658. Price $2.75. For sale by T. H. Pease, New Haven.

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