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The Ceremony of Laying the Founda- it would perhaps be more judicious to
tion Stone of a New Church, at have omitted. Thus in the first conSkipton, in Craven, on Wednesday, versation, which, on the whole, is June 21, 1837; containing an Ad- most admirable, our authoress ventures dress delivered on the occasion. By on an explication of the expression, the Rev. HAMMOND Roberson, M.A. Bearing fruit, some an hundred-fold, Incumbent of Liversedge, and Pre- some sixty,” &c. to this effect, that bendary of York. Second Edition. these words may imply not merely the London : Burns.
diversity of men's works according to This little tract deserves extensive
their different circumstances, but the circulation : it simply delineates the
difference in the desire of doing good excellences of the system and public
which may follow from the different services of the Church of England. degree of grace severally imparted. The occasion itself must have been Something more simple would have
been better suited to the class of reahighly interesting, and the more from the various associations inspired by the
ders for whom this little book is inspot itself; Skipton being one of the
tended. The name of Dr. Adam most beautiful sites in the most ro
Clarke is occasionally introduced; but mantic portion of the county of York.
with all due deference to his admirers, we cannot look upon him as an au
thority. He was an extremely fanciful The Spare Minutes of a Minister.
and uncertain thinker; but, if he anyDublin : Milliken and Son. Lon
where excelled in his Commentary on don: Fellowes. Pp. 136.
the New Testament, it was in his These pages are the fruit of the spare
practical illustrations of the Parables. minutes of one who has in his recreations still served that blessed Master to whom all the opportunities of self- “ The Beast and his Image;" or, The consecration are equally due. There
Pope and the Council of Trent. is a simplicity, and at times an ele
With the Number, Name, and Mark gance in the author which
of the Pope, and the Mark of his he has not mispent the leisure hours
Name in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. which he has devoted to poesy. He Being a Commentary upon Revelahas produced a volume certainly of tion xiii. By FREDERIC Fysh, M.A. more than ordinary worth. It bears
of Queen's College, Cambridge. the impression of a retired, peaceful, London: Seeleys. Pp. xvi. 547. and humble spirit, and we earnestly hope that this author will again come
Bishop Newton has evidently been before the public as an illustrator of the favourite authority with Mr. Fysh, scriptural and religious subjects through who, however, is by no means a servile the medium of verse. We cannot have imitator or adopter of any previous too many good christian poets.
theory; for, whenever he thinks he has sufficient grounds, he not only
boldly expresses his opinion, but mainThe Parables of our Lord explained,
tains it with great talent and ingenuity.
The volume is, in a word, a valuable in familiar Conversations between a
and interesting commentary upon Mother and her children.
Revelation xiii. ; and deserves an atWife of an Irish Clergyman. Lon
tentive perusal from all who look to don: Seeley and Burnside. Pp. 207.
the fulfilment of the prophecies directed This volume contains much that is against Popery; and the value is much very excellent; we cannot, however, enhanced by the comprehensive and regard its style and general character enlightened review of the history of as equally praiseworthy with that of the Jesuits, whose subtleties are ably Miss Parry's highly valuable work exposed, and their unchristian tradiupon the Gospels, entitled, “The Young tions and theories strongly denounced. Christian's Sunday Evening." Occa- We fear, bowever, it is too prolix sionally points are touched upon which for the general reader, although, for
ourselves, we could gladly have followed our ingenious author through another tome.
familiar to all the readers of an admirable liturgy, and his history must ever possess the most enduring interest.
The Two Brothers : a Narrative, ex
hibiting the Effects of Education. London: Groombridge. Edinburgh: Sutherland. Dublin : Robertson and
Co. 1837. Pp. 99. We have perused this publication with much pleasure. It is written in a style which is sure to entertain, and in a spirit which is calculated to leave none but the best impressions. It is inscribed to “ Fathers and Mothers, and the Instructors of Youth;" and we shall be only happy if the circulation of this little book is as extensive as are the classes to whom it is dedicated. It is one of those works which even the juvenile peruser would find no difficulty in taking up a second, if not a third time. This hint will, we trust, induce the author to find leisure again to amuse and edify his readers; and we must add, that to effect both these objects together, is, in our opinion, no slight merit.
The Christian Warrior wrestling with
Sin, Satan, the World, and the Flesh.
don : Seeleys. 1837. Pp. 160. Tuis truly formidable title will easily show the nature of the work. It is piously intended; but it belongs to a school of theology which is not exactly to our taste. The writer's notions are not over clear about Churchgovernment, as will be seen by the following quotation from page 134:"None are so likely to fall into heresies as those who are fond of wrangling about trivial points. If the form of Church-government had been as necessary to salvation as the doctrine of Christ, he would not have left one in the dark when the other is made so clear. All ought to avoid doubtful disputations, and to view them as the devices of Satan against the saints. One of the best books on this subject is Irenicum, by Mr. Stillingfleet."
The Life of St. Chrysostome. Trans
lated from the German of Dr. Neander, Professor of Divinity at the University of Berlin, 8c. By the Rev. J. C. STAPLETON, M.A. F.L.S. &c. Rector of Teversal, Notts. Vol. I.
Pp. x. 438. London : Seeleys. Dr. Neander, who has long been known by his “ Ecclesiastical Lives," and other distinguished writings, is, in the present instance, peculiarly fortunate in his translator; for a more accomplished scholar, or one better versed in the early history of the Fathers, could scarcely have been found. Mr. Stapleton, indeed, has conferred a great favour upon his clerical brethren, and we might say, on the christian community at large, by the spirited and accurate manner in which he has produced the present work; and we sincerely hope he will not be long in completing the task for which he has proved himself in every respect so eminently qualified, especially as St. Chrysostome is a name
The Form and Order of the Service
performed, and Ceremonies observed, in the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, in the Abbey Church of St. Peter, Westminster, on Thursday, the 28th of June, 1838. London: printed for the PrayerBook and Homily Society. Spottis
woode. 1838. We think the public greatly indebted to the Society for thus rendering the august and majestic service for the Coronation accessible to all in a cheap, but elegant form. We trust the sale will fully answer expectation, and aid the funds of this excellent Institution. We cannot, however, forbear remarking that, if our memory rightly serves, the present service is somewhat shortened, and in a few respects deteriorated from that performed at the coronation of his late Majesty, William IV.; as the service then used was a departure for the worse from that of the preced
ing monarch, which was the ancient Pictures of Private Life. Third rite in all its fulness and majestic Series. By Sarah STICKNEY. Lonbeauty. What a pity it is that the don : Smith and Elder. 1837. Pp. improving hand of Whig-Radicalism 367. cannot leave anything untouched, and that the result is universally the same
The design of the fair authoress is to from some evil star which rules its
show in this work, to which she has destiny. We would point out as one
given the title of “ Pretension," that instance the well-known hymn, Veni
the elegances and accomplishments of Creator Spiritus ; the beautiful sim
the female sex are not incompatible plicity of ihe authorized forın of which with spiritual Christianity. This is a in the Ordination Service is sadly point which, surely, does not need a marred. Let one line suffice
religious novel to prove it! We have “And warm them with thy heavenly fire,”
here a lady who comes up to the
standard of spiritual religion required is substituted for,
by the authoress; another young lady “And lighten with celestial fire.”
who imitates her, but, after all her Surely the substituted words are any- efforts, fails; she is a decided coquette, thing but an improvement in point of and steals away the affections of a taste and style; while the image of
young gentleman from his betrothed, light in the original expresses far more who does not possess the charms of than the very vulgar word warm. We Miss Bell, the second aforesaid young also protest against the curtailment of
lady. The book is very cleverly writthe rite of unction, a thing which would ten, and shows a great knowledge of never have been thought of, except in human nature, and
particularly of the an age of pinching economy, of a female character. However, the mordelicacy which has degenerated into bid anatomy of the human heart here mawkishness, and of sentiments which
displayed does strike us as going someare without true dignity, destitute alike what too far, and giving a very erroof imagination and affectation, and
neous impression of true religion. As "all the higher qualities of human na- we have no wish that our fair friends ture !” Verily, we may ask, what should turn Methodists, we warn them next? Is it, however, not a pity that
that they must read this very interestthose concerned had not been previ- ing novel cum grano salis ! We, cerously admonished, that every attempt tainly, after all, do look with some to make the service palatable to the suspicion on the first lady who (as we Radicals and Infidels would be a vain
are told at page 264) “had attained effort, and would not avert the pro- eminence in the religious world," and fane and blasphemous attacks upon are alınost afraid that such eminence religion and royalty, of which the
is most usually accompanied by as late coronation was the innocent oc
high a degree of “pretension" as the casion--a fact which an inspection of various other failings and affectations the radical and low periodicals suffi- to which the authoress has here given ciently attests. Even the Papist, that title. By the way, we hear this O'Connell, turned it into ridicule!
most unscriptural and self-contradictMay the Almighty Governor of all ing phrase," the religious world,” so speedily deliver our youthful and in- frequently in the mouths of certain nocent Queen from their counsels and
persons, that we have often sought for machinations! Amen.
à definition, but in vain. We suppose
it means the frequenters of Exeter The Protestant. A Poetical Appeal. Hall, where, certainly, religion is not By F. S. Thomas. No. I., to be
that secret and awful thing which the continued occasionally. In aid of Scriptures assure us, a something " not the Funds of the Protestant Asso- of the world," but far above it, whose ciation. London : Dalton. 1838. conversation is in heaven ;" but a Pp. 15.
very bustling, busy, worldly thing, reA very constitutional and effective joicing in oratorical displays, the clappiece of poetry, which we cordially re- ping of fair hands and the waving of commend.
white pocket handkerchiefs; full of
anxiety about raising funds at any rate, and by all sorts of ways and means; with no small share of worldly wisdom, and not a little “PRETENSION !"
ing; and cannot fail forcibly to arrest the attention of the reader, and induce him to “return unto the Lord his God” with increased reverence and holy love.
Analysis and Scripture Proofs of the
Homilies of the United Church of
bridge. Pp. x. 60. “A Layman's offering to his church," and a most acceptable one.
Plain Conversations concerning the
Church of England, and the "Sayings and Doings" of her Enemies. By a LAY MEMBER OF THE
Church. London: Rivingtons.
Pp. vi. 128. The evidence, daily forced upon us, of the “unholy alliance existing amongst all denominations of professing Christians against the Established Church, loudly calls upon her sons to prepare themselves for the impending contest, With this view the above tract has been penned; and it is not only well executed, but calculated, by its plain but forcible language, to be of essential service to the cause; supplying the unlearned “ with plain answers to the various false arguients that are now daily employed by Romanists and Dissenters, and their agents."
Sermons on Miscellaneous Subjects.
By William I. E. BENNETT. M.A. late Student of Christ Church, 0xford; Curate of All Souls ; and Minister of Portman Chapel, St. Marylebone. Volume the first. .
London: Cleaver. Pp. xvi. 351. Twelve sound, practical sermons ; which, we are happy to observe, constitute only the first volume. They are evidently the production of a deepread and profoundly-thinking minister, and cannot be too extensively circulated.
Strictures a Life of William
Wilberforce. By the Rev. W.
Correspondence between Lord Brougham and Mr. Clarkson ; also a Supplement, containing Remarks on the Edinburgh Review of Mr. Wilberforce's Life, &c. London : Longman and Co.
Pp. xv. 136. The venerable author of this “ De fence,” for such it is in reality, vindicates his claim to be considered the “person who substantially begun the controversy, and brought forward the question" of the horrors of the slavetrade. He bas performed his task with ability and mildness; and we are quite sure his friends and the public will not question the truth, the candour, and the sincerity with wbich the
History of the Abolition" was written, in consequence of the insinuations of the naturally partial biographers of Mr. Wilberforce.
An Enguiry respecting Love, as one
of the Divine Attributes. By T. Gisborne, M. A. Prebendary of Durham. London : Cadell. Edin
burgh: Blackwood. Pp. iv. 165. A MORE attractive subject of contemplation for a Christian than the love of God could scarcely have been imagined; and our author has contemplated it in a proper spirit. The manifestation of God's love to man in creation and redemption, before and after the fall, are particularly interest
The Political Aspect and Statistical Account
of Popery. By the Editor Of The Church of ENGLAND QUARTERLY Review. Second Edition.
London: Painter. Pp. 16. A most powerful and valuable pamphlet, exposing the mistaken view taken by the Emancipationists, and exhorting the friends of the Establishment to " summon to their cause an active vigour.” It ought to be circulated in every spot where Popery rears her hydra head.
ON THE CONNEXION OF FAITH AND GOOD WORKS.
James ii. 20—22. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was
not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works,
and by works was faith made perfect ? The Holy Scriptures, to be studied with advantage, must be studied with a teachable and humble mind, without pride and without prejudice. To a want of attention to this important rule in the study of religion, are to be attributed the erroneous doctrines and false theories which too generally prevail at the present day. A man takes up his Bible and opens it at some particular passage, which coincides with his preconceived ideas; he immediately adopts the sentiments apparently contained in it, without one reflection upon the circumstances under which the author wrote, without once considering the character of the age when it was composed, or the persons to whom it was addressed. In no instance perhaps has the folly and danger of this hasty and prejudiced study of the Sacred Writings been more fully displayed, than in the opposite opinions of different persons respecting the doctrines of faith and good works. United and harmonious as they must ever appear to the candid and sober-minded student of the Bible, it cannot fail to excite his surprise and regret, that they should ever have been perverted into a pretext for variance and schism in the church of Christ. Such however, unhappily, has been the case.
In the course of our ministry, we are constantly in the habit of meeting with two classes of persons; the one, relying solely for salvation on a cold and barren belief, without any endeavour to live agreeably to the precepts of the Gospel; the other, confiding as implicitly for acceptance with God on their own works and merits,—thus rendering of none effect the death of our Saviour, and thus virtually denying that the sacrifice of Christ on the cross was “a full, perfect and sufficient sacrifice, oblation and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world."
It will be the object of the present discourse to show, in the first place, the apparent origin of both these unscriptural errors; and secondly, to point out the mutual connexion and relation existing between true faith and good works.
The erroneous doctrine, that faith alone, without the fruits of righteousness, will ensure us everlasting salvation, seems to have originated in a mis-conception of some passages in St. Paul's Epistles to the Romans and Galatians ; in which the Apostle is warning his converts against the notion, that a compliance with the works or ceremonies of the Mosaic law was a necessary qualification for acceptance with the Almighty. Although the Jews were at first the only converts to Christianity, yet were they so elated with the idea that they alone were the chosen and peculiar people of God, that they did not, or would not, perceive that the Christian dispensation was to supersede the Mosaic ; that their rites and ceremonies were merely typical of future events, the bare shadows of good
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