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Review.--Grundy's Lectures. Jerusalem Church (the Swedenbor. where we may stop! Indeed this objecgians),
tion is not at all consistent with our pro“I think that you and we are engaged fession as Protestants. It is not the prinonly in a war of words. I believe thai if ciple upon which the Reformers acted, not we could divest ourselves of prejndice aud acted, not the principle upon which our.
the principle upon which the Apostles passion, and ealmly explain, so as tho
Saviour acted. And to the objection alroughly to understand each other, we
low me to answer briefly, that every sound should very nearly accord. I believe that as far as you allow reason, coolly and de- and discriminating mind will know where liberately to influence your decisions, you
to stop. It will stop where good evidence go hand in hand with us; but that when criminate. And I conceive it to be an
It is the part of judgment to disyou separate from us, you then give up equal proof of a weak mind, to believe reason, you use mystical, unintelligible all, or to doubt of all; especially when arguments; that many of you do not your the degrees of evidence are so disproporselves thoroughly understand what you tionate. And in the case before us, the mean, and of course, that you can never
difference is great and obvious. The gos. give a lucid explanation to others. “ I am inclined to think that many of rock. Their genuineness and authenticity
pel histories in general are founded on a us accord with you in your idea of the both collectively and individually are unNew Jerusalem ; of a time fast approach- shaken and incapable of being shaken. But ing when there shall be a family of Chris. I am not therefore bound to believe that tians in practice as well as in theory, Je- there is not a particle of dross mixed with sus Christ being the head or chief cornerstone,—when all shall be happy in them- removing this dross, I must infallibly de
the gold. Nor ain I to believe, that by selves, happy with each other. But I also stroy the metal. On the contrary I conbelieve that you are making many Unita- tend that I render it more pnre and varians; and that ere this arrive, you will Jnable.” II. 496–498. yourselves become Unitarians; that whilst yon acknowledge that there is but one In his view of the practical effects Jehovah, and that his name is one, you of the opposite religious systems of will also receive Jesus, the anointed, as Unitarianism and Calvinism, Mr. bis messenger, welcome him as an elder Grundy relates an anecdote which brother, bail bim as the great Messiah, serves to shew the dangerous use to the father of the long enduring age, till which the latter scheme of doctrine all things sball be subdued unto him, and
ied ; scarcely a year passbe shall deliver up his kingdom to his
may be ap!
es that does not furnish equally strong Father, that God Jehovah may be all in all.” I. 513, 514.
proofs of the same alarming fact:
“ I have formerly mentioned an occurThere is considerable force in the
rence which chilled me with horror, more, following observations at the close of I think, than any other circumstance conthe Lectures on the Miraculous Con- nected 'with religion, which has come ception ; they were penned in the within my own knowledge. It was the true spirit of a reformer ; they im. sight of a letter from a person of a most mediately follow a clear recapitula- depraved and abandoned character, whose tion of the evidence against the ge- life had consisted of a series of frauds and nuineness and authenticity of the in- vices, and who, at length, by the laws of troductory chapters of Matthew and his country had been condemned to die. Luke :
The letter was written the day before his
execution-written in exultation and triThe spuriousness of these chaptersumph-in exultation at the all-atoning does not at all affect the genuineness or blood and merits of Jesus in triumph, authenticity of the remainder of the gos- that on the morrow, he was going to fly pel history. I know that a doubt has aris. into his arms ! ! Funeral Sermons for those en in some well-disposed minds, whether who have lived in profligacy but died in it would not be better to let the question fạith, may probably have been heard by alone, lest if we once begin to pull down most. I have shuddered wben I have we should not know where to stop. My heard the praises pronounced upon such friends, it is this objection which prevents characters, and assertions made that they any reformation from taking place in the were then angels in heaven.” 11. 539, established religion of this country. There 540. Note. are many well-disposed minds in the church, who, like Archbishop Tillotson,
The peculiar excellence of the Lecwould be glad to be well rid of the Atha- tures is that they are scriptural. The nasian Creed, and parts of the liturgy; author has brought forward, examwho yet carnestly say, “ Let us not begin ined, compared and explained every to amend; because it is impossible to say, text relating to the most important
Revier. Archer's Sermon on Universal Benevolence. subjects; this may be seen particu, have been made on the minds of some larly in the Lectures on the Unity of of the friends of liberty by the late God, the Miraculous Conception and outrageous proceedings of the Roman Eternal Torments. Whether his ex- Catholics in the South of France and position of these be satisfactory or elsewhere. not, all must allow that this is the The sermon is not remarkable for true way of deciding a theological its argument or eloquence, but it conquestion.
tains passages which are entitled on If any subjects of moment, in con a moral and Christian account to the troversy between Unitarians and Cal, highest praise. vinists, be passed over by Mr. Grun, On the subject of heresy, Mr, dy, they are the special influences of Archer says, the Holy Spirit, Imputed: Righteous “ Never be so uncharitable and so gross ness, and perhaps Election and Re- as indiscriminately to give the harsh and probation the first, the source of all odious appellation of of heretics to all those the enthusiasm in the Christian world; who belong not to our communion. That the second, the fascinating tenet, word implies guilt as well as error. You which in its strongest operation, lulls, have been taught in your catechisms, that all Christian inquisitiveness concern heresy, is an obstinate error in matters of ing truth and all anxiety, concerning he has discovered truth, wilfully and per
faith. He only is a heretic, who, when virtue ; the third, the astounding, versely, from human respects, for worldly fearful doctrine (horrible. decretum, interests, or some such unworthy object, says Calvin himself) of which the shuts, his mind against il : or who obstimost rigidly orthodox in the present nately, or negligently refuses to be at the day are somewhat suspicious, and of pains necessary for discovering it; and which they never willingly exbibit how can you presume to pronounce of any one side, the dark and portentous side individual man, that this is his case, unof reprobation, to the world. We less he acknowledges it? Can you assert, suggest this, not as a defect in the that the doctrines which you know to be present work, but as an addition true, bave been proposed to him iu such which the author may possibly here
a light of evidence, as to give conviction after make.
to his mind : or that he is not so satisfied We cannot drop our imperfect 10
with his own creed, as to preclude every
idea of an obligation to make farther intice of these volumes without recom- quiry? Those who carefully seek the mending them strongly to our readers truth, and sincerely follow the best light and thanking Mr. Grundy for the va they can obtain in their respective circumluable addition, which he has made to stances, are innocent in the sight of God, the defences of Unitarian, or in ano and secure of his acceptance, whatever ther word, Evangelical truth.
may be the errors into which they involun
tarily fall. Who art thou, then, that Art. 1.-A Sermon on Universal Be- judgest another mun's servant ? To his nevolence : containing some Reflec
own master he standeth or falleth.”. tions on Religious Persecution, and
Pp. 11, 12, the alleged Proceedings at Nismes. Having asserted these Christian and By the Rev. James Archer. 8vo. charitable sentiments, the worthy Booker. 1816,
preacher proceeds to remark upon the FR. ARCHER is a. Catholic persecution of the Protestants in the Priest, and we understand
South of France, as follows : of the most popular preachers in his 6. This is the doctrine of the Catholic communion." This sermon is stated Church-a doctrine, which I have often on the title-page to be “ Printed at inculcated to you, but to which I feel it the Particular Request of the Nobility, particularly incumbent on me to call your Gentry, and others, before whom it attention at this time, when we are daily was delivered, in the Roman Catho- receiving afflicting accounts from the con lic. Chapel at Bath, on Sunday, the tinent, of atrocities committed by Catholoth, and at Warwick Street, Golden lics against Protestants, in the southern Square, on Sunday, the 17th of De provinces of a neighbouring country, and cember, 1815." We note this cir- country to have those atrocities be consi
when great endeavours are made in this cumstance, because it is creditable to dered as the
consequences of our religious the feelings of the Roman Catholic system. Of the facts I know nothing, but body, and may tend to counteract the from the public journals, and I sincerely unfavourable impression which may hope they will be found to have been much
Poetry exnggerated ; and from recent information be done away. To the spirit of these great have more and more reason to believe, that and good men, may the Catholics of 'Nismes all has proceeded, at least, as much from if really guilty of what is imputed to them, political, as from religious animosity. But, be regenerated in Jesus Christ. May his be that as it may, if truly stated, they are celestial graces change their hearts. "May a violation of every moral, religious and they, by their subsequent conduct, atone civil duty : in the sight of God they are for the scandal they have given to the an abomination, and in the view of every universal church, and to uo portion of well regulated state must be ranked among more than to their Catholic brethren in this the worst of crimes. Too often, alas! kingdom.” Pp. 13, 14. among Christians of every denomination bas fanaticism usurped the place of reli
It is natural 'for a Roman Catholic gion; abused the multitude, and led them to ascribe the atrocities at Nismes to to every excess : but the truth of God re political causcs, but we have no doubt maineth for ever. Certain, however, it is, that they are the immediate effect of that religious persecution, whatever its religious bigotry. If it be *80,"howmode, whatever its measure, is directly ever, the Roman Catholics in general opposite to the spirit of Christianity, and ought not to suffer for this reason in must be reprobated by every virtuous man. public opinion, whilst, as in the preHence St. Martin, in the fifth century, re. fused to communicate with those who had sent instance, they disavow the prin.
Let all the persecuted the Priscillianists : and, in the ciple of persecution. seventeenth century, Fenelon would not preachers of the different sects imienter on the mission to convert the Protes. tate Mr. Archer in his real Catholicism lants of Poitou, till the soldiery was with- and our religious differences will be drawn, that every idea of coercion might no longer political evils.
To-morrow. An American Poem. When six days of labout each other suc.
ceeding HOW sweef to the heart is the though With hurry and toil have my spirits opof to-morrow
prest, When hope's fairy pictures bright colours What pleasure to think as the last is redisplay ;
ceding How sweet when we can from futurity bor. To-morrow will be a sweet sabbath of rest!
TOW 'A balm for the griefs that afflict us today! And when the vain shadows of life are“re
tiring, When wearisome sickness has taught me When life is 'fast' fleeting and death is in to languish
sight, For health and the comforts it bears on its The Christian 'believing, “ exulting, exwing,
piring, Let me hope (oh !" how soon it would-les- Beholds a to-morrow of endless delight.
sen my anguish,). That to-morrow will ease and security But the infidel then, 'surely sees' nortobring.
Yet he knows that his moments are basting When travelling alone, quite forlorn, un away ; befriended
Poor wretch ! can he feels without heartSweet to hope that to-morrow my wand'r rending sorrow ings will cease,
That his joy and his life will expire with That at home then with care sympathetic to-day?
attended I shall 'rest unmolested, and slumber in
To Ignota, peace.
On reading her Verses (x.762.) Or when from those friends of my heart My youth's rude fyre's unstrung, by time, long divided,
Be thine, dear Girl, a poet's praise, The fond expectation, with joy how re- And chant, in many a lasting rhyme, plete !
The minstrel's themes of other days. That from far distant regions by providence guided,
The Chiefs, in armour richly dight To-morrow will see us most happily meet. The wrongs ambition's victims know,
lic house of a Catholic village in Germany. Dormi Jesu! Mater ridet, Quæ tam dulcem somnum videt,
Dormi, Jesu! hlandule ! Si non dormis, Mater plorat, Ipter fila cantans orat,
Blande, vemi, somnule !
Virtues, the prize of lawless might,
Translation. Sleep, sweet babe, my cares begniling, Mother sits beside thee smiling ;
Sleep, my darling! tenderly: If thou sleep not, mother mourneth, Singing, as her wheel she torneth,
Come, soft slumber! balmily.
Latin Epigrams, by Mons. Marron, Pre
sident of the Protestant Consistory, at Paris, communicated by him to the Editor.
Ad Theologos Montalbanenses. Dipthongus Christi quondam diviserat una,
Et nunc dipthongus dividit una gregem. O nimium indignos Magni præcepta Ma
gistri Discipulos diro qui pede sancta terunt! Hoc spectat te, GASCE ; hoc adversam tibi
Shall usher heav'n's unchanging day.
Dissidiis promptus nî medeatur amor.
Orthodoxia et Heresis.
Lines written on the first page of an An
nual Pocket Book.
Orthodoxia. Mens bumana novos incassum tendit in
ausis : Quam trivere atavi, sola terenda via. Metior Immensum, cancellis claudar ut
Ex Acherontseo gurgite nata feror. Vndique probrosa lacerant me verbera lin.
guæ; Quoque magis nescis, sum mage tetra
tibi. Virtuti et meritis jungar licet, optima
quæque Vipereà credor sola necare lue. Nec miseranda tamen, dum sim mihi con
scia recti :
The Virgin's Cradle Hymn.
(From an old Newspaper.) [Found inscribed under a print of the Vir
gin Mary and her Child, at a small pub
Character of the late Rev. Dr. Toulmin,
6 Our deceased friend was steadfast. Perby Mr. Howe.
suaded that the New Testament contains the
revealed will of God, communicated to (See X. 462, 523, 661, 665.) mankind by his well-beloved son Jesus
Bridport, January 6, 1815. Christ, he considered it incumbent on him, MR. EDITOR,
as a professing Christian, to deduce his ar
ticles of faith and rules of conduct from this E not slothful, but followers of pure source, and not from creeds and forpatience inherit the promises,” is the possible proof which one in his circumadmonition of the writer to the He stances could exhibit, of his searching the brews. The death of our late vener sacred records of divine truth, with a pious, able friend, Dr. Toulmin, led me to humble and candid mind. This led him direct the attention of my people, to in the progress of his inquiries, to somewhom he was well known, and by what different views of the Christian docwhom he was highly respected, to trine, from those he entertained in the early the excellences which adorned his part of his ministry. The truth as it is in
Jesus,' was his noble aim, the object worthy character, and to exbibit him as an
of bis diligent pursuit, and when he thought exar to his fellow-christians, of he had attained it, he openly and conscienthe pious, amiable and attractive vir- tiously avowed his convictions. These he tues of pure religion. I have since steadfastly maintained. Persuaded that read, with much satisfaction, the judi- Unitarianism is the pure doctrine of the cious account given of him by his gospel, he was its zealous but liberal adworthy colleague. If you think the
From the current language of the following extract from the Discourse sacred scriptures, our judicious friend dewhich, agreeably to public notice, I duced the supremacy, unity and overruling delivered at Bridport on this occasion, that our blessed master Jesus Christ did
providence of God. He plainly perceived about three weeks after this eminent servant of God was called “ to rest
not assume the glory of the wonderful
powers he possessed to himself, indepenfrom his labours,” tends to strengthen dently of any other being, but often ascribthe salutary impressions which Mr. ed them to his heavenly Father as their Kentish's Sermon is calculated to make source, that he was in the language of an upon the mind of the reader, it is at apostle,' a man approved of God, by mirayour service for insertion in your va cles and wonders and sigas which God did luable Repository.
by him. Whatever were our friend's views THOMAS HOWE. of the doctrines of religion, it must be ad
mitted by those who differ the most widely 1 Cor. xv. 58. After illustrating the se from him in sentiment, that he did not veral parts of the text, the preacher thus pro vindicate them in the spirit of arrogance ceeded. “ I have chosen this subject with and illiberality. He pronounced no anaa view to the recent death of my reverend themas on those who rejected them. and beloved brother, and your highly Though steadfast in maintaining what apesteemed and amiable friend Dr. Toulmin. peared to his mind to be Christian truth, Acquainted with him in my early youth, alwaye respecting the rights of private my veneration for his character, and my judgment, he treated other denominations affection for him, produced by the sweet of religious professors with the most amianess of his disposition, and the goodness ble candour, and generous liberality. For of bis heart, increasing in proportion to my the justness of this remark, let the appeal intimacy with him, I feel myself peculiarly be made to his controversial writings, in called on, by a sense of duty to departed which I believe there is not a single senworth, to pay a tribute of respect to his tence, that Christian candour would blush memory. In describing the excellences of to read and wish to erase. his character, as an exemplary Christian, " The Rev. Dr. Toulmin was also buna useful member of society, an ardent friend moveable,' nobly preserving his integrity, to the best interests of mankind, a judicious, 6 amidst good report and evil report, faithful, serious minister of the gospel, Í amidst allurements and oppositions. There shall take for my guide the several particu was a period in the recollection of many lars of the apostolic exhortation in the of us, when the open arowal of the sentitext, and shew in what respects be became, ments he maintained, and a fervent zeal in what Paul exhorted the Corinthian Chris- the cause of civil and religious liberty extians to be steadfast, unmoveable, pro- posed its advocates, in some places, even gressive and persevering in the work of to popular vengeance, as well as to the misthe Lord.'
representations and harsh censures of those VOL. XI.