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With these views and hopes, the Editors “commit themselves and their work to Him with whom is the residue of the Spirit, praying that he may lead them into all truth, prevent them from injuring religion by their manner of defending it, and crown their endeavours with that blessing, without which, the most splendid exertions must be ineffectual; but with which, the feeblest services may be productive of the most impor. tant effects."
243 Anecdote of Calvin
21 Disputation, thoughts on, Frag. of Bishop Butler 123
69. of Voltaire ib. Divines, Old, neglect of
52 of Rochester - 210 Duelling, resolve of General As. of Bolingbroke 211 sembly against
76 Angel of God's Presence, Christ Dufief, method of teaching lan. · 111 guage, review of
215 Appleton, Jesse, A. M. review of Dwight's Sermon on Duelling, bis sermon 268 notice of .
28 Arts of Error
Excommunicate, on the treat-
249 Baptism, on publickly administer- Expediency, dangerous doctrine ing the rite of 264 of .
· 159 a Treatise on Infant, by
F. 1. Clinton, review of 267 Bible Society, British, account of 128 Frank, Professor, interesting
Fragments 29, 121, 170, 265 -, different editions of, in the
64 library at Wurtemburg 131 Buchanan, Walter, A.M. review
G. of his sermon 266 Genealogies, Matthew's
and Buckminster's Sermon, Review of 171 Luke's, reconciled
Glenorchy, Lady, Memoirs of 5 Candour
210 Catechism, Scripture, Review of 212 Harvest
84 Charity School in Great Britain 32 Hooker, Asahel, A. M. review of Chinese Literature
· 266 Christ, Contemplations on - 206, 255 Hooker, Rev. Richard, last words Obligations of believers
121 to confess him 161
I. the Angel of God's pres- Ignorance
122 111 Immutability of Religion 13, 61 - Divinity of 113 Irenæus, Life of
91, 143 Christopher, st. account of an institution at
J. 177, 222 Church's, Rev. Mr. Explanation
Jay's Sermons, review of 25, 70 of God's covenant, review of 214 Jerusalem, No. of inhabitants in 170 Coal Mine, remarkable one 121 Jews in Russia
228 Cockburn, Mrs. Memoirs of
89 Jones, Sir William, Life of, reConflict between the flesh and
74 the Spirit
16 Journal among the Indians, exCooper's Sermons on Predestina
tract from Mr. Sergeant's - 270 tion, review of
69 Kicherer's Narrative • 29, 78, 173 Courtesy, Christian, nature and Knox's Principles of Eloquence 126 effects of
236 Covenanting with God
Lebanon, Mount, account of 170 D.
Letters to a Brother, by ConDana's Sermon, review of ..215 stans
13, 61, 148 Danger of being hardened by sin 154
34 Deaf and Dumb, account of 229 Letter, Extract of a, from London 275 Deluge, Universal, proofs of . 9, 58
from Rev. Sir Henry 105, 150, 253
Moncreiff Wellwood 70 Departure from the truths and
from Rev. John Sergeant spirit of Christianity, on the 209
to one of the editors - 227
Page Literary, Geographical, and Phi. Religion, Experimental, on 200 losophical Intelligence 80, 81
Russia, improvements and educa82, 83, 131, 132, 133, 180, 181 tion, state of, in - 132, 133, 228 182, 227, 228, 229
S. List of new publications 36, 37
84, 133, 276
Savage, Mrs. Biographical ac.
193 Literary prohibition in France 228
Scotland, Intelligence from 78 Lucky Man, A
Scripture, sketches from 7, 68, 203 M.
Evil of attaching ludi. Maclaine, Rev. Archibald, Me.
crous ideas to passa-
115 Massachusetts Missionary Socie- Sherman against the Trinity, rety 77 view of
218 Methodist Conference
32 Skepticism, wickedness of 97 Millars, curious account of 83 Smith's Letters to Belsham, Re. Ministry, the spirit of the 262 view of
123 Missionary Society, account of Society in Scotland for promotthe Hampshire
272 ing Christian knowledge, ac-
117, 166 Missionary Stations in South Af.
for missions to Africa
129 Missions, account of, to South
130 Africa 29, 129, 173, 226
an extraordinary one in to East Indies 32, 129
225 to Otaheite
resolution of, for promot. under General Assen
ing Christian knowlbly of Presbyterian
edge in Scotland
276 church 77 Submission
122 of United Brethren in
. 170 S. & N. America 78 Mysteries
Tappan, Professor, sketches of observations on
his life. 1, 45, 137, 185 109 Tears of Penitence
Teignmouth's, Lord, life of Sir Negro, instance of fidelity in one 170 William Jones, review of 74 Newspapers published in Lon
Theology, lax, effects of
116 don 132 Thoughts on 1 Peter ir. 6
259 0. Obituary 38, 86, 134, 182, 230, 278 Observations on Heb. xiii. 7. 99 Old Divines, neglect of
Complaint of Nature, by Logan 135 Paraphrase on Eccl. xii. 1-7 261
Death of an infant
39 Periodical Works in Great Bri- Decalogue
37 Epitaph in Olney church yard - 184 Portugal, state of religion in 131
Filius, on human life
- 183 Prayer, the nature, uses and ef. Hymn, sacred to Truth
87 fects of
sung at St. Christophers 251 Preaching, on 251
279 by Dr. Hawkesworth
Last Day, a poem by M. Bruce 134 Q.
Lines, on Dr. Stennet, by CowQuacks in various walks of life 248
on reading the Life of Religion, necessity of maintain
ib. ing just notions of - 18, 65 Ode by Bishop Horne
183 Immutability of 13,- 61 Prayer of Jacob, by Logan 135 State of, in Presbyterian Reaper's Song
39 church in U. States -33 Smile of Jesus
THE singular advantage and influence of periodical publications have been generally acknowledged and felt. Under various names, as Newspapers, Magazines, and Reviews, they have been employed, more especially within the last ten or fifteen years, both by the enemies and the friends of religion and human happiness, with extensive and astonishing success. While one species of these publications, conducted by unprincipled and designing men, have administered poison to the publick faith and morals; another, conducted by the wise and the good, have circulated the antidote. One has been an engine to throw the world into convulsions; the other God hath probably ordained to be an instrument of hushing it into peace. The wrath of man has been made remarkably to praise the Lord, by awakening extensively the active zeal of the friends of evangelical truth, and by prompting them to make uncommon exertions to diffuse, throughout christian and heathen nations the saving influence of the gospel. While the enemy, armed with a specious and subtle philosophy, by secret marches were pouring in like a flood upon the christian world, and threatening it with moral desolation; the Spirit of the Lord, in the fervent prayers, the vigilance and active exertions of the faithful followers of the Lamb, hath marvellously lifted up a standard against them.
Though the seat of this portentous warfare has been on the other continent, our own country has sensibly felt its effects. Here too the faith of christians, with vast la.
bour and industry, has been insidiously and openly attacked by the enemies of the cross of Christ; and though these enemies have been valiantly resisted, and their machinations unveiled and disconcerted; yet they are still on the field and in force, imbittered by disappointment, and by various artifices and methods of attack are continually endeavouring to accomplish their demoralizing schemes, and to effect the overthrow of the christian religion.
In times of peace and outward prosperity, the church is always in imminent danger. Such seasons, ecclesiastical history informs us, have always been fruitful in er
Carnal security is ever the offspring of worldly ease and affluence. While men are thus asleep, the ev. er wakeful and busy enemy sows his tares. Prosperity corrupts the heart, and warps the understanding, and thus prepares the way for a dislike, hatred, and rejection of the pure and humbling doctrines of the gospel. In these circumstances, and with these views, if men professedly embrace the christian religion, it is in a form, adapted to their vitiated tastes, and combining the service of God and Mammon. If they cannot stoop to embrace the sublime mysteries of the gospel, they ingeniously explain them away. If they cannot rise to the pu. rity and strict requirements of christian morality, they reduce it to a standard, formed by corrupt inclination and perverted reason.
If, then, in our own times of peace and overflowing wealth, we witness effects, like these, visibly increasing among us; it should not surprise us, as though some new or strange thing had happened. Such appearances, however, plainly indicate that it is the duty of the friends of evangelical truth and christian morality, to be “up, and