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The General Theological Seminary, belonging to the Episcopal Church in the city of New-York, contained, the last year, twenty: one students; six of whom, composing the first class, were admitted to Orders at the close of the summer terin.
The Lutheran Theological Seminary, at Gettysburg, Pa. nunbers twenty-three students. The Theological department is un<ler the s'iperintendence of Rev. S. S. Smucker, A. M., and the Classical departinent is conducted by D. Jacobs, A. B.
Princeton Theological Seminary, at its late examination, graduated fourteen of its members, who had completed the prescribed Curse of study.
Vewton Theological Institution, of the Baptist denomination, is yet in its infancy, but affords encouraging prospects of success and usefulness.— The following were the exercises of its late anniversary. Essays by members of the Junior class: On the Samaritans. On the Pharisees and Sadducees. How may a Theological student yard against the dangers incident to habits of retired study?-On the importance of being acquainted with biblical geography.-05 the judicial regulations of the Hebrews.-- Why should a young man who is called to the ministry, spend several years In prepring for the work?---By members of the Middle class: On the statement of Paul and that of James concerning faith, Rom. ïïi. 28, and James ii. 24.-On the connexion in which the purposes of Gol are introduced in the Scriptures.
Address before the Society for Missionary Inquiry, by T. J. Conant, Professor of Languages in Waterville College.
Bangor Theological Seminary has of late received some important alterations in the course of study parsued, which we noticed in a late number. The following are the dissertations read at the examination in August with the names of the writers. Influences of circumstances on character: Geo. Brown. The preacher's politi. cal duties: Philip Bunnell. Knowledge and virtue essential to the perinanence of free government: H. J. Lamb. The frequency of revivals of religion a motive to Christian exertion: W. May. Characteristics of true greatness: George W. Ranslow. Peculiarities in the political and social state of Christian nations: A. Sheldon. The importance of aiming at a high standard of character and action. Claims of the religious state of the world upon young men, with the valedictory address: Nelson Bishop:
The Theological School at Cambridge held its anniversary in the College chapel, July 20. Dissertations were read on the following subjects.
Junior Class.--The comparative advantages of reading sermons, reciting memoriter, and extemporaneous discourse: Horatio Alger. The use of a liturgy: Willian Barry. The circumstances of Peter's denial of his master: Hersey B. Goodwin. On the spirit of persecution, and the different forins under which it has appeared: Willain Newell. Miracles, their susceptibility of proof by human testimony: Cazneau Palfrey. An explanation of Matthew xii. 1-8 "At that time Jesus went on the Sabbath-day through the corn," &c. : George Whitney.
Middle Class.-On St. Paul's Epistle to the Galatians: George P. Bradford. On our Saviour's prophecies respecting his second coming during the life-time of some who heard him, comparing with the expectations of the Apostles upon this subject: Jonathan Cole. On the influence which the fact, that the apostles expected a per: gonal return of our Saviour to the earth, at no distant period, should have upon us of the present day: Frederick Augustus Farley. A view of the ecclesiastical, moral and intellectual condition of Europe, previous to the Reformation, showing the necessity and sources of that event: Frederick H. Hedge. On the conversion of Rammohun Roy, and its effect upon Christianity in India: Samuel K. Lothrop. On the connexion between enlightened views of Christianity and luke-warmness in its cause: William P. Lunt. The advantages and disadvantages of a church establishment, and the probable effect of the absence of one in this country: Artemas B. Muzzy. On the Sabbath: John L. Sibley. On the uses of controversy: Moses G. Thomas.
Senior Class. On the disinterestedness and devotedness required in a Christian minister: Daniel Austin. The comparative value of the English and French styles of preaching as models of pulpit eloquence: George W. Burnap: The present state of religious inquiry in this country, as relating to the ministerial office: Christopher T. Thayer. Importance to the young preacher of cultivating religious feeling: William H. White. On the advantages of permanence in the relation of a pastor to his flock: William A. Whitwell.
The Theological Seminary at Andover held its annual examination, Sept. 26. The exercises were all from the senior class, and on the following subjects.
Sacred Literature. — Remarks on Milth. xxii. 41-45: T, G. Worcester. Exegetical preaching: E. Adams. Explanation of Philip. iii. 8–11:J. Marsh. Scriptural use of the number seren: S. G. Clap. Can it be shown froin the Scriptures, that the Jews will be literally restored hereafter to the land of Palestine? Affirmative, S. F. Beard, Negative, L. Cobb. Translation of Isa. sxi. 1-10, with a brief explanation: J. S. Green. Does the auChoriiy of the sacred writers depend on the reasoning which they cmply: G. Hayes.
Ecclesiastical ilistory. St. Athanasius: D. Phelps. St Augustine: L. Gilbert. Lord Cobham: A. A. Haves.' Jolin Calvin: G. Sheparie The Westminster Assembly: V. Adams. Recent Genevan persecutious: F. A. Strale. Present state and prospects of the church: W. Clark.
Christian Thcology. The special influence of the Spirit nos iixtonsistent with r.0'a! agency: E. W.Clark. Doctrine of instau
taneous regeneration, with its necessary qualifications:T.R. Durfee. The religion taught in the Old Testament and the New, substantially the same: $. W. Clark. The rewards of the righteous in the future world consistent with the Scripture doctrine of salvation by grace: S. Hardy. Influence of prayer on the benevolent affections: H.C.Jewett. The perfection of the Scriptures: J. A. Albro. Scriptural mode of addressing Christians as to the necessity of persevering in holiness, and the danger of apostacy: C. H. Kent.
Sacred Rhetoric. Literature, as exhibíting the moral character of man: J. Crosby. The French pulpit in the time of Louis XIV.: A. Greenwood. The power of impression: J. W. Powers. The danger of substituting, as the object of preaching, present emotion, for deep and permanent impression: H. A. Rowland. The proper mode of treating religious affections: A. Mahan. Manner, in oratory: J. W. Newton. Adaptation of preaching to the character of the age: D. Perry. Painting in language: A Richards.
On the day preceding an Address was delivered before the Porter Rhetorical Society, by George Shepard. A Poem, by Alfred Greenwood, and an Address by the Rev. Dr. Beecher.
The Anniversary Address to the Society of Inquiry respecting Missions, was delivered by a Member of the Senior Class.
The Theological Department of Yale College, of which we gave some account in our number for September, is struggling through the losses it has sustained, in the failure of its funds; and we are encouraged to to hope, froin the exertions that are making, and the interest that is felt, that a competent support will soon be provided for its instructors. The number of students is greater than át any former period.
Auburn Theological Seminary held its anniversary in August. Essays were delivered on the following subjects. On the Sabbath: Joel Campbell. On the ministry of John the Baptist: R. B. Camfield. On the conflicting opinions of Deists: Vlric Maynard. On the character of Christ as a proof of Christianity: Joseph Steele, On the principles of interpretation: Hiram L. Miller. On the union of science with piety: Josiah Kilpatrick. On the spiritual gratification of a gospel minister: Henry P. Tappan.
On the evening preceding an address was delivered On pulpit eloquence, by Charles E. Freeman. On theological controversy, by Ebenezer Mead. On Foreign Missions, by Henry P. Tappan.
Appropriations were made by the Trustees to provide additional exercises for the Students; and a committee appointed to devise measures to establish a professorship of Sacred Rhetoric and pulpit Eloquence.
From the Pittsburg Recorder. We learn from a notice in the Ohio State Journal, that the Synod of Ohio, at their late meeting in Zanesville, passed a resolution for the establishment of a Theological Seminary within their
bounds. The plan of the Institution, so far as it has been formed, contemplates the appointment of one Professor only at present, but others may be appointed when the number of the students and the funds of the Seminary shall justify the measure. It is expected that a Literary Institution will be connected with the Theological. The Seminary is located at Columbus, and Rev. Dr. Hoge, of that place, has been appointed Professor. Its operations are to commence in October, 1828. Presbyterians in the western country will soon have in operation five Theological Seminaries; one at Ma ryville, Tennessee, established some years since by the Synod of Tennessee; one at Alleghany Town, Penn. established by the General Assembly; one at Danville, Ky. established by the Synod of Kentucky, and connected with the Centre College; one at Hudson, Ohio, established by the Synod of the Western Reserve; and one at Columbus, the seat of Government of the State of Ohio, established by that Synod.
Other denominations have their Theological Seminaries: the Associate Church, one in Weston, Penn.; the Episcopalians, one at Gambier, Ohio, in connexion with Kenyon College; the Cumberland Presbyterians, one in the lower parts of Kentucky, the Baptists, one at Rock Spring, Illinois; the Methodists, one in connexion with Angusta College, Ky. and one in connexion with Madison College, at Uniontown, Penn. Some of these are yet in their infancy. There may be others of which we possess no knowledge. The exertions of all these denominations to establish 'Theological Seminaries, show that they consider education as a necessary qualification to ministers of the gospel.
NARRATIVE OF THE STATE OF RELIGION WITHIN THE BOUNDS OF THE SYNOD OF WEST TENNESSEE
The committee appointed to prepare a narrative of the state of religion in the bounds of the Synod of West Tennessee, Reports, that from the statement of the members, it appears that the church was never under more obligation to its great Head than at the present period. Never before had there been in the same length of time so much attention to the means of grace, or so many additions to the church, as during the last year. The Lord has done great things for us whereof we are glad.
But the committee would take the liberty to be a little more esplicit in their report, and they think it proper to mention in brief detail some of the means of grace which have been blessed, the exertions which have been made to spread the gospel and the effects which have resulted.
Means of Grace.--Under this head we would place in the fron the preaching of the gospel in its plainness and simplicity. It is by this it pleases God, to save them that believe; and from the testimony we have had, we think we are qualified in saying that the truths
of God's word have been faithfully and pointedly declared, and to nombers have proved the savor of life. But other means have been successful, particularly pastoral visiting, and the more faithful exercise of the discipline of the church.
In every instance where family visits for the purpose of awakening either christians or sinners have been adopted by the pastor the practice has been attended with happy effect: christians have been aroused from spiritual slumber, and sinners have been persuaded to attend to the one thing needful.”
The discipline of the church, though it may be a painful duty, is indispensable, and it has evidently in more than one instance, been the happy means of reviving the work of God. There is indeed no reason to hope Israel will prevail while there is an Achan in the camp, but when he is excluded the Lord makes his cause victorious.
Sacramental occasions, camp-meetings, and meetings for the in-" struction of persons inquiring what they must do to be saved, have been frequent and judiciously conducted.
Religious tracts have also in some instances been the means of converting the sinner from the error of his ways to the service of the living God.
Excertions to spread the Gospel.- These have been the education of pious indigent young men for the gospel ministry, the establishment and increasing energies of bible and tract societies, collections to aid in the cause of missions, and the more general observance of monthly concert.
Though these things have not been attended to so exclusively as they should, yet considering that the synod is now holding its second meeting, that many of its churches are small and compelled to struggle with difficulties incident to our incipient state, we think much has been done. Some of our churches have made liberal exertions to aid young men in obtaining an education for the ministry. Some have taken up handsome collections to aid missionary operations, and one which a few years since did not contain forty members, has in connexion with the congregation raised more than five hundred dollars for the different benevolent objects of the day.
Effecis which have resulted from these means of exertion. These have been most aniniating. The wilderness and the solitary place has been made glad. Zion buds and blossoms as the ROSE.
The Synod would not wish to convey the idea that the whole region within its bounds has experienced a moral renovation. from it. There is even in many christians too great a disposition to conform to the customs, and sometimes to the vices of the world. In one particular case the Synod heard with regret that some professors of religion had, by travelling on the Sabbath, disturbed the peace of Cherokee brethren. In other places Christians are not engaged with all that ardour of soul in the service of God, which the importance of the case and their solemn covenant vows demand. Many of them by their conduct, do not appear to feel under obli