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REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.
À Catechism for the Us of all the “Q. Why are we bound to all these
duties?" &c. Translated from the French, with a The answer refers first to God, who Prefiro and Vules, by David Bogue, creates Empires, and who distributes 12m0, 35, 6d.
them according to his will, “ in load.
ing our Emperor with favours s and When this publication was first an- who has made him his image on earth pounceil, no small degree of curiosity it is also addet, because " he is bea was excited; but the perasal of it will
come the anointed of the Lord, by the turn that curiosity into astonishment, consecration which he has received front for no Protestant could have expecteri,
the Chief Pontil, kead of the Unia after what lias lappened in France, that versal Charch.' such a production should have issued
The editor justly observes, that is the from the national press. It might have moral duties which it specifies, are all been hoped that the experience of on one side; and that what inferiors France, in the efect of her religious
owe to their superiors, is minutely de: absurdities and murmeries, which cer- tailed and sternly enjoined; but what tainly gave occasion to the Revolution, superiors owe to their inferiors, will ! and swelled that torrent of Infidelity sought for in vain ; for not a word oil and Atheism which carried all before it, the subject is to be found.” would have prevailed to render their
In short, we may sce from this spes new formula less exceptionable than cimen, that whatever light is diffuseid that which originated in the ages of in the world, Popery appears to be palpable darkness: but we are here still the same; and, disgusted as the surprized to find all the former errors rational reader will be at many thing's and superstitions of the Papal church
which he will meet within this Catea restored, restored by the authority chism, he may indulge a hope, that illa of a man who has proved himself an retention of all the old and prepostera arch-infidel !
ous absurdities of the Papal church The infallibility of the church, the
may have a favourable inQuence on the distinction between mortal and venial
Protestants in France, in rendering sins, the seven sacraments, transi)..
Popery more abominable to them, ani stantiation, confession to the Priest, in- in inducing thinking persons to forsake dulgences, satisfaction, purgatory, the the Roman Catholic church, anii unire worship of created beings, are all re
themselves to a purer body. The ridia tained, but very properly animadver:ed
culous zeal of Bonaparte will probably upon by the worthy editor, whose in
produce the same happy eiñect, for he troduction and notes do him much
labours to restore what, after the dea honour. Mr. Bogue observe;, that the tection of the impostures of priestcraft sources from whence the Catechism is
in the revolutio!, might have heert drawl, are the Apocrypha and Tradi
thought impossible, the reverence tion, and not ihe divinely inspired for rclics! for we are assured that he Scriptures of truth. Incieell, it is
bas lately transporteil, with solenn chietly copied froin that of Bossuet,
ponip from Italy, the iletical croion of the celebrated Bishop of Meaux (the tironnes 2011 by our Saviour! zealous defender of Popery against On the whole, we think that this puh. the Protestants, in the days of Louis lication will have a valuable tendency i kivih) a principal design of the work it will render the British Protestant seenis to be to establish the authority thankful for deliverance from the sys: of Napoleon, as will appear from the
tem of Popista error, au : careful to following questions, &c.
resist any attempt that may be made "Q. What are the duties of Chris
for its revival in this country. tians in regard !o the princes who govern idem? and in particular, What are our duties towards Napoleon 1, our Emperor?
Oriental Customs, or milliüitration af " A. Christians owe to the princes
the Sacred Script tits, c.
By 3 win govern them, al', we owe in par
Burder Vol. II, 10, Price gs. ticular to Napoleon I, our Emperor, OUR jment or the utility of a love, respect, obedience, military ser- work of this kind, and of the morit of wee, &s,
Mr. Burdur's former volun, Was 4**
pressed in our Magazine for 1802, p. fastness, Order, Obedience, Useful107.
The strong recommendarion ness, &c.; Chap. 6, Cautions against which we gave, appears to have been
Loquacity, Forwardness, On confirmed by the public demand for a
forming Connexions, Marriage, &c.; new edition of that book; and the suc- Chap. 7, Caution as to Novelty, cess attending it, has encouraged the Vain Curiosity, Anger, Bigotry, &c.; author to fulfil a purpose which he
Chap. 8, Cautions as to a worldly then intimated in his Preface. The Spirit, Dress, Recreations, &c. ; present volume is strictly what he pro- Chap. 9, Discouragements considered, posed, “ of a similar nature, though
- Chap. 10, Encouragement from perfecily distinct” from the fornier, the Promises, Examples, Evidences, and contains elucidations of a great
&c. Huniher of texts, collected with no From this brief analysis, the reader small labour from a variety of writers,
will perceive that much interesting and with such a constant regard to con- matter is compressed in this volume, of ciseness, that the reader possesses great consequence to young Christians; “ much in a little.” This volune, like
and the whole is treated in a plain, the former, is well adapted to the help experimental, and useful manner, formof Biblical students, wiiether devoted ing a pleasing source of instruction and to the work of the ministry, or laudably consolation, and a very agreeable book desirous of acquiring an accurate know
to be put into the hands of every seri.. leare of the sacred Scriptures.
ous enquirer, whether of a tender or a gladly, therefore, recommens his pre
nore advanced age. sent publication, as a desinable addition to his former ralyable work; and close with observing, that it may be An Affectionate Reception of the Gosused with benefit, separately from the pel, recommended in Two Sermons, first volume, as well as jointly with it.
preached at Walworth, by the Rev. G. Clayton, 8vo, Price 2s.
In these discourses the author is The Young Christian's Guide, or Suitable Dir éticos, Cautions, and Er
anxious to impress the hearts of his
hearers by an alfectionate address from couragement to the Believer on his First lintruncé into the Divine Life.
i Thess. i. 5. In the first sermon he By Charles Buck, 1271, 39.
enquires, on what accounts the apos
tles termed the message they delivered The Christian world is already much Our Gospel? and shews in what indebted to Mi, Buck for several useful
manner it was received by the Thespublications. The present volume is salovians. In the second, he points dedicated to the service of you!g con• out" by what means they may secure verts, and especially to young per- such a reception of it among them, Sos. His design is to stale the du- selves;" and supplies urgent considerties of young pirofessors, to suggestations to engage them to receive the cautions, to encourage them in their
gospel, “ not in word only, but in difficulties ; and he has ju:liciously in- power.” terspersed a number of incidents and In the close of the second sermon, anecdotes to render the work more the author says to his hearers, “ De. pleasin :
part then from the house of God, makWe have not room fully to state the ing that improvement of these disvariety of subjects which this little courses which your consciences may divolume embraces. The following is an reet you;' and he adds, “With regard abs:ract: Chap. I, Religion of Im- to the mere opinions you may form of portance, Doctrines the Foundation of
them, we are wholly indifferent, any Religion, Doctrines siateri, Decision farther than as a favourable judgment in them necessary, &c 4
- Cha. 2,
may be the precursor of your own proReligion not speculative, Experience fit.' With regard, however, to the explained, how abused, to be review- opinions of his readers, he appears to ed, but not depended upon ; - Chap: 3, enieriain more anxiety; for in his PreHoly Practice the result of Right face, which he calls Notice to the PubPrinciples, Meditation, Self - Exainis
lic, he expresses a hope that “the senation, Prayer, Rearling the scriptures, verity of Criticism will be superceded Human Authors; -- Chap. 4, The Sab- by the mildness of Candour;"and probath, Public Worship, Ministers, mises that, if " this be granted, he will Coming to the Lord's Table, Odjec- thankfully submit himself to the stroke tions answered ; - Chap. 5; Zeal, Sied- of benevolent reproof, aiming to amend
whatever can be proved erroneous in Let Mr. C. let his hearers, let all his sentiment or unchristian in spirit.” ministring brethren and fellow•Chris
In a note to page 35, Mr. C. 'pro- tians, judge for themselves, whether fesses his predilection for the divinity domestic worship with their families, of the old school; and laments that or public worship with the church, be modern pamphlets, and other epheme- most for their eilification ?
for some ral productions of the new taste, super- persons the former, for others the latcede, in so many instances, the folios ter, may he found preferable ; but we of antiquity; and asks,“ Is not the cannot conceive why the public service exchange which has been made, of the of God, at six o'clock in the evening, scarcely portable volumes for the Ma- should be deemed more ostentatious gazine and Essay, a much worse ca- than at three in the afternoon. tastrophe in the theological world, than word, we cannot but express our wish, the substitution of paper currency for that when good men recommend one solid gold in the commercial ?” Why particular course of piety, they would then does Mr. C. add to this dismal refrain from the censure of their brecatastrophe by a publication of his own thren who pursue another: had the pamphlet, not more weighty perhaps author done this, our commendation of than a Magazine! or, Does he suppose his discourses would have been unmixed that, while other modern anthors emit with this os benevolent reproof." paper currency only, he alone has the Supposing public and private duties to faculty of furnishing the public with interfere, we have the judgment of holy solid gold ? Nor can we approve of
Mr. Baxter, that private duties ought to bis unqualified objections to Magazines give place to public worship. Speakand Essays, by which many thousands ing of the Sabbath, he says, “ The prinof persons are constantly instructed, cipal work of the day is the communion who could have no access to " the folios of Christians in the public exercises of of antiquity,” nor time to peruse them. God's worship. It is principally to be We believe that the truth is now dis- spent in holy assemblies; and this is seminated far more widely by these the use that the Scripture expressly “ ephemeral productions,” as he calls mentioneth in Acts xx. 7, and intithem, than by all the“ scarcely port
mateth in 1 Cor. xvi. I, 2. -- My judgable volumez” referred to; which, meut is, that in those places where the however, we revere, as much as the public worship taketh up almost all author ; and it is a pleasing reflection, the day, it is no sin to attend upon it that the value of such books is doubled to the utmost; and to omit all such and trebled within these few years. family and secret exercises as cannot
Page 42, the preacher thus addresses bc done without omission of the public; his audience: “ Be thankful for the and that where the public exercises alhabit, ye of our dissenting Israel! who low but a little time at home, the fafrom your ancestry and education may mily-duty should take up all that little have an epithet corresponding to that time, except what some shorter secret of the apostle, who calls himself “ a prayers or meditations may have, Hebrew of the Hebrews.” Guard, te. which will not hinder family duries; paciously guard, your home privacy on and that it is a sinful disorder to do the Sabbath from the invasions of com- otherwise, because the Lord's Day is pany; and exchange not the unosten- principally set apart for publir wor. tatious stillness of the domestic circle ship; and the more private or secret, for the attraction of crowds," the voice is, as it were, included in the public. of singing men and singing women," Your families are at church with you; or any other specious enticement." the same prayers which you would put
The author, apprehensive that this up in secret, you may, usually, put up passage would prove obnoxious to in public and in families; and it is a many readers, has subjoined a long turning God's worship into ceremony pole, pointing out the evils which he and superstition to think that you must dreads from Sunday-evening Lectures; necessarily put up the same prayers in which, however, he acknowledges to a closet which you put up in the fa“ have important uses, particularly in mily or church, when you have not lime the country,” and which, he confesses, for both (though, when you have time, he himself sometimes preaches, in and secret prayer bath its proper advanabout London, because “he is desirous tages, which are not to be nezlected); of doing good:” a confession and a and also, what secret or family duty reason which render nugatory, in a you have not time for on ihat day, you great measure, bis objections against may do on another day, when yon canthe ostentation of evening services. not come to church assembly; and,
3, On - 4, On
therefore, it is an error to think that early lise, conversion, ministerial lathe day must be divided in equal pro- bours, and dying experience: a narportions, between public, family, and rative which unquestionably furnishes secret duties ; though yet I think it a most impressive exemplification of not amiss that some convenient time the subject. for family or secret duties be left on that day ; but not so much as is spent in public, nor nothing near it." Bar- Future Punishment of Endless Durater's Works, vol. iii. p. 782, :83.
tion : Sermon preached at the Month!y Association of Ministers and
Churches in London, Dec. 11, 1806. Religious Tracts. By the Author of
By Robert Winter, 8vo, is. the Tivin Sisters,
It is no small recommendation of THESE tracts we understand to be the
this sermon, that it was published at production of a young lady. 1, The
the unanimous and pressing request of Character of a Chrisíian, -- 2, On the
the numerous ministers and others beExpiatory Sacrifice of Christ,
fore whom it was delivered. The subject the Works of the Creator,
was one of those which were announced Errors, 5, On Forgiveness, 6,
for discussion in the printed lists of On Faith. We are happy to say that
these monthly exercises, before the these pieces are strictly evangelical ;
author removed to London ; and was and that the talents of this juvenile assigned to him by the removal of his writer are by no means despicable. We
predecessor at New Court to another hope she will proceed in this kind of part of the kingdom. composition; and that her productions
The preacher's text is 2 Thess. i. 9, will find a rapid and extensive circula
“ Who shall be punished with evertion, and be made a blessing to those lasting destruction ;" from which he “ who are ignorant and out of the way,” proposes to enquire, 1, What is the
plain unsophisticated doctrine of the
New Testament, respecting the future The Christian's Review of Life and
punishment of the wicked ? and, 2, Prospect of Futurity: a Sermon, What influence should the considera. preached at Warwick, on the Death
tion of its endless duration have on of the Rev. J. Mioody, &c. By G.
our minds ? In answer to the first en Burder, 800, IS.
quiry, he shews, 1, That a state of conIt has been thought by some critics,
scious and miserable existence is rethat preachers labour under a disad- served for the unbelieving and disobevantage in having to state principles dient after death; – 2, Immediately rather than exhibit characters. Be this after death, this future punishment as it may, it certainly behoves every commences; 3, The punishment of minister of the gospel to preach the the wicked will be openly awarded to truth in the most characteristic man- them at the great day of the Lord ;ner. The sacred volume deals not in 4, This punishinent is represented as abstract principles; but displays them
their final condition; 5, It will be as drawn out and embodied in real life. of endless duration, and this he deWith this view too, some of our most monstrates fully by the decisive testiemine and successful ministers have mony of Scripture. seized suitable opportunities for fune- By the following important reflecral.sermons to recommend religion to tions, the author then points out the the young, or to admonish the aged; general tendency of this awful truth :to shew by some instances of awful de- I, It exhibits, in the most affecting pravity and misery, that the impenitent colours, the dreadful malignity of sin ; sinner may expect“ to mourn at the - 2, It operates as a most powerful last;" or by eminent instances of ge- motive to repentance and holiness; nuine piety and zealous devotedness to 3, It reflects the greatest lustre on the God, to constrain us to be imitators of plan of human redemption hy Jesus such as have exemplified the true Christ; - 4, it animates believers to Christian character. This sermon is
zeal in their endeavours to save souls. of the latter kind. It is designed to
Our limits will not admii of quotadelineate the Christian Minister's Re- tions; we cau only say, that we earview of Life and Prospect of Glory. nesily recommend this able and faithThe text is 2 Tiin. iv. 7, 8; but the ful discourse to our readers, as well discussion is purposely shortened, to worthy of their perusal, and as a seaadmit the narrative (which occupies sonable antidote to the scepticism of Rearly seventeen pages) of Mr. Moody's our times,
The Work and the Reward of Faithful sufficiency for the constitution, disci
Deacons : a Sermon addressed to the pline, and ordinances of Christian
by the apostles to the churches which It was well observed by a good man,
they founded, and in the scripturally that we ought not to rest satisfied until
recorded practice of those churches ; every genuine member of every Chris 4, It was the instituted practice of the tian society be found zealous in every
apostolic churches, to observe the or
dinance of the Lord's Supper as a part good work; and surely this is not to be expected, unless the officers of
of the stated and regular service of Christian churches set the blesseil ex
every Lord's Day. ample. To promote, we apprehend,
The author having at large supportin some measure, this object, Mr. N.
ed these positions by Scripture and arhas discussed the character, the work,
gument, proceeds to give a variety of and the reward of faithful deacons ;
testiinonies in favour of the practice reconcluding with some useful and appo
commended, from Pliny, Justin the site reflections: the whole of which we
Martyr, Calvin, Dr. Ames, Dr. Goodrecommend to all who desire to use the
win, Dr. Owen, Baxter, Daniel Buroffice of a Deacon well.
gess, Dr. Watts, Dr. Doddridge, J. To the Sermon there is an Appendix,
Edwards, Willison, Dr. Erskine, Randesigned to illustrate Mr. N.’s subject.
dall, S. Palmer, Maclean, Haldane, This Appendix also includes a Sketch
and Dr. Mason. of the Character of the late Mr. Booth,
The whole is concluded with an Ad
dress to the Conscience of the Chris. as a Christian, a Divine, a Christian Pastor, a Literary Man, and as a Friend
tian Reader; from which we transand Counsellor. This sketch, though
scribe the following paragraphs : it has no immediate connection with
“ Perhaps you admit the duty of the subject, will be considered by many
communion win the body and blood of as by no means the least interesting
Christ sometimes, and practice accoria part of the publication. Did our
ingly; yet you do not see yourself oblimits admit, we should be happy to
liged to this duty every. Lord's Day. transcribe it as a very good appendage fully confuted the evidence which has
Have you then fairly scrutinized and to our Memoir * of this excellent man.
been now proposed to you? If not,
how will you answer it to the Lord A Concise Statement of the Evidence light and refused knowledge?
Jesus Christ, that you have rejected
Are for the Obligation of Christian
you wiser and greater than le? Are Churches to celebrate the Lord's Sup
your opinions and preferences to be per every Lord's Day; with Testi
weighed against the dicta es of his unmonies of eminent Christian Divines
erring spirit? Take heed, lest you be in Favour of the Divine ciuthority,
found * resisting the Holy (host !" Perpetuai Obligation, and great Ad
“ Eut compliance with this call invantages of Thai Duly. Price 6.
volves inconvenience. Yes, and so it On subjects contested among serious did in the apostolic churches, whose Christians, we avoid taking a decided simple and faithful obedience to their part. Our limits will not admit of Lord cost them more suilerinys than controversy, nor do we think it would you could even think upon, without a suit the taste of the generality of our shuddering of horror. Did they choose readers. In cases, therefore, which re. the severest personal and family diza late to church order, we contine our- tiess ; and, finally, the most excruciito selves to an analysis of the publication. ing tortores unio deathl, rather than
In support of the general object of temporize and tritie wih Christ's Comthis pamphlei, which is to prove the marments? And Can you justify obligation of Christian churches to known disobedience by pleas of iriilcelebrate the Lord's supper etery 1.ord's ing inconvenience? Would you not, Day, the author lays down the follow- yea, do you not, without a inurmur, ing positions :
tike up far greater inconveniences andi i, All persons to whom the gospel dificulties, for the advancement aud coines, are uitler indispensable oblin success of your worldly interestYou gations to comply with the whole re- would not accept such a plea from vealed will of (01;
- 2, The New
your servant, and will you ofer it 10 Testament furnishes a rule of perfect your God? Besides, would not a littie
* See the Evan. Niam. for July and August last.