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novelties will soon foll do not wish to prolong dwelling more than is time, alas! the seanul Saviour is crucified friends.
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the continuance of any alleged trifling inconvenience. Our practical discipline, indeed, grievously wants mending; but for that blessing we look forward, rather to public feeling and the growth of true piety among us, than to legislative control. A few measures of detail may possibly be in contemplation, such as facilitating the ejection of scandalous beneficed clergymen, leasing tithes for a limited period for a less litigated equivalent in money; and we should not be sorry to add, the better regulation of our ecclesiastical courts. We dare not hope for much being effectually and speedily done by the legislature to promote clerical residence, and to enable every clergyman to live with a fair competency upon his cure. But it is useless to speculate by anticipation. If proposals of alleged amendment, either as respects our formularies, our spiritual discipline, or the secularities of our Establishment, should be seriously brought forward in parliament, it will be time enough to discuss them upon their own merits. Our articles, our homilies, our liturgy, our episcopal regimen, and the general detail of our church regulations, are far too dear to us to allow of our listening with very sanguine hopes to newly-projected schemes of amendment; but we do hope for much, very much, from that effusion of Divine grace
which we trust has been afforded us, in a measure not equalled since the days of Reformation. Though far from crying, Peace, peace, or wishing to stifle inquiry, we see in the greatly-improved character of our clergy, in the better employment of church patronage, and in the spiritual signs of the times, symptoms of hope and occasions for joy, which call for the deepest gratitude to the Author of every good and perfect gift. When had we so many bishops, deans, archdeacons, and other dignitaries, of whom it may be truly said, that they are really, as well as professionally, men of God? When was the Gospel of our salvation so clearly proclaimed from so many of our national pulpits? When was so much done by our clergy and the pious lay members of our church (for we are confining our argument at present to our own pale, without, however, meaning to disparage the efforts of religious men of other communions), to instruct the poor and to educate the rising generation in the nurture and admonition of the Lord ? These are glorious indications; and we do rejoice in them, and will rejoice, notwithstanding all the contumely that has of late been poured upon the mass of the Christian community of this nation, by some among us who see no symptoms but those of defection and decay. We also, in our turn, will use the probe; we will not, God being our helper, shrink from the duty of pointing out, in a spirit of brotherly love, the manifold sins, negligences, and ignorances which abound among us; but let us be just as well as fearless ; let us be as keen to observe excellencies as defects; the work of God, as the counterplotting of Satan; and let us not imitate that enemy of all good in becoming virulent “accusers of the brethren, even though in many things they are to be blamed.” We must expect, while we lament, innumerable evils; we must expect, even, the very ebullitions to which we have alluded. Our own pages, for nearly thirty years, have born frequent witness to the springing up and dying away of novelties in the Church of Christ: the present
have left no space to respects our own put kindness of our read correspondents, that periodical publications and been extinguished existence is prolonged indulgence by the pub death had torn from i valued names as the Bowdler, Heber, He enlarge the list-eacht unoccupied; but not designate, still survis pen, while newer corre whose names, when not fear to inscribe be is one class of
papers their assistance, and denominate spiritual or ordinary sermons will delight to take u gratification, but for blessing of God, lead of true religion, its h. consolations.
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novelties will soon follow the course of their predecessors, and we do not wish to prolong their existence, or to extend their range, by dwelling more than is necessary upon them. Only, in the mean time, alas! the seamless robe of our Redeemer is rent, and the Saviour is crucified afresh, and wounded in the house of his friends.
We have wandered so widely over matters in general, that we have left no space to discharge the usual duties of a preface, as respects our own publication. We can only attribute it to the kindness of our readers, and the able pens of our respected correspondents, that amidst the multiplication of newer religious periodical publications, and while at least half a score have arisen and been extinguished during the term of our literary life, our own existence is prolonged, and our pages continue to be received with indulgence by the public. We might justly have feared that, when death had torn from the list of our contributors such beloved ancl valued names as those of Venn, Thornton, Buchanan, Jowett, Bowdler, Heber, Hey, Pearson, Richmond-we might greatly enlarge the list-each lamented chasm would long have continued unoccupied ; but not a few of our early friends, whom we may not designate, still survive with their first energies, and an untired pen, while newer correspondents have joined their ranks-many of whose names, when they cease to bear them, our successors will not fear to inscribe beside those we have just enumerated. There is one class of papers, in particular, in which we earnestly entreat their assistance, and which, for want of a better phrase, we would denominate spiritual essuys ; not critiques, or barren disquisitions, or ordinary sermons; but such papers as a well-informed Christian will delight to take up after the cares of the day, not only for mental gratification, but for “ his soul's health," and which may, by the blessing of God, lead the general reader to discern the character of true religion, its hopes, its joys, its duties, its conflicts, and its consolations.
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Relig. Com. - Essay on Superstition-
cipline -- Aristotle. Beattie, and
from the Annuals..... ...87-107
Christian-Knowledge Society on -Dealtry's Gospel Message 107–121
Wrangham's Pleiad — Fincher's vident Society-France : Highways;
Prayer---Suggestions on the Sick 41-51 Pompeii Switzerland: Henry
Martin; Oberlin-United States :
pal Church; Intoxication; Rev. J. Relig. Intell.--Kildare Place Society
Necessities of Ohio-Episcopal Supplement to Relig. Intell. British
Supplement to Relig. Intell.-- British
of Salisbury, on 1 John v.7; Pro-
teousness of Christ; Character of
Miscell. Scriptural Geology-Clerical
Relig. Com.--Essay on Superstition mus-Misapplications of Scripture
- Going to Church late—Dearth of
Isaiah lji. 7; Isaiah xxxii. 15; 1
Nicobar Islands (continued)-Pub.
lic Meetings of Societies—Church
Chapels - Poetry, from the An-
Pub. Aff:--Roman-Catholic Question
-Oxford election; Petitions against
crament to Criminals-Ecclesias-
Insanity-Egypt: Ruins of Thebes
- Irish Episcopal Home Missionary
Lit. and Phil. Intell.-Great Britain :
New Works; Aberdeen Prizes ;
Peru-New Publications .... 245, 246
Prayer-book Society-Schools in
Miscell.—Luther's alleged Conference London Missionary Society 439_-445
-Italy: Inquisitor-general's Edict
-South America -State of Ireland
Rev. of—Dwight'sSermons-Walsh's Supplement to Relig. Intell. --British
Journey from Constantinople 365–373 and Foreign Bible Society--Anti-
astical Discipline; North-West Pas Relig. Com.-Essay on Superstition
Wales... New Publications .. 384..387 Classical Quotations Phreno-
388 Waverly Novels ... ......465–496
The Mass Idolatry— Family Ser --Publications...
Rev.of-Archbishop Laurence's Book
Relig. Inlell. Senecca Indians- Miscell. Obligations of Genius (con-
cluded)-Case of Conscience-Not
Guilty-Passage in Hooker-Ten