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The Foreign Evangelical Review. No. 1. ing danger. The evils which he points

Contents. 1. The Conservative Principle out are the mechanical and utilitarian in our Literature. 2. Inspiration and spirit of the times—the fact that the age Catholicism. 3. German Church History is eminently, in some of its leading 4. The Spirit of the Old Testament. 5.

minds, an age of passion—the lawlessTheories of the Church. 6. Was Solomon the Author of the Ecclesiastes ? 7. The districts of the territory, and in various

ness, unhappily too rife through large Theory of the Intellect and that of the

classes of its inhabitants-a false liberalFeelings. 8. Unity of the Human Races.

ism-a rising spirit of superstition-and Edinburgh : Johnstone and Hunter. London: Robert Theobald. 8vo. pp. 232. the influence of a demoralized and

demoralizing press.

The remedy he This being the first number of a new shows is not to be found in legislation, quarterly, on a plan which differs from or in education, or in philosophy, or in that of any of its predecessors, it will general knowledge; it is the Cross of doubtless be agreeable to many of our Christ—“Let us not shrink to say it, readers to receive some notice of its The Cross of Christ is the only Conserexistence and characteristics.

vative Principle of our Literature.” Articles reprinted from the principal Taking up the evils which he had religious periodicals of America, will enumerated, one by one, he illustrates constitute the staple of the work, into the adaptation of faith in the crucified which will be introduced, however, Redeemer to check them, and establish some selections from critical produc- what is better in the place of each. tions of France and Germany. The The Christian, he observes, looking range of subjects discussed in the higher than the mere statesman, relies Review is to be wide and comprehen- for his country's freedom, as well as for sive, “embracing all the various depart- the purity of his country's faith, on the ments of literature contained within or cross of Christ. Addressing his hearers bordering upon the territory of scrip- with much earnestness, he then urges tural truth; a principle of management them to view habitually this cross in its which, it is hoped, will secure for the two chief aspects, as revealing the way work the interest of a larger circle of of the sinner's justification, and as readers than periodicals of the kind are showing the process of the believer's usually found to attract." The first sanctification ; in their coming ministry number, we are told, is to be regarded to make the cross their theme, and to as a specimen.

let it be their pattern. The article with which it opens is

The second article is on “Professor from the pen of a popular minister of Schérer's aberration from the ancient

own denomination, Dr. W. R. faith of the church on the subject of Williams, pastor of one of the churches inspiration, and his consequent retirein New York. It contains an address ment from the Faculty of the New which he delivered to the Hamilton Theological School of Geneva.” The Literary and Theological Institution. reviewer takes occasion especially to His design was to dwell upon some of | refute the strange assertion of the prothe evils that endanger American litera- fessor that one of the elements of that ture, and to bring before his hearers Catholicism which was insensibly dethe remedy which as scholars, patriots, veloped in the ancient church, was and Christians, they were bound to “The formation of the New Testament, apply, and to which they must look as that is to say the introduction of that their preservative against the approach- | idea of inspiration which constitutes


the sacred collection and its dignity.” | past times, then it is easily answered. He shows, on the contrary, the con- One and all of the older writers declare sciousness of the corrupt but dominant for Solomon.” Thirdly, certain cochurch, that with an inspired and open incidences are traceable between the bible before the people, her reign could style of Ecclesiastes and that of the not last an hour. “ Her first act was book of Proverbs. The writer observes to overlay the pages of the scriptures that arguments similar to those emwith her traditions ; her next, to claim ployed against the antiquity of Ecclesifor those traditions a co-ordinate rank astes have been employed also to prove and equal authority; her next, to arro- a late origin for several other books of gate to herself the sole and infallible the Old Testament, and expresses his interpretation of them; as soon as she persuasion that the more thoroughly could or dared, she forbade the reading these arguments are examined, the less of them by the people in their own weight they will be found to have. tongue; she made them as scarce as possible even among the clergy — the Without proceeding further in our libraries of her monasteries scarcely examination, we are ready to certify contained a copy of them. Catholicism that this new periodical is likely to hunted from the world the very book contain much that will interest an imwhich she pretended to acknowledge as portant portion of the British public. inspired and from God.”

We cannot profess to be admirers of The article entitled “Was Solomon that style of writing which is generally the Author of Ecclesiastes,” though regarded by our American neighbours comparatively short, is valuable. The as the finest; it approximates too much late Professor Stuart, in his recently to what in England we call verbosc, published commentary on this book, inflated, and ambitious. Nor should assigns three reasons for his opinion we consign ourselves implicitly to that Solomon did not write it, but that American guidance in matters of faith it was the production of some inspired and practice, or desire to see the man belonging to a later age. The first universal adoption of the manner in is derived from the occurrence of certain which our transatlantic brethren often expressions which do not seem natural deal with those who deviate from their in the mouth or from the pen of Solomon; standards of orthodoxy. Yet we welthe second is that a state of the nation come this publication. We find in it is implied different from that existing indications of varied learning and good in his time; and the third refers to the sense, combined with strong attachment style and diction of the book. Of these to the chief peculiarities of revealed three arguments the reviewer disposes religion. It is evidently intended to effectually, and then gives reasons which counteract the influence of some imwould lead to an opposite conclusion. portations of baneful tendency; and, First, we have the claim set up by the as it contains much seasonable truth, work itself. Secondly, we have uniform we cannot hesitate to recommend the ancient tradition; which Professor series of which it is the commencement Stuart himself admits, saying, “ If this to the reading and thinking portion of question be referred to the decision of the community.


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New Translation, Exposition, and Chronological eminent theologians. The writer proves clearly

Arrangement of the Book of Psalms ; with that the design of the chapter is to exhibit the Critical Notes on the Hebrew Text. By embarrassment and despair of one who finds his BENJAMIN WEISS, Missionary to the Jews, utmost endeavours after perfection by the law Algiers, Author of " A Christian Jew on the to be abortive, being daily convicted by it as Old Testament "Scriptures." Edinburgh: under its curse, and is totally unable to find Oliphant and Sons. London: Hamilton rest unto his labouring soul, until he comes to and Co. 8vo. pp. viii. 539.

God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The A few days only have elapsed since this work

commencement of the following chapter has issued from the press , and it is but a portion of long seemed to us to render this interpretation

undeniable. it that we have had opportunity to peruse; but we cannot allow a month to pass without mentioning it to our ministering brethren. Glad

The Families of Holy Scripture. By CHARLES should we be to know that every one of them

LAROM. London: Houlston and Stoneman. would be in possession of a copy before the

16 mo. pp. 246. publication of our next number. We have seen nothing of the kind so intrinsically valuable thirty years the respected pastor of a baptist

Though Mr. Larom has been more than since the appearance of Fairbairn on Ezekiel; church at Sheffield, he has not hitherto, we and an exposition of Ezekiel, however, good, believe, made himself known to the denominamust yield in utility to one composed in the same spirit on the book of Psalms.

tion as an 'autbor. It would have been well

The anthor, who is a natural descendent of Abraham, time to mature their minds and collect stores of

for some others if, like him, they had taken is evidently a master of the Hebrew language, thought before they set the printing press in and he writes under the influence of a truly motion. He has now selected a subject of Pauline attachment to him whom he now recog- great practical importance, and one for the nizes as Messiah the Prince. " Inasmuch as it has pleased Divine goodness,” he says, at the illustration of which his long continued opporclose of the performance,

tunities for observation had prepared "him. eyes

of the author of this book and shew him the of society if all families were well regulated ;

How greatly it would conduce to the happiness Saviour of his soul in the Old Testament Scrip- if each individual knew his place and kept it; tures (before he saw the New) in which his if all co-operated together for the welfare of the forefathers as he himself gloried, and as the book of Psalms, along with the prophecies of whole! How rich are the historical portions of Isaiah, was that living stream that poured imitation! Mr. Larom brings before his readers

scripture in examples both for avoidance and for refreshing waters of conviction into his soul the families of Adam, of Noah, of Abraham, that the Messiah must have come already, and that Jesus of Nazareth was the promised which there are varieties of sin and consequent

of Isaac, of Jacob, of Eli, of David ; in all of Saviour, the Son of God, of whom the Psalmist distress presented to view; but, on the other and Isaiah spake, the reader will perceive how hand, he exhibits to their admiration the great must be his joy when seeing that the Lord has enabled him to begin and finish a work Philippian jailor ; with other specimens of

families of Zacharias, of Lazarus, and of the on the sweet and inspired songs of Zion.”. By domestic life of a more mixed character. Corso doing he has indeed done much to glorify the dial attachment to evangelical truth, and desire Redeemer and edify the church. His translation renders coherent and perspicuous many in every part of the book.

to write what would be useful, are perceptible passages that have been thought disjointed and obscure. His notes are learned and judicious. Ile has studied carefully the bistory of David Female Scripture Biography; preceded by an in connexion with the Psalms, and assigned to

Essay on What Christianity has done for

Woman. them a relationship to the events of the history

By F. A. Cox, D.D., LLD. which does much to illustrate their meaning,

Author of Biblical Antiquities;

« The while the principles of interpretation on which

Life of Philip Melancthon ; Our Young he proceeds appear to us to be generally sound.

Men, a Prize Essay," fc. c. Second No reader who can afford it will do justice to

Edition, London: Snow, post 8vo. pp. 563. himself if he does not purchase this volume.

We well remember a hope and a fear exThe Seventh Chapter of Paul's Epistle to the pressed by certain reviewers at the first appearRomans, with an Exposition and Observations,

ance of this work, about thirty-five years ago. By Georce LAWRENCE. London : Nisbet in the Baptist Magazine, after descanting on and Co. 8vo. pp. 25.

the production of the young author at greater

length than was usual in those days, the reThis tract may be safely recommended to any viewer expressed his hope :-“We hope all our one who is anxious to ascertain the meaning of readers who are able to purchase the work will that remarkable portion of scripture to which it do it without delay; and that those young refers—a portion which has been abused by females who regard the improvement of the many persons, and even misunderstood by mind more than the decoration of the body, and

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS trench their incidental expenses till they can.”

Sapproved. A contemporary critic, whose severity was proverbial, after confessing that in glancing over

[It should be understood that insertion in this list is not a Mr. Cox's book he had “felt a temptation, now

mere announcement: it expresses approbation of the works and then, to mete out to him a modicum of enumerated, -not of course extending to every particular, but praise,” announced his fear,-a fear that some

an approbation of their general character and tendencs.] body of men in America would be sending Minister of Union Chapel

, Islington ; consisting of

Funeral Services for the Rev. Thomas Lewis, him over a Diploma in a year or two, creating the Funeral Oration, by the Rev. J. Watson, him D.D.” The first edition having long since Theological Tutor of Hackney College ; " A Good been exhausted, and the honours conferred on Minister of Jesus Christ," a Sermon by the Rev. J. the author having been borne very meekly, we LEIFCHILD, D.D.; and “The Ministry of the Dead," have thought that we might without scruple a Sermon by ihe Rev. Henny ALLON. Published acquaint our female readers with the estimate

at the request of the Church. London: J. Sico. of the work formed by the men of the last age,

8vo. pp. 75. congratulating them that it is now reprinted

Tower Church Sermons. Discourses preacbed in for their special benefit. They may find in it the Tower Church, Belvedere, Erith, Kent. By interesting memoirs of "holy women" belong the Rov. A. Monod, Paris ; the Rev. Dr. Kruning to the old time, and cautionary remarks on MACHER, Berlin; and the Rev. T. BINNEY, London. others whose lives present specimens of conduct

Edited by T. BINNEY. London : Jackson and Walwhich ought to be avoided. Having said thus ford. 16mo., pp. 275. . much, we will take the liberty to express a hope Pulpit Outlines. One Hundred and Twenty and a fear of our own; a fear that some D.D.'s Sketches of Sermons preached to Evangelical Conwill die without having produced a work half so gregations. With an Essay on Effective Preaching. good as this; and a hope that male friends will By Professor Suerand. London : J. C. Bishop. remember, on suitable occasions, that this book

16mo. pp. 251. will be to any young lady a peculiarly appro- The Christian in Business: or Brief Menorials priate present,

of Miss Mary Bridge. Second Thousand, London:

John Snow. 12mo., PP. 121. A Lecture on the Historic Evidence of the Au

thorship and Transmission of the Books of Sudden Destruction : & Discourse delivered at the New Testament, delivered before the Ply. Islington Chapel, on Sunday, January 11, 1852, on mouth Young Men's Christian Association, the Loss of the Amazon, with a description of that Oct. 14, 1851. By S. P. TREGELLES, LL.D. noble Vessel, and her terrible destruction on the London: Bagster and Sons, 12mo. pp. xxiv. the Rev. B. S. Hollis. "London : Partridge and

Morning of the lirst Sunday of the New Year. By 120.

Oakey. 16mo., pp. 42. These are subjects with which every well

The "Amazon." A Sermon preached by the Rev. informed person ought to have some acquaint. WILLIAM BLOOD (one of the survivora), in the ance, and at the same time subjects the success- Church of St. Andrew, Plymouth, January 18, 1852. ful treatment of which requires the hand of a London: Aylott and Jones. Bro. pp. 28. master. We rejoice, therefore, to find a manual for popular use compiled by a man so competent The Sabbath School, the Demand of the Age. A as Dr. Tregelles is to give instruction relating Discourse delivered to the Sabbath School Teachers to them even to the learned. The information of the City of Edinburgh, 1852. By the Rev.

Elinburgh: Adam and C. contained in this volume ought to be accessible JONATHAN Watson.

Black. 12mo., PP. 32. to persons of every class, and here is, in a small compass, everything on these subjects which a man engaged in secular business will require. sary? By Robert BREWER.

Repentance, What is it? and for whom Neces.

Le:ds: Joler Heaton. After some general remarks on the process of London: B. L. Green. 32mo., PP. 30. proof, the author treats of the New Testament as a collective volume, of Paul's Epistles, of the Tenth Annual Pastoral Address, for 1852. By Four Gospels, of the General Epistles, of the G. WYARD, Minister of Soho Chapel, Oxford Stroet. Apocalypse, of the results of evidence, of London. Pp. 12. Price ld. evidence from the channels of transmission, of the claims of Rome, of the transmission of the The Pictorial Family Bible according to the AuNew Testament to us, of Rome as a keeper of thorized Version : containing the old and New

Testaments. With copious original Notes. Holy Writ, of Rome as a witness of Holy KITTO, D.D. London : V. S. Orr and Co. Parts Writ, and of the uses of such investigation, 22 and 23. The University of London a Parliamentary

New Medical Dictionary for the People; the Constituency. By CHARLES James Foster, Dictionary of Domestic Medicine and Household M.A., LL.D., Professor of Jurisprudence at Surgery. By SPENCER THOMSON, M.D., L.R.C.S. University College, London. Published for Edininirgh. - Part I. London: Groombridge and the Committee of the Graduates of the Uni- Sons. 8vo. Pp. 48. versity. 8vo. pp. 31. Price 1s.

The Eclectic Review for May, 1852. Contents Much information not otherwise easily at- I. History of Maynooth Colege. II. Davidson's tainable respecting the examinations in the Introduction to the New Testament. III. Memoirs London University, its affiliated institutions,

of the Whig Party. IV. Representative men.

V. Voyage of the Rattlesnake. VI. Literature and the number and average age of candidates, for

Romance of Northern Europe. VII. Lito of Lord the several degrees, and the number of gradu- Jeffrey. Review of the Montb, Literary Intelligence, ates, may be found in this pamphlet.

&c. London ; Ward and Co.

By J.




thousands from Pagan Asia, and idolatrous Oceanica. They have brought their gods

with them, and are real heathen. Many of The Home Mission Record of our Ameri- them will remain in this country, and become can brethren contains the following important citizens, and all of them will remain long observations :

enough to afford us an opportunity to offer

them the word of God, and preach to them “To reach the great masses of European the gospel. peasantry, or the gentry, who worship the

“Now, whether these immigrants from Host and the Virgin, has been, till lately, Europe, Asia, or Australia, return to their native almost impossible. And even now, the

country, or become permanent residents among word of the Lord cannot have free course

us, their influence upon their fatherland in any papal state on the continent. Col

must be very considerable. If they are enporteurs and itinerant preachers are doing lightened and converted, they will be enabled something in a quiet, small, secret way ; but

to shake the very pagodas of idolatry, effecthe people are not addressed the multitudes tually protest against popish errors and cannot be reached there. “Of nearly every nation God is winnowing infidelity of free-thinkers, and licentious,

superstitions, or meet the scepticism and out, as through a large and coarse sieve, the audacious writers. Now, who shall do this choicest families, and, perhaps, the most foreign work of home missions ? Who shall impressive and available, and scattering them feel responsible for attempting the evangeliall over our country, especially in the zation of our foreign population ? Our Somighty valleys of the West. They come to ciety, and our missionaries, and our churches !" us, not only from Ireland, but from France, and Hungary, and Italy, and all the States of the German confederacy. They come to

STATE-PAY COVETED. our shores, as flies the dust of a summer's threshing-floor. Their arrivals are reported English baptists will learn with astonishat a thousand a day. Already we have ment that American baptists are desiring, nearly five millions of Germans in this nay, demanding subsidies from the state for country, one and a half million of Irish, their colleges. The New York Recorder has more than three thousand French people, an article on the subject, of which the follow. and almost half a million from other nations. | ing is a portion :Of all these, probably, five millions are more “ The Tribune of Saturday contained an or less controlled by papal priests, and have article designed to prevent the passing of a no correct knowledge of the plan of salva- | bill giving aid to certain colleges the present tion by Jesus Christ; or say in their hearts, if year. It is understood that a bill has been not in so many words, “ There is no God." agreed upon in the committee which has

“ This class of immigrants bring with them charge of the subject, which the friends of their ignorance, their superstitions, their pre- the various colleges applying for aid are ready judices, and their vices. They are not bar- to support. This bill, if we are rightly inbarians, it is true, but they are idolaters, formed, provides for an appropriation in aid haters of God, and children of wrath. Here, of Rochester and Madison universities, and they profane the name of Jesus, desecrate also to the new methodist college at Lima, the Lord's day, introduce laxity of morals in Genesee county. There are some one and corrupting customs, and spread far and hundred thousand members of baptist wide, the upas miasma of infidelity. If churches in this State, and at least five times this tide of foreign influence continues to that number who are identified with baptist flow in upon us a few years more, and the principles and interests.

All these persons character of its waters is not changed, like are more or less interested in one or the the spring of Jericho, or the well of Marah, other of the colleges at Rochester and death and a barren land’ will be the only Hamilton. The methodist church members portion of our American Zion, and then no in the state are alike interested in the sucsife-giving stream will go forth to bless the cess of their new institution, and in the multitudes of the Eastern world.

passage of the bill. The bill then may be “ But this is not all. California has already considered as demanded by the whole baptist received into its promiscuous population, and methodist body in the state of New

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