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principles of Christianity. “The Word of God, ONLY”_ ** The Grace of God, only”—“The work of the Spirit, onzy.”
Dr. Baird, in his Introduction, has made us better acquainted with this defender of the faith than we were before : for which our thanks are due.
11.- Thoughts for the Thoughtful. By Old Humphrey New
York: Robert Carter, 1843. pp. 240.
Old Humphrey paid us a visit in our January No., and we are right glad to see him again amongst us. He is an old man, he says, but seems to possess, notwithstanding, much of the sprightliness and activity of youth. He was once a soldier, we believe, then a merchant, now retired from business, to spend his latter days in doing good-imitating his divine Redeemer in conveying cups of cold water to the parched lips of the poor and thirsty: His “ Thoughts" will live after him, and be doing good to others in inciting them to go and do likewise, when he shall be resting from his earthly labors in the paradise of God.
" Thoughts for the Thoughtful” begins with “A Sweet Spirit,” intended briefly to illustrate and enforce the cultivation of a spirit much needed in this sinning world—that of kindness, forbearance, charity. If any Christian is murmuring, let him read " The Broken Thread.” If any is comfortably housed in a warm, quiet home, on a cold, stormy night, lei him read “Sympathy for Sailors.” Is any given to faultfinding, he may read “The too hasty Reproof.” Does any one too readily yield to indolence, let him read, “ Have you wound up the Clock?" If Old Humphrey should take up his
stump of a pen" again, we hope Mr. Carter will not fail to let us know it.
12.-Greenwood Cemetery and other Poems. By Joseph L. Ches
ter. New-York : Saxton and Miles: Boston: Saxton, Pierce & Co. 1843. pp. 132.
Mr. Chester's Dedication-"To his Wife, (not knowing a better friend, the author dedicates this book," speaks well for his heart and for the sweets of his domestic life. It is kindly and becoming. And this is not the solitary beauty of the book. There is poetry in it: some charming.
" Greenwood Cemetery" is beautifully conceived and delightfully executed : and he that reads it will wish to see the spot itself, and might well say with the author : “Already am I half in
love with Death.” But while the body shall repose in so enchanting and peaceful a retreat, ought not ihe spirit that leaves it there, to be breathing the pure atmosphere of ..eaven, that it may be fitted to await its resurrection from a restingplace so sweetly charming? There is sweet poetry in the “Spirit's Communings"_" The Warrior's Prayer"_" The Motherless," and others are emanations of genius.
Nor must we forget to say that the publishers have got up" the book in a beautiful style, for which, we trust, they will be appropriately compensated.
13.-History of Europe from the commencement of the French
Revolution in 1789, to the Restoration of the Bourbons in 1815. By Archibald Alison, F. R. S. E. Advocate. In four vol
New-York: Harper & Brothers. 1842. We are indebted to the enterprising publishers for Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, of this interesting and valuable work. We could wish that their presses were exclusively appropriated to works of a similar character, at least to such as would not exercise an unhappy influence on the rising generation. We must say, whilst we rejoice in very much which they have done, we cannot but regret that, perhaps inadvertently, they have permitted some things to go out endorsed with their names, the tendency of which is far from wholesome.
of their Alison's History, we spoke favorably in our Jan. No., and we can only repeat our belief that, notwithstanding its errors, it is one of the most elegant and useful histories extant. With No. 5, commences the second volume: the whole to be completed in four, each comprising as many numbers, 16 in all, at 25 cents each, or four dollars for the entire work.
14.-—The Apostacy predicted by Saint Paul. By Mortimer
O'Sullivan, D.D., Rector of Killyman. Part First and Part Second. Dublin : William Curry, jun. & Company. London: Longman, Orne & Co. pp. 340.
This is a work sent to us from beyond the Atlantic, and we thank the donor for it. It is timely ; but its chief recommendation to us is, that the first part is entirely expended on a consideration of the precise language of the prophecies, as the true and only basis on which correct interpretation can
The sense of Scripture is distinguished from the signification of comments, which things are too often confounded.
These essays were originally called forth by lectures of Dr.
Todd, who maintains the literalist view of the prophecies of Paul in 2 Thess. 2: 3—12; 1 Tim. 4: 1-3. Dr. O'Sullivan contends,--and builds his argument on critical analysis and comparison--that neither the Romanist's nor Literalist's interpretation is warranted by a proper view of the passages under consideration, but that what he calls the “Protestant” view is the correct one--that which applies these predictions to the Papacy. We think he shows, with great force, that the attributes of the predicted apostacy are all found in the Pa. pacy, and that they cannot be assigned to any other “falling away,” either past or future.
The argument is dignified, generous, lucid, and forceful.
There are many passages we should be pleased to transfer, but must be content with one which we find under the exposition of " forbidding to marry.” It is a quotation from an anonymous article in the Dublin University Magazine, Nov. 1811, p. 597, written by a Roman Catholic priest, who has given his name to the editor:
“I would most strongly urge on the attention of the rulers of our church-the rescinding of the law of clerical celibacy. I am, as I before stated, in the sear and yellow leaf,' and would have little to gain by this change; and I am fully aware that even one sentence spoken or written on this or any other subject may have an influence to be felt at the end of time. Well, then, in the presence of that God who is yet to judge me, I make, after the maturest judgment, the following declaration, which I wish should be proclaimed through the world :--The law of the Roman Catholic church which obliges our clergymen to live single-no matter what advantages may be ascribed to it, I believe to be one which has at all times wrought, and still works, incalculable mischief. It is my unalterable conviction that this rule is, and has ever been, productive of sins most offensive to the Almighty; and that the Lord has often poured out his wrath upon the nations in consequence of those offences against him, which I should almost say hare followed necessarily from this unnatural restriction. I have experienced the evils of this system in myself. Many things have I heard of priests in this country, and in other countries, which I did not and do not believe, for taking all things into account they are more moral than what they got credit for; but enough have I known, enough have I heard on unquestionable authority to convince me, forever, that this law has done immense harm in the church, and that the sooner it be removed the better. I believe that no clergy
man of ours could employ himself better than by seeking through all means in his power to procure its repeal; and finally, I do declare in the presence of Him in whose hands is my lot, by whose indulgence I breathe, and am enabled to pen these lines, that I would be willing at this moment, or at any other moment, to lay down my life in defence and in confirma. tion of this my opinion.
" The rule of clerical celibacy ought to be rescinded. Time and custom are no arguments for its continuance. The tyranny of zeal was necessary formerly. Rude society should be struck with terror and astonishment in order to effect any great change. The mind of Europe, of the world, has since changed: and in my internal conscience I do believe there never was any law in the church, whose repeal would produce such holiness in the ministers of God. I think our church would be now as much raised in public estimation by the re. peal of the law as it was heretofore advanced by its establishment."
15.—The New Englander, Vol. I. Number 1, January 1843.
This is a new Quarterly, set on foot at New Haven, under the editorial conduct of Rev. E. R. Tyler, aided by a number of highly respectable contributors. Its design is to occupy a field of free and fearless review in the literary world. “Its conductors will utter their own opinions at their own discretion. And if the circulation of the work, conducted on such principles, does not show that there is a demand for it on the part of the public, the undertaking will of course be abandoned.” “It will be found on the side of order, of freedom, of progress, of simple and spiritual Christianity, and of the Bible as the infallible, sufficient and only authority in religion.” The present No. contains some sprightly and profitable articles, and, if the times permit, the undertaking will doubtless succeed. Why should it not? We cannot but be obliged to the conductors for saying: “ That the American Biblical Repository is an honor to the American name.” “No well furnished library of a clergyman can be without it.” “We heartily commend it to scholars in every profession.”
We have also received from the same publishers, Parts III. and IV. of “ Brande's Encyclopedia of Science, Literature, and .Arts," which has been already twice noticed in the Repository,
Mr. Carter has sent us his cheap form of D'Aubigné's History of the Reformation, ninth edition. Three volumes, bound, for one dollar. It contains all the notes, and is as perfect as the first edition, except in the style of getting up. It was well thus to bring it within reach of all. The first edition was noticed at length.
A Manual on the Christian Sabbath, embracing a consideration
of its Perpetual Obligation, Change of Day, Utility and Duties. By John Holmes Agnew, (former Professor of Languages, Washington College, Washington, Pa. Third edition.) Phi. ladelphia : W. S. Young. N. York : Robert Carter. 1842.
It would ill become us to say, any thing of this Manual, except that it was originally delivered in a course of Lectures to the Students of Washington College, and, at their request, committed to the press. The only wish of the author is, that it may promote the sanctification of the Lord's Day. He has no manner of peculiar interest in it.
Capital Punishment. The Argument of Rev. George B. Cheever,
in reply to J. L. O'Sullivan, Esq., in the Broadway Tabernacle, on the Evenings of January 27th, and February 3d und 17th. New York : Saxton & Miles. Boston : Saxton & Pierce. 1843. pp. 108.
This Argument, as it merited, is published in a very neat style, with paper cover : so that while it is cheap, it is also readily readable. There is contained in it a body of argument, both on the biblical and expediency-question, which will require more logic than most men possess to overthrow. The question ought to be settled by it, and, we think, would be, if men yielded to their honest convictions.
Our Country safe from Romanism. A Sermon delivered at the
opening of the Third Presbytery of Philadelphia, at its sessions in the Western Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, April, 1841. By Rev. Thomas Brainerd. L. R. Bailey, printer. 1843. pp. 45.
Mr. Brainerd contends: I. That the political influence of Romanism in North Amsrica and elsewhere has greatly waned in the last century. II. The relative proportion of Romanists to the Protestant population of this country, furnishes no ground of alarm. Ill. The moral power of Romanism in