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After all that has been said, it may seem a little strange to suggest a remark, which may have the appearance of detracting from the praise which has been bestowed, But I disclaim all intention of such detraction. I suspect my own clearness of conception rather than the Doctor's · accuracy; and only hope, by publishing my remark, to rectify my own misapprehension. I also bar all invidi. ous suspicion of my principles being (as the remark may i seem to imply) inimical to our establishment; so far from which is the truth, that my attachment to it, which leads me to state an objection, makes me desirous of nothing so much as its confutation. But to proceed, the Doctor says (vol. ii. p. 34.) “ Other things are under establishments, as well as religion : they improve, and the more, for being so :” he then instances physic. But, Sir, the term establishment seems to be applied in very different · senses to religion and physic. The religious establish
ment is regulated and restrained by law. The medical : establishment lies under no restraint but what is imposed by prejudice and custom. An attempt to improve an established doctrine under the former, incurs the guilt of insincerity; experiments under the latter, are, at most, chargeable only with temerity. In violating this, a man exposes himself to the penalties of legal justice; in de
parting from that, he has only to confront the ridicule of : inveterate prejudice. This is enough to shew that the two establishments stand on a very different footing; and that, while one affords to inventive genius opportunity of improvement, the other absolutely proscribes it. If it be replied, he may publish as a philosopher, what he is - bound not to preach as an established minister, I am at a loss how to reconcile the morality of such a position. If I am referred to the improvements that have actually
taken place in the doctrines of our establishment, I an..swer, they were not owing to the establishment; and ' therefore afford no argument of that effect of establishmients, which the Doctor seems to ascribe to them. Be
sides, however improvements come, in time, to be incor- porated into the establishment, the first mover of them seems, as if he could not be exculpated from a violation of the most sacred obligations. As I have already stated my motives for this freedom of speech, I shall only beg your insertion of the above observations in your next use ful repository, and subscribe myself very sincerely your
TO THE EDITORS OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCHMAN'S
there is some difference between CATHOLIC Doc. TRINE and the tenets of a sect; however some people may choose, for obvious purposes, to resolve all the leading truths of Christianity into the opinions of particular classes of believers. I was not a little offended the other day on opening a book compiled by a Mr. Evans, and iniituled “ A Sketch of the Denominations of the ChrisLian world.” The author gives a list of “ Christian Sects ;" and at the head of the list stand“ TRINITARIANS and ATHANASIANS.” So it should seem, Mr. Evans - reckons those who believe in the doctrine of the blessed TRINITY to be mere sectaries! That the Arians, or the Socinians may be counted sectaries, I am ready to admit; but I cannot allow that those who honour the Son, eyen as they honour the Father, are to be ranged with those who would degrade the REDEEMER to a level with the inheritors, of Adam's guilt. Truth is not a modification of error, but is utterly opposite to it. Mr. Evans accompanies his work with " a persuasive lo moderation." Moderation is enjoined by scripture as a Christian duty; but moderation and latitudinarianism, moderation and in* difference, are never to be confounded. We are enjoined to “ contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints;" but looking at Mr. Evans's List of Sects, I see uno distinction between orthodoxy and heresy, between unity and schism, between those who hold the doctrines of the gospel, and “ doctrines of devils."
Mr. Evans places the letters A.M. after his name; but bhe must give a tradesman leave to amend his orthography. · I looked into the seventh edition of his book, and one
would hope, that by the time any work had reached the • seventh edition, few radical orthographical blunders
could be met with in it. Mr. Evans çloses his List of Sects with certain people whom he styles Millenarians; and in the body of his work the word Millenium occurs : frequently, and the word Millenary once. I am afraid "this A. M. is not acquainted with the etymology of these words; otherwise he would spell and write them thus, Milleninarians, Millennium, and Millennary.
Sectarianism continues to thrive at the east end of the metropolis, where the parish churches are not large enough to receive an hundredth part of the inhabitants, and where there are no episcopal chapels. Yesterday a new freak seized a preacher in a meeting-house in Goodman's Felds,-he preached in regimentals!!!
I am, Gentlemen,
Your stedfast Friend,
• JONATHAN DRAPIER,
TO THE EDITOR OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCHMAN'S
T FELT so great satisfaction in the perusal of Mr. 1 Pearson's Letter in your last Number, on Scripture Readings, that I cannot but take up iny pen in order to erpress that satisfaction. It is an excellent plan ; and though it be not universally practicable, it certainly is practicable by many of his bretheren, who will be ready to blame hiin for his unnecessary zeal, and for doing more than he is compelled to do.
:I know a clergyman, who, upon coming to reside on his benefice, found that dissenting preachers were in ihe habit of preaching occasionally in his parish on a weekday: he therefore reads prayers at his church one evening in the week, and preaches an expository sermon : and I ain happy in being able to add, there is now no preaching in his parish but at the church. As the service never begins till the work of the day is quite over, this plan does not interfere with the worldly business of the hearers, nor is one duty performed at the expence of another.
The clerzyman to whom I allude, has, I understand, been found fault with, for becoming thus a volunteer : some of the neighbouring clergy say, “it is a bad cuştom:" others, " he is courting popularity," (for, where the action itself connot be called bad, the motive is often, we know, judged) another, “ He is commendable, I think, but I shall not follow him :" another," he must be a
Vol. IX. Churchm. Mag. Oct. 1803. M m dissenter, dissenter, an enthusiast : but Mr. Editor, surely ministers of the gospel ought to pass uncensured for these extra exertions, as they probably act on the maxim of that good old bishop, who said, " Better to wear out than rust out."
Your constant Reader,"
REEVES'S PRAYER BOOK, &c.
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TO THE EDITOR OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCHMAN'S
MAGAZINE. Sır, T AM sorry to observe, that it is not only the ClarenI don Press, p. 175, of which we have cause to complain, for want of sufficient correctness in printing works of such importance as the Bible, and Common Prayer; for on occasional reference only to Mr. Reeves's late elegant edition of the latter, (mine is the large octavo) I have found the following, some of them by no means immaterial, errata, and all of them too careless to be admitted into books of so much consequence and such a price; added to the very unfavourable impression which they cannot but convey that they are not all which may be discovered on closer examination, and tbat the like inaccuracy may extend, as well to the splendid edir tion of the Bible, which that gentleman has published, as to that which he proposes, certainly oui a very eligible plan, for more general distribution. . EPISTLE. ; i ',
READ: 3d Sunday in Lent--" As becoming '. As becometh saints."
saints, Thursday before Easter-Gospel
« And behold I huve examined.” " And behold I having examined." 4th Sunday after Easter-Gospel.. “ Whatsoever he shall beur."
« Whatsoever he shall hear." 11th Sunday after Trinity - Epistle
" And am not ineet to be called " That arn tot meet," &c.
an apostle." 20th Sunday after Trinity--Epistle « Submitting yourselves one to anom. “ Submitting in yourselres one
ther in the fear of God." to another the fear of God." St. Thomas the Apostle..Gospel
** Thomas one of the twelve call- « Thomas one of the twelve called 'ed Didymus, who was not with · Didymus, was not with them." * them," Psalm lxxxiv. 3.-" Where she may - Where she inay lay her young. ·luxhe young. .
er as ek shall her and Prayer
These are errors which certainly ought to have been avoided by the King's printer as well as by the correctors of the Clarendon press. But we shall have little need to be so particular in printing our Bibles, and Prayer Books, or eren to print them at all, if the opinions of some, who call themselves philosophers, shall be entitled to any thing like the same weight with others, as they seem inclined themselves to attribute to thein. Decency and moderation have been however usually considered as
heat of argument itself. Bui not so the language of phi. losophers of the present day, when they unfortunately happen to differ from each other on the clear and well defined points of metaphysical research; for then such an opportunity offers of sneering at, or more openly reviling the comparatively mystical and unintelligible tenets of religious faith, as cannot possibly be resisted. A dispus tant of this stamp in the last number of the Monthly Magazine, page 123, (ex uno disce omnes, of the philosophical contributors to that work), after raving at“ a vaunted definition," supposed to be Locke's, as a unintelligible and nonsensical jargon,” “the wanton forgery of a lazy compositor,” (by the bye, Mr. Editor, is not laziness occupied in wanton forgery somewhat of a metaphysical il"lustration of Horace's " Strenua inertia ?") as at best worthy of an Alexandrian Platonist;" a thoughtless jumble of terms, a confused puddle of phrases, “ which his ad. versary stoops to admire, stoops lower still to vindicate." Thus concludes his paroxysm, and his refutation together,
let him go into the church and preconize the Trinity, that would not be a vilEr Occupation !!!” Such is the elegance of style, and the decency of expression with which this Inquirer so necessarily introduces any mention of the established faith of his country, the faith of the Christian church, firmly maintained, or whatever else he pleases, in his jargon, to term it, by thousands certainly not inferior in wisdom or integrity to this metaphysical dogmatist.
Before. I conclude this somewhat desultory and miscellaneous communication, will you allow me just to express a hope that our old and long esteemed friend, Sylvanus Urban, is not about also to desert those, who, I have reason to think, have never deserted him, but of late, particularly in his Review, he has certainly shewn some inclination to look with no favourable eye towards the clergy of the M m 2