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He is neither. He comes to his engage- subject of the second lecture. Regarding ment as well equipped for the conflict as can baptism and the Lord's-supper as symbolical perhaps be desired. But he demolishes so services, and of perpetual obligation in completely some of the old established de- the christian church, the Doctor proceeds to fences of infant baptism, under the full con- refute the objections of the Quakers to these viction that they are worthless and unsafe, ordinances. Here, incidentally, he rejects, that their adherents are filled with alarm for for six valid reasons, the rendering of the their position; and though they may bestow commission given by a distinguished writer in considerable laudation or some parts of his the Congregational Magazine, viz. 'Go forth, performance, they are not able to conceal and make disciples of all nations, purifying their chagrin, that the sweep of their cham- them for the Father,' &c. Having disposed, pion's weapon, comes more fearfully in con- very satisfactorily of the errors of the Friends, tact with themselves than with their oppo- Dr. H. proceeds to the consideration of the nepts. The lectures of Dr. Halley are design of these institutions. The conferring therefore more likely to provoke a reply from of grace in the sacraments, the opus operatum polemics of his own party, than from ours. of the papists; the modifications of this If he had no expectation' of being brought error maintained in the church of England, by the subject of these lectures into collision and the Lutheran churches; and the doctrine wilh the opinions of the Baptist denomina- of the Puritans, Scotch Presbyterians, and tivn;' still less, we presume, did he antici. many foreign protestants of the Calvinistic pate that he should have to wage a conflict churches,' that the sacraments are federal with those of his own. But we apprehend rites, ratifications of the evangelical cove. his fiercest assailants will be from the midst nant, made to those who profess to receive of his own camp.
it, upon the supposition that their faith is We proceed to the brief examination of sincere, and so insuring to them all the bless. this volume, regretting that the lecturer has ings which are promised to believers,' are not completed his argument on baptism, and rejected, as not agreeing with the symbolical also that the price at which the volume is character of religious rites, and as opposed to published, is such as to prevent the major the great doctrine of justification by faith part, both of Baptists and Pædobaptists, without works. from purchasing it. It contains about half the Having in this general manner,
dismatter of Dr. Carson's, and is near double posed of preliminary matter, Doctor Halley the cost.
proceeds more immediately to the busi. It will be seen from the preface, that the ness of the present volume. The order object proposed to be attained by Dr. Halley, in which he takes up his subjects is the is not to demonstrate the absolute rightful. following:-Jewish baptism-John's baptism ness of infant sprinkling, but to set up a -baptismal regeneration-the mode of chris. passable defence for it. 'If I can succeed,' tian baptism- the subjects of christian baphe remarks, 'in convincing our Baptist tism. In the lecture on Jewish proselyte brethren, not that we are rigbt, but that we baptisms, Dr. Halley inclines to the opinion, have a case which honest men may honestly that they existed previous to the time of our maintain without being chargeable with Lord, and infers that the Jews were accus. criminally resisting the truth, so that churches tomed to baptize the infants of proselytes have no authority to prescribe any regulation together with their parents, and therefore, upon the mode or subjects of baptism, my chief that as christian baptism agrees in many object in pursuing this controversy will be particulars with the Jewish, assumes that attained.' But this over careful and modest there is some ground for the presumption that form of taking his ground, so widely differ- christians were accustomed to baptize the ent both in tone and temper, from other re. children of believers. But on inferences so doubtable champions of the cause, will un. remote, and deduced from premises so doubtavoidably be regarded as indicative of some ful, it is scarcely necessary to offer any remisgivings as to the cause itself.
mark. If the premises were sustained by Dr. Halley's first lecture is on the term clear historical evidence, which Dr. Halley sacrament, and the several institutions to does not make apparent, or even firmly bewhich it has been appropriated. This is an lieve, it would still be a matter of grave able, interesting, and instructive lecture, and discussion, whether any Jewish practice with the lengthened notes in the appendix, is could be referred to as authoritatively binding deserving the attention of the student of us in the interpretation of a positive and ecclesiastical antiquity and errors. We wish clearly definable christian institute. Dr. Halley had repudiated the use of the On John's baptism, the main argument of term altogether, in connection with the or. Dr. Halley may be stated in the words of the dinances of christianity. It is heathenish in late Daniel Isaac :-John baptized believers its origin, and is more adapted to be a covort and unbelievers, and "a generation of vito error, than an index of truth. “The per. pers; " and we may do the same.' Dr. H., petuity and design of the sacraments,' is the in support of the indiscriminate administre
tion of John's baptism, relies mainly on the of the cleansing of the heart by the truth and expressions, “There went out to him all the Spirit of Christ.' He then goes on to argue, land of Judea, and they of Jerusalem, and that 'to immerse, unless we think it obliga. were all baptized of him in the river of tory, for the sake of union, would be, as we Jorđan ;' and he therefore seeks to explain conscientiously believe, to concede a princi. away the force of the objection of Joba, ple of more importance than baptism itself.' • When he saw many of the Pharisees and The principle, that, if a man believes Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto sprinkl with water to be christian bap. them, o generation of vipers, who hath tism,' it is so to him, and ought to be acknowwarned you to flee from the wrath to come ? ledged to be so by others, the Doctor regards Bring forth, therefore, fruits meet for repen. as being the very life of all obedience to tance,' &c. If words have meaning, surely positive institutions,' and as creating the these strong words constituted an objection only interest' he feels 'in the controversy to the baptism of these persons. Why should respecting the mode of baptism. This he John refer to repentance, if there was no illustrates and maintains by a reference to profession of it connected with the reception the fact, that different kinds of bread and of his baptism? And why, in the case of wine may be used at the Lord's-table, and these self-righteous men and sceptics, did he yet the ordinance of the Lord's-supper may require more than ordinary proof of it ? be duly administered. But this principle, That John did baptize many who were not even with Dr. Halley, has its limitations; for sincere penitents, there can be little doubt; he remarks, *I have no hesitation in saying, but that he baptized any who did not con- I do not regard the sacrifice of the mass by fess their sins,' and thus make a profession a Romanist, as the commemoration of the of repentance, is contrary to the express tes. death of Christ, because I do not believe that timony of the evangelical record. We are as any christian man could, with due diligence, distinctly told that they confessed their sins,* honestly arrive at such a conclusion.' But, as we are informed that they were baptized; that there are Romanists who as firmly beand the mode of argumentation adopted by
lieve in the mass as Dr. Halley does in Dr. Halley, in which he insists on the literal sprinkling, cannot, we apprehend, be disexactness of the former clause, and attempts proved. We do not believe that any one to elide the latter, does not well comport sprinkled in his infancy, has been scripturally with his professions of candour. The pres. baptized; and the papist has as much right ence of the clause, confessing their sins,' is to modify the ordinance of the Lord's-supper fatal to his case. The subsequent part of as the pædobaptist has that of baptism. Bethis lecture is devoted to the proof that John's sides, the whole of the reasoning is a fallacy. baptism produced po moral or spiritual benefits No Baptist wishes anyone to submit to the on its recipients—a proposition, against which sacred rite except on conviction. Do inno serious objection can be advanced.
fants thus submit to this rite ? Can they The lecture on baptismal regeneration is a understand the very life of all obedience to satisfactory and able refutation of the various positive institutions”? Do they 'honestly forms of that absurd and pernicious dogma, believe sprinkling with water to be christian and is highly deserving the attention, not only baptism'? and attend to it in conscientious of the Tractarians, against whom it is mainly
obedience to Christ'? If they do, half our directed, but also of many others, not even
objection to infant sprinkling is done away excepting many Wesleyans and Congrega
with. The whole of this argument has tionalists, whose theories and statements no bearing on its infant recipients. Nor seem to imply that some moral benefit, or is the sentiment given in connection with spiritual privilege, is conferred on infants this reasoning, one which indicates a state who are submitted to it. With the argument of mind most likely to discover and folof this excellent lecture every Baptist will be low simple truth. I do not beliere,' says delighted.
Dr. H., 'the apostle Paul, were he now The longest and most elaborate lecture of living upon earth, would think it worth the series, is that devoted to the mode of his while to decide the question between baptism. After stating his conviction, that
the immersionists and the sprinklers.' the administrator of christian baptism is
But our autbor ventures still further. He bound by the authority of the commission to argues, 'that we have full liberty, according mention the names the triune Jehovah, to the principles of interpretation stated in the Dr. proceeds to the question :- Is it in.
the New Testament, in construing the words dispensable, in the administration of this which relate to a positive institution, to rite, to immerse the subject? We believe
consider its nature and design, and, prethat immersion is not indispensable,--that serving the integrity of the emblem, to adopt, pouring or sprinkling is sufficient to consti. in exbibiting it, any mode which is in ac. tute the christian rite, which is the emblem cordance with its nature, and by which its
design may be carried into effect.' The * Matt. iil. 6, and Mark i. 5.
italics are ours. Where he obtains this full
liberty, we are at a loss to conjecture. The tism,' is 'a figurative expression ;' that it will
image of a man washing in a grare, or dying
(To be concluded in our next.) gone. I do not mean our case is gone, if there be found, in the apostolic writings, a
Ancient History. The history of Greere figurative allusion to immersion, as a com.
from various authentic sources,
both mon mode of baptism; for that would in no
ancient and modern two maps. Royal way affect our reasoning; but, if it be proved
8vo., pp. 384. Tract Society. that the act of immersion, and not the use of Tuis is an exceedingly well-printed volume. water, is the authorized symbol, the very Its large pages, with lines and double sign or sacrament, I see not what we can do columns, contain a great amount of letterbetter than petition parliament to pass the press, presented in a form in which they bill on dissenting trusts, that in a body we may easily be perused. Utility and cheapmay carry over with us to the Baptists, the ness seem to have guided the publishers in chapels and endowments now in the posses- the form and size of their page. What is sion of the Independents. The bill is now still better, it is comprehensive and complete, passed, and the course will soon be clear; embracing the earliest inhabitants of Greece, but, to prevent the necessity of coming over with a copious account of their civil and to the Baptists, Dr. Halley remarks, that the military transactions, from the heroic age, phrase, being buried with Christ by bap B. c. 1300, down to the period when its in
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THE ACADEMY LIBRARY. are propagated, and the prevalence of the To the Editor of the General Baptist Repository.
blighting dogmas of infidelity, require that Sir-Permit me to follow up the appeal only to preach it, but to defend its principles,
ministers of the Gospel should be able not made to the churches in your Jan. number, on behalf of the library of our academy, by
together with those of religious freedom, by my friend Artemus. It must be obvious to the
arguments and illustrations drawn not only reflecting part of the denomination, that the
from their own fountains of thought, but by the students should be able to consult standard
compositions of superior authors, and corworks on those subjects to which their atten.
roborated by facts recorded in books both of tion is directed.
ancient and modern date, and written both As an eager thirst for knowledge ought to distinguish those who
by friends and foes.
It is desirable that the following works, are admitted into the institution, so the means of obtaining it ought to be within
with others of the same stamp, should be their reach.
immediately added to the library :The library is already enriched with several valuable works, for which we
THEOLOGY. are indebted to the liberality and zeal of the
Atterbury's, Bp., Works Dick's, Rev. Dr., Works founders of the institution, and of other
Barrow's, Dr., Ditto Dick's, Thos., Ditto
Drew's Ditto friends to enlightened piety; but I would, Barnes' Notes
Edwards', Prsdt., Ditto with Artemus, affectionately and respectfully Buck's Theological Dic. Forster's, J., Lectures,
tionary suggest the importance of making consider
and Contributions to able additions to it.
the Eclectic Review The times in which
Chalmers', Dr., Works
Channing's, Dr., Ditto Faber's Works we live, call for a well informed ministry. Clarke's, Dr. A., Ditto Fuller's, A., Ditto The ambitious projects of the church of Charnock's Ditto Goodwin's, Dr., Dit to Rome, the revival of papistical errors in the
Chillingworth's Ditto Harris', Dr. J., Ditto
Calmet's Dictionary of Horseley's, Bp , Ditto established church, the zeal with which they the Bible
Jahn's Biblical Antiq.
Jones,' Wm., Works Stuart's, Moses, Ditto possess duplicates of any of the above books, Keith's, Dr., Ditto Tillotson's, Ditto
to forward their spare copies as gifts to the Owen's, Dr, Ditto Taylor's, Jeremy, Ditto Pearson's, Bp., Ditto Tholuck's, Dr., Ditto
institution. In so large a denomination as Pike's Ditto
Vaughan's, Dr., Ditto ours there must also be many readers who Rosenmuller's Ditto Wardlaw's, Dr., Ditto have their favourite authors, from converse Saurin's Ditto
Waterland's, Dr., Ditto Sherlock's, Bp., Ditto Watson's, R., Ditto
with whom, through the medium of their Scott's Ditto Wesley's Ditto
publications, their own views have been Schleusner's Lexicons Ward's Library of Stan- expanded, and their own hearts warmed, South's, Dr., Works
would it be too great a mark of respect to Smith's, Dr. J. P.,Ditto
the writers whose genius or piety is so much Congregational Lectures, whole series Englishman's Hebrew Concordance
admired, were a complete copy of their Englishman's Greek Ditto
works to be given to the academy? While
I acknowledge the enlightened benerolence
of some of our more wealthy friends, in sup. Dugald Stewart's Works
porting various institutions, I would ear. Dr. Reid's Ditto Isaac Taylor's Ditto
nestly yet respectfully ask them not to lose Brown's, Dr. Thos., Ditto
sight of the object for which we now plead. Campbell's, Dr., (Aberdeen) Ditto
Are there not several individuals who could
each of them present a donation of a number Kant's Criticism of Pure Reason
of the above-pamed works? One church Smith's Wealth of Nations
might unite to give Ward's Standard Di. HISTORY
vinity; another to give the Bridgewater Hume's History of England
Treatises; and a third or fourth, to give any Macintosh's Ditto
other assortment, according to the respective Keightley's Ditto
taste or fancy of each. It is obvious, how. Ranke's History of the Popes Lingard's History of England
for various reasons, that contributions Turner's, Sharon, Sacred History of the World in money, provided they are made specially Ditto of the Middle Ages
for this object, and do not in the least Pritchard's Physical History of Man
diminish the much-needed collections for Tract Society's Ecclesiastical History Robinson's Travels in Palestine
the ordinary expenses of the institutiou, Conder's Modern Traveller
would be the most eilgible mode of assis. Potter's Antiquities of Greece
tance. The works of higbest importance, D'Aubigne's History of the Reformation Niebuhr's Roman History
and from the best editions of them, might
then be secured. But I agree with Artemus, NATURAL PHILOSOPHY, &c.
that the committee or association must take Encyclopædia Britanica, Last Edition Macullock's Geographical Dictionary
up the subject; and I trust that vigourous Ditto Principles of Political Economy
efforts will be made. I am, Sir, Carpenter's Popular Cyclopædia of Natural Science
To the Editor of the General Baptist Repository.
DEAR SIR, -As secretary to the com-
mittee appointed at the last association to Milton's Works, Prose and Poetry
prepare rules for the formation of a general Barke's Ditto The Spectator
BE FIT SOCIETY, I was thankful to see The Rambler, with Dr. Johnson's other Works. iu your last number a few observations on Works on British Biography
this important subject. The committee has, Cowper's Works Pope's Ditto
I think, effectually provided against the Young's Ditto
disaster your correspondent supposes. There N. B. Great assistance would be afforded by
may, however, be various other difficulties, the gift of globes, or of mounted maps for walls.
which we may neither perceive por meet;
and we should therefore be obliged, and It is of little importance, that the above through us, the whole Connexion, for any classification is not exactly accurate. No. observations any of your readers may sog. thing could be easier than to extend each of gest. I would request them to do so either the above lists, and to form others; but my to myself directly, or rather, through your object, Mr. Editor, is to give a general view pages, to all concerned, that not only the of the sort of works which are absolutely other members of the committee may delibenecessary.
rate upon them, but all the friends at the As some of your readers may perhaps next association may more intelligently per. expect me to mention a plan for the supply ceire how all possible advantages are sethe deficiency of which complaint is made, cured, and all probable dangers are guarded I would suggest that some assistance would against. I am, Sir, faithfully yours, be rendered were those of our friends, who Boston,
T. W. MATAEWS.