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Immediately the drums beat to muster ;of our church, after very ample discus. the dead body was tried, and it was de sion, had pronounced its judgment, and creed that it should be quartered for which it was to be hoped no new appeartreason against the confederation, and ance on the subject should soon occur to then burnt for heresy. The execu- disturb. Difficult as the attempt was in tioner of Lucerne carried out the sen- the circumstances of the case to undertence. Flames consumed Zwingle's take such a work without creating undisjointed members; the ashes of easiness, Mr R. has done well in keeping swine were mingled with his, and a for the most part to the promise of the lawless multitude rushing upon his title. What the book professes to be it remains, flung them to the four winds is—a history. A considerable portion of heaven.”
of it is documentary, containing in exact
terms the decisions of the Synod, and Dr D'A. abounds in citations. He is other papers connected with the discussomewhat characteristic in his mode of sion. Fairness and fidelity were indis. adducing them, neither quoting in full, pensable requirements for the successful nor simply referring to his authorities by execution of this task. The praise of name. Citations so very laconic, as his exemplifying these qualities in the selecgenerally are, do not always serve the tion of his materials, cannot, we think, purpose for which they are adduced ; be denied to Mr R. by any impartial seeing that the true import of a clause judge. His own remarks are frequently depends so much on the bearing of the no more than connective; and though context. Sometimes, too, he gives his it is sufficiently plain in which direction authorities in due form, for matters his views incline, and that decidedly, which he might venture to stake on his still he avoids discussion, and all lan. credit as a narrator, as, when he cer-guage calculated to wound and irritate, tifies the historical fact, that, at the Having finished the history of the conopening of the diet of Augsburg, Charles troversy in the United Synod, Mr R. V. went to the town-hall in his car- follows it up with a chapter on the opi
| nions of Usher, Davenant, Amyraut, The new edition of the first three vo- and Baxter. This was perhaps uncalled lumes, by Messrs Oliver & Boyd, is in for in a work which is not a history of duodecimo. We somewhat regret that the atonement controversies in general, but enterprising publishers should not have of “ the Atonement Controversy in conthought of bringing them out in a uni- nexion with the Secession Church.” The form size with the fourth volume. It is, notices, too, are generally very brief, however, executed in a superior style of Amyraut and Testard, for example, both as to paper and typography, and Farther explanation would have been having the rare recommendation of a desirable, if anything was to be said at preface by Dr D’A., intimating, that all, and a little more upon their case " this edition has been carefully revised would have sufficed to show that if a and corrected” by himself, that it might I“cry of heresy” was raised, there was “ become a standard edition in Great in this nothing surprising It is other Britain,” its claims, we should suppose,
wise, however, with respect to Mr are such as are likely to distance all com | Robertson's account of the “Marrow petitors..
controversy,” which he could not with. out serious omission have overlooked in
I the execution of his plan: for though it HISTORY of the ATONEMENT CONTROVERSY, IN CONNEXION WITH THE SE
agitated the General Assembly years be. CESSION CHURCH, FROM ITS ORIGIN
| fore the rise of the Secession, yet the men TO THE PRESENT TIME. By the Rev.
who, at an after period, left the national ANDREW ROBERTSON, Stow.
communion, had been deeply interested
| parties in the doctrinal discussions of Edinburgh: W. Oliphant & Sons. the day, as their writings abundantly We certainly were not among those who testify, which are imbued with the “Mar, welcomed the prospectus of Mr Robert- row" spirit, and moulded by those views son's History; for though we well knew of the doctrines of grace, and by many the ability of the author, and had no of those modes of phraseology, for which reason to distrust the competency of his the “ brethren" were called to contend information on the various matters which and to suffer. To this part of the subwere embraced in his plan, we had our ject the author has evidently paid much misgivings as to the wisdom of keeping attention, and his clear statement of it alive the question on which the Synod will be found highly interesting, although necessarily very concise on some points, I genius, and briefly analyzes some of the such as the views of saving faith held by speculations of that extraordinary man. divines of the Marrow school, which The present controversy in the Scottish would require a fuller illustration. Episcopal church, which has already
As a record of results Mr Robertson's issued in the secession of several of its volume is extreniely useful. From the ministers, is examined with some minute. excellent arrangement, reference mayness, in an article on Mr Drummond's be made without difficulty to any of the correspondence with Bishop Terrot, and leading facts and decisions in the various other productions on the same question. discussions on the subject in which our | The writer shows up the Puseyite chachurch has been engaged.
racter of our northern episcopacy, and
the narrow-minded rigidity of its canons ; NORTH BRITISH REVIEW, No. IX. but rather leads us to regret that men of
Edinburgh: W. P. Kennedy. Mr Drummond's sentiments should conTHE North British claimed from the nect themselves with such a church, than first, and by general consent, had very proves that it was an unexpected thing early accorded to it, a foremost place for the bishops to busy themselves in among the leading journals of the day. maintaining its paltry rules of discipline Every number affords additional evi- and order. Every class of readers of dence, that both the claim and the re- the North British will peruse with pleacognition of it, rest on the best grounds. sure the articles on Anderson's Annals If we have allowed several numbers to of the English Bible, and on the principass unnoticed, assuredly it has not been ples of Toleration in relation to Free owing to any disappointment with the church sites. In the latter the writer work. In the department of general lite- makes a half apology for introducing a rature, its articles may be less piquant Free church question. This modesty than some which the older quarterlies was scarcely called for, as the subject is can boast of; but for sound information one of general concernment, and as the on public questions for the mastery Review, though in the hands of members which characterises its scientific papers of the Free church, has shown no dis
and for the decidedly christian tone position to assume the character, or to with which many of its articles are per- serve the purposes of a party organ. vaded, we hold the North British Review “ The war on the Sutlej” is in a someto be a public boon, and deserving of what too congratulatory a strain for our the utmost encouragement from all the anti-martial taste. enlightened friends of liberal and sanctified knowledge. There is on the whole BIBLICAL REVIEW AND CONGREGATIONless variety of subjects of a generally AL MAGAZINE. Nos. 1-5. instructive character in this, than in London: Jackson & Walford. some of the preceding numbers, but all We have long regarded the Congregaare written with ability, and sustain the tional Magazine as one of the ablest of reputation of the work. The first on the our religious journals, and as reflecting history of domesticated animals, combats high credit on the talents of its conthe theory, that their domestication was ductor, the Rev. Mr Blackburn. It has coeval with the Creator's grant to man lately passed into other hands—for what of dominion over the creatures, and reason we know not; and along with maintains as “ the more natural conclu- the change of editorship, we observe sion from a general view of the subject, there is also a change of plan. The Conthat the human race having been formed gregational Magazine, under its new with a perfect, or, at least, a lofty intel- name, now aspires to a higher walk, espeligence, should have availed itself, from cially in the department of sacred crititime to time, according to the exigencies, cism. And what it aims at it attains. Its *condition, and the actual productions of articles are varied—are written with clime and country, of such natural pro. sustained vigour-and indicate at once ductions, whether animal or vegetable, the original information, and the ability cas its state required.” Dealing mainly of the writers. However well pleased with facts, the argument keeps up the before, we rejoice in the enlargement reader's attention; the style is lively— that has taken place, as supplying a vainclining far enough in some passages luable addition to our means of biblical to a vein of light humour. The second study, and a new proof of the internal for Liebnitz is for a particular class, and resources of talent and of literature, that not a large one. It breathes a pro- which the Congregational body have at found reverence for the metaphysical their command.
A DOCTRINAL, EXPERIMENTAL, and of the wondrous love of God in giving
PRACTICAL TREATISE on EFFECTUAL his Son to die as a propitiation for their CALLING. BY JAMES FOOTE, A.M., sins, together with all the humbling, Minister of the East Free Church, awakening, and encouraging considera· Aberdeen, author of Lectures on Luke, tions which that great fact involves.”P.24. &c. Pp. 208.
And, again, “ that theory,” says he, “ of Edinburgh: John Johnstone, Hunter Square.
the method and extent of gospel salva1846.
tion, is alone thoroughly scriptural, which This is a very seasonable work on a presents at once the most exalted vitally important subject. It consists in
of the sovereignty and certainty of all of eight chapters. Six of these are
Jehovah's operations, and the greatest occupied in presenting a view of “ Effec
encouragement to sinners to cast them. tual Calling," as it regards its author, its
selves on his mercy by faith in the nature, and distinguishing properties, the
finished work of the Redeemer ; our means of its accomplishment, and some
scheme is defective, if it do not easily, of the more obvious duties which fall to
positively, and necessarily include both. be observed by believers, arising out of the It is when the whole counsel of God, enjoyment of the privilege. În the re
with respect to both, is unhesitatingly maining two chapters, towards the close,
received, that God the Father, Son, and some suitable subjects of meditation are
Holy Ghost is duly exalted, and the mentioned. and practical addresses to sinner thoroughly humbled, yet cheered, various classes of gospel hearers intro
gospel hearers intro and sanctified, and saved." P. 82. We duced, which are intended to lead those are sorry our space forbids us to multiply who have not yielded themselves to quotations
quotations. We can only refer to the Christ, to embrace the call of the gospel.
work itself, hoping that it may obtain Although the arrangement is not in all the extensive circulation which it derespects what we could have wished,
serves. and the style is somewhat diffuse, we have no hesitation in saying, that we
The Sin and DANGER of OPPOSING the have read this volume, as a whole, with
PROPAGATION of the GOSPEL AMONG much satisfaction. Avoiding “ foolish
THE HEATHEN The Jubilee Sermon questions,” the author handles those
of the Glasgow Missionary Society. topics that come in his way in the dis
By WILLIAM KIDSTON, D.D. cussion of his subject, with much judg
Glasgow: D. Robertson. ment and discrimination, and fails not, in To Dr Kidston's friends it must be peevery opportunity, to carry his appeals, culiarly gratifying to find him at so adin a practical form, to the hearts and vanced a period of his life and ministry, consciences of his readers. His state-employing his pen with the vigour of his ments in regard to human depravity, younger days. The occasion on which divine influence, and the sovereignty of this sermon was delivered, was to the the grace of God in the salvation of sin- preacher one of solemn interest—the ners, are all excellent; and so also are jubilee of the society, whose cause he those portions of the treatise which bring was pleading, which of all its founders into view the fulness and freeness of the and early friends, he was left alone to mercy of God to sinners in the gospel. celebrate. As might be expected, the Mr FOOTE guards against the vague recollections which such a service was generalities of Arminianism on the one calculated to awaken, impart to the dishand, and the presumptuous and de- course a tone of tenderness, but which lusive spirit of Antinomianism on the has the effect of aiding rather than deother. " While every part,” says he, tracting from its force and spirit. The " of the word of God is useful in its own discourse is on 1 Thess. ii. 15, 16, and in place, it is unquestionable that what the prosecution of it, Dr K. directs atchiefly produces the effect of saving and tention, Ist, To the crime with which calling sinners, is the great leading truth the Jews are charged; 2d, To the wickedof revelation respecting the method of ness of their conduct; and, 3d, To the salvation through a Redeemer--the truth awful judgments to which they exposed which, by way of eminence, is called the themselves, and by which they were soon gospel, – the good news on which the to be overtaken. call is founded. * * What, in- We quote a specimen from Dr Kiddeed, can be conceived so well calcu- ston's address, to various classes whom Jated to call men off from sin and the he takes occasion to warn from the exworld, that they may follow the Lord in ample of the Jews. the way of holiness, as the proclamation " I shall propose another question,
[July, addressed especially to those who seem at some length, the words of our Lord the farthest removed from forbidding to to his disciples, Matt. xxvi. 29, “ But speak to the Gentiles, that they may be I say unto you, I will not drink saved ; who willingly devote their time, henceforth of this fruit of the vine, their substance, their personal labours, until that day when I drink it new with and their influence, to the cause of mis- you in my Father's kingdom.” What sions to the heathen. It is this:--Dothe Saviour thus promises in this declayou, my friends, feel in this object all ration, is viewed as spiritual fellowship that deep and serious interest which its with his people. The grounds of this importance demands, and have you been privilege, accordingly, the characters by fully brought under the influence of those which it is distinguished, the advantages noble, those exalted principles, in which resulting from it, together with the canses your exertions ought to originate, and which lead to its occasional suspension, which, in the sight of God, give to them are all adverted to, and dwelt upon in a all their value? Do you desire the ex- manner which cannot fail to be at once tension of the gospel, and the salvation interesting and ins:ructive to the people of your brethren who are perishing for of God. Mr Sedgewick makes no prelack of knowledge, with all that fervour tension to fine writing. This is not his which gratitude to God for his mercy in aim. His object, as he himself intiChrist Jesus, and the experimental know-mates, is to direct the attention of his ledge of the worth of the soul, must in- readers, as he had previously sought to spire ? Are you of those who daily, or direct the attention of his hearers, to at least freqnently, make supplication some plain and simple views of a subject to the Hearer of prayer in secret, and important in itself, and which it is of with your families, for the pouring out much consequence should occupy a high of the Spirit from on high, to give etfect place in the minds of Christians, more to the labours of missionaries? Do you especially amidst the numberless influ, give evidence of the sincerity of your ences of a worldly character to which they love to the souls of those whom you are now exposed, and which are titted to have not seen, and never will see in the retard their progress in religion. In this flesh, by your diligence to grow in grace design, we think, he has been eminently and in holiness, and by humble, and successful. The different branches of kind, and persevering endeavours to the subject are discussed by him with promote the interests of godliness in force and much fervour of affection, while your families, among your neighbours, a scriptural unction pervades the whole, in the congregations of which you are which is not a little refreshing. We like members, and in the religious denomi- much the practical and experimental nation with which you are connected ? character of this little treatise, as well as Do you pray for, and do you rejoice the earnest tone of address by which it with the same cordiality, in the success is distinguished. On this account, as of all evangelical missions? Do you well as from the pointed form of its apfeel yourselves raised above party pre-peals, we cannot but hope that it will be judices and interests in the prosecution found extensively useful. We could have of this grand object? Are your hearts wished that the respected author had more closely united to your brethren in devoted a chapter at the outset in showChrist by your common exertions in this ing, that it is through the belief of the godlike cause; and do you earnestly truth” that Christians at first attain to desire the arrival of that happy period fellowship with the Saviour. Should the when the union of Christ ans, to which work reach a second edition, which we the operations of missionary and bible hope it soon will, there are also some societies, and other kindred institutions, forms of expression, which occasionally have powerfully contributed, shall be occur, that might admit of correction. more extensive and more complete ?”
PROCEEDINGS of the FIRST ANTI-STATE The WINE of the KINGDOM; or FELLOW
CHURCH CONFERENCE, held in London, SHIP with Christ. By the Rev. Ro
April 30, May 1 and 2, 1844. Pp. 164. BERT SEDGEWICK, Aberdeen. Pp. 155. Dundee : William Middleton. 1846.
London : Ward & Co. 1844. UNDER a somewhat quaint title, this is This is a - publication which we have a very excellent and useful treatise on been too long, by far, in noticing. It the interesting subject of fellowship with contains an account of the proceedings Christ. The author takes as the ground of the British Anti-State Church Conwork of his remarks, which he illustrates ference, at the formation of the Associa
tion of that name in London, two years FISHER'S GALLERY of SCRIPTURE : ago. The speeches delivered on that
ENGRAVINGS. occasion, by the eminent men from all The singular beauty of these engravparts of the kingdom, who took part in ings, at the price for which they are the proceedings, are, we need scarcely say, I offered, makes this pictorial series a rare well worthy of perusal, if there be any triumph of art. Along with the embelof our readers who have not yet had the lishments is given a brief and simple opportunity of seeing them. Since its narrative or description, which greatly establishment, the Anti-State Church enhances the value of the publication. Association has been doing good service We must object, however, to the recurto the cause of Voluntaryism, in various rence of such a mal a propos representaways, more especially by the publication tion as that of the women waiting at the of a series of tracts, showing the scrip- sepulchre for the rolling away of the tural character and efficiency of the stone-a mistake in matter of fact which voluntary principle, and the incalculable we think should not have been copied, evils arising out of church and state con- whatever the merit of the original paintnexion. It would be well that means ing. So far, amends is made by the were adopted to give to these tracts a notice of the mistake in the narrative; wider circulation in our country. Cir-but entirely to reject such errors is the cumstances, to which it is unnecessary best correction. to refer, have prevented, for some time, that measure of attention being given to the subject to which it is entitled. From passing events, the question is be
The ORTHODOX DOCTRINE REGARDING coming daily more interesting, and is
THE Extent of the ATONEMENT VINdestined soon to occupy a chief place
DICATED. By CHARLES HODGE, D.D., among the discussions of the day.
Professor of Theology in the Theolo
gical Seminary, Princeton, U. S. With ADDRESS to a PARENT applying for
à Recommendatory Preface by Rev. BAPTISM to his Child. By the Rev.
Dr CUNNINGHAM, Professor MCRIE, DAVID Smith, Biggar.
Dr CANDLISH, and Dr WILLIAM ADDRESS to an APPLICANT for ADMIS
SYMINGTON. SION to the TABLE of the LORD for the Edinburgh: John Johnstone. 1846. . FIRST TIME. By the Rev. DAVID We are glad to see this reprint of a reSMITH, Biggar.
view which appeared originally in the Edinburgh : Grant & Taylor, Albany Street. Biblical Repertory. It contains a re1845.
markable confirmation of those views of We have read these little tracts with high doctrine which our church has lately approbation, and we strongly recommend emitted at several meetings of Synod. them to the ministers and elders of our Its language on the most important church, as admirably suitable for being point in dispute is almost identical with put into the hands of the respective the phraseology of our own synodical parties to whom they are addressed. record. On the question of the extent
of the atonement, Dr Hodge (non nostras, SACRED ARCHITECTURE. By RICHARD attamen noster) and the Secession church BRÓWN, Esq.
are at one. It is only a small portion of . London: Fisher, són & Co. Dr Hodge's tract which refers to this WITHOUT pretending to judge profes- subject. The main body of the publicasionally of the merits of this volume, wetion is devoted to a question of a very may venture to express an opinion of the different character. Dr Hodge spends information which it contains, and of his strength in overthrowing the opinions the style in which the illustrations are of Dr Beman, whose theory of the nature executed. In both respects the merits of the atonement is in the last degree of the work are high. The historical erroneous and dangerous,-unknown in parts embraces the subject from the Scotland save by report, and the absurd earliest periods, and traces its progress imitation of a few juvenile agitators.", through the various styles which have Dr Hodge's tract is originally a review successively obtained ; while the plans of Beman's work, and does not profess and sketches present the elements of to treat of the extent of the atonement, design in every variety. Altogether it but of its nature and necessity. Its exis a splendid work, and must long tent is only noticed "incidentally, and occupy the place of a standard in this toward the conclusion of the critique. department of the fine arts.• * *. **; ** Yet the four gentlemen who wrote the