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DIVINITY:

The faith of the Apostles, attacked in every pofsible way by the licence of modern pens, never fails to meet with found and able defenders, and “ Wifdom is” ultimately “justified of her children.” Dr. Laurence will always, we doubt not, appear among these defenders, and his Dissertation on the Logos of St. John* affords a most honourable specimen of his ability to investigate and to support the truth. That the Unitarian will yet resist is probable enough; but, whether he ought to 'refilt, let the readers of this tract consider. In two instances we have been lately gratified by excellent lectures in theology, But they are of very different kinds. Those of Dr. Marsh † are preparatory to a general course of Divinity, and are employed in defining and diftributing the subject, or in considerations preparatory to the whole. Dr. Ireland's Lectures , calculated for ftill younger students, are designed to lead them into a view of the struggles of paganism against the first triumphs of the Gotpel, and thus to connect, in one course of instruction, the knowledge of antiquity and the truths of Christian faith. The Professor will doubtlefs fill up the outline he has given, by a correct and compiere investigation, fo far at least as public lectures will admit; and Dr. Ireland has promised a sequel to his volume, in which his young hearers are to be fupplied with the direct proofs and leading doctrines of our holy Religion. Mr. Faber's Disertation on the Prophecies, long delayed in our Review for reasons before af. signed, has at length been noticed in this volumes; and though we are far from agreeing uniformly with

* No. I. p. 16. Where the name was inadvertently printed Lawrence, + No. V, p. 485. No. VI. p. 485. No. IV, p. 321.

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the author, we are by no means desirous to with
hold from him the commendation which his endea-
yours demand. The volumes of sacred prophecy
arç instructive under every contemplation, and unin-
tentional error is much more venial in' a Chrif.
cian, than wilful disregard. The abridgment of Pear-
fon on the Creed, by Dr. Charles Burney *, though
principally intended as a manual for young people,
may be recommended to those of every age. What
Burney draws from Pearson, few can be qualified to
overlook, in this age of luperficial attainment.
. In our account of Sermons, let us be allowed to
begin with those of Bilbop Horsley 1. What we
knew and revered in the man is there most lumi-
nously exemplified by his writings. Extensive learn-
ing, deep penetration, and a powerful talent of rea-
soning, qualified him to interpret the Scripture in à
style which few other divines have been able to at-
tempt; and if he preached dissertations, they were
-fuch as it became his situation and abilities to pro-
duce, and such as no congregation could hear with-
out improvement. In praising, however, according to
their merits, the sermons of our illustrious friend, we
would not be thought to depreciate such discourses as
those of Mr. Gisborne I, and Dr. Finlayson g. The
Apostles themselves differed in their style of preach-
ing and writing, and if one surpassed the rest in
energy and profundity, the others had their gifts
and graces, which equally became their characters.
Dr. Outram's volume, besides containing two ex-
cellent discourses, has also a classified and authen-
ticated view of the opinions of certain sectaries, on
the great doctrines of Religion, which ought to be
in the hands of every Clergyman,

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• No. VI. p. 584. + No. V L. p. 600. The account is concluded in the present Number.

No. V. P. 511, No. III. p. 253.

# No. II. p. 166.

In speaking of Charges and Discourses separately published, our attention is forcibly called to that Charge of the learned Bijep of Gloucester, Dr. Huntingford *, which completes his instructions to the Clergy, on the subjet of Ordination. In our 30th Volume, we spoke of a Charge, which was entitled « Preparations for the Holy Order of Deacons;" the present is a similar book of instruction for those who are about to receive the holy order of Priests. Both are truly worthy of the learning, piety, and abie lities of the Bishop, and ought to be studied with atten. tion by every candidate. The Bishop of Carlisle's Fast Sermont is full of excellent advice, highly adapted to the necessities of the time. Mr. Walker's Sermon, after the funeral of Bihop Strachan I, contains much more than fach a discourse can usually comprehend; the historical view of an Apostolical Church, with an elucidation of the principles and conduct of its rulers. On the celebration of the royal Jubilee, we have perused several very good discourses'; but among them we ought undoubtedly to distinguish that of the Principal of Marischall College, Aberdeen, Dr. Brown G. When we meet so old a friend, we are happy to find him

unchanged in principles and powers. Mr. Archdeacon Daubeny's Sermon at St. Paul's ||, fuggefts some very important cautions on the subject of general education; and the apprehensions which he expresses on the incroachments of latitudinarian systems, are such as no man can treat with levity, who is not himself infected with religious indifference. Other Discourses have been noticed, which might be mentioned here ; but we must always set bounds to an enumeration which, though pleasing to ourselves, might to our readers appear tedious.

* No. II. p. 133.
I No. VI. p. 642.
W No. IV. p. 417.

+ No. 1. p. 83

No. VI. p. 648.

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After celebrating various works of Dr. Kirwan, for utility and diligence of investigation, we find ours selves obliged to enter into controversy with him, on the first volume of his Metaphysical Esays *. · He there adopts, and strenuously contends for the ideal fyftem of Berkeley, which we had always been in clined to regard as, the dream of philosophical ge. nius. To the arguments of its present advocate we cannot yield our assent, but to deny our respectful notice to a work of so much acuteness, from an author, so justly esteemed, is not consistent with our feelings of propriety. The self-taught Samuel Drew, in writing on the Identity and general Resurrection of the buman Body t, has strongly exemplified that talent which nature has made characteristic of his mind; and though we cannot affent to all his no tions, we are pleased with the boldness of his attempt in a good cause. It is not often that an anonymous work deserves recommendation, but the Esays on ibe Pleasures of Literary Compostion I form an exception; and though we do not agree with the author in all his opinions, we think, that if he has not already a name, he has at least the talents to acquire one.,

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1. HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY.

On the former subject we have at, present little to fáy: a Cursory View of Pruffia, containing the history of its decline and fall 8. being almost the only book of that nature which we have lately, taken up. It is apparently written by a person well acquainted

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with the events. Observations on the biftorical Work of Mr. Fox, have also a reference to this class. They correct some misreprefentations, and give a new narrative of some facts; and proceeding from the pen of the Hon. George Rofe *, have the pledge of his well-known accuracy in their behalf

.: With Biography our present volume opens, and, what is anulual, with the Life of a Saint, the Cornish Herniit, St. Neott. But, alas ! the pen from which it proceeded will not delight or instruct us with any new production! The perspicacious, active, and well-ftored mind of John Whitaker is removed to another ftate of being; and affociates perhaps with the foul of the royal Saint, whom he honoured with his latest attention. Another divine, not fainted by a Pope, but worthy of much more veneration than Popes themselves have usually deserved, is celebrated by Mr. Churton I... Dean Nowell, the learned and pious Catechist, one of the fathets of our tem perate English Reformation, is no longer destitute of the honour which he had so 'highly deserved ; and the account of him will be found at once elaborate and facisfactory Of General Washington, we had already been fatisfied with a copious Life by Mar. jhall, an American Judge g; but the enthusiasm of his countrymen is not so easily contented. Two other lives of him, by Aaron Bancroft \l, a paftor, and by David Ramsay, a physician, have since been offered to the world. They have both the merit of being more concise than Marshall's work, and therefore more adapted to common circulation. Of our English Classics every new illustration is acceptable, and Dr. Barret's Essay on the early Life of Swift , if it establish no very important facts, at lealt occupies the mind agreeably on the youth of a

* No. II. p. 161.

+ No, I. p. 1.

# No. I. p. 27: $ See vpl. xxxi. p. 369. 7. No. II. p. 1812 both together. I No. 111, p. 230.

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