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forth is this, viz. That though the soul and body are separated by death; and the latter in a very short time is reduced to its original earth,mouldered into duft and ahes, -diffolved into infinite millions of mere atoms,-each perhaps dispersed into as many different places; and after continuing during such fate of diffolution and feparation for ages,--perhaps innumerable ages yet to come, and undergoing as innumerable changes and transformations, yet, that each particle of each individual body shall, at the general resurrection, by the almighty power of God, be again collected, united together, and restored to life again, in the same identical substance, which cach particular foul inhabited in the present life, and in this Hate of re-union and reviviscence to enter upon a new and quite different face of existence, a future life of infinite happiness, or exquisite misery ;- not like the short and thadowy one already past, but which shall continue to all eternity,-throughout all ages,--a world everlafting and without end.'

Such Mr. Baieman afferts to be the doctrine of the resurrection, as revealed in the gospel; but asserts without attempting to prove. He merely endeavours to obviate an objection that may be made to its credibility, by alleging that God is omnipotent; an argument which will equally prove the credibility of every thing which falls within the limits of possibilicy.

In his illustration of the apostle's allufion to the manner in which the fruits of the earth are produced from seed, he afferts, that ' in or, der to-propagate every species of feed which the earth bringeth forth,- from one, to produce an hundred measures of grain ;-the way, the only way, is to cast that one into the ground, and fuffer it to continue there till it be entirely dead, putrified and reduced, so far as our fenfes can perceive, to nothing; or so mingled with the duit of the earth, as not to be distinguished from it.' For this exaggerated and mistaken representation, we may leave him to the correction of every one who is acquainted with the process of vegetation, and indeed of every common farmer in his parish.

The second Sermon is upon Luke xxiii. 42, 43: It gives the common interpretation of our Saviour's reply to the penitene malefactor, To-day thou falt be with me in Paradise. He boldly asserts, that

to imagine,' that the soul remains in a ftate of infenfibility from the moment of death to ihe general resurrection, is a doctrine utterly derogatory to the Almighry, and inconfiitent with all his attributes of wisdom, of goodnefs, and mercy to mankind. The following paragraph, intended by our Author as a reply to those who presume to ask, why is the foul detained thus long in a state of separation from the body?' &c. applies so well to the above affertion, and indeed to all that he has advanced with much' positivity, and little argument, refpe&ing both the refurrection of the body, and the intermediate state, that we are tempted to transcribe it. £t is a very favourable specimen of his language.

. God has promised you a life of infinite and eternal happi, ness hereafter his goodness disposes, and his power enables him to perform what he has thus promised. Cease then from search ing to be wise above what is written. Do you, through faith se, accept the blefling; and leave the means, and time

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of accomplishing it, to his wisdom. To pry too inquisitively into the ways of providence, and aspire to comprehend all the causes, the reasons, and the methods of God's dealings with mankind in bringing them to everlasting happiness, is equally presumptuous, as it is above man's underftanding, and can serve no other purpose than to render him dissatisfied with the present ftate, and doubtful of the future.'

In his Dedication of these discourses to the Bishop of Lincoln, Mr. Bateman speaks of them as the first fruits of his labours of this kind, and submits them to his Lord'hip’s “ judgment and that of the Reader's;' as he means from thence to be determined with respect to the publication of some others. If his Lordihip's judgment, and that of the Public should agree with ours, he will not be encouraged to add any more to the already countless number of printed sermons.

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FAST-DAY SERMONS. (Continued : See Rev. for April.) X. Preached at the Parish Church of Tring, Hertfordshire, Feb. 21, 1781. By the Rev. John Dupré, A. M. Fell, of Exon Col.

I $. Rivington. Ingenious, but rather too forid for the occasion. The Author very juftly observes, that the late rapid circulation of a certain work (viz. Thelyphthora) the production (I blush says he to name it) of an unworthy minister of the gospel, which is intended to fubvert that conjugal union, on which experience hath demonstrated public and private happiness to be founded, will be a perpetual witness to the licentious fpirit of the present period! And yet this unwortby minifter under a delusion that almost aitonishes every sober and Christian reader, and with an effrontery that shocks modefty and decorum, imputes the rapid circulation of his infamous performance to the poruer of truth! XI. E-vil providentially Good. Preached at the Parish Church of

All Saints in Colchester, Essex. By Nathaniel Forster, D. D. Rector of the said Parish. 4to. Robiofon,

A well-intended Vindication of Divine Providence in the infliction of national and personal calamities. XII. Preached at Brompton Chapel, and at Charlotte-Street Chapel,

Pimlico. By the Rev. Richard Harrison, Vicar of the laid
Chapels. 8vo. Dixwell,
Contains some severe strictures on the prevailing vises of the

prefent age, which have occasioned the distresses brought on us by the hand of God, as a necessary chastisement of national fins. The Preacher touches on the thameful insults offered to religion at the numerous disputing clubs in the city; and the shocking profanation of the Lord's Day, by the impious insitution at Carlisle Houle. XIII. National Calamities, the necessary Effects of national Wickedness.

Preached at the Church of Sc. Warburgh, Derby. By Ellis
Henry, A. B. Rector of Cranford in Northamptonthire. 410.
6 d. Rivington.
The text is taken from Isaiah, lix. 2.

The Author applies this portion of Holy Writ to the present times, and observes, that, with respect to this country, there are fome para sicular vices, ty which it is become most conspicuoully infam.o::s.

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The vices he enumerates, are,-a general disregard for every appear. ance of religion ;- luxury, and dissipation; and an unbounded fonda ness for amusements :-infidelity to the marriage bed : :-an impas cience of all government, - contempt of the laws, and disaffection for the persons by whom they are administered. After drawing this dark picture of the present age and country, the Preacher exhorts to a fincere and universal reformation; and when (says he) we have returned to a sense of our ty to God, let it be our next care

cultivate a spirit of allegiance to our Prince, and to admire and imitate those virtues which so eminently adorn his character.' XIV. Preached in the Cathedral Church of Ely. By Cæsar Mor

gan, A. M. Minor Canon, and Preacher in that Church, and late Fell. of Christ Col. Cambr. 4to. IS. Cadell.

A very good discourse on the nature and improvement of a faft. It manifeits a true spirit of piety and benevolence, XV. Unity of Faith. Righteousness of Life, and Obedience to the

civil Power (the Means of preserving the Peace of our Jerusa. lem), recommended; in a Sermon preached in the Cathedral Church of Worcester. By the Rev. James Stillingfileet, A. M. Prebendary of Worcester. 8vo. 60. Rivington.

Very orthodox, and very loyal ! XVI. Preached at the Cachedral Church of Sarum. By Walter

Kerrich, A. M. Canon, Residentiary of Sarum, and late Fell. of Katherine Hall, Cambr. 410. Wilkie.

Pious, modelt, and candid! XVII. The hypocritical Fast, with its Design, and Consequences.

Preached at Norwich. By R. David. 8vo. 6d. Buckland. Bold and inflammatory!

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SINGLE SER MONS on various Occasions. I, Popery, The Man of Sin; The Son of Perdition ; The Myjtery 'of

Iniquiry. The Subitance of a Sermon preached on Nov. 5, 1780. 8vo. d. Buckland, &c.

Who is the Author of this Discourse, or where it was preached, remains a secrct; but a Dedication informs us that it is published at the folicitation and expence of Edward Webiter, Esq. The Preacher • totally disavows any reference to persons; my buliness, he says, is not with papists, but with popery; not with the religious of any denomination, but with their profissional religion.' And indeed he gives, in this sensible and spirited fermon, such a view of popery, as is suf. ficient to make us watchful against it's encroachments, and engage us, in his own words, while " we beware of perfecuting, to beware also of being persecuted.' II. A Discourse, in two parts, on Isaiah, Chap. vii. Ver. 14, 15, 16.

Preached before the University of Cambridge, Dec. 24, 1780. By T. Postlethwaite, B. D. Fellow of Trinity College. 4to. Is. Cadell, &c.

The Author of this fenfible and ingenious Discourse rejects the different explications which have been given of the prediction which he examines, and among the rest that of the learned Bishop Lowth. He apprehends that interpreters have been mistaken in their fuppofition that it was delivered with the view of persuading and convincing King Ahaz' that he should be delivered from an invasion which then menaced him with utrer destruction, and endeavours to thew that it had a very different object;' viz. “That it is a dilinct and literal predi&tion of the birth of Christ, unembarrassed with double senses; that it is descriptive, in part at least, bosh of his dignity and humili. ation; that it neither had nor was meant to have any completion but in his perfon; and that a higx (a miraculous fign, if the prediction of future events be miraculous) is therein held out to Ahaz, and the house of David, not only to evince to them the certainty of this extraordinary birth, but to inspire them with an affured hope and expectacion that the line of David Thould never fail till this wonderful prophecy had received it's full accomplishment.'

The only alteration he makes in our common verfion of the par{age is in the 16th verse, where, infiead of before the child,' he would read, "For before a child,' &c. This he presumes will leave os at liberty, and with good reason, to underttand this verse of some other child chan that just spoken of in the fourteenth and fifteenth verses. The following is a short abstract of our Author's paraphraie of the pallage:

• Behold, in the fulness of time, a Virgin Mall conceire and bear a Son, and thall call his name Immanuel. ---This illustrious offspring of David fhall not come into the world in the ordinary course of human generation.-- His exalted perfections indeed nay well be supposed to be exempt from human frailcies, yet he hall not affume that privilege.--He Mall not even be a stranger to the weaknerics of childhood. Butter and honey shall he ear, that he may know how to refuse the evil, and chule the good."--His infancy thall require to be nurled wi.h the same tender care as that of the frail offspring of man; and the same mild and ate food thall necera fary to his growth in ftature and wisdom. This humble and affect:onate condelcension may well seem to you strange and unaccountable, It is indeed wonderful; but neither impoffible, nor incredible. For by this fign, which God now holds out to you, ye may assuredly know that this exalted person, this promised feed, shall in his appointed time vouchsafe to bless his people with this divine visitation. -" Before a Child fhall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrelt thall be forsaken of both her Kings.”. In less time than a child can be begotten, born, and become capable of distinguishing good from evil; these two kings, who now menace you with instant and apparently unavoidable destruction, shall lose both their kingdoms, and their lives. If this come not to pass, then say that the Lord hath not spoken by me. But when

ye fee your deliverance, now so hopeless, accomplihed, both in time and circumstances, according to my words, it will then be the indifpenfible duty both of you and your children, with humble and implicic confidence, to expect, and look forward to, God's appointed time for displaying to the world this myferious dispensation.”

i Thus it appears, Mr. Potilethwaite adds, that my text consists of two parts. The two first verses contain an express and literal prediction of the birth and character of Christ; che last verse holds out a prophetic fign, whose completion (lo foon to take place) should give full assurance to Ahaz and the house of David, that the preceding

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prophecy concerning the Messiah, should in due time be punctually fulfilled.

• It was not then in the prophet's intention to struggle longer with the perverse and unconquerable incredulity of Ahaz and his house. It was comparatively of small importance to allay their fears, or to demonstrate to them the certainty of a deliverance which was almost immediately to be accomplished. But this illustrious prediation of the birth of the Meliah was of high and unspeakable consequence not only to the house of David, but to the general interests of religion in all succeeding ages. And it was with the utmost propriery that the prophet retted the evidence and expectation of it on a deli. verance, which impotence and despair had then represented as utterly hopeless and incredible.'

Other considerations are offered to illustrate and confirm the explication given of the passage in question, particularly from what follows in the farther part of the chapter, concerning Maher-fhalal-hashbaz; for which we muit refer our readers to the pamphlet. III. The Character, Temper, Qualifications, and Duty of a faithful Minister. A Sermon preached December 22d, 1780; at the Ordination of the Rev. Mr. Thomas Rutledge. By the Rev. William Rutherford, A, M. Master of the Academy at Uxbridge. 8vo.

I s. Murray. This Sermon breathes an excellent spirit of piety, candour, and true Chriftian zeal. It is plain, but animaled and forcible. The Author expresses a modest' with to have his Sermon perused rather with a spirit of candour, than strict criticism. He need not be alarmed through apprehension of the latter ; and as to the former, his pious and benevolent design would entitle him

more indnigence, than he at present stands in need of. IV. Innocence in eminent Lustre, and Malevolence confound

ed. A Thanksgiving Sermon, preached Feb. 11, 1781, on the honourable and happy Deliverance of Lord George Gordon, fre. fident of the Protestant Association. By W. Auguftus Clarke. 8vo. 6 d. Keith.

If Lord George's counsel had not managed his cause with more skill and address than this Preacher, his Lordfhip would certainly bave been hang'd!

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Knox on Liberal Education ; HAYLEY's Triumph of Temper, and fome other articles which bave been too long delayed, will appear in

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# Legion's favour is entitled to our candid acknowledgment.

* In the Catalogue Article of Confiderations on the Propriety of the Clergy ačting in the Commission of the Peace, (lait Month, p. 380); the Reader ought to be informed, that the extiaêt from that pamphler, in the second pare of the article, ends with that paragraph: the next following paragraph (which is erroneously marked as a continuation of the extract) being the Reviewers remarks on the pas. fage juft cited. The quotation mark hould, therefore, be transferred from the beginning of the third line, p. 38), !o she end of the sea cond line.

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