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as it were from house to house, and this, as in other respects, “it is mar-
can well appreciate a novel and in- faithful and the “ articulus stantis genious disquisition, at whatever it vel cadentis ecclesiæ.” From such may be intrinsically worth ; yet to a notion we must utterly dissent; repeat the great truths which form for never assuredly was there more the staple of these discourses, even need than at the present moment of were it with some degree of trite- preaching in all its plenitude that ness, is far the safer side. Several of fundamental scriptural doctrine of these discourses indeed display con- justification through faith : nor do siderable talent, as well as piety, and those who preach it, and the other are by no means vapid, as we are doctrines connected with it, fail told that the sermons of what are constantly to bring forward, both called the Evangelical clergy usually for warning and for consolation, the are; but take the most common second advent of our Lord and Saplace among them, or one ten times viour Jesus Christ; not indeed enmore common-place, down to a village cumbered with nice speculations, be evangelical sermon, and much more is they correct or otherwise, of time it for the benefit of the souls of men, and locality, but in the simplicity of than the most ingenious of that plainly revealed truth; ever connectextraordinary species of discourses ing with his first coming in his huwhich has of late prevailed in some miliation to atone for sin, his second quarters, and for which, in virtue of coming in glory to receive to himself their being speculative, is claimed a the church which he had purchased far higher rank of scriptural dis- with his most precious blood. Christ cussion, than for those which are crucified, and Christ glorified,—the sneered at under the name of “prac- former in his atonement and examtical.”
ple, the latter in his life-giving preThere was a time, we are gravely sence and behests, with all the blesstold, when such discourses as these ed doctrines and precepts connected sermons recommend and exemplify with and flowing from this two-fold were necessary, but that now other view of our Almighty Redeemer and topics are much more seasonable and all-prevailing Advocate, are infinitely important. At the period of the interesting subjects for the ChrisReformation, certain writers on pro- tian’s meditation, and of every really phecy tell us, the article of justifica- Evangelical minister's preaching. tion by faith was most necessary to Neither must the cross of Calvary be insisted upon, because the Papists nor the crown of glory be forgotten ; had corrupted and concealed it; but and most defective and erroneous that the world has outgrown that is any system of doctrine that era, and that now, not the doctrine omits or misplaces either. Curious of justification by faith, but the doc- disquisitions may amuse or puzzle trine of the quickly approaching the understanding; but the main personal advent of Christ before the fabric of scriptural instruction is Millennium, is the true mark of the faith, hope, and charity.
LITERARY AND PHILOSOPHICAL INTELLIGENCE.
By the Rev. H.
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nence from worldliness of spirit which We take the opportunity of our allusion' the reviewer says "the Evangelical Class to the Bishop of Salisbury, to mention that inculcate, is a scriptural duty, however his lordship's last published discourse little some of the inculcators may follow before the Society of Literature contains, up their own lessons. We are not to what the title does not promise, a learn- bend God's word to man's conduct. ed and interesting digest of the evidence Then, as to the fact itself; under the to prove that St. Paul first planted the vague name of " the Evangelical Class," Gospel in Great Britain. We purpose, are comprised by the reviewer persons in some future Number, extracting the
of numerous sects and parties; many of substance of the argument for the con no religion, and some with scarcely so sideration of our readers.
much as a semblance of it. What such It is grievous that such writers as the individuals may say or do, matters nothing Edinburgh Reviewers should allow them in determining a question of Christian selves to touch upon matters of theology morals; nay, not even though they should
profess themselves active partizans of sons whom he indiscriminately reproreligious institutions, and contend for the bates?. If he had done this, we think he faithful preaching of the Gospel. We would have seen reason to dilute his eenconcede to the reviewer whatever truth sures; especially as regards the poorer and charity demand ; for though we be- and middle classes of this despised body lieve that among the body of persons of persons. whom he reproaches are to be found the King's College, London, has opened excellent of the earth, and shall not shrink in its various classes. For the list of from defending them from the unjust officers and studies we must refer to the and flippant charges so often urged advertisements. Such an institution was against them, we yet deeply lament that much wanted; and we trust and earnestly among those who profess and call them- pray that for ages to come it may prove selves Christians, there is much that a seminary for true religion and useful comports not with their holy profession. learning, in connexion with the EstaWe mourn and weep over the sins and blished Church of England. We repeat inconsistencies by which the Redeemer what we said in our volume for 1825, is wounded in the house of his professed in speaking of the London University: friends ; for too true is it at all times that “ Let literature and science have free pride, ambition, selfishness, the love of scope; but it is on the basis of A SCRIPmoney, and the love of ease, deform the TURAL EDUCATION ALONE, that the manly, character of too many who “ name the solid, and spiritual graces of the human name of Christ;" and not least do we character can securely rest; it is not enough lament the evil, from the pretext which that we render men literates and mechanics, it furnishes to sceptics and scoffers to set if they fail to become Christians, and if they do at nought true religion as well as the not carry into the intercourse of life the pretence to it. But to the individual just, the moral, the social, the beatifying belongs the guilt; for the word of God virtues of true and undefiled religion.” We is not weakened, nor the power of true have so often urged this important point, religion disproved, because of his incon so frequently dwelt upon the necessity of sistency; and the Edinburgh Reviewer SCRIPTURAL EDUCATION as, under the ought in fairness to have made this distinc blessing of God, and in connexion with tion. Not, however, that we admit the the faithful preaching of the Gospel, the alleged fact of the reviewer in the sweep- very panacea for the evils of England and ing manner in which he urges it; for Ireland, and the whole world, that we whatever of “pretension" there may be might perhaps be expected to apologize for among individuals of what he calls « the our wearisome tautology. Often, howEvangelical Class,” all who are truly faith ever, as we have uttered this sentiment, we ful servants of Christ, by whatever name have not, it seems, uttered it often enough, designated—for names are of little ac since a contemporary journalist has so count-endeavour to shun the practices misread our pages as actually to tell his which he exposes as well as those which readers that the Christian Observer is he vindicates; and they certainly would the most active of all the advocates for not think it “ Evangelical” to cherish a system of education from which God selfishness or avarice under the cloke of is professedly and explicitly rejected." abstinence from worldly pleasure. The If we could raise our voice and be heard reviewer needs not go far to discover in every school, and college, and every among those whose proceedings he repro- bouse and bovel throughout the land, bates, not a few whose conduct, without scriptural education would be our most any “pretension,” eminently adorns the earnest exhortation. In proportion as our doctrine of God their Saviour; and, schools, whether for rich or poor, approach though tares are found among the wheat, this standard, will they prove a blessing to this does not prove that wheat does not the country; and most feelingly do we hope exist, or is of no value. It is an evil that the new college will become a semipractice, whether in Edinburgh Review. nary of truly religious instruction, not in ers, or in any other quarter, to ground on the mere technicalities of formal routine the unworthy conduct of some persons and decent observance, but in the spirit professing religion such remarks as tend of the Christian's holy profession and bapto injure religion itself, or religious in- tismal vow. It is lamentable to see how stitutions, or the great body of religious far short of this elevated standard fall no persons. Let those who are blame- small number of our schools, even of worthy be blamed; but most unjust and those which profess to pay attention to injurious is it on their account to cast a religious culture ; and to this we mainly reproach on others, or on the doctrines attribute it that more good has not been 50 inconsistently advocated. Did the effected by their agency. To all teachers Edinburgh Reviewer ever calculate the of schools for the
whether National, amount of the sums collected in cha- Lancasterian, Infant, Daily, or Sunday, ritable contributions, and attempt to esti- and not less to all conductors of those of mate the far larger sums disbursed in a higher class, including our public schools private benevolence, by the class of per- and Universities, would we solemnly put
the question, “Is your establishment, consumption of coal in London is esti-
In the granite quarries near Seringa- of that powerful agent, steam, or of an
“ A bushel of coals properly consumed calls to mind a reputed remedy for the will raise seventy millions of pounds' cure of one of the most grievous and unweight a foot high. This is the average sightly disorders to which the human effect of a steam engine now working in species is subject--the goitre — which Cornwall. The ascent of Mont Blanc infests the inhabitants of mountainous from the valley of Chamouni is considered districts to an extent that in this favoured as the most toilsome feat that a strong land we have happily no experience of, man can execute in two days. The com and which was said to have been originally bustion of two pounds of coal would cured by the ashes of burnt spunge. Led place him on the summit. The Menai by this indication, he tries the effect of Bridge consists of a mass of iron, not less iodine on that complaint, and the result than four millions of pounds in weight, establishes the extraordinary fact that this suspended at a medium height of 120 feet singular substance, taken as a medicine, above the sea. The consumption of seven acts with the utmost promptitude and hanbels of coal would suffice to raise it energy on the goitre, (and all glandular to the place where it hangs. The great tumours,) dissipating the largest and most pyramid of Egypt is composed of granite. inveterate in a short time. t is thus that It is 700 feet in the side of its base, and any accession to our knowledge of nature 500 in perpendicular height, and stands is sure, sooner or later, to make itself on eleven acres of ground. Its weight is, felt in some practical application."-Ibid. therefore, 12,760 millions of pounds, at a Some of the London magistrates have medium height of 125 feet; consequently adopted the excellent resolution of binding it would be raised by the effort of about no child, brought by the parish officers as 630 chaldrons of coal, a quantity consumed an apprentice, who has not learned to in some foundaries in a week. The annual read and write. We trust that this will