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Such is the doctrine of our Church, as expressed in the incomparable Homily of the Nativity :-“But because no creature, in that he is only a creature, hath or may have power to destroy death, and give life; to overcome hell, and purchase heaven; to remit sins, and give righteousness; therefore it was needful that our Messias, whose proper duty and office that was, should be not only full and perfect man, but also full and perfect God, to the intent he might more fully and perfectly make satisfaction for mankind. God saith, “This is my wellbeloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.' Matt. iii. By which place we learn that Christ appeased and quenched the wrath of his Father, not in that he was only the Son of man; but much more in that he was the Son of God.” And hence it follows that his glory as Son of God was the more fully manifested by that redemption, the value of which arose from his being not man alone, but God and man. The reader may see this subject most lucidly treated in Waterland's Lady Moyer's Lectures, (the discourse on Phil. ii.)
Mr. Knox appears to us to lay great stress upon a singular and unhappy interpretation of Heb. ix. 26 ;* nor is it the only instance in which his speculative taste leads him off from more solid ground. “ He hath appeared to put away sin, by the sacrifice of himself;" appeared, says Mr. Knox, in heaven, before his Father. We cannot see any just reason for not regarding nepavépuras, in the sense of manifested; as in Coloss. iii. 4, where pavepów is found opposed to Kpúntw in the preceding verse. The interpretation of Mr. Knox seems indeed to require a totally different form of speech in the original.
It is painful to observe so many inaccuracies, whether they are or are not intentional. And it must not be concealed, that even if positive errors do not immediately find their way into those places, in which preaching is encumbered with adornments at variance with true christian simplicity; such a result may nevertheless be expected to succeed at no distant period. Mysticism, and every kind of absurdity, will follow of vague, undefinable language, if any effect whatever be produced from such an abuse of the high trust of the ministry.
We the more regret these defects in this volume, from the excellent spirit of practical piety that is discoverable in it, and trust that as in some other instances, so in the present, a future volume from the same author will possess excellence less obscured, and will present a nearer resemblance to the unadorned simplicity, and unaffected nervousness of the inspired writers themselves.
of our head are numbered, never cease to adore that Providence; and consequently this excellent little volume has found peculiar favour in our sight, calculated as it is to fulfil the author's desire, and render this “providential dispensation a means of moral discipline."
Forget Me Not. A Christmas, New
Year's, and Birth-day Present for 1839. Edited by FREDERICK ShoBERL. London: Ackermann and
Co. Pp. 360. If we said that the present volume is in no one respect inferior to its predecessors, we should perhaps be pronouncing as high an eulogium as the most ardent admirer of the “ Forget Me Not " could desire. But this would not satisfy us in speaking of one of the first and best of the annuals. The literary department is of a more varied and loftier character, the engraver's burin appears to have had higher inspiration on this occasion, and the entire volume has burst upon us, like Minerva from the brain of Jove, in full-grown perfection. We hope Mr. Shoberl and his spirited publisher will for many years take care that we “ forget them not,” by carrying on a publication in which
“The pleasing and instructive too,” are so admirably blended.
Essays on the Church. By a Layman.
A New Edition, with some Observations on existing Circumstances and Dangers. London : Seeleys. Pp.
viii. 360. “The Church of England mainly rests upon endowments which originally came to her through this (the voluntary) channel; and she now receives, year by year, from the same source, gifts and offerings far exceeding those of any dissenting body.”—P. 110.
The above passage struck us on opening this able work, and on further perusal we find much which may be profitably read both by the friends and opponents of the Established Church.
The Wonders of the World. Parts I.
II. III. By H. INCE. London: Grattan. Every attempt to advance the useful and practical knowledge of the people deserves approbation; and we consequently have great pleasure in introducing our readers to “ The Wonders of the World;" not to the seven wonders only, with which our childhood was familiar, but to those which are hourly developing themselves more and more in “Nature, Art, and Mind," and teaching us to “ Look from nature, unto nature's God.”
An Introduction to the Critical Study
of Ecclesiastical History, attempted in an Account of the Progress, and a short Notice of the Sources, of the History of the Church. By J. G. DowLING, M.A. of Wadham College, Oxford. Rector of St. Maryde-crypt, Gloucester. London :
Rivingtons. Pp. xii. 312. The history of that spiritual society which bears the name of Jesus Christ, “ in which the pure word of God is preached, and the sacraments are duly administered according to Christ's ordinance," must always be a source of the deepest interest to the christian world. Its influence on the social and intellectual condition of mankind, from its first introduction, lias been immense; and consequently any additional light which can be thrown upon its rise and progress, claims the strongest attention of every class of thinking men. Mr. Dowling's book, therefore, under any circumstances, would have commanded
Twenty Essays on the Practical Im
provement of God's Providential Dispensations, as a Means of moral Discipline to the Christian. London:
Seeleys. Pp. 191. None but a senseless atheist, or hardened deist, can deny the doctrine of Divine Providence. We, who feel, and rejoice to know that even the very hairs
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more promise we have scarcely ever met with. It deserves a conspicuous place in every cottage, and will be a pleasing addition to the monthly stores even of the mansion.
an attentive perusal; but happily it wants no extraneous aids, being conceived in an excellent spirit, and executed in a most satisfactory manner; and we can conscientiously add that it has filled up an hiatus which has long been valde deflendus in this much neglected branch of study. The account of the early historians of the Church is peculiarly interesting; and the profound and classically written essay upon the sources of ecclesiastical history, with the appendix, and elaborate biographical index, render it not only useful, but almost necessary to the divinity student upon this particular point.
Short Family Prayers, &c. By A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND. London : Rivingtons. Pp.
vi. 144. This selection is published with a view " to promote rational and unaffected devotion," and we cordially wish the author success in his pious and amiable object.
The Typical Part of our Lord's Teach
ing; a Dissertation showing that the Miracles of Christ were prefigura. tive of the System of Divine Economy which he came to introduce. By J. W. Smith, of Trinity Hall, Cam
bridge. London: Seeleys. Pp. 99. A volume of considerable research, and written in a becoming and christianlike spirit.
An Inquiry into the History and Theology of the ancient Vallenses and Albigenses ; as exhibiting, agreeably to the Promises, the Perpetuity of the sincere Church of Christ. By George STANLEY Faber, B.D. Master of Sherburn Hospital, and Prebendary of Salisbury. London :
Seeleys. Pp. lxii. 596. The name of George Stanley Faber is too intimately connected with the church history of the present century, and his immense acquirements, in the analytical knowledge of prophecy, have been so often the subject of admiration and praise among the wise and good, that our imprimatur can add as little to his well-earned reputation, as our criticism could detract from his all but universally acknowledged merit. To review a book like the one which has elicited these remarks, would, however, far exceed the limits which we can afford to all our literary remarks ; especially as the striking passages, scored in a first perusal, exceed in extent the entire of one of our numbers. We can only, therefore, recommend the work most strongly; and perhaps our highest recommendation will be, that he has out-Fabered Faber; or, in other words, produced a volume superior even to its valuable predecessors.
A Brief History of Christ's Hospital,
from its Foundation by King Edward the Sixth. Sixth Edition, with Six Illustrations, and a List of the Governors. By J. I. Wilson. Lon
don: Van Voorst. Pp. viii. 136. A very interesting little book, very prettily illustrated.
Protestantism the Old Religion, Popery
the New; or, Protestantism as old as the Bible, and Popery the Corruption of the Seventh Century. By the Rev. THOMAS LATHBURY, M.A. London:
Leslie. 1838. Pp. 22. “Nothing," says the author of this most seasonable tract, “is more common with the papists, than to boast of the antiquity of their church. In nine cases out of ten of those in which they have been successful in seducing individuals from protestant to popish principles, they have succeeded by means of this fallacy. It is the argument to which they always resort in commencing an attack : that, too, by which uninformed protestants are most eagerly staggered." Mr. Lathbury has therefore conferred no small benefit
The Village Magazine. No. I. Lon
don : Tyas. Pp. 40. Among the numerous minor periodicals which have issued from the press of late years, one of less pretensions or
upon all protestants, by furnishing them with a popular refutation of this Romish sophism, and proving the Romish church to be the innovatrix, by giving the dates of all the modern dogmas which she has grafted on the pure faith of the Bible, and showing their contra diction to it. We have not often seen so much really useful information compressed into so small a compass, and sold at so low a price, as in Mr. Lathbury's tract, which we hope will receive, as it deserves, a widely extended circulation.
and scriptural illustrations of that most admirable compendium of christian doctrine and duty, the Church Catechism, intended as helps to self-examination in faith and practice. This unassuming little work is equally a companion to the study and the closet.
The Parochial System. An Appeal to
English Churchmen. By H. H. WILBERFORCE, M.A. of Oriel College, Oxford. Curate of Bransgore, Hants. London: Rivingtons. Pp.
Eleven Chapters on Nervous or Mental
Complaints, and on Two great Discoveries, by which hundreds have been, and all may be cured with as much certainty as water quenches thirst, or bark cures ague. By W. W. Moseley, A.M. &c. &c. London : Simpkin, Marshall, and Co.
Pp. viii. 134. Although not prepared by scientific acquirements or medical study fully to appreciate the merits of this work, we can warmly recommend it for its practical exposition of the nature, effects, and remedy of nervous and mental disorders, and its able exposure of the attempts of Lawrence, the modern copyist of more learned and less rash pathologists, to establish the exclusive materialism of man." This has been done on most correct principles.
Tuis essay obtained the premium of two hundred guideas, offered by the coinmittee of the “Christian Influence Society," and we fully concur in the award of the adjudicators, as a more solemn and impressive address to the christian public, upon the present parochial system, could scarcely have been penned.
Companion to the Book of Common
Prayer. By a MEMBER OF THE
Low. 1838. Pp. 59. 12mo. " It is the intention of this compilation to add interest to that invaluable ma. nual of devotion, the Book of Common Prayer." This intention the compiler (a lady) has fully realized in this cheap and neatly printed little book, which we have found to be a convenient manual of reference. It comprises an alphabetical arrangement of the collects according to their subjects, from one of the excellent tracts of the Society for promoting Christian Knowledge; a list of collects best adapted for family or private prayers; a table of the portions of the Gospels, Acts, Prophecies, and Epistles in the Book of Common Prayer; the Book of Psalms, with the authors, occasions on which they were composed, and the subjects classed under different heads ; portions of the strictly prophetical Psalms, which are quoted as such in the New Testament;
Sermons for the Use of Families. By
the Rev. E. THOMPSON, M.A. Officiating Minister at Brunswick Chapel, St. Mary-le-Bone, and Rector of Keyworth, Notts. London: Hat
chard. Pp. xv. 504. If the limits of the CHRISTIAN REMEMBRANCER, and the claims of our numerous friends would permit, we should devote as much space to the notice of this adınirable volume as we did to Mr. Thompson's great work on Prophecy; as it is, we can only pronounce it to be the very best family book we have met with. The subjects are well chosen, the most important points judiciously illustrated, and the whole forms a christian code of faith and practice, which we heartily wish was recognised and acted upon by “ all who profess and call themselves Christians." The five Sermons on the Offices of the Church need only be read, to be properly appreciated, and are published at a most opportune moment, when men's minds are "tossed to and fro by every wind" of
legislation on Church doctrine and repay the reader; and we sincerely discipline. “ The last sermon treats hope the vineyard of the Christian of the value of the Bible as the only Influence Society will produce much rule of life, and the genuine source such a good fruit." from which our doctrines and offices have flowed from the primitive times to our own," and closes with this fine
Christian Modes of Thinking and peroration, “Go ye and do likewise :
Doing; or, the Mystery of the Kingpreserve your Bible--uphold your
dom of God in Christ : thoroughly Church-cleave to your kindred; they discussed and recommended. In l'wo are the gift of God, who by the richest
Parts. 1. Of the Subject; 2. Of the mercy delivered them unto you, to
Relations of the Kingdom of God in avert the evils and troubles of the
Christ. By the Rev. John PRING, world. Pray for spiritual life, which
B. A. London: Groombridge. also is the gift of God, and which will 3 vols. 8vo. be vouchsafed to all those who desire We confess ourselves unable to comits possession. In short, Seek yeprehend the cui bono of this book. first the kingdon of God and his We find some fine spun distinctions of righteousness, and all these things what nobody thinks worth distinguishshall be added unto you.'”-1. 504. ing, and a deal of laborious trifling;
but after having “discussed,” as far
as we could comprehend, the three Poetic Illustrations of the Bible History. ponderous volumes, we are sorry to be By the Rev. J. H. Simpson, M. A.
obliged to decline “recommending." Pembroke College, Cambridge. Series 1 & 2. Pp. xvi. 88. xv. 120. London : Groombridge.
Not Tradition, but Revelation. By The object of this work is to delineate
Philip N. SHUTTLEWORTH, D. D. scripture characters in such a striking
Warden of New College, Oxford, manner as to lead the readers to a
and Rector of Foxley, Wilts. Londirect reference to the Bible. The don : Rivingtons. Pp. vii. 157. first series relates the Conspiracy of A VERY clever and interesting little Absalom; the Battle at Ephraim's work. The author has treated his Wood, and the Dispute between the subject in a clear and lucid manner, Tribes after the Battle. The second and has shown a thorough knowledge series embraces the Revolt of Sheba; of the ancient Fathers, with whose the Famine; the Pestilence; and the labours he seems well acquainted. We Usurpation of Adonijah. A most sincerely recommend this small volume judicious selection of topics, and ex- to the attention of all who feel interceedingly well illustrated. If Mr. ested in the discussion of this important Simpson has not “indulged in imagi question ; which deeply concerns the nation beyond truth in its most scrupu members of the Protestant Church of lous striciness," he has evinced poetic Christ at all times, and more particutalent of no mean order, and, what is larly so at the present day, when such far better, proved himself a diligent strenuous efforts are making to prostudent and sound interpreter of Scrip pagate the erroneous doctrines of Roture.
The Call upon the Church considered.
In Two Essays. By W. Roberts,
Pp. vii. 171.
The Zoological Gardens ; a Handbook for Visitors, with more than Fifty Illustrations. London: Tyas. Pp.
114. A useful manual, compiled with much care and industry. The list of the animals, &c. containing the common' naine, scientific denomination, habitat, class, and order, of each specimen is highly valuable.