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to an article in the last number of the the promotion of Religious Equality' Eclectic Review, entitled, “Past Pro- [more questions follow which we ceedings, and Present Position of the omit]. What have they to shew for Dissenters.' We are not induced to the £1270 generously and confidingly do this by any unusual merits dis- put into their hands?

Have they tinguishing the production, or by any published their accounts ? Have they extraordinary ability displayed by the proved that they have been frugal and writer. But if our readers would wise in the expenditure of the sums ? learn a profitable lesson—if they have .... It is quite time to disengage the any desire to ascertain the causes, by Dissenters' cause from such managethe operation of which Dissenting ment. We warn

our readers, we zeal has been uniformly damped, and wish we could warn the whole country, Dissenting strength maimed and emas- that this Association will do nothing. culated, they will discover a solution Mistrusted, they will talk loudly of of the problem in two words, London Dissenting apathy : confided in, they Committees. From first to last, the will do as they have done before, beDissenters have been ruined by Lon- tray the cause they profess to support?” don Committees. Half-hearted in their Let this suffice : it is a truly disattachment to principles, truckling in gusting subject, and most unwillingly their policy, arrogant towards their have we, even in the tone of reproof, too confident country friends, meanly meddled with these affairs, which are subservient to the ministry of the day, utterly out of our line, and for which greedy of funds, and profuse in their we have no affinity. Our object has distribution of them amongst their been to state the whole case clearly, necessitous functionaries, supine when to put the merits of the Association they ought to be active, forward and on their proper footing, and to lift up overbearing when they ought to be a warning voice against the odious quiet, these London Committees have the sinful spirit of political animosity, ever been the loose and sandy waste, which some persons would have us over which the full tide of Dissenting believe is a test of sound religious energy and zeal has had to flow down feeling. Let the extract from the from all quarters upon the legislature, Leicester Mercury afford a specimen and by which it has been absorbed of the strife, discord, and contentious before it could reach its destination. wrath which the Association causes Hence our repeated failures ! hence even among the Dissenters themselves; our apparent weakness! hence the then picture the recriminations which contempt we have always received at are sure to follow on such an attack, the hands of government. .....A and the reply to the recriminations, society for the promotion of Religious till all is one melée of contending Equality has been projected under the parties, angry disputants, and inflamed happy auspices of Messrs. C. & B.,

opponents. as honorary secretaries, and an im- And finally, to any individual who posing provisional committee” [here may have unwittingly given in his follow some

questions, which in adhesion to the Association, to any mere mercy we omit]. " Where is Christian we mean, we would request the Church - Rate Abolition Society ? him to remember the tender nature of Where is that net, which being skil- that divine life which grace has begun, fully thrown over the whole Dissent- and which grace is to consummate ; ing population, landed at one haul no that it requires a most watchful conless than £1270?.... Are the poor sideration in any thing we are about Dissenters of this kingdom to be to undertake, whether not only it is harassed by a new patent everlasting lawful, but expedient, whether without net, under the title of a · Society for breaking the letter of Divine precept


the Spirit be also sufficiently regarded association" of righteous men --that the plain, broad, visible, un- for all deeds of righteousness, for all questionable duty of a Christian is in good works, is found in the gospel all difficult points for peace, and low- · kingdom in which the saints are “preliness, and humility, - for all things ordained to walk;" and that the war that make to patience, and long against the beast by proclaiming the suffering, and submission,--and that truth, by asserting the excellency of if the spirit of resistance is to be of the name of Jesus, as King, Priest, evoked, it is when conscience is con- and Prophet to his people, by contendcerned, and when some power or ing for his supremacy as wisdom, temptation would compel us to do evil, righteousness, sanctification, and reby threats or persuasion, or by actual demption; and by denouncing all injury: that the ample field of “ agi- works and doctrines of Antichrist, tation" in all deeds of mercy and may occupy all the energies, and exer. benevolence for a lost and miserable cise all the abilities of the most vigorworld is open to everyone that ous Christian. nameth the name of Christ ; and that



MENT; or a Biblical Sketch of the Religious Opinions of the Ancient Hebrews, from the earliest times to the commencement of the Christian Era. Extracted and translated from the Theologie des Alten Testaments" of George Larenz Bauer, Professor of Biblical Criticism in Heidelberg. 8vo. pp. 168. C. Fox. 1838.

As this book purports in the title to be only an extract" from Bauer's Theology of the Old Testament; and as the extracts have been made by a translator malignantly inimical to the Christian religion, it is perhaps unfair to judge of Bauer's work by the translator's summary, which may perhaps be more the deductions of the translator, than the liberal sentiments of the author. This, however, is the

conclusion, as published in the professed translation.

Conclusion. “Our investigation has led us to the following conclusions :

“1. The historical books of the Old Testament contain the most crude and unworthy notions of God and of

his providence. The human representations of the Deity given in Genesis are quite in character with the mode of thinking which prevailed in the infancy of mankind, Jehovah is pourtrayed as the national God of the Hebrews throughout the historical writings.

“2. The notions concerning God contained in the books of the Prophets, particularly in those which were written after the captivity, though strictly Judaical, are certainly less limited and less remote from truth.

“3. The purest and most elevated conceptions of God are to be found in those books which were composed by private individuals, who either disregarded the peculiar national ideas and prejudices of their countrymen, or had raised themselves above it. It was not so much by the teaching of their priests and prophets, as by the studies and contemplations of their other wise men, that the religious principle was cultivated and developed among the Jewish people.”

If this be indeed Bauer's clusion,” it should be noted as specimen of the theology of the German Rationalists, of which we shall










certainly hear more ere long in this · doubt (the expression of doubt was country, by the spreading of that repeated by his majesty with marked plague, which, on the continent, has emphasis) that require amendment, I already swept thousands into per- have no distrust of the readiness and dition.

ability of the prelates now before me to correct such things; and to you I trust they will be left to correct, with

your authority unimpaired and unBISHOPS,

shackled. I trust it will not be supJUNE, 1834.

posed that I am speaking to you a

speech which I have got by heart. I HAVE been by the circumstances No; I am declaring to you my real of

my life, and by conviction, led to and genuine sentiments. I have almost support toleration to the utmost ex- completed my sixty-ninth year, and, tent of which it is justly capable, but though blessed by God with a very toleration must not be suffered to go rare measure of health, not having into licentiousness ; it has its bounds,

known what sickness is for some years, which it is my duty and which yet I do not blind myself to the plain resolved to maintain. I am, from the and evident truth that increase of deepest conviction, attached to the years must tell largely upon me when pure Protestant faith, of which this sickness shall come. I cannot expect Church, of which I am the temporal that I shall be very long in this world. head, is the human means of diffusing It is under that impression that I tell and preserving in this land. I cannot you, that while I know that the law forget what was the course of events considers it impossible that I should that placed my family on the throne do wrong—that while I know there is which I now fill. These events were no earthly power which can call me consummated in a revolution which to account—this only makes me the was rendered necessary, and was ef- more deeply sensible of the responsifected, not as has sometimes been bility under which I stand to the Almost erroneously stated, merely for mighty Being before whom we must the sake of the temporal liberties of

all one day appear.

When that day the people, but for the preservation of shall come, you will know whether Í their religion. It was for the defence am sincere in the declaration which I of the religion of the country that was now make, of firm attachment to the made the settlement of the crown, church and resolution to maintain it. which has placed me in the situation I have spoken more strongly than I now fill; and that religion and the usual, because of unhappy circumChurch of England and of Ireland, stances that have fixed themselves on the prelates of which are now before the observation of all. The threats me, it is my fixed purpose, resolution, of those who are enemies of the and determination, to maintain. The church, make it the more necessary present bishops, I am quite satisfied for those who feel their duty to that (and am rejoiced to hear, from them church to speak out. These words and from all, the same of the clergy which


hear from me, are, indeed, in general under their government), spoken by mouth, but they flow from have never been excelled at any period of our church by any of their prede- His Majesty, who was deeply afcessors, in learning, piety, or zeal, in fected during the delivery of these the discharge of their high duties. sentiments, concluded by inviting the If there are any of the inferior ar- prelates to partake of the Holy Comrangements in the discipline of the munion with him at the Chapel Royal church, which, however, I greatly on Tuesday 2nd June.

my heart.”



nanters, aided by the timid nonresistance of the Episcopal clergy,

succeeded in forcing Presbytery on In the Patriot Newspaper, Feb. 4, is the nation much against the inclinathe following sentence in the leading tions of the people. As a nation, it article. The writer is discoursing of has shewn itself unworthy of the sacred the first meeting of the deputies deposit of the apostolical succession, appointed to form the Central Com- by the sacrilegious murders of three mittee of the Religious Equality archbishops of St. Andrew's, and the Association.

proscription of the whole Episcopal " The objects are tangible, prac- order, with which Christ promised to tical, legitimate, essential; and the be till time shall merge in eternity. necessity for union in securing those This murderous proscription they objects is urgent. We are called have, however, bound on their souls upon not to agitate, but to act; and by a solemn oath. Our Saviour's let those who cannot, or will not affectionate lamentation over Jerusahelp, not hinder. Whosoever is lem applies with full force to that fearful or afraid, let him return and kingdom, which has indeed killed the depart. . .. by the three hundred,' it prophets, and stoned those who were was promised, 'I will save you.' sent (Matt. xxiii. 37-39). RepeatAnd what, in this warfare, are our edly has the attempt been made to only weapons, but the lamp and the

gather them into the apostolic fellowtrumpet—the lamp of truth, and the ship, but they would not; and there. trump of freedom.""

fore they have cut themselves off from The reverend agitator, Stephens, the communion of the Church Cathothe preacher of the Chartists, would lic, and have been given up to a state talk in this way. Surely this Scrip- of anarchy and derision." tural allusion might have been omit- If the Medical Librarians” of ted. To apply the words of the King's College are thus surcharged Almighty to the gathering of these with sectarian bigotry, what must be delegates in London is somewhat bold, the mental state of the clerical tutors to say the least of it. Is

and masters of that unhappy instituof truth" for a flare-up, is it for a tion? If the physical department is torch-light meeting? But where are thus Puseyite, what must be the theothe pitchers of the delegates, and logical ? where their swords? We hope we shall hear no more of Midianitish metaphors.

“ the lamp




The melancholy state of the Swiss A BOOK, entitled “ The Life and Times churches, which are under the patronof Archbishop Sharp, of St. Andrew's, age of the different local governments, by Thomas Stephens, Medical Libra- is well known to the friends of evanrian to King's College, Rickerby, gelical religion. The tercentenary of London,” has recently been published. the Reformation assembled at Geneva Some idea of the principles it is in- a body of clergy, amongst whom the tended to support may be obtained truth as it is in Jesus could scarcely by the following extract from the find one solitary champion, and fêtes preface. “The violence of the cove- and fire-works, and the vanities of

this evil world were deemed suitable

arguments advanced ever since the to follow the cold and heartless for- days of Celsus, and written in a pomalities of the morning service on the pular style, which has already proLord's day. But we believe no Chris- duced the most baneful effects on the tian mind was prepared to anticipate middle and lower classes in Germany. the rapid advance of that overwhelm- But this is not the only plague-spot ing tide which is now apparently which has just appeared on the sursweeping them into the deepest gulf face of the recognised church in of infidelity. “Strauss, who publicly Switzerland. “ The nomination of denies all Christianity-Strauss, who the new Professor of Ecclesiastical denies even the existence of Jesus History at Geneva has been lately Christ - who denies the personality of made. Two candidates appeared : God (that is to say, his existence), M. E. Diodati, an old pastor, a man and the knowledge that the soul will of science and of talent, eminently preserve its individuality after death wise and moderate, and rich in the (i. e. he denies its immortality) results of long study and experience, Strauss, who considers the New Tes- long since destined to this situation, tament a book of mythic narratives, which he was in all respects capable and all the history of the Redeemer of filling, and a believer in the fundaas a tissue of fables—Strauss has in mental truths of the gospel : on the very deed been nominated and con- other hand, M. E. Chastel, who is firmed in the situation of professor of personally unknown to us, whose quaDogmatic theology and Ecclesiastical lifications as to science and character history in a college which calls itself we do not doubt, but who has figured Christian. We do not know that in the anti-orthodox party, and is official unbelief ever manifested itself opposed to its truths. M. Chastel in so shameless a manner...All this is has been nominated,very sad; and we are of the same opi- It is cheering, on the other hand, nion as a member of the reading to know, that while that nominal society at Zurich, who wrote on the Christianity, which enjoys the smiles margin of an article in the New Ga

and the patronage of the world, is zette of Zurich, intended to justify thus rapidly going to corruption, the nomination of Strauss, “Many while the Swiss church seems foldeceivers are entered into the world, lowing Asia and Greece, and becoming who confess not that Jesus Christ is as a branch in the vine of the earth, come in the flesh—this is a deceiver cast out and withered, there are yet and an antichrist.' We extract this in that country many true Christians, information from the Archives du persecuted indeed, and disallowed by Christianisme of 23rd February, 1839; the world, but known to the Lord as but possibly some of our readers may

his children, who are drawing together suppose

the censure too severe, not in little companies on the principle being aware that this same Strauss is of open communion and liberty of the author of a work entitled Das ministry, and growing in grace, and Leben Jesu,” the Life of Christ, which in the saving knowledge of the Lord is a collection of all sorts of infidel Jesus Christ.

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