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waiting, and returned to the King. England and Scotland, such as This text was still the topick of Hooker, Cranmer, Knox, &c. conversation ; and Rochester knows that no man was held in moved to call in David, who, he higher estimation by those diftin. faid, he found was well acquaint- guished characters than John Caled with the Scriptures. David vin, and no human compositions appeared, and being asked the were more read and admired by question, produced his Bible, and them than his. Nor was it only read the text, (Judges ix. 13.) by persons of the above description The King smiled, the Queen alk. that Calvin's writings were efed pardon, and the Chaplain teemed. The depth and ingenuity bloibed. Rochester now alked of his thoughts, the strength and the doctor, if he could interpret accuracy of his reasoning, and the the text, since it was produced ; purity and elegance of his diction, but he was mute. He therefore have led many who had no relish requested David to interpret it, for the Gospel to peruse his works. who immediately replied, “How The celebrated infidel, Lord much wine cheereth man, your Bolingbroke, was a remarkable lordship knows : and to show you instance of this ; and the follow. how it cheereth God, I beg leave ing anecdote, in proof of it, may to remind you, that, under the be depended on. One day, a ClerOld Testament dispensation, there gyman of his Lordship's acquaintwere meat offerings, and drink of- ance, (Mr.

C h , who died ferings. The latter confifted of Vicar of Battersea) happened to wine, which was typical of the call on him, when he was readblood of the Mediator ; which, bying in Calvin's Institutes. “You a metaphor, was said to cheer have found me,” said his Lord. God, as he was well pleased in ship, “ reading John Calvin. He the way of salvation that he had was indeed a man of great parts, appointed ; whereby his justice profound sense, and vast learning. was fatisfied, his law fulfilled, his He handles the doctrines of grace mercy reigned, his grace triumph in a very malterly manner.” ed, all the divine perfections har- “ Doctrines of grace !” replied monized, the finner was faved, the Clergyman, “ the doctrines of and God in Christ glorified.” grace have set all mankind to

The King was agrecably fur- gether by the ears.” “I am sur. prised at this unexpected and sen. prised to hear you say so," answer. able exposition : Rochester ap ed Lord Bolingbroke, “ you who plauded ; and after some sarcastic profess to believe and to preach refle&tions upon the Chaplain, Christianity. Those doctrines are very gravely moved, that his certainly the doctrines of the Bi. majesty would be pleased to make ble : and, if I believed the Bible, I the Chaplain his Cook, and the must believe them. And, let me Cook his Chaplain.

seriously tell you, that I think the

greatest miracle in the world is, It is much to be regretted that the sublistence of Christianity, and the works of the illustrious Calvin its continued preservation as a reare fo little read in the present ligion, when the preaching of it is day. Every person who is ac- committed to the care of suchuer quainted with the writings of our chuiftian gentlemen as you." most eminent refortners, both in

Religious Monitor,

Review of Dew Publications.

Å Scripture Catechism, or System them, a conscientious regard to

of Religious Instruction in the the meaning of the inspired auwords of Scripture. Being a se- thors, so far, as from the most oblection of the most plain and im. vious construction of words, from portant texts, 80 arranged as to their coherence with what pregive a systematic view of the cedes and follows them, and from principal doctrines and duties of a fair comparison of scripture our Holy Religion. Intended as with scripture, that meaning can an Assistant to Christian Minis- be acsertained. These qualifica ters, Parents, and Instructors, in tions the compiler of this work the Religious Education of Chil- appears to have in a good degree dren and Youth, adapted to the possessed. The selection is, what use of Schools and Families. By its name imports; and the parent a Clergyman of Massachusetts. who seeks the religious instruc“ 12mo. pp. 114. 37 cents. Cam. tion of his children, need not hesió bridge. Hilliard. 1804.

tate to commit to their hands this An early acquaintance with the SCRIPTURAL CATECHISM. SACRED SCRIPTURES is the best But after all, we are ready to means of establishing the moral regret the publication of this of and religious principles of chil: any other newly formed catedren and youth. They at once chism, lest it supersede the use of furnish a perfect rule of life, show that most excellent system, the the way of salvation, and exhibit Assembly's Shorter Chatechism, the most impressive motives to ho- which we prefer before all other liness. Whoever, therefore, fa. works of the kind. Nor do we cilitates the acquirement of scrip- see any more reason for confining tural knowledge, renders an essen- ourselves to the express words of tial service to the rising genera inspiration in catechisms, than in tion, and, by consequence, to his preaching, or in any other mode country, and to the world. Such of religious instruction. is the benevolent office, which the That a judgment may be form. anonymous compiler of the work ed from the work itself, a specie before us has attempted to exe- men of it is subjoined. cute; and, we think, with success,

SECT. I. He has taken pains to bring into l What are the first principles of rea coherent and systematic form,


d. He that cometh to God must be. the principal doctrines and duties, lieve that he is, and that he is a re. contained in the Bible ; and to ar- warder of the in that diligently seek range them in a method, adapted him.* to enlighten the understanding, Q. How may all men know, there is a aid the memory, and impress the


A. The invisible things, (attributes) heart.

of him, from the creation of the world, The qualifications requisite to are clearly seen, being understood by the proper execution of such a the things that are made, even his work, are, thorough acquaintance eternal power and godhead ; so that with the scriptures ; judgment to Scriptures. vdorment to they are without excuse.

the discern, and diligence to collect,

e What is the light of nature ?

A .That which may be known of God the most appropriate passages for the several articles of doctrine and References to the particular places where duty; and, in the disposition of the quote d passages are found, are inserted is

the margin.

is manifest in them, (i.e. Gentiles) for

The Author God hath shewed it unto them. These God who hath called us with an holy having not the law (i.e. the bible) are calling, not according to our works, a law to themselves. Their con. but according to his own purpose and science also bearing witness, and grace, which was given us in Christ their thoughts the mean while accus. Jesus before the world began. A ing, or else excusing one another. new heart will I give you and a new

What other rule hath God given to spirit will I put within you, and I will direct us, how all may glorify and enjoy take away the stony heart, and give kim?

you an heart of flesh, and I will put A. The holy scriptures, which are my spirit within you, and cause you to able to make us wise unto salvation walk in my statutes. Yet I will, for through faith in Christ Jesus. All this be inquired of by the house of scripture is given by inspiration of Israel to do it for them, saith the Lord God, and is profitable for doctrine, for God. Cast away all your transgres. reproof, for correction, for instruction sions, and make you a new heart, and a in righteousness; that the man of new spirit, for why will ye die, house God may be perfect, thoroughly fur. of Israel, for I have no pleasure in tho nished unto all good works.

death of the wicked, saith the Lord : Secr. VIII. p. 29.

wherefore turn yourselves, and live. Q. What is the sum of the first table

Means. of the ten commandments ?

Born again, not of corruptible but A. Worship God.

of incorruptible seed, by the “ word of Here we think the answer of God," wbich liveth and abideth for Jesus ought not to have been ever. Of his own will begat he us pmitted, “ Thou shalt love the with the word of truth.

Necessity. Lord thy God with,” &c.

Without holiness none shall see the & What is the sum of the second Lord. Except a man be born again table, or six last precepts of the moral he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Fruit and design. 8. All things, whatsoever ye would We are his workmanship created that men should do to you, do ye even in Christ Jesus unto good works, which 80 to them ; for this is the law and God hath before ordained that we the prophets.

should walk in them The views which this work ex

Sect. VI. hibitsof some leading doctrines of Q. What is justification ?

À. Be it known unto you, that the gospel, appear from the fol

through this man is preached unto lowing questions with their an

you the forgiveness of sins, and by him swers.

all that believe, are justified from all Sect. V. p. 22.

things (i. e. exempted from all sins) Q. How are we made partakers of the from which ye could not be justified by redemption purchased by Christ?

the law of Moses. Ye are justified in A. Not by works of righteousness the name of the Lord Jesus, and by which we have done, but according to the Spirit of our God. All have sina his mercy, he saved us by the wash- ned and come short of the glory of ing of regeneration and the renewing God, being justified frcely by his of the Holy Ghost. He that believ. grace, through the redemption that is eth on the Son hath everlastiug life, in Jesus Christ. Whom God hath and he that believeth not the Son shall set forth to be a propitiation through not see life, but the wrath of God faith in his blood, to declare his rightabideth on him. He is the author of eousness for the remission of sins that eternal salvation to all them that obey are past, through the forbearance of

God, that he might be just, and the Q. What is regeneration, or effectual justifier of him who believeth in Je. calling?

sus. We have believed in Jouus 4. If any man be in Christ, he is a Christ, that we might be justific d bv hew creature, old things are passed the faith of Christ, and not by the away, bebold all things are become works of the law, for by the works of ROW.

the law shall no flesh be justified.

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From the INTRODUCTION we train them up in the fear of God. learn the reason of the compilerfor By John H. Church, Pastor of adopting this method, and his mo- the church in Pelham, N. H. tives for undertaking the work. Amherst, Cushing. “ Considering the facility, and su- In the first discourse, founded periour advantages of conveying on Gen. xvii. 7. the author underinstruction to young minds in the takes to explain the nature of form of question and answer, and God's covenant with believers, and that the method, as well as lan- to prove that this covenant, in a guage of the catechism in com- very important sense, embraces mon use, had long been familiar their offspring. From the cove. to the mind and ears of numbers nant state of the children of be. yet among us, it was thought best, lievers, the author infers the de. to arrange the following selection sign, the reasonableness, and pro. chiefly under the questions of that priety of infant baptism. The venerable system.” “ Although subject has of late received much his original design was the benefit attention from men of different of parents and youth under his sentiments. It has been examinpastoral care, together with his ed by the most profound under. own assistance in their religious standings, by the most extensive instruction, yet he hopes that oth- erudition, and by the most critical ers, and particularly young minis- discernment; and has often excitters, as well as Christian parents, ed the warmest and most violent will here find a useful assistant in passions. This last circumstance the great duty of catechizing chil- has, in this, as in every other in; dren. Its introduction to schools stance, been a great hindrance to was the proposal and request of the knowledge and influence of the his friends, and for this purpose, truth. If every writer and preachthat part which treats of moral du- er would treat the subject with ties, has been enlarged, and the that dispassionate, serious, tender whole divided into sections proper spirit, and with that patience in for reading."

research, and candour of judg. The Address 10 PARENTS, which ment, which evidently character. closes the Introduction, contains ize the author of these discourses; much important truth ; though we should have greater reason, the language, in which it is con. than we now have, to expect that veyed, will not uniformly stand the light would increase, and the truth test of criticism.

soon prevail. The work is decently and cor. The second discourse inculcates rectly printed, except the margin the duty of parents to educate nal references, in which are some their children in a religious manerrors. Should this work receive ner. They both deserve serious a second impression, it is hoped and attentive perusal. The style that the errors in the marginal has the merit of plainness and per: references will be carefully cor spicuity. The title is too particurected.

lar and prolix.

An attemnt to explain God's gra.

cious covenant with believers, and illustrate the duly of parents to embrace the covenant, dedicate their children in bafulism, and

We have just seen another discourse by the same author, preached at Haverhill and at Pelham on the last days of fasting and prayer in Massachusetts and Newhamp

shire. This discourse, on the very laboured apology at the bethree unclean spirits combining men ginning, and at the end, must apagainsi Jehovah, was heard in both pear useless to every serious readplaces with great satisfaction. That er, and must have appeared unpart, which points out the sources necessary to every sober minded of present danger to our country, hearer. contains much important truth. The notes at the end are interest. Nature displayed in her mode of ing

teaching language to man ; or a

new and infallible method of acThe importance of virtue and piety quiring a languagein the shortest os qualifications of civil rulers. time possible ; deduced from the A discourse delivered March 21, analysis of the human mind, and 1805, by Daniel Dana, 1. M. consequently suited to every caPastor of a Presbyterian church pacity. Adapted to the French, in Newburyport. Blunt, N. P. by N. G. DUFIEF, of Philadel

The author chose for his text, phia, 2 vols. 8vo. 903 pp. Phi. that passage of scripture, II, Sam. ladelphia, 7. L. Plowman, 1804. xxiij. 3, than which none could be The author of these volumes found more striking, or more suit. informs us, in his preliminary dised to his purpose. The God of 18- course, that he arrived at Philadelraei said, the Rock of Israel spake phia, in 1793, and purchased books to me ; He that ruleth over men for learning the English language, must be just, ruling in the fear of when the alarm excited by the God. In a very serious and im- malignant fever compelled him to pressive manner the preacher seek a retreat at Princeton. Here shows,“ that virtue and religion he discovered that by accident he are most important qualifications had left his Grammars at Phila. of a civil ruler.” The views he delphia, and not being able to protakes of the subject are various. cure them, he resolved to attempt His 'arguments appear pertinent to learn the language, with the and conclusive. Though it is dif- help of other books. The mode ficult to produce any thing new on he adopted was to select French a subject so frequently and so ably words, and look for the correshandled ; yet we think the style, ponding English words in a dicthe sentiments, and the spirit of tionary,carefully committing them this discourse not only justify its to memory, with the pronunciapublication, but honour the cause tion. He then proceeded to select of truth. The sermon contains a and learn whole phrases and sentseasonable antidote against the un- ences, and finally began to read seasonable, unscriptural, and athe- good authors, without having istical opinion, that religion is not learnt the rules of Grammar. 10 be considered a necessary qualifi- The success of this attempt was cation of a civil ruler ; an opinion surprising to himself. He acquirwhich we should suppose could ed a competent knowledge of the never be admitted, much less pre- English, in a much less time than vail in a christian land, did not is usually requisite, in the comfacts prove the contrary.

mon mode. This led him to read ? We observe only one particular the most celebrated authors on fault. The subject is treated grammar and philosophy,in which throughout in so candid and un- he found opinions confirmatory of exceptionable a manner, that the the justness of his own ideas, that

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