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correctly. Opinions are equally the natural result of thought and the cause of conduct.
ternization of virtue. The poet need not put the shell to his ear in order to hear its music; and sees further into celestial space without the telescope than with it.
Everything in nature answers to a moral quality ; is an ex
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ARCHIPPUS; OR, THE CHRISTIAN MINISTRY. In a Series of Letters
to a Young Minister. By PASTOR EMERITUS. London: Judd and Glass.
We have seen many works of this class, but not one which we could more confidently place in the hands of a young minister, or a student for the ministry. The experience of the author, who is evidently emeritus in both senses—veteran and meritorious—and his zeal tempered with soberness and sagacity, knowledge of human nature and of the world, enable him to give wise counsels to those at the door of a profession, in which, beyond all others, the tyro needs, and ought to be grateful for, help of this nature. While in some other works of the class, such as “ Bickersteth's Christian Student,” and “ Bridges on the Christian Ministry," the student will find more detailed information on books, especially the old divipes, we do not think that one of them equals this in those practical counsels for the conduct of the ministerial life, which are equally valuable, if not indispensable. We should augur much good for the colleges and the churches, were this book to become a common handbook amongst them.
TAE UNITY OF THE FAITH, in its Relations to the Authority of
Scripture, the Sacredness of Conscience, and the Supremacy of
This is no ordinary book. The author conceives that “there is an urgent call for a revival inside the Christian community as well as the outside,” and that in particular in regard of the charity which is so seriously violated by schism. He is evidently one of the choicest spirits of the church, and, like all such, has ardent aspirations after unity. This subject he treats with great philosophic ability. A considerable portion of the book is thrown into the form of dialogue between Bellarmine the Papist, Melancthon the Evangelical Protestant, Herbert of Cherbury the Deist, and Theophilus, who acts as umpire, and who, we presume, utters the sentiments of the author. We venture to predict for this work that it will have a very wholesome influence in the present position of ecclesiastical parties. If ever that obstinate dark spirit of jealousy and mistrust which now broods over the churches be dispelled, it will be by a sun which sends forth such rays of truth and love, light and heat in combination as irradiate the pages of this volume. Taking exception to a few Scotticisms, we cordially recommend the book, for glowing Christian affection, great intellectual ability, and considerable scholarship.
THE DIVINE LIFE IN MAN. By JAMES BALDWIN Brown, B.A.
Minister of Clayland's Chapel, Clapham Road, London. London:
Ward and Co. AMONGST the younger ministers of the Congregational Denomination, we understand Mr. Brown has long been conspicuous for a freedom of spirit, which awakened the hope, that, when he was no longer a stripling but had past into middle life, he would have effectually emancipated himself from the fetters of clique. In what measure that hope has been fulfilled or disappointed, we cannot say. It certainly looks well that this volume is dedicated to A. J. Scott, who is, we believe, one of the proscribed; though for what reason we cannot divine, unless it be for depth of thought and boldness of utter
The discourses themselves are manifestly intended to constitute a series, beginning as they do with "Paradise Lost,” and ending with “The Way Home.” A word for the discourses themselves. To compare them either to Robertson's or Guthrie's were beside the mark. They are extremely unlike either, and have a character and merit of their own. Vigorous thought within orthodox limits, some. what extended; a practical piety, nicely steering between the Arminian
Scylla and the Calvinian Charybdis; a style of which the elegant dif. fuseness does not secure clearness sufficient to atone for the sacrifice of brevity-these are their characteristics. Knowing, as the discriminating reader does, that the excellence of modern printed sermons is in inverse proportion to their multitude, he will not allow these to escape him without a recognition of their superior merit.
HISTORY OF MOSES AND His TIMES. By the Rev. THORNLEY SMITH.
Edinburgh: Wm. Oliphant and Co. OUR readers will find a favorable notice of the former work of this author, “Zaphnath-Paaneah; or, the History of Joseph,” in onr fifth volume, p. 141. The present is the second work of the series, which we are glad to find is to include one on Joshua. This author is rendering real service to the cause of popular Biblical Literature. He is making it intelligible to “the masses," and giving them, in an economical and portable form, the results of the investigations and discoveries of such men as Wilkinson, Robinson, and Kitto. It would be difficult to say which is the greater, the fascination of Egyptian Antiquities, or their utility to the student of the Old Testament. We believe that timid scholars continue to doubt the trustworthiness of the method of reading off the hieroglyphics, supposed by some to be ascertained from the Rosetta stone; Egyptian chronology still, like a thorn-hedge, bristles with discouragements; and Mr. Thornley Smith wisely passes lightly over such matters, and employs his strength chiefly where it is really available for the class which he aims to benefit. The series-Joseph, Moses, and Joshua-will, when complete, prove invaluable for Sunday School Teachers, and the less erudite of the ministry.
CENTRAL TRUTHS. By the Rev. CAARLES STANFORD, author of
6 Power in Weakness; Memorials of the Rev. W. Rhodes."
London: Jackson and Walford. We well remember the pleasure with which, some months ago, we read this author's “Power in Weakness," and commended it to our readers as an excellent biography of a man not to be forgotten. The present work, though of a very different character, consisting of “ the substance of discourses on the elementary doctrines of the Gospel, most of which," Mr. Stanford informs Dr. Steane, his dedicatee and co-pastor, “were preached to our congregation during the past year." “ The Dial,” with whose judgment we agree, pronounces it to be "at once sober and somewhat original.” The originality referred to
is, we imagine, perceptible partly in the titles, and partly in the style. Was it not Boileau who said, “The style is the man ?” Certainly a natural, unaffected style indicates, that, if there be no great novelty. in the thoughts, the writer has at any rate made them his own.
EMMANUEL By JOSEPI PARKER, Minister of Cavendish Street
Chapel, Manchester. London. Judd and Glass. THE PROPHET OF NAZARETH; OR, THE ONE STORY OF THE FOUR
GOSPELS. With Preface, by the Rev. C. MILLER, D.D. A SERIES of very short, but most powerful and suggestive discourses on the prominent facts of the evangelic narrative. The author calls them, “Passages from Lectures on the Life of Jesus Christ.” The humanity of Christ is reverently explored, as the choicest revelation of, and the best means of knowing His Godhead. To sermonize at length, following in the wake of others, and carefully repeating what has been said many times before, is far easier than to combine brevity with compactness, freshness with truth, to be short without being fragmentary, lively yet sober. The bent of this writer's genius is to new methods, leaving ruts worn by the wheels of ages to more timid and less original men. Had his logical and rhetorical discipline been complete, his product would have reached an almost singular nearness to perfection. It is a book quick and quickening, which deserves not to be passed lightly over with the unmeaning and power. less insincerity of conventional commendation, but to have its quality heartily appreciated and indicated with earnest praise.
Although we greatly differ from Dr. Miller, as to the need and the possibility of an exact and complete harmony of the Gospels, we yet welcome this result of his honest labor—which in old times would have been called a Diatessaron, and is not what is usually called a Harmony, weaving as it does the four texts into one continuous narrative-as most useful for the young. Its usefulness, however, would perhaps have been increased had the references been placed in the margin, instead of being postponed to the end of the volume.
PEACEMAKING ; A SERMON FOR THE TIMES. By the Rev. Joseph
Parker, Manchester. Judd and Glass : London. Now, when the “ Rifle Corps ” has grown so popular amongst the unthinking boys of this generation, and that portion of the Press that lives by pandering to the popular cravings of the hour, is loud with a blatant courage in its praise, it is refreshing to meet with a Minister of one of the largest congregations in one of the most influential cities of the three kingdoms, lifting up his voice against such martial mimicry and charlatanic patriotism.
A H O M I L Y
Peter ;-a Soul-Redeeming Thought.
“And when he thought thereon, he wept.”—Mark xiv. 27.
HE men who grieved the beart, engaged in the persecution, and brought on the death, of the Son of God, appear to stand forth on the page of History as sinners above all the rest.” Albeit, they were but types
of certain classes of characters that have lived in every age. Judas, the dark betrayer, represents that large class of men, who love property more than principle, and who, for filthy lucre, would sell the best of causes and the best men. Moral Judases abound in every age. The OFFICERS who took Jesus, bound Him, and struck Him, find their moral brethren amongst those crouching multitudes who will do the most unrighteous and dastardly acts at the bidding of their superiors—mere instruments wielded by their masters for wicked and despotic ends. Those SOLDIERS that made themselves merry with the miseries of a stranger, dressed Him in the costume of a monarch, mocked Him, crowned Him with thorns, and called Him a king, find their class amongst those trifling jesters, who will ridicule sacred things,"mock at sin," and make fools and demons of themselves, in order to excite the laughter of the thoughtless crowd,—the vacant lookers-on. PILATE, who condemned Him, was a type of that class of men teeming, alas ! in all places and periods, who "love the praise of men more than the praise of God," who will do violence to their own con