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tor—to make the young who may study the French language familiar with some of the purest gems of its poetry. In preparing it, we think that Mme. Coutan has made a valuable contribution to the means of teaching French, and we commend it to the attention of all who are engaged either as instructors or as pupils in the acquisition of this essential part of an accomplished education.
Morton Montagu, or a Young Christian's Choice: a Narrative founded on
Facts in the Early History of a deceased Moravian Missionary Clergyman, By C. B. MORTIMER. 12mo. New-York: D. Appleton & Co.
This little volume, under assumed names, presents the leading events in the life of an excellent and well known Moravian minister. The narrative portrays a very amiable and striking character, formed amidst peculiar trials, and in circumstances which awaken a strong interest in the mind of the reader. It illustrates the mild and submissive spirit which is so often associated with the Moravian faith, and teaches many valuable lessons of Christian duty and zeal. It deserves a place in any library of religious books.
A Pedobaptist Church no Home for a Baplist. By ROBERT J. MIDDLE
DITCH, Pastor of the Baptist church at Lyon's Farms, N. J. Philadelphia: American Baptist Publication Society. 18mo, pp. 47.
A brief, but exceedingly candid and judicious discussion of a subject which, from the growing disregard of infant baptism, is becoming of increasing importance every year. It is a tract suitable for general distribution, and we trust will accomplish a wide and successful ministry.
Montaigne ; The Endless Study, and other Miscellanies. By ALEXANDER
Vinet. Translated, with an Introduction and Notes. By ROBERT TURNBULL. New-York: M. W. Dodd. 12mo, pp. 430.
This volume reproduces portions of the “ Vital Christianity,” translated a few years ago by Mr. Turnbull, with other selections from Vinet, and essays and notes by the translator. These latter add materially to the interest of the book ; indeed they have an independent value, and we regret that we are unable in our present number to acquaint our readers with them more fully. A comparison of Montaigne and Emerson is an ingenious and striking performance, and deserves an extended allusion, which we hope to give in our next
Discourses on the Rectitude of Human Nature. By GEORGE W. BURNAP,
D. D. Boston: William Crosby & H. P. Nichols. 12mo, pp. 409.
The title of these discourses is significant of their theologieal character. The subjeet of which they treat, as the author justly remarks, “ underlies all theology and enters into all preaching.” “It determines the type of all piety; it colors all our views of life.” Though we dissent entirely from the theory which the volume develops, and regard its theologieal views as poorly suited to the wants of depraved human nature, we approve the directness and boldness with which the author takes his position, and the consistency with which he traces his principles into their results. Compelled to crowd a large number of book notices into the narrowest limits, we are unable to give an analysis of its views. It covers the entire range of theological topics indicated by its title.
Communion Thoughts. By S. G. BULFINCH. Boston: William Crosby & · H. P. Nichols. 12mo, pp. 204.
This volume adds to the merit of being well written a warm, devotional spirit, which commends it to the heart. To us the communion has a higher value and significance than the views of Christ here developed admit, but far as these views go they win upon the heart, and those like-minded with the author will dwell on his pages with satisfaction and benefit. The Meditations in Verse which form Part V. remind us of Keble, though to our taste better than most of the Poems contained in the Christian Year.
Art. X.-INTELLIGENCE. AMERICAN BAPTIST MISSIONARY UNION.—The annual meeting of the Missionary Union was held at Buffalo, the Board commencing its sittings May 14, and the Union May 16. The Rev. Dr. E. Tucker, of Illinois, presided over the former, in the absence of the Hon. James H. Duncan, who was detained at Washington by public duties. His Excellency, Gov. Briggs, piesided over the Union. The attendance was very large, the place of the meeting inviting a large number of members from the West. Everything relating to the affairs of the Union was reported as in a prosperous condition. The receipts of the year ending March 31, 1850, were $104,837 20, and the expenditures $101,447 23-leaving a balance in favor of the treasury of $3,389 97, with which the debt existing at the beginning of the year has been reduced to $21,501 09. Of the receipts $9,000 were grants from the American and Foreign Bible Society for Bible translation, printing, and distribution in Asia and Europe ; $2,200 from the American Tract Society for Tracts in Europe and Asia; and $4,000 from the United States Government for the civilization of Indians of North America. . The number of missions under the charge of the Union is 17 ; of stations and out-stations, 329; of missionaries, 56-of whom 52 are preachers; of female assistant missionaries, 57; with 214 native preachers and other assistants; whole number of laborers, 320. The number of charcbes is 151, with 12,290 members; and of schools 102, with 2,648 pupils; the number of additions to the churches on profession of faith, more than 1,236.
The officers elected were-Hon. George N. Briggs, LL. D., President ; Rev. Bartholomew T. Welch, D. D., and Rev. Elisha Tucker, D. D., Vice Presidents ; and Rev. William H. Shailer, Recording Secretary. The Board at the meeting succeeding the Union elected officers as follows: Chairman, Hon. Ira Harris, LL D.; Řecording Secretary, Rev. Morgan J. Rhees; Erecutive Comnittee, Rer. Baron Stow, D. Ď., Rev. Rollin H. Neale, Rev. William H. Shailer, Rev. Joseph W. Parker, Rev. Robert E. Pattison, D. D., Hon. Heman Lincoln, and Messrs. S. G. Shipley, J. W. Converse, and Benjamin Smith; Corresponding Secretaries, Rer. Solomon Peck, D. D., and Rev. Elward Bright, Jr.; Treasurer, Richard E. Eddy, Esq.; Auditors, Messrs. Charles D. Gould and Joshua Loring.
AMERICAN BAPTIST HOME MISSION SOCIETY. --The eighteenth annual meeting was held in New-York, on Thursday, May 9, 1850, John P. Crozer, Esq., of Pa, one of the Vice Presidents, presiding. The Annual Report was read by Rev. Benjamin M. Hill, Corresponding Secretary. The receipts of the year have been $26,443 62, and the disbursements $25,403 46. There has been an increase in the receipts over those of the preceding year of $4,324 45, besides $647 43 for the Home Mission Record. The number of agents and missionaries in the emplay of the Society is 117. They report 949 baptisms, and 33 churches organized. The following oficers were elected: President, Hon. Isaac Davis, LL P.; Vice Presidents, Messrs. William Colgate and John P. Crozer; Treasurer, Mr. Charles J. Martin ; Auditor, Mr. Garrat N. Bleecker; Corresponding Secretary, Rev. Benjamin M. HiNl; Recording Secretary, Rev. Edward Lathrop; with fifteen Managers residing in New-York and vicinity.
AMERICAN BAPTIST PUBLICATION SOCIETY. --- The eleventh annual meeeting of the American Baptist Publication Society was held in Philadelphia, May 1. The An
nual Report was read by Rev. Thomas S. Malcom, Corresponding Secretary. Eighteen new publications have been issued during the year; total on the Society's list 276, of which 78 are volumes. Twenty-one colporteurs have been employed. The receipts for the year were $23,925 85. The following officers were elected: President, Rev. Joseph H. Kennard; Vice Presidents, Mr. Thomas Wattson, Hon. James H. Duncan, Rev. Francis Wayland, D. D., Rev. E. E. Cummings, Mr. Albert Day, Hon. Friend Humphrey, Messrs. D. R. Barton, S. N. Kendrick, Rev. G. B. Ide, D. D., Hon. J. M. Leonard, Messrs. S. J. Creswell, James Wilson, Rev. E. G. Robinson, Rev. John M. Peck. Corresponding Secretary, Rev. Thomas S. Malcom ; Editorial Secretary, Rev. J. Newton Brown; Depository Agent and Assistant Treasurer, Rev. B. R. Loxley; Treasurer, Mr. W. W. Keen. Twenty-five Managers, residing in Philadelphia and vicinity, were likewise elected.'s
· AMERICAN AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY.—The Thirteenth annual meeting of the American and Foreign Bible Society was held in New York, May 22 and 23, Rev. Spencer H. Cone, D. D., President, in the chair. The receipts for the year from all sources were $41,625 01, and the disbursements $41,235 33. The Annual Report was read by Wm. H. Wyckoff, Esq. Extraordinary interest was given to the meeting by the question of a revised version of the English Scriptures. The following resolution, after a discussion extending through an afternoon, evening and morning sessions, was passed : “ Resolved, That this Society, in its issues and circulation of the English Scriptures, shall be restricted to the commonly received version without note or comment.” The Rev. Dr. Cone having been reelected President, resigned. The following officers were chosen: President, Rev. Bartholomew T. Welch, D. D. ; Vice Presidents, Rev. C. G. Sommers, and twenty others; Corresponding Secretary, Rev. Sewall S. Cutting ; 'Recording Secretary, Rev. Morgan J. Rhees; Treasurer, Mr. Nathan C. Platt; General Agent, Rev. J. R. Stone; with twenty-five Managers residing in New-York and vicinity. The passing of the above named resolution became the occasion of the subsequent formation of the AMERICAN BIBLE UNION. President, Rév. Spencer H. Cone, D.D.; Vice Presidents, Rev. Archibald Maclay, D. D., and others; Corresponding Secretary, Wm. H. Wyckoff, Esq.; Recording Secretary, Mr. E. S. Whitney ; Treasurer, Mr. William Colgate; with a Board of Managers residing in New-York and vicinity.
GERMANY. Among the consequences of the failure of the late revolutionary movements, and the state of excitement and uncertainty with regard to further political developments, the one most deeply to be regretted is the effect the revolution has had on the literary activity of the German scholars. We see almost all of them in the ranks of political parties, moving in the cloudy regions of undigested political theories; and, whilst they thus busy themselves, neglect their wonted literary pursuits, for which the world is accustomed to pay them the just tribute of sincere admiration. Literature seems for the time being to have sustained a paralyzing check in Germany, and even the fertile field of Theology has produced less of any importance in the last year than in any previous one for half a century. We regret among other things the discontinuance of valuable periodicals, as Tholuck's Literarischer Anzeiger, (Literary Advertiser for Theology and Sciences in general,) Richter's Christlicher Beobachter, (Christian Observer,) Sächsische Kirchenzeitung, (Saxon Church News,) Menzel's Literaturblatt, (Literary Criticisms,) Jenaische Literaturzeitung, (the world-known standard critical journal, published in Jena since 1804,) Leipziger Missionsblatt, Fichte's and Ulrici's Zeits chrift für Philosophie und Kritik, (Journal of Philosophy and Criticism,) Græfe's and Clemen's Pädagogische Zeitung, (Pedagogical Journal,) Brandes' Literarische Zeitung, (Literary News.)
We have never witnessed a similar falling off, and believe ourselves justified in ascribing it to the strange political commotion in Germany. The Vierteljahrsschrift für Theologie und Kirche of Lücke and Wieseler (Quarterly Theological and Church Review) has been changed into a monthly. The Archäologische Zeitung of Gerhard (Archæological Researches) has been changed into “ Denkmäler, Forschungen, und Berichte,” (Archæological Monuments, Researches, and Reports,) and is published quarterly.
Among the periodicals which are continued with regularity we quote: Studien
und Kritiken (Studies und Criticisms) of Ullmann and Umbreit, Reuter's Reperto rium, Hengstenberg's Kirchenzeitung, Berliner Allgemeine Kirchenzeitung, Rudelbach's and Guerike's Zeitschrift für Lutherische Theologie und Kirche, (Journal for Lutheran Tbeology, &c.,) Hirscher's and Staudenmaier's, Zeitschrift für Theologie. And we hail with joy as valuable accessions to the periodical theological literature: Niedner's Zeitschrift für Historische Theologie, (Quarterly Review for Historical Theology,) and Ewald's Jahrbücher, (Annuals of Biblical Knowledge,) of which two volumes have appeared.
Theile has finished his edition of the Hebrew Bible, which is very correct and neatly printed. He has not, however, superseded Hahn's beautiful large type edition, which is so justly appreciated in this country, both for the admirable type and for its perfect correctness. The highly esteemed Polyglott Bible of Stier and Theile is progressing, and will probably be completed this year.
Of new commentaries we notice: Thenius's Books of Kings, with an appendix (which also has been published separately) containing a treatise on the anti-exilian Jerusalem and its temple. This is the ninth volume of the Exegetical Manual, edited by Hitzig, Hirzel and others, and well known among American theologians, Hengstenberg on the Apocalypse, volume the first, has been received with great joy, and it is deeply regretted that a full year will elapse before the second and last volume will be issued.-L. Stengel's Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews has been edited from his posthumous papers by Dr. Jos. Beck, and this new work of the distinguished liberal Catholic assumes deservedly a place at the side of those previously issued by the same editor.-Stier (the author of “Reden Jesu") has published several smaller works, which, like everything from the pen of this new leader of orthodoxy, have been received with marked pleasure by the theological critics, viz.: Die Politik der Weisheit in den Worten Agur's und Lemuel's, (The Policy of Wisdom in the Words of Agur and Lemuel, Prov. xxx., xxxi.;) Der Weise ein König, (The Wise Man a King,) a commentary on Solomon ; Iesaias, nicht Pseudo-Iesaias, (Isaiah not Pseudo-Isaiah, commentary on prophesies, xl to lx.;) and a commentary on Jude's epistle.- Meyer's esteemed commentary on the New Testament is continued, and will probably be completed this year.- Tholuck has issued the third edition of his appendices to the commentary on the Hebrews under the titles, “ Das Alte Testanient im Neuen Testamente," (on quotations from the Old Testament in the New Testament,) and “Ueber den Opfer und Priesterbegriff im Alten und Neuen Testament,” (on the Idea of Sacrafice and Priesthood in the Old and New Testaments.) We notice also the continuation of his sermons on the commotions of the times. Those of our readers who are acquainted with this eminent theologian, remember that he holds religion incompatible with the idea of a republic, and they will from this easily infer the tendency of these sermons.—Neander has issued two small practical commentaries on the epistles of James and St. Paul to the Philippians, in the form of notes to an amended German version of the Scriptures commenced by Schneider.
In historical theology, we notice little of importance. The second edition of Gieseler's Church History is approaching completion ;-the fourth volume of Marheinecke's Theological Lectures has been issued by Matthies and Vatke; it contains the History of Dogmas ;-Hundeshagen's able work on the German Protestantism bas passed into its third edition ;-Rudelbach continues his Christian Biographies; those issued are of Cyprianus, Ambrosius, and Tauler ;-Douai has published valuable chronological tables of Church History ;-Hagenbach has finished the second edition of his excellent Church History of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, in two vols.
In practical theology, we notice with particular pleasure the completion of the second (posthumous) edition of Schott's Theorie der Beredtsamkeit, (Theory of Elocution,) the standard work in this branch.
In this connection the editor of the Christian Review is bappy to say, that gentlemen desiring German works, in procuring them from Mr. Rudolph Garrigue, 6 Barclay street, (Astor House,) New-York, or ordering them from Germany through him, will find themselves abundantly gratified by his promptness and accuracy, and by his liberal and honorable dealing. His stock of German books is large and select, and his correspondence with Germany regular and extensive.]
No. LXII.—OCTOBER, 1850.
Art. I.-CONFESSIONS OF AUGUSTINE. In studying the history of religious opinions, two considerations are indispensable to a just practical judgment. No one age is independent of those which have preceded it. No individual, however original may be the character of his mind, is independent of the speculative results of his contemporaries. The errors of others, especially the prevalent errors of an age, modify or obscure the truth in the soundest minds; or are, by a false analysis, appended to what is true and carried along with it. The most discriminating intellect is aided in obtaining clear perceptions of truth by the developing and eliminating process through which it has passed in other minds. It is not however to be overlooked, that the most successful method of studying an age, or rightly understanding the manner in which any opinion has been apprehended and set forth in that age, is to study the character and opinions of one of its master spirits. Frequently a single great mind is a focal point, the light of which, contrary to the ordinary laws of nature, instead of making obscure the lesser lights, renders them more obvious. There is not, probably, a single idea in Jonathan Edwards's incomparable Treatise on the Human Will wholly new,-seed and trunk,—but he often brings out to the open light of day what had been but feebly conceived and obscurely expressed by his predecessors; and it is through him we are enabled to understand what they were feeling after.
Religious truth is rarely more tinged by the medium through which it shines than in the fifth century,—the age of AugusVOL. XV.—NO. LXII.
them more Edwards's ind and trunk,