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to reconcile it with the benevolence of God ? if it does not teach this doctrine? What is its meaning?
conversion then merely a change of purpose ? By giving the above a place in your “open council,” you will oblige
15.-In“ the Homilist" for Dec. 16.-Is it reconcileablewith the last year is a Homily on “The moral government of the world Family of God.” Speaking of the that any man can be tempted life common to “the whole family beyond his power to resist ? As in heaven and earth.” Mr. Pigg the doctrine is an important says, “The change of purpose in one, and cannot be too freely which this divine life first shows enunciated, perhaps some of your itself we name conversion.” Is readers will reply. P. M. H.
The Pulpit and its Three Handmaids.
HISTORY, SCIENCE, ART.
A SHORT SERMON AND ITS HAPPY
the corpse was intered. This EFFECTS.
request was complied with. On Sermons are most effective the day appointed the missionary when not diffuse. Concentra- repaired to "the house of mourntion gives power. Truth is ing,” gave out a suitable hymn, strongest, not in the broad gold engaged in prayer, and preached leaf, but in the solid ingot ; not the gospel of Jesus Christ. The elaborated to weariness, but con- delivery of his sermon occupied densed into brief, weighty, and only a little while, but the words forcible sayings and illustrations. thereof where clear, direct, con“ The words of the wise are as vincing, and impressive. Among goads, and as nails fastened by the hearers in that small congrethe master of assemblies."
gation, was a sister of the deEvery country has customs ceased, about seventeen years peculiar to itself. Some of these of age, and ill with scarlet fever. customs are foolish and injurious; She listened with unbroken others are wise and beneficial. attention, and intelligent interest, In Canada, a custom prevails to the good news of salvation that is suited to impart useful through faith in the Atoner. At religious impressions. It is the close of the service, she customary there, when death stated to the minister, under occurs in a family, to invite a the influence of one of those minister to attend on the day of mysterious impressions which interment, and preach a short philosophers cannot explain, that sermon in the house, before he would be wanted on a certain proceeding to the burial place. day to preach a funeral sermon Some years ago, at a dwelling in for her. The minister expressed a newly settled part of Canada, his hope that she would recover; a child died of scarlet fever, but she repeated the statemen. and a missionary was requested she had made. He then intit to deliver a brief discourse, ere mated where he might be found
at the time she had mentioned. Brethren let us keep the one Not many days after, on arriving object of faith-Jesus Christ and at the place specified, he met a Him Crucified continually messenger, who informed him before our hearers. The attracthe young woman was dead, and tion of the cross will always presented a request from the be felt by those who are heavy family that he would preach at laden and weary with the burden the funeral. He went with the of their sins. Drawn towards messenger, and was told that the it by Divine love, and looking short sermon he had preached with faith to the bleeding Saviour, was the means of salvation to their burden will fall off, and the departed. The facts narrated they will go on their way reto him were these. While he joicing. So shall we and they was preaching the dying girl was ascribe salvation to the Lamb taught by the words which fell that was slain, both now and from his lips, what she must do ever. Amen. P. S. WRIGHT. to be saved; was led to rely with all her heart on the Lamb of God, and found “ redemption through His blood, the forgive
Time is the only gift in which
God has stinted us; for he never ness of sins." When he had
entrusts us with a second moleft, she repeated the substance
ment until he has taken away the of his discourse, and testified to her friends, that “ being justified
first, and never leaves us certain of a third.
FENELON. by faith,” she had “ Gol, through our Lord Jesus Christ." Her face shone with su
THE UNIVERSAL METAMORPHOSIS. pernatural brightness, as she said, If a wafer be laid on a surface " I shall soon be gone, but, for of polished metal, which is then me to die is gain,” and she ex- breathed upon, and if, when the horted all to meet her in heaven. moistu of the breath has evaShe held fast her confidence unto porated, the wafer be shaken off, the end, rejoicing in hope of we shall find that the whole everlasting glory. To allay her polished surface is not as it was feverish thirst, she requested a before, although our senses can little water, and sweetly re- detect no difference ; for if we marked, “I shall soon drink at breathe again upon it, the surthe fountain." Seeing her face will be moist everywhere, mother weep, she tenderly said, except on the spot previously "Mother, weep not for me, all sheltered by the wafer, which will is well, my soul is happy, and I now appear as a spectral image am going to dwell with Jesus.” on the surface. Again and again Thus she bid adieu to carth, and we breathe, and the moisture entered the home of the blest. evaporates, but still the spectral The missionary, with a glad and wafer reappears.
This experigrateful heart, entreated a weep- ment succeeds after a lapse of ing audience, by her joyful ex- many months, if the metal be perience, to become partakers of carefully put aside where its sur. “like precious faith, and com- face cannot be disturbed. If a mitted her remains to the dust, sheet of paper on which a key “in sure and certain hope of the has been laid be exposed for resurrection to eternal life,” some minutes to the sunshine, through our Lord Jesus Christ. and instantaneously viewed in
the dark, the key being removed, word or tone we hear, mingles a fading spectre of the key will with our being and modifies it. be visible. Let this paper be put There are cases on record of aside for many months where ignorant women, in states of nothing can disturb it, and then insanity uttering Greek and in darkness be laid on a plate of Hebrew phrases, which in past hot metal — the spectre of the years they have heard their key will again appear.
In the masters utter, without, of course, of bodies more highly comprehending them. These phosphorescent than paper, the tones had long been forgotten ; spectres of many different ob- the traces were so faint that, jects which may have been laid | under ordinary conditions, they on it in succession, will on warm- were invisible ; but these traces ing, emerge in their proper order. remained there, and in the intense This is equally true of our bodies light of cerebral excitement, they and our minds. We are involved started into prominence, just as in the universal metamorphosis. the spectral image of the key Nothing leaves us wholly as it started into sight on the applicafound us. Every man we meet, tion of heat It is thus with every book we read, every pic- all the influences to which we are ture or landscape we see, every subjected. Cornhill Magazine.
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THE REVIEWER'S CANON.
In every work regard the author's end,
THE CREEDS OF THE CHURCH, IN THEIR RELATIONS TO THE WORD
OF GOD AND TO THE CONSCIENCE OF THE CHRISTIAN. The
THE AUTHORITY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT ; THE CONVICTION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS ;
AND THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION. Three Series of Lectures delivered before the University of Cambridge in 1848 and 1858. By C. A. SWAINSON, M.A., Prebendary
of Chichester. Macmillan and Co. PREBENDARY SWAINSON belongs to the best class of living Church of England divines. Fully estimating his own ecclesiastical privileges, he is as far from superstition and unpriestly intolerance as from
latitudinarianism; and, whilst perpetually exampling the most enlarged and liberal thought, he has no kindred with rationalism, but is reverently mindful of the limits of human reason. His books are equally powerful against spurious orthodoxy and against crude neologism. Disciplined by logical, mathematical, and philosophical studies, and well furnished with learning, he consecrates his powers to the defence of “the sound doctrine which is according to godliness."? Based on the rock of faith, though amid the waves, he rises superior, like a wholesome tower of strength, and sheds the serene light of catholic verity to guide the weary mariner homeward.
As these volumes have an organic connexion, we counsel that they be read in order. The former vindicates the Creeds as "not relics of the dead past but institutions of the living present," as not developments of doctrine in the sense of J. H. Newman, but results of the inductive tracing of New Testament facts and doctrines to their principles, the spoils of past polemical conflict, the hard won patrimony which has descended from the sainted of the past, as bulwarks of the faith and landmarks of truth for which the modern Christian should be thankful-not using them with blind submission but with intelli. gent appreciation, as suggestions to be tested by Scripture not as infallible oracles.
The latter volume contains three series of Lectures ;-on the Authority of the New Testament, on Sin and Atonement, and on the Unity of the Church. The author shows with convincing ability that a theory of inspiration is unessential to faith, that we do not believe in the New Testament because it is inspired, but that we hold it inspired because it is the production of apostolic men. When a mes.sage claims to come from God, our business is not with any preconceived theory of our own about the mode :- we have simply to investigate the claim. .
The second course of Lectures expounds doctrines that may be termed moderately Augustinian. Prebendary Swainson honors the Bishop of Hippo as the first by whom the difficulty relating to “the principle that lay at the basis of the language used in Scripture of man's condition, man's hopes, man's needs,” was solved. Like Bishop Butler, but unlike a recent critic of Baldwin Brown, he considers any attempt to explain the Atonement to involve a transgression of the proper limits of Christian theology, and that what Scripture has left in mystery should be left unessayed by the divine. He vindicates Anselm however from the imputation of holding the hard legal theory of Atonement which by many in the present day is identified with the Gospel, and of which the mediæval Archbishop is regarded as the standard expounder. Possibly, however, a principle which lies at the basis of Scripture language may yet be uncovered here likewise, and
so the difficulty be solved by a theory not widely different from Anselm's.
The concluding series should be carefully studied both by Churchmen and Dissenters. On the Church-principles involved we pronounce no opinion, but only say that we have seldom, if ever, seen a defence of them in any modern author so remarkably combining moderation with firmness, filial duty to the Church, with charity for all her children.
There is little in these volumes to which we could not heartily consent, as one with the interpretation of Scripture proposed by the best divines of all ages, as standard doctrine which would almost bear the test of Vincentius, but felicitously set forth in modern modes of thought and expression; and we trust that their gifted author may long aid his brethren "to press onward in the knowledge of the Divine, unravel more of the mystery which God has made known to us,' and catch thereby some further glimpse of the designs of our great Creator and Redeemer."
SERMONS. By the Rev. J. H. SMITH, M.A. In two Vols. London :
Hatchard and Co.
RECANTATION though somewhat mortifying to vanity is a relief to conscience. The Pulpit literature, which almost every post places on our table, tempts us now to repudiate opinions concerning the Episcopalian Pulpit of this country which we once held and even avowed. We once thought that it was not equal either in the quality of its thinking, or the independency of its utterance, to that of the nonconformist bodies. Some of the discourses that have recently appeared from the Church of England far surpass in our judgment any of the modern sermons of Dissenters. The reputation of non-conformity in this respect has been seriously injured during the last few years by the rhodomontadism, in the form of sermons, it sends forth periodically, insulting the reason of humanity and libelling the Gospel of God. We will not suppose that such compounds of jargon, bigotry, claptrap, and distorted Calvinism will continue to find an extensive sale. With our great dramatist we believe that:
“ An habitation giddy and unsure
Hath he, that buildeth on the vulgar heart.” Nor do we find that we can any longer hold the opinion that there is more independent utterance in the non-conformist than in the established pulpit. Were a Maurice to appear amongst the Baptists what “protests” there would be against him by all the smaller men;