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The Pulpit and its Three Handmaids.
HISTORY, SCIENCE, ART.
THE UNSATISFACTORINESS OF insufferable. We do not stay to RICHES ILLUSTRATED IN MORRISON enquire whether it would not THE LONDON MILLIONAIRE, have been wiser in his case not to
scatter prudently, but with both Mr. Morrison was one of the hands. We are merely illustrarichest of men, for he owned ting the truth, that riches heaped property of various kinds to the
up are in themselves insufficient amount of four millions sterling. to secure the happiness of the Most of us would have to take a possessor. Mr. Morrison was accuslittle time to form anything like tomed during the latter period of a correct idea ofa sum so immense. his life to go week by week to his It is said that a fortune of a thou. own cashier, to receive from him sand pounds is a very incon- twenty shillings which he supvenient sum, as it is calculated posed was all his due. To others to render its possessor indisposed he might be an object of envy. to make any effort in business, To himself he was a light porter, whilst it is insufficient to provide who was working hard for a sum an income equal to the wants of scarcely sufficient to support him. a household. Perhaps, however, The vast accumulation of wealth if we had four thousand instead had already slipped from his of one, we might manage to pro- grasp. He could no longer emvide bread for the table, and coals ploy it, or dispose of it among for the grate, and oats for the others, or lay it up in heaven. pony, and have a little to make All that now remained to him was glad the hearts of the famishing the account to be rendered. SMITH. and the heathen, after all bills at
RELIGIOUS DRILLING. Christmas were paid. This Mr. Morrison aforesaid had sufficient “Noltenius and Panzendorf cash to provide for. a thousand were busy 'teaching Friedrich families. What made his history religion. Rather a strange operathe more marvellous was, that he tion this, if we were to look into began his career of manhood as a it. Enlightened Edict-of-Nantes light porter, at twenty shillings a Protestantism, a cross between week. No doubt many a young
Bayle and Calvin; that was inman would deliver his parcels different baby's-milk to the little with alacrity, if he could suppose creature. Nor could Noltenius's that beginning where Mr. M. did, catechism, and ponderous drillexhe could end where Mr. M. did, ercise in orthodox theology, much Yet after all, there was nothing inspire a clear soul with pieties, and very desirable in the termination tendencies to soar heavenward. of the rich man's career.
He Alas! it is a dreary litter in. appears to have only made a deed, mere waggon load on wag. lengthy and laborious circuit, gon load of shot-rubbish that is bearing with him a burden always heaped round this new human increasing, until, when he re-ap- plant by Noltenius and company, peared at the spot from which he among others. A wonder only started, the burden had become that they did not extinguish all sense of the Highest in the poor : beyond whole libraries of orthoyoung soul, and leave only a sense dox theology is, sometimes, the of the dreariest and stupidest. mute action, the unconscious But a healthy human soul can look of a father, of a mother, who stand a great deal. The healthy had in them devoutness, pious soul shakes off, in an unexpect- : pobleness !' in whom the young edly victorious manner, immense soul, not unobservant, though not masses of dry rubbish that have consciously observing, came at been shot upon it by its assiduous length to recognize it; to read it pedagogues and professors. What in this irrefragable manner : a would become of any of us other- seed planted thenceforth in the wise ?
centre of his holiest affections for And there is another deeper evermore." - Carlyle's Frederick thing to be remarked: the notion the Great. Vol. I. p. 509. of teaching religion in the way of
HUMAN TOIL. drill-exercise; which is a very
The sentence of toil and the strange notion, though a common
promise of glory have issued one, and not peculiar to Noltenius
from the same throne. Even and Friedrich Wilhelm. Piety to God, the nobleness that inspires material of enjoyments above
our troubles here may make the a human soul to struggle heaven
the circumscription of the earth. ward, cannot be taught' by the
All are agents in the restoramost exquisite catechisms, or the most industrious preachings and
tive mercy of the great Disposer,
| all turn into discipline. The drillings. No; alas, no. Only by
obstacles to knowledge, the far other methods,-chiefly by silent continual example, silently
struggles of the heart, the thouwaiting for the favorable mood
sand roughnesses of the comand moment, and aided then by a
mon path of man, are concerted
into the muscular force of the kind of miracle-well enough
mind. We are but sowing in named the “the grace of God '
the winter of our nature the can that sacred contagion pass seed which shall flourish in imfrom soul into soul. How much
[We hold it to be the duty of an Editor either to give an early notice of the books sent to him for remark, or to return them at once to the Publisher. It is unjust to praise worthless books; it is robbery to retain unnoticed ones.)
THE REVIEWER'S CANON.
In every work regard the author's end,
SCRIPTURE PSALMODY. Second Edition. By J. S. PEARSALL. Snow :
Paternoster Row. This little work is admirably adapted to improve our psalmody. It is a selection of the brightest gems of Biblical poetry-inspired lyrics--superior to all mere human compositions for devotional pur
poses. The author has distinguished, by a judicious use of italics and capitals, the passages in which a difference of emotion prevails; thus endeavoring to secure a right musical and emotional expression of each. The tone of our worship would be greatly elevated by the use of such psalmody. The book is both elegant and cheap.
LECTURES ON HOMILETICS AND PREACHING, AND OF PUBLIC PRAYER,
TOGETHER WITH SERMONS AND LETTERS. By EBENEZER PORTER, D.D., President of the Theological Seminary, Andover, U. S. Ward and Co.
Essays ON THE CARISTIAN MINISTRY : Selected from the American
Biblical Repository and other American Periodicals, with a preface. By W. H. MURCH, D.D. London : Ward and Co.
Thar to become an effective preacher, requires the acquisition of varied knowledge, and careful attention to the laws of thought, language and rhetoric, is a position which but few practically accept, many doubt, and not a few deny. Some preachers regard themselves as so richly endowed by nature, as to render them superior to all Homiletic directions ; and others impiously endeavor to give their ignorant hearers the impression, that they are in such alliance with the Divine, that the afflatus descends on them whenever they stand up for “their Master,” giving them the “blessed opportunity” of a fluent utterance. Sad that such windy nonsense, and in some cases, blatant blasphemies, which these inspired ones hoot out, should be so acceptable to the masses, and sadder still, that it should be ascribed to the Eternal Spirit of Truth. Such men act on the minds of a congregation, as an idiot on the strings of a harp. Cowper's language describes them well :
“ So should an idiot while at large he strays,
We, however, belong to that class, who regard good preaching as requiring a rare combination of superior natural endowments, sound mental training, and the noblest impulses of heart. For this reason we heartily commend to our ministerial readers, such works as those now under our notice.
The HOMILETIC LECTURES, by Dr. PORTER, are the productions not only of a philosophic thinker, an able scholar, a reverent student of the Bible, but also of an experienced preacher; they are the lessons of experimental wisdom. Whilst we would not have all sermons
formed after his model, nor indeed after any other model, that of the Homilist included,--for every man true to his individuality, will, and should have his own plan of thought; we would have every preacher carefully study such principles, for the composition and delivery of sermons, as this work contains.
The other work before us: Essays ON THE CHRISTIAN MINISTRY, is for the most part the productions of some of the leading professors of theology in America, and was delivered by them to those under their care, who were prosecuting their studies, preparatory to entering on the office of the christian ministry. The essays are chiefly selected from the “American Biblical Repository.” They are about twenty-five in all, and mostly from different authors. Some of them are truly magnificent; there are one or two especially, whose value is worth the price of the whole volume.
LECTURES ON CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY. By Geo. CHRISTIAN KNAPP, Professor of Theology, in the University of Halle. Fourth Edition. London : Ward and Co.
AN ELEMENTARY COURSE OF BIBLICAL THEOLOGY. Translated from
the work of PROFESSOR STORR and FLATT. With additions by SCHMUCKER. London : Ward and Co.
We fear that Theological science in this country is fast becoming neglected and unpopular. The chief cause of this is, we think, to be found in the coarse, uncharitable, and persecuting spirit of certain dogmatists, who, in these last days, have set themselves up as the standards of theology, and the defenders of the faith. Young Biblical students, recoiling with disgust from the conduct of such men, have somewhat naturally, yet unjustifiably, been led to disparage all theological formularies and systems. We trust, however, that this state of things will not long continue, and that theology will be put upon such a broad and rational basis, and advocated with such noble spirit, as will yet give it its true position amongst us as the Queen of Science, or rather as the root of the tree of universal knowledge.
KNAPP'S THEOLOGY has long been a favorite with us. Taken as a whole, we know of no work of the kind that approaches it in merit. He derives the elements of his system from the scriptures of God, and the experiences of the good. He illustrates the divine doctrines by analogies from classical writers; the intuitive sentiments of mankind to which they correspond ; the spiritual exigencies of our nature which they are intended to meet ; the history of the opinions that have prevailed in all ages concerning them ; and by the various learned distinctions which have been adopted, respecting them both in ancient and modern times. He essays to organize the doctrines thus illustrated into a complete system. The philosophy which he adopted, and by which he was influenced, as far as by any, is that popular eclectic system, which prevailed between the downfall of Wolf, and the ascendency of Kant. The style is clear, sententious, and forceful. There are no waste words !
The other Theological work before us is the joint.production of ProfessORS STORR and Flatt, two of the ablest German Divines that this century has produced. “These distinguished champions of the truth sustained,” says the Translator, “ the cause of orthodoxy for upwards of twenty years, and published from time to time the most able replies to the several symptoms of infidelity which sprung up in Europe.” Having been harassed by metaphysical, speculative and sceptical systems of pretended christianity, they felt the nécessity of building their faith exclusively on the word of God; and the present work is therefore purely of a Biblical character. It is confined to the doctrines which are taught in the sacred volumes, totidem verbis. The work is composed with the highest regard to exegesiscomposed, too, in view of all the objections which the liberalists of the last thirty years have been able to raise. It is in every respect an able and valuable work, and deserves a place in the library of every Biblical student.
POEMs. By MORGAN DE PEMBROKE. London: A. W. Bennett.
HERE are two dozen short poems, from a young Welshman. The spirit of poetry has evidently seized him, and he burns with its mystic fires, as did those bards, whose genius shed a lustre on his fatherland in the centuries that are past. Some of them glow with nature and flow in musical strains. Many of the stanzas are of a high type, and ring on the tenderest chords of the heart. The complaint we have against a few of the pieces, is that which makes much of modern poetry offensive to us, namely, their sentimental love. The poetry to our taste, is that which deals with our higher nature, wakes up the conscience, stirs to the deepest springs our sympathies with the right and the true, and prompts to those useful deeds of self-sacrifice and moral chivalry, which are wild romance to worldly souls.