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THE DESTINY OF MAN ANALOGI- gold-like so many kings; and we CALLY VIEWED.
replace on His head that crown
of thorns when we place it on “ The brevity of human exist
the heads of the poor, the desence, and even the precariousness
pised, the weak, or the desolate, of that existence, are arguments in each of whom we ought to for its higher destiny.
recognize the person or repretouch, the breaking of a fibre,
sentative of Jesus. too minute to be visible, the sting
down that crown of an insect, may extinguish for
brows, and behold with indifferever the finest imaginations of
ence the streaming blood which the poet, the profoundest thought
mingles itself with their tears ; of the philosopher, and the no
or rather we see nothing ; we do blest purposes of the statesman,
not even suspect the secret mortiwhere do we find such waste in
fications, the crushed affections, nature ? Not a dying leaf is
the insulted modesty, or worse, thrown away,
the gradual debasement of heart water is lost, not a particle of
and mind, which take place in earth but varies into new forms.
men whom our And is man the only instance of
have raised in their own eyes this contemptuous prodigality of
and led to merit esteem.” Creation? The whole analogy of
VINET. nature compels us to believe that the great purpose of Providence
EARTH'S SALT. in this world is, to train both our moral and intellectual faculties “Ye are the world's light, the for a perpetuity of progress in
earth's salt. Such are the emanother, to exercise our mental phatic utterances in which the . nerve for the conquest of per- Founder of Christianity addressed petual difficulty, rewarded by a those who were to transmit diperpetual increase of power, and
vinest effluences to the hearts and that power given only to render souls of their kind. Oft, while us capable of the knowledge of sympathizing with those who a higher sphere, to prepare our
suffer in humanity's sacred cause, intellectual eyes for the expanding we, too, would shoulder the cross glories, and to invigorate the
with Christ, would drink the spirit of man for the mighty
hemlock with Socrates, ascend mysteries of Providence.”
the pile with Servetus, languish DR. CROLY. in the dungeon with Galileo, tra
verse the brine with Priestly, THE CROWN OF THORNS.
yet not the less do we crucify,
poison, burn, imprison, banish, “History records that the leader in the gentler forms, indeed, of the first crusade, the illustrious which the charities of modern Godfrey de Bouillon, after his life alone sanction, the man at conquest of Jerusalem, refused
our very doors who fain would the title of king, offered to him sprinkle a little salt on the weeds by his soldiers, declaring that he of human error, venture to shed would not wear a crown of gold some rays of light on the yet in the place where his Master abounding darkness. Yet, o had worn one of thorns. Unlike brothers, true associates and him we are but too willing on dear friends, faint not nor hesithis earth, where Jesus wore a tate by the way.
To-morrow crown of thorns, to accept one of ye embark on the broad ocean
of eternity. Ye, too, shall be revered while others fill your place. Nor is there a jewel however bright, or glorious secret, which, in the transit of the ages, ye shall not lay bare before the enraptured gaze of rescued, rejoicing humanity.” H. M. C. THE CHURCH OF THE FUTURE.
“Much has been said and written about the church of the future ; but it is here present, it is also now. The church invisible has no distinction of sect or nation. Its members are everywhere. Unpaid, as far as material rewards are concerned, they work for the common weal. This church exists in the east, it exists in the west, it knows no distinction of north or south. It acknowledges all peoples, celebrates its services in every tongue. The orisons of the faithful ascend from every clime. Its members hear betimes of each other, sometimes by what they do, sometimes also by what they suffer. They perchance know each other when they meet. Worshippers of one true God, they do not malign opponents, or seek to consign them to moral perdition
and social death. Members, too, abound in all the churches, but all the churches are not members. The church of the future, the invisible, the universal church, is increasing, must increase, for it comprises the right thinkers and well-doers at once of earth and heaven.”—Ibid.
GREAT THINKERS. “Great thinkers are the very salt and glory of the earth, rescue it from spiritual despotism, the tyranny of unreasoning, prescriptive, thought;—in a word, spiritual slavery and the idolatry of days and forms. According to their measure, they are a continual inculcation of goodness, and holiness, and truth, the very children of light and of the sun. Regardless of material interests merely, they realize a higher life, the poetry of life, life and poetry together ; Innumerous spirits who sun themselves Outside of time. For on them, and such as they, plays the very air of heaven, the divine afflatus which comes we know not whence, and goes we know not whither."'-Ibid.
Literary Notices .
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THE REVIEWER'S CANON
EPIPHANY, LENT, AND EASTER: A Selection of Sermons preached in
St. Michael's Church, Chester Square, London, from January to April, 1860. By CHARLES JOAN VAUGHAN, D.D., Chaplain in Ordinary to the Queen, and late Head Master of Harrow School. Macmillan and Co.
DR. VAUGHAN is one of the most remarkable men of the day. A few month's ago, on Dr. Murray's death, he declined the bishopric of Rochester;—an act of heroism to which hardly more than one in a century is equal. Perhaps he felt that the duties of a country parson would be more to his taste. At any rate, there can be no doubt of his thorough fitness for his present position as Vicar of Doncaster. Besides, the office of Rural Dean, involving contact with, and inspection of, a large body of the clergy in the diocese of York, affords perhaps almost as much influence as some bishoprics. It ought to be matter of thankfulness, not only to Dr. Vaughan's fellow Churchmen, but to the members of every other Christian community, that a man of his distinguished attainments, as a scholar and a Divine, of vigorous and symmetrical intellect, large experience and consequent sagacity, and, above all, of the sweetest piety, should afford a proof in his own person, that his countrymen can recognize sterling worth.
In the preface to his edition of the Epistle to the Romans, Dr. Vaughan speaks of the marvellous result of forgetting for the time what you have read in the way of comment ; when you take up the Greek Testament, new, yet natural, meanings, present themselves, the moment that the theological spectacles are taken off, and you look at the text merely with the eyes of scholarship and common sense. In this spirit of scientific liberty are all his expositions accomplished. The present discourses are expository, and we have never known a clergyman who has better surmounted the difficulties of this way of preaching. These expositions are scholarly and thorough, they are lucid and popular, they are made the natural sources of appeals to the conscience and affections. Dr. Vaughan has largely varied from the authorized version ; not only where the latter was faulty, but also for the sake of novelty of impression. We cordially recommend these discourses, as well adapted for the theological student, to give him many a valuable exegetical hint ; for the preacher, to serve as almost perfect models; and for the private Christian, for their tendency to elevate, strengthen, and refine. BIBLICAL ANTIQUITIES. By JOHN JAHN, D.D. Late Professor of
the Oriental Languages, of Biblical Antiquities and Theology, in the University of Vienna. Translated from the Latin, with additions and corrections. By Thos. C. UPHAM, Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy ; and of the Hebrew Language in Bow
doin College, U. S. Reprinted from the third American Edition. THE ANTIQUITIES OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH, Translated and
compiled from the works of Augusti ; with numerous additions from Rheinwald, Siegel, and others. By the Rev. LYMAN COLEMAN. Reprinted from the American Edition of 1841.
NOTES, CRITICAL AND PRACTICAL, on the Books of Joshua and
Judges, designed as a general help to Biblical Reading and Instruction. By GEORGE Bush, Professor of Hebrew and Oriental Literature, New York University. Reprinted from the American Edition. Ward and Co.
THE public are greatly indebted to the enterprising firm of Ward and Co. for these convenient and handsome editions of very valuable works. The book which stands first on our list has been too long known to need any description or recommendation. The name of Jahn is so identified with the subject treated of, that even in the present advanced state of the science, his admirable work is still indispensable.
Augusti is a high authority in Germany for Christian Antiquities; and Mr. Coleman has also availed himself of the help of Rheinwald and Siegel, and of the English Bingham. He has, moreover, largely compared his own book with Riddle's Manual, which is an abridged translation from Augusti. We cordially commend Mr. Coleman's compilation, as a useful and portable store of trustworthy information on a most important and interesting, though too much neglected, subject.
PROFESSOR Bush's annotatory writings are honorably distinguished, by real scholarship and originality, and by the absence of irrelevant matter, from some others bearing similar titles. To the student who knows how to use commentaries with discrimination, the present work, as well as “ Notes on Genesis,” by the same author, is able to render very valuable assistance. Without professing agreement with all the expositions, we yet commend the book as the result of able, independent, and honest, investigation.
COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL OF St. John. By DR. AUGUSTUS
THOLUCK. Translated from the last German Edition, Edinburgh :
T. & T. Clark THE Evangelist John has been called the Plato of the inspired circle, and no mind but one of platonic type will ever succeed in fairly and fully representing his meaning. We know of no Biblical critic, ancient or modern, possessing the necessary scholarship, that approaches this type so nearly as Dr. Tholuck. He is profoundly meditative; his intuitions are remarkably clear and strong, bringing him face to face with eternal truth ; his insight into the spiritual nature of man and the moral significance of things is clear and far-reaching; his sympathies are human and devout ; his soul has a high moral
tone, and strong idealistic tendencies. Added to all this, he is a student of the most earnest kind, and a scholar of the highest order. His acquaintance with Hebrew and its cognate tongues is unusually great.
It is said that he is able to write and converse in a great variety of languages, —as the Latin, Greek, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Persian, and others. The exegetical labors of such a man upon the gospel of St. John must be invaluable. Though he has written commentaries on other portions of the sacred book, none have past through so many editions and found such a wide circle of readers.
LIGHTS OF THE MORNING ; or, Meditations for every day in the
Ecclesiastical Year. From the German of Frederick Arndt, Minister of the Berlin Parochial Church ; with a Preface by the Rev. William C. MAGEE, D.D., Prebendary of Wells, and Minister of Quebec Chapel, London. Advent to Whitsuntide. Bell and Daldy.
The author of this work must not be confounded with John Arndt, the mystic of the sixteenth century, author of “True Christianity;" but is a living Lutheran divine, who worthily bears that honorable
If there remain any who are suspicious of a book because it comes from Germany, even they will probably be quieted by the name of Dr. Magee, regarding it as a sufficient guarantee of sound
The observance of the festivals of the Christian year, is not merely in our view perfectly innocent, but admirably tends to variety and completeness of training. The minister whose subjects are suggested by the well-ordered succession of seasons, is saved from dwelling on favorite doctrines and aspects of truth; his teaching is redeemed from one-sidedness, and obtains variety and wholeness. Meditations and such-like books of devotion are too often weak and sickly. Widely different is the character of the work before us. It is a wholesome closet companion, with profound and practical thought, clothed in graceful imagery and set forth in elegant language. The translator has done his work well, and we trust that the sale of this first portion will be such as to induce him to complete the year.
SOCIAL RELIGION EXEMPLIFIED in an account of the First Settlement
of Christianity in the City of Caerludd. By the Rev. Matthias