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A Discourse on the Evidences of Revealed Religion, Delivered before the University in Cambridge at the Dudleian Lecture. By W. E. Channing.
In this discourse are considered and answered the objections brought against miracles, and several points of the direct evidence for the truth of christianity are stated with great strength, especially that which relates to the character of its Founder.
A Discourse delivered in the West Church, in Boston, Dec. 31, 1820. By C. Lowell.
This discourse contains a concise account of the first settlers of NewEngland, and a history of the West Church with the character of its ministers. Appended to it are copions notes containing much curious historical illustration.
Sermon at the ordination of Rev. J. Sparks. By W. E. Channing. Seventh Edition. Cambridge.
A Letter to the Editor of the Unitarian Miscellany, in reply to an attack by an anonymous writer in that work, on a late ordination Sermon delivered at Baltimore. By Samuel Miller, author of the Sermon. Baltimore.
This is in reply to an able, animated and severe letter, addressed to Dr. M. upon occasion of a strauge libel upon Unitarianism, introduced into his ordination sermon at Baltimore. It is written with skill and moderation ; but majotaios that nothing but the Calvinistic doctrines of grace is christianity, and consequently that Unitarians are no christians. Besides this the most remarkable thing in the letter is an attempt to prove, that Watts never was a Unitarian, because his hymns and other early publications are Trinitarian. The Dr. does not seem to understand, that it is only asserted his last opinions were Unitarian, and that this of course could not change the complexion of his earlier publications. We took occasion to state this matter clearly in one of our late numbers, and shall probably say a few words more.
A Hebrew Grammar, with a copious Syntax and Praxis. By Moses Stuart : Andover.
Unitarian Miscellany, and Christian Monitor, No. 4. for April. This number contains a very fine article on Dr. Chalmers' character of Sir Isaac Newton. We recommend it to our readers as a masterly exposition, which, taken in connexion with the extracts respecting Newton's theological opinions in this number of the Disciple, must afford the bighest satisfaction to reflecting christians.
The Grand Theme of the Christian Preacher. A Sermon at the Ordination of B. B. Wisner, pastor of the Old South Church, Boston. By L. Woods, D.D. Prof. of Ch. Theol. Andover.
The grand theme of the christian preacher, according to this sermon, is the cross of Christ. When this is preached, the sum of the gospel is preached, and when this is neglected the gospel is not preached at all; there is no christianity in any or all the doctrines of religion without this, and of course no efficacy in their preaching. It is something of a defect in the sermon, we think, that it does not any where tell us what this allimportant doctrine is; no one would be able to discover from it what the author means by preaching the cross of Christ, and therefore it is impossible to judge whether his statements are right or wrong: Only one thing is clear, that all who do not preach this doctrine according to a right understanding of it, publish another gospel, and “hinder, or strive to hinder, the salvation of men.” And yet we are left wholly in the dark as to what this infinitely important doctrine is.
Dispassionate Thoughts on the Subjects and mode of Christian Baptism, in a series of letters. By Jacob Norton, Pastor of the first christian society in Weymouth. Boston. 8vo. pp. 76.
A Pastoral Letter, hy the Bishop of the Eastern Diocese. · Bøs. ton. pp. 68.
An Essay on the Evils of Popular Ignorance. By John Foster, &c. First American edition. Boston. 12mo.
Robert Southey is preparing a History of the Quakers for publication.
CORRESPONDENCE. We have received a long and almost angry " remonstrance" from an unknown friend, to whom we were indebted for the poetical communication in our last number, complaining of the alterations and substitutions which we took the liberty of making in bis piece. Perhaps he will see that some of his auger is causeless and bis ipsinuations unkind, if he will consider, that it is our duty to regard, first of all, the character and reputation of our book, and not, as he clairns, the feelings of an anonymous correspondent. We may be glad to publish a communication, with certain alterations, which we should decline publishing uoless those alterations should be made. If the writer be unknown, we have no alternative but to reject altogether, or change what we think onght to be changed. We do not like the trouble; we would far prefer that the author should do it himself, and where he is koown to us we take it to be his right, and consult bim accordingly. But when he keeps himself concealed, we take it for granted that he gives his writings entirely to us, to use as we pleasė, and we claim the right to reject, or so to alter, if we think needful, as to suit them to our taste. We dever should do this in any case in which the writer bad trusted us with bis name; and therefore there is no ground for proposing to us the example, wbich our friend, we mnst say, has rather unhandsomely and ungenerously done. We say thus inueh, because our correspondent insists that we should bave inade public the rules by which we decide on anonymous coinmunications. We are surprised to find it in a single instance necessary, for we thonght nothing could be better under stood, than, that since authors who conceal their dames shrink from all res. ponsibility, and cast it entirely upon us, it is a matter of justice, that we should have the right of so altering, as to be willing to bear the burden. We do not solicit anonyinous communications ; we do not think them very desirable. It is an arduous and difficult matter to examine and judge of them, and painful oftentimes either to reject or publish them. It bas been our happiness, however, until now, to escape the clamour and reproof of irritated authors; and we hope that our friends will save both them. selves and us the repetition of the pain, by trusting us with their names, that they may be consulted about emendations. We do not pretend to be infallible in taste any more than in theology, and earnestly desire to be saved from bigotry in each. But we certainly will not publish what we believe to be false doctrine, and we will try to correct the faults of the poetry that is sent for insertion. We dare say that our verses may not be very good; they very probably are what our friend is pleased to call them, fanatical and namby pamby; and very likely our readers may discover which three lines we wrote, by this description. We would find no fault with any one who would make them better; but they at least are capa. hle of being understood, and obscurity was the fault which we attempted to remove by the substitution. As for the correetion of grammatical errors. we suppose that is not complained of. We are, however, sorry to have given offence, and regret that we had no private opportunity of replying to that in whicb our readers have no conceru.
NEW SERIES-No. 16.
For May and June, 1821.
MEMOIR OF THE REVEREND ROBERT WALKER.
['The following Memoir of the Rev. Robert Walker, which presents a most
extraordinary picture of frugal worth, and pattern of christian simplicity and industry, is taken from the Notes to Wordsworth's Sonnets on
the river Duddon.] In the year 1709, Robert Walker was born at Under-crag,
Seathwaite; he was the youngest of twelve children. His 9 st brother, who inherited the small family estate, died at Urider-crag, aged ninety-four, being twenty-four years older than the subject of this Memoir, who was born of the same mother. Robert was a sickly infant; and, through his boyhood and youth continuing to be of delicate frame and tender health, it was deemed best, according to the country phrase, to breed him a scholar ; for it was not likely that he would be able to
earn a livelihood by bodily labour. At that period few of these * Dales were furnished with school-houses; the children being
taught to read and write in the chapel ; and in the same consecrated building, where he officiated for so many years both as preacher and schoolmaster, he himself received the rudiments of his education. In his youth he became school-master at Lowes-water; not being called upon, probably, in that situation, to teach more than reading, writing, and arithmetic. But, by the assistance of a “Gentleman” in the neighbourhood, he acquired, at leisure hours, a knowledge of the classics, and became qualified for taking holy orders. Upon his ordination, he had the offer of two curacies; the one, Torver, in the vale of Coniston,--the other, Seathwaite, in his native vale. The va. lue of each was the same, víz, five pounds per annum: but the Nero Series-vol. III.