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8 repenting for men; besides, His move all error. My aim has been wn innocence rendered repent- negative and destructive. What ance impossible, for repentance is I have written has been written possible only to the guilty. not to support any theory, but
This theory seems to me scarcely rather to show thoughtful men to deserve any notice at all. Like that the subject of the atonethe others, it requires the separa- ment of Christ requires, on tion of Christ and God. It the part of Christian people, moreover requires the genuine reconsideration. All preceding repentance of an innocent person, theories must be abandoned, which is impossible, and it as- and the whole subject must sumes that for the repentance of be studied de novo. It remains one many others are accepted, for me only to show, by an which seems to me equally absurd. examination of particular texts,
It will be observed by the that the theories referred to are thoughtful reader, that I have unscriptural, to complete the decarefully abstained from pro- monstration of the common errors posing any theory. My object of Evangelical Churches, and to has been to show that the various clear the ground for the positive theories which have been pro- and constructive part of the posed have been erroneous, be- subject.
GALILEO. lieving that the first step in attaining to the truth is to re
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THE REVIEWER'S CANON.
THE GREAT POSSESSION. By RICHARD BELL. London: Wesleyan
Conference Office, City-road. The two truths sought to be established in this volume are, that every human being possesses a soul --& percipient, rational, and voluntary spirit additional to his body; and that the glorious Gospel of Christ imparts to it intelligent satisfaction and hope. These truths, which are confessedly important, lack the charm of freshness. They have been discussed a thousand times, and they are widely acknowledged, yet they are so vital to every buman being that they cannot be urged with too much frequency and force upon the attention of men. The work is divided into six chapters, the subjects of which are—the exisence, nature, greatness, aspirations, immortality, perfectibility, and claims of the human soul. Under these various heads a very large number of subjects is embraced. The opinions of some of our abler philosophers and theological writers are examined in their relation to the subjects discussed, and the examination shows in keenness and breadth of soul that the author is a match for some of our highest thinkers. The book abounds with profound thoughts, vigorously erpressed. The spirit is at once scientific and Christian. The late eminent Sir C. B. Brodie urged the printing of this work, and expressed his approval of the treatment of the subject. We endorse his opinion, and heartily commend the volume to all who desire to see the greatest truths discussed by a Christian philosopher.
SHORT ARGUMENTS ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM. By B. C. YourQ.
London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster-row, E.C. PRE-MILLENARIANISM and Ritualism : which are the greater evils in connection with Christianity? The former prevails amongst what are called the “ Evangelicals” in the Church, the latter amongst the "Tractarian" section. But the former is not confined to the Episcopal Church ; it is co-extensive with Plymouth Brethrenism. It is gaining ground even amongst Nonconformist ministers. For ourselves, we are not only deeply convinced of its unscripturalness, but of its baneful influence. Like Ritualism, it grows amongst the sensuous in religion, and, therefore, we fear that arguments, however cogent and conclusive, will do but little execution amongst its yotaries. However, such works as the one before us, demonstrating that the coming of Christ will not be pre-millennial, and that His reign on earth will not be personal, we heartily welcome as antidotes to a pernicious popular
The work is evidently written by one who has earnestly and diligently studied the question, and has attained strong convictions as to the unscripturalness of the doctrine against which he sets his arguments.
THE COMPLETE Works or Thomas Brooks. Edited, and with Memoir.
By Rev. ALEXANDER GROSART. Vol. V. Edinburgh : James
Nichol. London: James Nisbet and Co. HERE is a fifth volume from Brooks, whom we regard as one of the best of the old divines. We have already frequently referred to him and commended his works. Those old preachers said about their contemporary brethren what would be pronounced most uncharitable for modern preachers to say. Here, for example, is a specimen. "Some preachers in our day are like Heraclitus, who was called the dark doctor, because he affected dark speeches, so they affect sublime notions, obscure expressions, uncouth phrases, making plain truths difficult, and easy truths hard, &c. They darken counsel by words without knowledge.' Job xxxviii. 2. Men of abstract conceits and wise speculations are but wise fools ; like the lark that soareth on high, peering and peering, but at last falleth into the net of the fowler. Such persons commonly are as censorious as they are curious and do Christ and his Church but very little service in this world.”
AN EXPOSITION. With Notes Unfolded and Applied on John xviii.
By GEORGE Newton. Edinburgh : James Nichol. London:
James Nisbet. The author of this volume was born in Devonshire, 1602, entered Exeter College, Oxford, 1616, took his degree of M.A., 1624, and was ordained by Laud, then Bishop of Bath and Wells, to the perpetual curacy of Hill Bishop. Upon the breaking out of the rebellion, he sided with the Presbyterians, and in 1662 was numbered twenty-three among the ejected. He died in 1681, and was buried in the chancel of his older church in Taunton. Calamy says cf him that his preaching was plain, practical, and successful, and that he was eminent for his meekness and prudence. He was by no means an eminent man in comparison with some of the Puritans. This exposition does not appear to us to have much value.
The PREACHER'S COUNSELLOR. By ATHANASE COQUEREL. Translated
by the Rev. R. A. BERTRAM. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Pater
noster-row. The author of this work is one of the most eloquent pulpit orators of this century. Whilst we reject some of his theological opinions we thankfully accept most of his homiletic rules. The work treats of a large variety of subjects in connection with preachers and preaching. It exposes many of those vices and absurdities connected with the pulpit which have tended wondrously to degrade the institution in the estimation of thinking men. It points cut the path by which a pulpit excellence may be reached. It abounds with many striking anecdotes bearing on the subject. It is in every way a work worthy the thoughtful perusal of preachers.
WORDS OF COMFORT POR PARENTS BEREAVED OF LITTLE CHILDREN.
Edited by WILLIAM Logan. London: James Nisbet, Berners
Street. This is a work that we have already noticed, and that has reached its third edition. We need scarcely do more than mention that it is composed of a selection of passages from a variety of religious writers, relating to the death of children. Though some of the selections are not, perhaps, of the first-class, yet many are excellent, and admirably adapted to the end intended,
MAN'S RENEWAL. By AUSTIN PHELPS. Alexander Straban, 56,
Ludgate Hill, London. This work is composed of four chapters, the subjects of which are conversion, its nature-regeneration, the work of God-truth, the instrument of regeneration-responsibility, as related to sovereignty in the new birth; and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We consider that the work of Dr. Anderson on “Regeneration," is one of the best in our language on the subject, and the one before us does not seem in any way inferior. It is an admirable production. Its exposition of the subject, whilst it agrees with the teaching of Scriptture, chimes with the voice of philosophy and experience, and the author is serious in conviction, strong in argument, succinct in phrase.
LECTURES ON THE Book of REVELATION. By John Brown, B.A.
London: Pitman, 20, Paternoster Rov. We have been long waiting for a work on the book of Revelation of a thoroughly practical character—a book stripping the Apocalypse of all its imagery, and laying bare those great principles that are true to man everywhere, and for ever. Such a work has not yet come into our hands. The one before us approaches it as nearly as any one we have seen.
The work has much good thought in it, and the writing is clear and strong: REASON AND RELIGION. By R. E. HOOPPELL, M.A., F.R.A.S.
London: William Macintosh, 24, Paternoster Row. This is a course of seventeen short lectures on what are called the leading doctrines of Christianity. Many of the difficulties which the thoughtful reader of the Bible experiences in his endeavours to believe in some of its leading doctrines, are obviated in these discourses. The work is thoughtful, plain, and practical—an admirable volume to put into the hands of young converts.
OUT OF HARNESS. By THOMAS GUTHRIE, D.D. Alexander Strahan,
66, Ludgate Hill, London. This book is a republication of articles that appeared in the “Sunday Magazine," and, therefore, its contents must be familiar to most of our readers. They are well worth working into a permanent volume. The illustrious author does not require us either to characterize his style, or commend his productions. The heart of a Christian philanthropist beats in every sentence, and the rays of genius flash on every page.
CONCERING THE COLLECTION, By JOHN CRAPs. London: Elliot Stock. This letter contains many admirable remarks as to the duty and mode of contributing to the cause of philanthropy and religion.
"That, in the dispensation of the fulness of times, he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth."--Ephes. i. 10.
HERE are many subjects of grand and engrossing interest in our text.
I. THE CRISIS OF THE UNIVERSE.—The ex
pression, “the fulness of time," and its equivalents, occur more than once in Scripture. Its meaning is sufficiently obvious. It appears to refer to the climax or culmination of a particular cycle in the providence of God, and is applied by way of pre-eminence to the consummation of the Redemptive scheme by the coming of Christ Jesus in the flesh-made of a woman, made under the law.
But as in the physical arrangements of the universe there are primary and secondary revolutions, each complete in itself, yet all contributing to the grander development of one majestic system—“cycle on epicycle, orb on orb"—so in the mysterious scheme of God's providence, there seems to be a wheel in the middle of a wheel, a planetary and solar economy, so to speak, in the moral government of the world. The period referred to in our text, we conceive to be the