« AnteriorContinuar »
(P. 671.) The Warden had put forth and when we read his frequent disà low church view of baptism ; the claimers of the imputations of heresy Puseyite antagonist prints in oppo- cast on him by his Popish enemies, site columns the Warden's words and we are at no loss to understand the the words of the Prayer Book, which secret of this cabal. Had Dr. Hampclearly enough prove that the War- den been a high church clergyman or den had forgotten his Prayer Book, a Tory, he might have propounded and rested too much on the Scriptures. tenfold worse sentiments than those The “holy rite of confirmation” is with which his enemies pretend to be declared "to be a means of strength offended, and no tongue in Oxford ening the candidates with the Holy would have stirred against him. We Ghost, the Comforter, although the do not defend Dr. Hampden's theogift of the Holy Ghost in regenera- logy; it does not by any means contion, and remission of sins, is in bap- tain clear views of the gospel ; but in tism.” One sentence in this paper this respect it is only on a par with deserves especial notice. “I reserve,” the theology of a very large majority says the writer, “what I have to offer
of the clergy; and we see clearly, that on the necessity of tradition for the if he ought to be put out of the synareception by the church of the usage gogue for unsound doctrine, then, by of infant baptism, till my next letter,”! the same rule, the clergy ought also a letter which will probably contain to be excommunicated, not merely a some cogent arguments against the few here and there, but in large evangelical clergy who deny tradition, crowds all over the kingdom. as it is certain that “the usage of The annual nomination of the select infant baptism” rests entirely on tra- preachers at Oxford having just been dition.
made, the Regius Professor of divinity has sent in to the Vice Chancellor
of the University the following proOXFORD
test against such minutes :Whilst the divines of the Oxford School are with impunity introducing
“ To the Rev. the Vice-Chancellor. popery, restoring the invocation of
“ Mr. Vice-Chancellor, As the the saints and of the Virgin Mary, Queen's Professor of Divinity in this converting the Lord's Supper into a University, I feel myself, out of duty sacrifice to be performed by priests, to her Majesty, and a just sense of my acknowledging that Rome is the own liberty as an Englishman, obliged mother of the Church of England, once more and finally to protest against reducing the operations of the Holy the statute of May, 1836; by which, Spirit within the compass of a cere- under cover of an enactment for the mony to be performed by priests over good of this University, I have been infants, inventing new dresses for deprived of certain rights attached to priests, and new decorations for altars my office, without any legal grounds and churches, they still continue their for such proceeding, either in the conpolitical war (for it is nothing else) stitution of the University or in the against Dr. Hampden, and after three laws of the land ; without precedent, years' caballing, are still endeavouring and without even those forms of into oust, or to annoy that illustrious quiry which the laws exact for the scholar. We do not the least allow humblest individual. that it is a religious question ; it is, " I do accordingly, once more, soindeed, carried on “in Nomine Do- lemnly protest against that statute.
I mini," and clergymen are the actors further subjoin the reasons alleged on in it; but when we consider the theo
a former occasion, against the nomilogy of Dr. Hampden's opponents, nation of select preachers under that
THE REGIUS PROFESSOR.
MONUMENT TO THE MARTYRS AT
statute; together with the opinion of counsel against its legality.
“1. Because that nomination has been made without my presence or
Extract from the Prospectus : concurrence : whereas, by the statute
“ It is proposed to erect in Oxford, in establishing the select preachers, the
perpetual memory of Cranmer, Ridley, Regius Professor of Divinity is con
and Latimer, a church with a tower, stituted a member of the board by
surmounted by a balustrade, formed of which they are to be nominated.
the words Cranmer, Ridley, Lati“ 2. Because the statute of 1836,
mer ---Martyrs; and a window of depriving the Regius Professor of his painted glass, representing, in different place in that board, is illegal; as trans
compartments, the trial and martyrgressing the royal charter accepted by
dom of those devoted witnesses of the the university in 1836; and is also in truth. It is proposed that this church violation of the oath by which mem
should be built in the parish of St. bers of the university are bound to the
Ebbe, wherein there is a great demand maintenance of that charter.
for increased church-room,—the pre“ 3. Because the rights of my office
sent church containing only 700 perhave been violently infringed by such
sons, and the population being already a nomination.
and reasonably expected, in “ 4. Because, if even it were in the consequence of new houses lately power of the University to inflict a
erected, to amount to
• ; so that, penalty on the Regius Professor of
though the curate of this parish is enDivinity, such penalty could not be gaged in promoting the increase of legally inflicted, except for misconduct
church-accommodation there, when he in his office.
has accomplished the erection of even “ 5. Because a privilegium, or a law
a very capacious church, there will reagainst an individual, is contrary to the
main many hundreds of Christians principle of all law.
destitute of access to public worship in “ 6. Because it is my bounden duty
their own parish.” to guard the prerogative of the Crown,
The idea of erecting a monument, so far as my office is concerned, from
to the martyrs at Oxford has much to diminution or disrespect; and it is evi
recommend it. How that idea should dent that the Queen's Majesty has
be executed is another question. Here, been insulted in an insult to her pro
however, we would only notice the cufessor. B. B. HAMPDEN,
rious statement of the prospectus :-
1. It is taken for granted that every Regius Professor of Divinity.”
individual of the parish, man, woman, Christ-Church, Oxford,
and child, ought to go to church ; and Nov. 28, 1838.
that every individual wishes it. The
estimate is made from the whole popu" We think the statute of 1836 is
lation; and just as many hundreds or illegal, as violating the restrictions im
thousands as the population may happosed by the Laudian Code, and as
pen to exceed the number of sittings passed by the assumption and exercise
in the parish church, so many hunof a power which has not been con
dreds or thousands are supposed to be ceded to the University.
destitute of any means of worshipping (Signed) J. Campbell.
God. 2. It is taken for granted that STEPHEN LUSHINGTON. all the parishioners, men, women, and WM. WINSTANLEY HALL." children, are
66 Christians.” Parish
baptism has made them Christians, and Temple, Dec. 17, 1836.
they are so reputed in the Prayer Book. 3. It is taken for granted that
no place or places for worshipping These, however, are the matters that God, excepting churches, can be taken trouble Dr. Hook's mind. In a serinto any calculation where the Chris- mon preached by that clergyman, at a tian religion is concerned. Dissenting visitation of the Bishop of Ripon, and chapels are supposed to be not existing: lately published, we find the following they do not offer any access to “ the passage. • Many other innovations people for worshipping God.”
might easily be pointed out, such as This is continually the language of the prevailing practice for the ministhe Church of England. Now, it so ters to turn in prayer to the people. happens that in the parish of St. Ebbe In the days of the reformers, and for is Mr. Bulteel's chapel ; in which there some time after, the minister turned are collected every Sabbath morning from the people in prayer, to them in and evening at least 700 persons, hear- exhortation; so that, even by his acing the Gospel well and truly preached. tion, the people could distinguish beMoreover, there is in his chapel con- tween his address to them, and his adgregated for worshipping God a visible dress for them, and with them. They church of Christ, separated from the were continually reminded, by outward world, and joined in church fellowship. circumstances, of the holy duty in But this there is not in the parish which they ought to be engaged. The church; nor can there be. Not if they innovation in this respect has likewise were to build ten new churches, could led to another, in that unsightly nothey produce by them a church of velty, a second pulpit; which is now Christians.
adopted in some sanctuaries, instead
Among omissions, we may note that
the people (in consequence, perhaps,
of the former innovation) too generally The anxieties of the apostles were con- sit instead of kneeling at prayer, and cerning spiritual things. They were seldom bow at the name of Jesus ; anxious that the sincere word of God whilst, in some places, we find that the should be fully and clearly set forth; clergy no longer say the communion that Christians should fight the good service standing at the communion fight of faith, and lay hold on eternal table; and the table is deprived of the life, to which they had been called, candlesticks with which it is directed and had witnessed a good profession it should be adorned. Anthems are before many witnesses; that, under frequently discontinued, even in places the weight of afflictions, they should where they sing; except when there not be wearied nor faint in their minds; is a communion, the offertory and that love should rule amongst the bre- prayer for the church militant are thren ; that the church should be a generally omitted, and several portemple for the Holy Ghost, and that tions of the clerical habiliments have believers should be growing up in fallen into disuse."-(Page 36.) Christ in all things. They were not Amidst this superstitious nonsense, troubled about such questions as these: one expression should be noticed. Dr. The proper posture for the minister to Hook says that the clergyman, when assume in prayer—whether he should he is addressing God for the people, turn his face or his back to the people should turn his back from them; and -whether there should be two pulpits that for two reasons : first, the Popish --- whether there should be a faldstool priests do so; secondly, to create an in the sanctuary--whether there should idea that the people cannot pray for be candlesticks on a table—or whe- themselves; but that the priest is, as ther the ministers should wear this or it were, to go to God by himself for that robe, or ornament with their robes. them. Our Lord in heaven does not
VICAR OF LEEDS.
turn his back on his people; neither do we ever find that when he was earth he turned his back on his disciples, when he was interceding for them, or seeking to do them good.
about the machinery of their system, not one word or syllable in which the church of Christ could take the smallest interest.
SCOTTISH EPISCOPAL CHURCH.
STRANGE events are taking place in A GENERAL Synod of “the Scottish Wales. John James, and David Episcopal Church” was held in St. Jones, persons in respectable stations Paul's Chapel, Edinburgh, on Wed- of life, dissenters, but holding the nesday, August 29, 1838. This office of church-warden in their reSynod was divided into two Chambers; spective parishes, have been cast into in the whole, seventeen individuals, prison by a process of the ecclesiastirepresenting the whole church of
cal court, for not attending church. Christ, according to the theory of This extraordinary process has been apostolical succession, within Scot- set on foot at the suit of the clergyland! In the first chamber were six men of the parish, who having a persons, who call themselves bishops; clerical spite against the churchin the second chamber five persons, wardens for being dissenters, have calling themselves deans; and six dele- thus ventured to evoke the dormant gates. They passed several “ Canons," spirit of persecution, which, for many all characteristic, but one especially years, has been slumbering in the
ecclesiastical courts. In these days, Canon xxviii. On the uniformity it seems to be a hazardous experiment to be observed in public worship. As of sacerdotal malignity, thus to bid in all the ordinary parts of divine defiance, as it were, to the popular service, it is necessary to fix by autho- antipathy, and to go out of the way to rity the precise form, from which no provoke the enemies of the church, bishop, presbyter, or deacon, shall be who certainly are neither weak, nor at liberty to depart, by his own altera- few in number. What may be the tions or insertions, lest such liberty result of this outrage it may be diffishould produce consequences destruc- cult to predict. One evil, however, tive of decency and order, it is hereby will result from it, and that not a enacted, that in the performance of small one. It will offer a popular morning and evening service, the argument in justification of the new words and rubrical directions of the “ Association for the promotion of English service shall be strictly
shall be strictly Religious Equality,” which may have adhered to; and it is further decreed, attractions for a politician, but should that if any clergyman shall officiate, have none for a humble Christian. or preach, in any place publicly, with- At Sheffield, on Wednesday, Noout using the liturgy at all, he shall, vember 21, Mount Zion Chapel was for the first offence, be admonished re-opened by the Rev. John Thorpe, by the bishop; and if he persevere in and the report of that event, as given his uncanonical practice, shall be sus- in the Sheffield Independent, seems to pended, until, after due contrition, he so instructive, that we think it be restored to the exercise of his
proper to make a few extracts.
The clerical functions. In publicly read- editor of the newspaper says, ing prayers, and administering the to the constellation of talent which sacraments, the surplice shall be used Mr. Thorpe's influence had engaged as the proper sacerdotal vestment. for the occasion, it had been looked
All the “ Canons” of this “ Synod” forward to with much anxiety and were of a similar description—laws delight. On Wednesday morning,
“ Owing Dr. Raffles preached from 1 Tim. i. 15. Dr. Raffles, in reply, said, “ Any con• This is a faithful saying,' &c. The ceivable ability in speaking, would be universal testimony of those who inadequate to express the emotions heard the sermon is, that great as the which were striving in his breast at reputation of Dr. Raffles deservedly that moment. The
in which his is as a preacher, they had never reverend friend had done him the known him, even in his happiest honour to introduce his name, and the efforts, to surpass the sermon of the way in which it had been responded morning. In the evening, the Rev. to, had overwhelmed him....yet he Dr. John Harris, author of Mammon, was exceedingly thankful to have preached to a densely crowded con- been permitted to enjoy this day. I gregation, from Heb. iv. 18. Finally, rejoice, Sir, to see you occupying a my brethren, whatsoever things are position in this great and important true,' &c. During the whole of this town, and I hope,' &c..... The Rev. long address, the congregation was J. Thorpe said, “We have a very disfixed in close attention, and it is not tinguished guest, to whom I am sure too much to say, that the sermon that all honour will be paid. There excited unbounded admiration, and is a gentleman present, whose acceptmust have produced solid impressions. ance of our invitation has been in the In the afternoon, the ministers, and highest degree gratifying, since it is about 120 gentlemen, sat down to an unusual thing to be in the presence dinner in the vestry, under the presi- of a man who has in any degree antidency of the Rev. John Thorpe. "The cipated his own immortality. It is whole details of the dinner were commonly said, that a man's works extremely well managed, and did great are not appreciated till he is dead; credit to the purveyor, Mr. Bridge, yet I hope I may say, to the honour Forester's Inn, Division Street. The of human nature, bad as it is, and I wines were supplied by Mr. Wiley, of am not accustomed to be its eulogist, the Haymarket, who, with his usual that sometimes .a contemporaneous liberality, had made a present of the judgment is formed and pronounced, wine required for the ministers' table. which subsequent ages confirm as corThe divine blessing was asked by the rect. The gentleman of whom I Rev. J. Boden.
speak has anticipated and ensured his “Mr. Thorpe, speaking of Dr. own reputation; and when he shall Raffles, said, I remember well the be removed to a higher sphere, all the time when I, a mere stripling, first sentiments of respect and love which listened to his eloquence. I remember belong to him now, will only be estathat the excitement produced by that blished. I beg you to drink the health exhibition drove me almost to the verge of James Montgomery, Esq.' Mr. of insanity. It was the first deep Montgomery's reply was short, modest, impression I ever had of eloquence, and unpretending. Dr. Harris' health and it first awoke in me the passion to was then proposed. 'I remember become a public speaker.
him,' said Mr. Thorpe, a little palepresent at my ordination, and I well faced boy, and the look of tenderness remember the subduing effect of his and interest with which he used to be address to the congregation. He has regarded by one for whom I shall been present at another event in my cherish the most reverential life, of great importance to me; and feelings, who used to say,
66 That lad here he is now the same sound-hearted, will astonish them yet.'
The reply high-minded, and incorruptible English of Dr. Harris contained nothing pargentleman, at my right hand. This ticular. The next "person noticed by morning he has far more than realised the chairman was Mr. William Buntthe brilliant promise of his early days.' ing (Wesleyan Methodist). · There