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ans have availed themselves to “Men should not suffer luxu. the utmost in every project for ry to prey on the vitals of chari. extending their empire or com. ty, or to waste the funds which merce, and have brought a great enable them to do charitable part of the globe into dependence things. upon either their arts or their “The Character of Christ.” arms. Now the same attain. Rev. Thomas Mutter. ments in science or policy might be employed to good purpose on “When God, of his bounty, the side of religion: and though has bestowed on us an abundance -hitherto subservient to the de. of the good things of life, it is signs of interest or ambition, but a small testimony of ourgratmay we not flatter ourselves, that itude to him to bestow someincon. at last, they shall become noble siderable portion of these in obe. instruments in the hand of God, dience to him to supply the for preparing the world to receive wants of our indigent brethren. the gospel ?"
But the man of a selfish and cold “The Situation of the World at heart goes away sorrowful when the time of Christ's appearance.” this is required of him ; if he A Sermon preached Jan.6, 1750, part with any share of his wealth by William Robertson, D.D. on such an occasion, it is like
tearing away the better part of UNDOUBTEDLY we give of. himself.” fence.... if we exercise the pre- "The man of vanity and os. rogative of Christ as sole law. tentation is, in all his actions giver of the church, by making governed only by worldly cen. the terms of Christian commun. sure and applause: he is at the ion either wider or narrower utmost pains to make his virtues than he has made them.
known, to have his good pro- At the same time we give of. claimed, and to have his reward fence if we claim a right to judge from men.” them that are without. It is an “On kind affection." -John offence against common sense to M Farlan, D.D. expel men from a society to which they never seemed to be. “HOWEVER humbling the relong, and to debar them from flection, it is a fact, that, gener. privileges to which they never ally speaking, those who have had, or pretended to have any power, and those who have none title.”
are actuated by the same princi. "Ministers cautioned against ples; and the difference between giving vffence,” by John Ers. thetwo classes appears, from mul. kine, V. D.
tiplied experiments, to be a mere
ditterence of situation.” "In him [Christ] every other “The Peace of the Grave," quality ministered to goodness : John M'Kenzie. he made all the pomp of power a servant to mercy, and seldom "Tue preparations” [for the or never exerted any showy en. resurrection of Christ]" were dowment, but in order to gratify now.fully formed in both worlds, the impulses of love.”
and all things stood in readiness Voz. II. New Series.
for the moment in which the arm womb of nature, he meets the of the Lord should be revealed. morning of his resurrection. He
Twice had the sun gone down arises a conqueror from the grave; upon the earth, and all, as yet, he returns with blessings from was quiet at the sepulchre. Death the world of spirits; he brings held his sceptre over the Son of salvation to the sons of men. God: still and silent, the hours Never did the returning sun ush. passed on; the guards stood by er in a day so glorious ; it was their post, the rays of the mid- the jubilee of the universe. The night moon gleamed on their morning stars sang together and helmets, and on their spcars : all the sons of God shouted aloud the enemies of Christ exulted in for joy; the Father of mercies their success; the hearts of his looked down from his throne in friends were sunk in desponden. the heavens; with complacency cy and sorrow; the spirits of he beheld his world restored; he glory waited in anxious suspense saw his work that it was good. to behold the event, and wonder. Then did the desert rejoice; the ed at the depths of the ways of face of nature was gladdened God. At length the morning before him, when the blessings star arising in the east, announc. of the Eternal descended as the ed the approach of light : the dew of heaven for the refreshing third day began to dawn upon of the nations. the world, when, on a sudden, 6 Now we know that our the earth trembled to its centre souls are independent of death; and the powers of heaven were and in the same scene we may shaken ; an angel of God de- discover the pledge of God, that scended, the guards shrunk back they shall be again embodied. from the terror of his presence, The desolation which sin introand fell prostrate on the ground: duced into the kingdom of God “his countenance was like light. is destined to meet entire ning, and his raiment was white redress from him who finished as snow." He rolled away the transgression. The revocation stone from the door of the sep- of the doom of death, the reunion ulchre and sat upon it. But of the spiritual substance with who is this that cometh forth its material organ in the glories from the tomb, with died gar- of perfection and immortality, ments from the bed of death ? is that final restitution of all He that is glorious in his appear. things which the majesty of God ance, walking in the greatness seems to require, and of which he of his strength? It is thy Prince, hath given assurance to men, in O Zion ; Christian, it is your that he hath raised Jesus from Lord : He hath trodden the the dead.” . wine-press alone, he hath stained “The Resurrection of Jesus," his raiment with blood; but Thomas Hardy, D.D. now, as the first born from the
REVIEW OF DR. REES' CYCLOPÆDIA, VOL. X. P. 1.
(Continued from page 85.)
The original article CONNECT. and candid writers, endeavor to icur is more correct than arti. pervert the minds of their readers, cles of American geography usu. in those miserable daubings of ally are in this work. Additions character, which they call biog. containing useful information are raphy. It is scarcely necessary made; and the statements are to mention that Lord Shaftesbu. generally accurate. In the ac. ry was an active infidel through count of the courts of law, we his whole life, that he was guilty are informed that the supreme of the vile hypocrisy of profess. court of errors has two stated ing great friendship for christian. sessions annually, viz. on the ity while attempting to over. Tuesdays of the weeks preceding throw it, and that his principles the stated sessions of the General tended to the destruction of all Assembly.” This is incorrect. virtue. Notwithstanding all The supreme court of errors sits this, when his life comes to be but once a year, viz. on the first written for the Biographia Brit. Tuesday of June, after the annica, by a minister of that spring session of the Assembly. gospel on which he had cast sys. It would have been desirable tematic contempt, and when it that more knowledge should have comes to be transcribed and been obtained, and inserted, in abridged for this Cyclopædia by this article ; but if we compare another minister of the same gos. it with what has been inserted pel, nothing is said to warn the on similar su bjects, there is more young of the snares spread for occasion for praise than censure their souls by this artful destroy.
Under the word CONTAGION, er, nothing of the flimsy sophistry the American editors have insert. and glaring contradictions which ed a considerable addition, in he has endeavored to conceal which they attempt to shew that undersplendid language and elab. the yellow fever and the plague orate composition, and nothing are not contagious diseases. They of the guilt attending the man seem to take it to be established who labors to disseminate false. beyond all question, that their hood and error among his fellow theory is correct. We only say, men. On the contrary he is that it would quiet the fears of praised as a disinterested patriot many of our countrymen could and a sincere inquirer after truth they be made to believe in this and virtue. Take as samples doctrine.
the following passages : From the article COOPER, Lord Shaftesbury, though wholly ment, lord ASHLEY” (his title at that
“During the remainder of that Parliaoriginal, we take the liberty of time) “was indefatigable in the promotion citing a few passages, which shew and support of every measure in favor in a clear point of view, how
of liberty, without regard to the person
by whom it was introduced, influenced those who call themselves liberal unquestionably by an attention to the
public good, without feeling the paltry bolster up in fidelity, and to give motives which too frequently actuate currency to the false and hollow political men.”
professions of those, who despise Speaking of a private corres. all true virtue, deny the Lord pondence in which his lordship that bought them, and cast con. had been engaged, and which, tempt on the only system of re. 66 was on that account unfit for ligious truth which can make public view,” the editor says, men comfortable here, or blessed
hereafter. What sort of a Chris. • It nevertheless set his lordship's integrity in the most amiable point of light.”
tian is he, who holds that a de.
clared, active champion of infi. In the account which is given delity, possessed of talents and of his writings we are informed learning, and enjoying all the ad. that,
vantages of a preached gospel,
can yet be “the steady friend of "Lord Shaftesbury's Letter on Enthu
· virtue.” Certainly he agrees siasm was written from excellent motives; that it contains many admirable not with him, who said, “if any remarks, delivered in a neat and lively man love not the Lord Jesus strain, but that it wants precision, con. veys but little information, and contains
Christ, let him
be Anathema some exceptionable passages.”
maran atha.” That our read.
ers may see how contradictory, The same character is given and indefensible the doctrines of of the Essay, in which he at.
Shaftesbury are, we give a sy.
Shafteshur tempts to establish the prepos. povsis of them from Dr. Dwight's terous doctrine that ridicule is Sermons on Infidel Philosophy. the test of truth; and several of Lord Shaftesbury declares, his other works are spoken of in "That the belief of future re. still higher terms of commenda- wards and punishments is nox. tion.
ious to virtue, and takes away In summing up his character all motives to it the editor says,
That the hope of rewards, and "Lord Shaftesbury, in all his works. the fear of punishments, makes shews himself a zealous advocate for lib- virtue mercenary ; erty, the steady friend of virtue, and a That to be influenced by retrue believer in natural religion. He sometimes professed himself a Christian ; waras is aisingen vous but his writings in many parts, render his and faith in the divine mission of Christ very That the hope of reward can. questionable.”
not consist with virtue; and yel, This is just such a character That the hope of rewards as a confirmed in fidel would have not derogatory to virtue, but given, except perhaps he would proof, that we love virtue; have despised the affected prude. That the hope of rewards, au ry of saying, that “his author's the fear of punishments, howe faith in the divine mission of mercenary it may be account Christ was very questionable.” is, in many instances, a 8 We have not room to say all that advantage, security, and might be said with propriety, on port, of virtue; and the blame attached to those who That all obligation to be call themselves Christians, and tuous arises from the advance yet lend all their influence to (i. e. the rewards) of virtue, u
from the disadvantages (i. e. the ought to be received when estab. punishments) of vice :
lished by the magistrate; yet That those are censurable, who He grossly ridicules it, where represent the gospel as a fraud (or it was thus established : imposition ;)
That religion and virtue ap. That he hopes the discourses pear to be so nearly connected, of Dr. Whichcot will reconcile that they are presumed to be in. the enemies of christianity to it, separable companions; and yet and make Christians prize it That atheists often conduct more highly than before ; and so well, as to seem to force us to
That he hopes Christians will be confess them virtuous : secured against the tem per of the That he, who denies a God, irreconcileable enemies of the sets up an opinion against the faith of the gospel; and yet very well being of society, and yet
He represents salvation as a That atheism has no direct ridiculous thing; and insinuates, natural tendency to take away
That Christ was influenced, and a just sense of right and wrong: directed, by deep designs of am. That atheism is greatly defi. bition, and cherished a savage cient in promoting virtue; and zeal and persecuting spirit ; and That the natural tendency of
That the Scriptures were a it is to take away a just sense of mere artful invention to secure a right and wrong.” profitable monopoly (i. e. of sinister advantages to the inven.
VOL. X. P. 2. tors :)
The account given of St. That man is born to religion, Paul's two Epistles to the Cor. piety, and adoration, as well as INTHIANS is selected with great to honor and friendship;
propriety and judgment. The That virtue is not complete pertinency of the topics which the without piety; yet
apostle introduces, and the evi. He labors to make virtue dencewhichthese epistles afford in wholly independent of piety : support of the Christian religion,
That all the warrant for the are very clearlyexhibited Wegive authority of religious symbols this approbation with more readi. (i.e. the institutions of christian ness, as many articles relative to ity) is the authority of the mag. the Scriptures, and the truths they istrate :
contain, are written in a manner That the magistrate is the sole which we are far from approv. judge of religious truth, and of ing. The authors cited are Dod. Revelation :
dridge, Whitby, and Paley. No That miracles are ridiculous; additions are made to the orig. and
inal article. That, if true, they would be Wewere much surprised to find no proof of the truth of Revela. that the article Cotton has re. tion :
ceived no additions whatever That ridicule is the test of from the American editors. On truth; and yet
subjects so interesting to this That ridicule itself must be country, as the cultivation of a brought to the test of reason: staple commodity, it surely is
That the Christian religion not too much to expect that some