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virtue in the abstract, than real, representation of the doctrine of existing human beings; while the blessed Trinity, as it lies in Addison presents you with ac- the Bible, and the great and netual men and women ; real, life cessary use that is to be made of figures, compounded of the it in our religion. It is a docfaults and the excellencies, the trine that runs through the wisdom and the weaknesses, the whole of our serious transacfollies and the virtues of human- tions with God, and therefore it ty. By the Avarus, the Eubu- is necessary to be known by men. lus, the Misellus, the Sophror), Without the mediation of the the Zosima, and the Viator of Son and the influences of the Johnson, we are instructed in the Spirit, we can find no way of acsoundest truths, bụt we are not cess to the Father, nor is there struck with any vivid exemplifi. any other hope of his favour cation. We merely hear them, proposed in the gospel. and we hear them with profit; I thought it proper also, to but we do not know them. publish it at this season to let Whéreas, with the members of the world know, that though I the Spectator's club we are ec- have entered into some farther guainted. Johnson's personages inquiries on this divine subject, áre elaborately carved figures, and made humble attempts to that fill the niches of the saloon ; gain clearer ideas of it in order Addison's are the living compa- to vindicate the truth and glory ny which animate it. Johnson's of this sacred article, yet I have have more drapery ; Addison's never changed my belief and more countenance. Johnson's profession of any necessary and gentlemen and ladies, scholars important part of it, as will here and chambermaids, philosophers appear with abundant evidence. and coquettes, all argue syllogis. In this sermon I have followtically, all converse in the same ed the track of no particular academic language ; divide all scheme whatsoever ; but have their sentences into the same represented the sacred three, the triple members, turn every Father, the Son, and the Holy phrase with the same measured Spirit in that light, in which they solemnity, and round every pe. seem to lie most open to the comriod with the same polished mon view of mankind in the word smoothness. Addison's talk of God: and I am glad to find learnedly or lightly, think deep- what I have drawn out in this ly, or prate Alippantly, in exact manner into seventeen proposiconcordance with their character, tions appears so agreeable to the station, and habits of life." general sense of our fathers in
this article, that I don't think DR., Watts' views of THE DOC
any one of these propositions TRINE OF THÉ TRINITY.
would be denied or disputed by
our divines of the last or pres(Extracted from the preface of a col- ent age, who have had the greatume of his sermons, published in est name and
est name and reputation of strict 1721.]
: orthodoxy. The last discourse of all ex- If I may express the subhibits a most plain, and obvious stance of it in a few words, 'tis
this : It seems to me to be plain- prepared, he ascended the pula ly and evidently revealed in pit.“ But who is Paul, or who scripture, That both the Son and is Apollos? Paul may plant, and the Holy Ghost have such a com- Apollos may water ; but it is munion in true and eternal God- God that giveth the increase.”, read, as to have the same names, Praise and prayer being conclud. Alles, attributes and operations as- ed, the discourse began; but cribed to them, which are else- soon the preacher's memory where ascribed to the Father, and was plunged into perfect obli, which belong only to the true vion; and not being in the cusGod; and yet there is such a plain tom of using notes, he in vain. distinction between them, as is suf- endeavoured to proceed : his ficient to support their distinct mind was sealed up as to the subpersonal characters and offices ir ject of discourse ; and he was the great work of our salvation: under the painful necessity of and this is what has generally confessing his inability, and con- . been called the Trinitarian Doc cluded with prayer. The Spirit trine, or the Doctrine of the Three of God was now at work. The Persons and One God.
Deist was led to reflect upon the extraordinary case : he had, on former occasions, experienced
and admired Mr. Tenaant's powREMARKABLE CONVERSION OF A
ers of oratory. From his conDEIST.
cluding prayer on this occasion Not by might, nor by power, but
he found him in vigour of mind.
To what could he trace the sudby my Spirit, saith the Lord.
den dereliction of his powers, The energy of this eternal when entering upon such a disa truth was most forcibly applied course ? Happy man! he was to the heart of the late Rev. W. led to discover in it the finger of Tennant, of America, on the fole God! The joyful change soon lowing remarkable occasion :- reached Mr. Tennant, who, In his neighbourhood resided a doubtless, was deeply humbled professed Deist, a man of consid- and grateful; for he ever after erable attainments as to worldly wards spoke of his dumb sermon wisdom. He often, from what. as the best he ever preached. ever motive, attended the minis
(Evan. Magtry of Mr. Tennant, whose powers as a preacher were of a superior kind: his skill in the scrip
FRAGMENTS, tures being deep, and his style rich, argumentative, and impres
CHRISTIANITY. sive. Learning once the inten- CHRISTIANITY peculiarly tion of the Deist to attend divine consists in the mystery of a Reservice on the following Sabbath, deemer, who by uniting in him. Mr. Tennant most diligently pre- self the divine and human napared for the occasion, by medi. tures, has delivered men from tating upon, and fixing in his the corruption of sin, to reconmind every argument which cile them to God in his divine might work a conviction. Thus person. It therefore instruces
men in these two important such suitable remedies against truths, that there is a God, whom them?
PASCAL. they are capable of knowing and enjoying ; and that there is that corruption in their nature, which de CAIN AND ABEL. renders them unworthy of this blessing. It is of equal impor
[From Bishop Halls Contemplations.] tance to know both the one and It hath heen an old and happy the other of these points. It is danger to be holy; indifferent equally dangerous for man to actions must be careful to avoid know God without the knowl. offence; but I do not care edge of his own misery, and to what devil or what Cain be know his own misery without angry that I do good or receive the knowledge of a Redeemer, good... who can deliver him from it. There was never any nature For one without the other, be- without envy ; every man is ģets either the pride of philo- born a Cain, hating that goodsophers, who know God, but notness in another, which he neg. their own misery; or the de lected in himself. There was spair of Atheists, who know never envy that was not bloody ; their own misery, but know for if it eat not another's heart, nothing of a Redeemer.
it will eat our own; but unless * And thus, as it is equally ne. it is restrained, it will surely feed cessary to man to possess a itself with the blood of others, knowledge of each of these oftimes in act, always in affecprinciples, so is it to be ascribed tion. And that God, who in alone to the mercy of God, that good) accepts the will for the he has been pleased to teach them deed, condemns the deed in evil. to us.' And this is the office of If there be an evil heart, there Christianity, and that in which will be an evil eye ; and if both its peculiar essence consists. ; these, there will be an evil hand.
Let men examine the econo- - How early did martyrdom my of the world on this princi: come into the world! The first ple, and they will see, whether man that died, died for religion ; all things do not tend to estab- who dare measure God's love by lish these two fundamental truths outward events, when he sees of our religion.
wicked Cain standing over bleed. If any one knows not himself ing Abel, whose sacrifice was first to be full of pride, ambition, accepted, and now himself is saconcupiscence, weakness, mise- crificed! ry, and unrighteousness, he is Death was denounced on man blind. And if, knowing this, he as a curse ; yet, behoid it first 'has no desire for deliverance, lights upon a saint: how soon what can be thought of so irra- was it altered by the mercy of tional a man? How then can we that just hand which inflicted it! do otherwise than esteem a re. If death had been evil and life ligion, which so well understands good, Cain had been slain and the defects of mankind ? Or do Abel had survived. Now that it otherwise than wish that relig. begins with him God loves, “ 0 ion may be true, which provides death, where is thy sting!"
- ANECDOTE OF JOHN KEPLER. “ more simple thing, with the let
If any man can, seriously be ters that compose John Kepler's lieve that chance may have con. name, in Greek. He wrote these ducted things with all this regu- ten letters upon ten slips of paper: larity for so many ages, he would these he rolled carefully up, hustdo well to repeat honest Kepler's ling them in a hat, and then drew experiment. John Kepler was them out one by one, to see a plain man of good natural un- whether, in repeated trials, they derstanding, and the best ac- would come out in the required quainted with the structure of order. He continued his experthe universe of any of his day. iment until he was quite tired, He was very unwilling to believe without success. Indeed, accordthat chance had built it, though ing to the best computations I chance had then many zealous can make, chance was not likely advocates, who loudly contended to do right above one time in that the whole honour of the 163,459,296,000. The fortuitous work belonged to that blind di- concourse of atoms has had many vinity. To give the question a a more serious answer, but never fair discussion, he resolved to try had a better one. whether chance could do a much De Stella Nov. in ped. Serp.
We are happy to observe, in almost every part of the Christian world, an increasing attention to the interests of Zion. The General Synod of the Associated Reformed Church in North America have manifested their concern for the Church, and their zeal to furnish well qualified Pastors and Teachers, in the following Act for establishing a Theological Seminary, passed at Philadelphia, June 4, 1805.
“WHEREAS the ministry of re- unruly and vain talkers ; to reconciliation is the great means prove, to rebuke, to exhort, with instituted by the Lord Jesus all long suffering and doctrine and Christ for perfecting his saints, authority ; and to know how they and edifying his body; and, ought to behave themselves in Whereas, he has required in his the house of God, ruling well, word that they who are called to and being ensamples to the this excellent and important flock-And, Whereas, the aforework, be furnished with gifts and said qualifications, since the migraces above those of other be- raculous effusions of the divine lievers ; especially, that they be Spirit. i have "ceased, cannot faithful men; apt to teach; work. be obtained in any other way, than men who need not to be ashamed, by his blessing upon the cultivarightly dividing the word of tion of natural talent, sanctified truth ; wise stewards to give the by his grace ; which cultivation household their portion of meat consists in a good acquaintin due season ; able to convince ance with those various branches gainsayers, to stop the mouths of of literature, which are necessary for understanding, expounding, rality, to suspend a professor defending, and applying all the from the exercise of his funcparts of revealed truth-And, tions, till judgment be definitiveWhereas, seminaries erected for ly given. the special purpose of instructing And the Synod further direct, the rising ministry in things im- That the outline of instruction in mediately connected with their the seminary be as follows : viz. holy vocation, are the most prob. .1. The scriptures themselves able means of attaining the pro- shall be the great subject of posed end, have been cherished study. by the Christian church with 2. The period of study in the much affection from the earliest seminary shall be four years ; ages; and have been remarkably and the session shall continue for owned of God, for the preserva- seven months successively ; that tion of her purity and glory is to say, from the first Monday And, Whereas, the Lord has been of November till the first Mon. graciously pleased to incline the day of June. hearts of Christians, both at home 3 . These four years shall be and abroad, to assist the Associe divided into two cqual parts; and ate Reformed Church in the de- the course of study shall proceed sign of establishing such a sem. as follows : inary: Therefore,
Every student shall begin and The Ministers and Elders in close the day with exercises of general Synod convened, do here- secret devotion ; uniting to pray. by Direct and Ordain,.. er the reading of a portion of
That their seminary be forth... God's word ; and using as a help with established in the city of some book of impressive practiNew-York, for the sole purpose cal religion. In these exercises of preparing for the work of the he is to read the scriptures, not ministry such young men as, hay- as a critic, but as a Christian ; as ing passed through a previous a saved sinner, who knows no course of liberal education, shall other way of peace but that which resolve to consecrate themselves belongs to him in common with to the service of God in the gos- the least of God's redeemed ; pel of his Son.
and who lives by faith, for daily And the Synod further direct, counsel, and strength, and con. That the course of instruction in solation, upon that Saviour, whom said seminary be conducted by a he is afterwards to preach to professor in theology ; to be cho- others. sen by their ballot at all times · Such a portion of every day, hereafter, and to hold his office (the Lord's day excepted) shall and emoluments until removed be devoted to the study of the by a vote of two-thirds of the scriptures in the original tongues, General Synod : which vote shall and of that literature which facil. not pass till a meeting subsequent itates this study, as by a faithful to that at which it shall have been improvement of time, may enaproposed; provided, that this ble the student, at the expiration shall not be construed to impair of his course, to read the originals the power of the Synod, on any with tolerable ease. charge of gross error or immo- The holy scriptures in our