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Class III. Scripture. For the Previous Examination, one, Gospel. For the Divinity Examination, 1. Greek. (A) One other Gospel—The Acts of the Apostles—The Epistles to Timothy and Titus. (B) The remainder of the New Testament. 2, Hebrew. (A) The Grammar, and a few easy chapters, or passages selected. (B) Hebrew somewhat more extended, but still confined to specified subjects.
Class IV. Scripture History. (A) Watts’s Scripture History—The Historical parts of the English Bible. (B) Bishop Newton on the Prophecies-Josephi Opera.
Class V. Systematic Divinity. (A) Pearson on the Creed (the text only). (B) Pearson on the Creed, with the Notes.
Class VI. Didactic. (A) Reading the Lessons in Chapel, confined to Students of this standing. Compositions, viz. (1) Analyses of some of our best Sermons. (2) Original Skeletons on a given text. (B) Prizes for the best Exercises, regard being had both to the composition and the delivery.
Class VII. Historical and Controversial. (A) Mosheim's Ecclesiastical History, (Parts)—Burnet on the Articles of the Church of England—Wheatly on the Common Prayer. (B) MosheimBingham's Origines Ecclesiasticæ--Hooker's Ecclesiastical Polity.
Class VIII. Miscellaneous. (B) Turton's Tractatus ex Operibus Patrum Excerpti.-Pp. 29–31. · The fourth of these articles has our most unqualified applause. We always regarded bye-term examinations as an infraction of university principle. The rest, taken in the main, afford a rational and feasible improvement on the present state of Cambridge education. To say that we think them perfect, might be going too far; but their imperfections are not by any means essential to the plan. We have little room for discussion ; else we might dilate on our own doubts, how far the Doctor's List of Books can be “thoroughly read” in three terms. The Hebrew language is absolutely to be learned in that time. The introduction of Hebrew is not only an improvement, but it is an article, the absence of which is a stain on the present system of episcopal examination. But still, Hebrew, with all this mass of other reading, will never be “ thoroughly” acquired in three terms. · We would suggest that the third and fourth volumes of Horne's Introduction, or some parts of that work, be introduced. Indeed, considering the great and solid merit of that valuable book, we do not think the whole of it would be too much to require from a candidate for divinity honours : and the omission of all notice of it in a list of this kind is quite unaccountable. The analysis and synthesis of sermons are very desirable objects ; and ecclesiastical history, neglected and defied in an age of measureless pretension, should certainly be required from the Clergy.
We should add, in justice to our author, since we are unavoidably limited from further extracts, that this Sermon, although apparently confined to a dry (we do not mean uninteresting) point of academical legislation, is not without the grace of eloquence or the power of Christian persuasion. Its style is calculated to attract the reader to weigh seriously the arguments it contains, being such as its author thought worthy, not merely to be advocated in his own behalf before the authoritative assembly of the University, but in the name and in the temple of God. We confidently trust, therefore, that the suggestions it contains will not be overlooked by the body to whom they are addressed; they may not be adopted, but they should not be dismissed unconsidered. A case is made out deserving of examination; and we can scarcely doubt that the University of Cambridge will act upon a maxim which commends itself alike to theologians and philosophers: “ Prove all things : hold fast that which is good.”
The Difficulties of Romanism in respect to Evidence ; or the Peculiarities of the Latin Church evinced to be untenable on the Principles of Legitimate Historical Testimony By GEORGE STANLEY FABER, B. D. Rector of Long Newton, and Prebendary of Salisbury. Second Edition, revised and remoulded. London : Rivingtons. 1830. 8vo. pp. lxviii. 559. 16s.
By this improved edition of his “ Difficulties of Romanism," Mr. Faber has conferred a lasting obligation on the friends of the Protestant Church. It contains the most triumphant refutation which can possibly be conceived, of all the mistatements and misrepresentations of the Bishop of Strasbourg, and his no less scurrilous than indefatigable friend, Mr. Husenbath ; and their allegations from primitive antiquity in favour of the aboriginal Apostolicity of the Romish doctrines and practices are most entirely invalidated or overthrown. The new arrangement which is adopted in the present edition, places the argument in a much more tangible form, than it before exhibited. In the first book, the testi
monies produced by the Romanist party are fully and openly stated, and shewn, without the indication of a single atom of counter-evidence, to be wholly insufficient to substantiate the fact assumed. The second book contains a vast mass of direct testimony against the peculiarities of the Latin Church," which must carry the most satisfactory conviction, to every sober mind, of their utter destitution of Apostolical support. Unless the Bishop and his partisan have more impudence than understanding, we think the question of Historical Evidence in favour of Romanism is settled for ever and a
The Society for Promoting Christian
Knowledge recommended to the support of Churchmen; in a Sermon, preached at Trinity Church, Coventry, on Wednesday, June 9, 1830, and published at the request of the District Committee. By the Rev. Walter F. Hook, M. Å. Chaplain in Ordinary to the King, fc. London : Rivingtons. 1830. 1s.
The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge has a zealous advo
cate in the author of the Sermon sarily lead us to the popish doetrine before us. From Matt. xxviii. 19, 20, of implicit faith ? And in parting he endeavours to prove that it is with our zealous orator we would our duty to “receive whole nations remind him, with the most friendly into covenant with God;" and that intentions, of the impropriety of such “ when they are thus admitted into phrases as the following "a few the privileges of the Church, we are individuals, who CHANCE to be Bito instruct them as to the manner in shops," p. 12.-" so much is PRATED which those privileges are to be used, about the circulation of the Scripand to warn them of the awful dan- tures," p. 14.-"every UNWASHED arger of neglecting so great salvation.” tificer of schism," p. 15. — “right Pp. 6, 7,
reverend lords, and REVEREND ARIf it be admitted, (writes Mr. Hook,)
TIZANS," p. 22.- Looking to these that this is a fair and legitimate interpre
errors, indeed, merely as critics, we tation of our text, we clearly learn from would say that they are blots in it that it is our most bounden duty ... to point of style, and at variance with establish the Church wherever we can. ... the best canons of taste ;-—" Is est And hence too it follows, that where, enim eloquens, qui et humilia subtiliter, as in our country, the Church is esta
et magna graviter, et mediocria remblished, we are called upon by the highest
PERATE potest dicere."* authority that a Christian can possess, to defend its rights, and to maintain its ascendancy, even when the spirits of the
A Familiar and Explanatory Address air are in league with the spirits of the world to subvert it.-P. 7.
to Young, Uninformed and Scrupu
lous Christians, on the Nature and Hence our author's access to the
Design of the Lord's Supper ; with immediate subject before him, is ob
other Doctrinal and Essential Subvious and easy. In recommending
jects. London: Smith and Elder. the Society for Promoting Christian
1830. 12mo. Pp. vii. 204. 4s. Knowledge to the support of Churchmen, it is well observed, that it is
There are no greater enemies to not only “under the superintendence genuine piety and religion, than superof the Archbishops and their suffra stitious dread on the one hand, and gans, in both provinces of the English restless enthusiasm on the other; and Church,” but “ that the Society re in no instance are the baneful effects cognizes their episcopal and diocesan of these opposite evils more manifest, authority.”—P. 12.
than in the different views which are Having thus ascertained that the taken of the sacrament of the Lord's venerable Society, the interests of Supper. While some entirely debar which he is deputed to advocate, will themselves from a participation in the not lead men into schism, Mr. Hook benefits conferred by this holy rite, next proceeds to show the means by from a morbid fear of fancied unwhich it proposes to promote Chris worthiness, there are others who aptian knowledge. He instances the proach the altar with a degree of levity circulation of the Scriptures, - the and self-esteem, which seems to dedistribution of the Book of Common mand, rather than implore, the favour Prayer, and the dispersion of Tracts. of the Almighty, and to depend more
We take this opportunity of thank- upon their own merits, than upon ing Mr. Hook for his seasonable and those of the Redeemer. Any attempt powerful address. But we would therefore to obviate these unhappy ask him whether, denying the right of errors, and to set the nature and the private interpretation to be held by object of the Eucharist in their proper the Church of England (p. 15.) is light, cannot be otherwise than acnot a fearful attack upon that un- ceptable to every true friend of the questionable right of private judgment, Gospel; and with this persuasion, we which is the very foundation of would direct attention to the unpreProtestantism, and does not neces- tending little volume before us. ' Many
* Cicero Proem. lib. i. De Oratore. VOL. XII. NO, IX.
valuable works of preparation for the Lord's Supper are well known, from being in general use, among those who think a frequent communion essential to the support of the Christian character. Here, however, we meet with directions and instructions on the nature and design of the Sacrament, rather than the means of preparation itself; and the sensible tone in which the rite itself is explained, the duty of partaking thereof enforced, and certain collateral considerations laid down, render it peculiarly adapted to those who have any scrupulous misgiving, or unsettled notion, on this all-important service.
The Pilgrim's Progress, with a cor
rected Text, considerably amplified Marginal References, and an Original Life of John Bunyan. By Robert Souther, Esq. LL.D., 8c. fc. &c. London: Murray. 1830. Demy 8vo. 1l. 1s. Royal 8vo. 21. 2s.
Doubtless our readers have looked forward, with pleasing anticipation, for the promised edition of the Pilgrim's Progress by the amiable Laureate; and we are sure they have not been disappointed in any expectation which they have entertained respecting it. No man is better qualified than Dr. Southey to do justice to our old friend Bunyan ; the biography of whom, together with the annexed critique upon his writings, are interesting accompaniments to the volume, and executed in a manner worthy of the author of the “Life of Wesley.” As a frontispiece, is given a beautiful and characteristic portrait of Bunyan; and the volume, which is most delightfully got up, is further embellished with two exquisite engravings from Martin, and numerous vignettes, by Harvey, on wood. Old Bunyan would have stared to see his Pilgrim so fine, but amid all his finery, we recognize an amusing acquaintance, and bid him heartily welcome in his new dress.
A Manual of Christian Faith and
Practice, attempted in Six Discourses, delivered during Lent, 1830, at Southport, Lancashire. By the Rev. Tuomas GarrATT, . A. London : Baldwin and Cradock. 1830. 12mo.
In our number for January last we noticed Mr. Garratt's “ Appeal to Protestants,” and his seasonable farewell sermon to his late parishioners at Wilmslow. We now have much pleasure in introducing him to our readers as an intelligent and vigilant pastor, solicitous to guard his hearers and readers against mistakes in the important doctrines of “ Christian Faith and Practice.” The first four of his Discourses enforce obedience to the moral laws of the Bible on Christian principles, and explain and prac-. tically apply the ten commandments. The fifth discourse shews our need of God's gracious dispensation in Christ, in order to salvation, and the supreme excellence of the divine doctrine of justification by faith; and in the sixth and last, the author considers the love of Christ for his friends, and proves that obedience to the Gospel is the essential testimony of a just claim to that title. Perspicuity of style and the affectionate earnestness of the Christian minister, are happily combined in this unpretending, but highly useful little volume.
A Treatise on Confirmation : with
Practical Discourses applicable to Confirmed Persons. By Thomas WILLIAM LANCASTER, M. A. Vicar of Banbury, and formerly Fellow of Queen's College, Oxford. London: Rivingtons. 1830. 12mo. pp. xxvi. 153. 58.
This little treatise is well calculated to give a right understanding, and to induce an attentive consideration of the important rite of Confirmation. It explains the nature of the office, and the authority of its institution ; refutes the objection which has been raised against it, as being adapted only to Apostolic times, and the gift of the extraordinary influence of the Holy Ghost; enforces the great responsibility of parents and sponsors in
preparing children for the solemniza- ing of Providence, may be enlarged tion of it; and urges upon those, who in proportion to his desire and his partake of the rite, the paramount ability to do good. obligation of performing their part of the Christian covenant, for which, ratified in their own persons, they receive the assistance of divine grace
The Layman's Test of the true Minister by the imposition of hands. To the
of the Church of England. London: treatise itself, the author has sub
Cadell. 1830. 12mo. pp. vii. 56. joined four discourses applicable to
True it is, that one part of the the state of those who have been confirmed.
Clergy, professing to adhere to the They are written in a plain,
doctrine and discipline of the Church unaffected and persuasive style; and
of England, adopt an interpretation of contain much that is useful for the
· the Scriptures diametrically opposite serious reflection of the Christian in
to that which is followed by another ; every stage of his journey through life. We would direct the especial
and it is equally true, that one of these
modes of interpretation must be wrong. attention of our youthful readers to
The struggle between the Calvinist that on the “ Necessity of Early
and the orthodox Churchman, as they Piety.”
are respectively designated, is not a
mere strife of words; and as both lay Twelve Sermons, brief and explanatory.
equal claim to the title of ministers of
the Church of England, it becomes a By the Rev. E.S. APPLEYARD, B. A. late of Caius College, Cambridge.
question of some importance, to decide
between the contending claimants. London: Hatchard. 1830. 12mo.
Now a minister of the Church of pp. xii. 190. Price 4s.
England is obliged, by law, to subAny attempt to be profitable to our scribe to the Thirty-nine Articles, and generation is unquestionably praise the Liturgy; and the severest penalworthy; and, even though it fail in its ties are annexed to the violation of object, must be a source of inward the oaths administered at ordination. satisfaction to the mind. The Ser. By these Articles, therefore, and the mons before us are the production of Liturgical forms and offices, the true a Clergyman, who is prevented by minister must stand or fall; and for ill-health from undertaking the more this purpose, our “ Layman” has laborious duties of his profession; and selected the test of regeneration, as he has published them in the hope connected with the sacrament of Bapof being enabled to do at least some tism, in order to shew that Calvinists good to his fellow-creatures. He are, in point of fact, neither ministers, invites criticism with a view to im- nor members of the Church of Engprovement; and we are happy to be land. From an induction of passages able to award a favourable judgment from the Church Catechism, the Bapof his publication. We do not say that tismal Service, and the Collects, in he is free from faults; but they seem which Baptismal Regeneration is to be the faults of a young writer, recognized and enforced, several inwhich a little more practice and closer ferences are deduced, (p. 34.) which, study will speedily correct. There is together with a note annexed, insomewhat of affectation in his manner, volve the train of argument of his and his theological inquiries have not admirable treatise. been very deep; but withal his ex Both laity and Clergy will be inhortations are energetic, and his appeals terested and instructed by the “ Layforcible, and occasionally pathetic. man's Test;" and we recommend a We wish him better health with un- candid application of it to all who feigned sincerity, and trust that his profess to belong to the venerable and sphere of usefulness, under the bless- Apostolical Communion.