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I deny this as a principle of discussion; yet I will say, that no man loses any thing by giving up that which he cannot honestly retain; and that it is not treachery, but a proof of good generalship, to forsake a field which is too wide to be occupied, and to concentrate your forces at points which can be effectively maintained. As to the charge, that I am setting up the Church above the Scripture, it merely arises from an incapacity in the mind of this writer to perceive the distinction between first in order and first in authority. The tribunal appealed to must needs be greater than the tribunal appealed from: a sentence of confirmation must be of higher authority than that which it confirms, otherwise it would be no confirmation at all. When, therefore, I observed that the doctrine of the first resurrection rests on its being received and taught by the church, and confirmed by Scripture, I was asserting that supremacy of the holy Scriptures which this writer understands me to deny.
NOTICES OF SMALL WORKS ON PROPHECY.
We hope shortly to make room for noticing some of the many small publications on Prophecy which the now wide-spread spirit of inquiry has called forth at present we can only name a few, which treat the subject in a simple and elementary manner, and are therefore fit for general circulation.
"The Signs of the Times" is an excellent cheap tract, and explains all the Prophecies which bear on our own times in a clear and forcible manner.
"Lectures on the Book of the Revelation" are publishing in monthly tracts by the Rev. E. Irving. Four are published, and they give a full interpretation of the Apocalypse in a popular form.
"Another Warning to the Church of England," by the Rev. R. Maunsell, Bristol, is an excellent little volume.
"Christ's speedy Return in Glory," by Mr. Begg of Paisley, is a very good summary of the general bearing of Prophecy; though we differ from him respecting Tyre, and Ezekiel's temple.
There are many sermons and small tracts on single points of interpretation, but which are very valuable: as
"The Lord is at Hand;" proving that the first resurrection will take place at the sounding of the seventh trumpet, Rev. xi. 15. "Enoch's Prophecy; or, Behold, He cometh."
"Two Discourses, by the Rev. C. D. Maitland, Brighton;" proving that the conflagration, 2 Peter iii. 10-13, is confined to the Roman earth, the Idumea of Isa. xxxiv.
"Scriptural Argument for the Second Advent of Messiah before
the Millennium, by W. Cuninghame, Esq." is an excellent dissertation, which appeared first in the Christian Observer, and has since been printed in an appendix to a Critical Examination of Mr. Faber's Calendar of Prophecy; but which, though too learned for popular distribution, we should be glad to see in a separate form, to bind up with the Letters of Basilicus, and the Sermon by a Spiritual Watchman.
These we point out as likely to answer a first inquiry; but we shall endeavour in our next Number to bring under the notice of our readers some of the more enlarged works which have been recently published.
Two Correspondents have suggested the changing of our Quarterly Journal into a Monthly one. We are ready to allow that there are some advantages attending a frequent publication; but we think that they are more than counterbalanced by the precipitation which it always hazards, and in most cases necessarily involves. Under our present arrangements, and with the prospect of still continuing to discuss points of deep Theology, such a change in our period of publication is impossible: but we think there may be room also for a Monthly Publication, in which Prophecy and Theology may be treated in a lighter and more popular form; and we shall take the opinions of our Friends on the practicability of establishing such a Magazine. We request our Correspondents to bear in mind that all Publishers are obliged to give general orders that such letters only be received as are post paid. We should be sorry if forgetfulness of this occasioned us the loss of any communication.
We again repeat our request, that Papers for insertion may be sent early. We begin printing each Number a month before the day of publication, and must arrange its contents before-hand.
The Title and Index to our First Volume shall be given with the next Number.
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