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three dispensations, and confirm, with irresistible are gument, the sublime doctrine of redeinption.'
THE ECLECTIC Review opens with the ABBE DuBois Letters on the state of Christianity in India. The Abbé Dubois was a Missionary in Mysore. It seems he has given up his mission, and has now published this work, to vindicate the moral and religious character of the Hindoos, and vilify the Protestant missions to that country. A typographical error in one of Mr. WARD's publications, affords him fine scope for exclamation and defamation. Mr. Ward had written in his MS, sent over to England, mothers of females, throwing the children of their vows into the sea,' unfortunately the word mothers was printed millions. Many similar errors will escape the eye of the reviser of the press, and the Editors of periodicals, often working in haste, sometimes smart under them. The Abbé immediately cries out " Good God ! ' millions of females, throwing the children of their vows into the sea,' and doing so in the face of day, under the eyes of a government famed all over the earth for its spirit of humanity, of justice, and benevolence,” &c.; and then proceeds to revile the late revered missionary.
This Abbé published a former work of some size, which he has now perhaps forgotten, and the Reviewer with great propriety just brings the Ex-Dubois, against the Modern One; alias Selp versus Self. He now most modestly asserts, It was reserved for a few enthusiasts, who have of late years made their appear. ance in the country, under the imposing title of reformers, to reverse this pleasing picture, by giving us the most shocking accounts on the subject, and by holding out to our view, the mild and inoffensive Hindoos, as a people wholly polluted by every kind of wickedness; as a race of barbarians sunk into the deepest abyss of ignorance and immorality; as a people far below the most savage nations, and approaching nearer, by their beastly habits and unnatural vices to the brute than the human creation.' Yet from this
same writer, without the testimony of many other writers, not missionaries, the Reviewer has made seventeen extracts, partly from his former and present work, which he concludes with these words, . Such is the Abbé Dubois' own description of the character of the Hindoos: imbecile, stupidly ignorant, cowardly, sensual, improvident, incapable of gratitude. deceitful, addicted to perjury, destitute of either filial or fraternal affection, quarrelsome, abusive, licentious and dissolute to the highest degree, unfeeling, dishonest. proud, given up to a reprobate mind, wicked beyond all the pagan nations of antiquity. This writer is castigated as he justly merils. .We fear that he has not improved his morals by being among the Hindoos, and if his writings are a specimen of his morals, he cannot have improved them. Remarks on Female Education, adapted particularly to the use of Schools, is approved. • The chapter on religious instruction is marked by decision of principle and that sound judgment which is to be obtained only from experience, The whole chapter on Moral Discipline is admirable, and deserving of repeated perusal. “Upon the whole, says the Reviewers,' we have perused the 'Remarks? on the hacknied, but far from exhausted subject of Female Education, with no ordinary satitsfaction, and they have inspired us with a high respeci for the unknown, but very intelligent author. It s a volume which we would particularly recommend to all young persons who are about to engage in the arduous work of tuition, in any of its departments; and we think we may safely add that there is no mother of a family, or mistress of a school, who may not derive some useful hints from the perusal. A Companion of Established and Dissenting Churches. By a Dis. SENTER. Of this it is said that it contains many valuable hints and just sentiments, intermixed with some few things which, the Reviewers think, 'erroneous or exceptionable.' FALCONER's Case of Eurebius is commended. WOODLEY's View of the Scilly Islands, is noticed without any particular recommenda.
tion or censure. Under the head FEMALE RELIGIOUS BIOGRAPHY, is reviewed, Jones's Life of Lady Gle. norchy. BROOKS's Abridgment of Walker's Life of Mrs. Elizabeth Walker. Burder's Pious Women; and A Mother's Portrait. “If Dr. Jones has not acquitted himself of his delicate task quite to our satisfaction, it is not that he has failed to place her Ladyship's character in an instructive light, or that the volume may not be read with profit and advantage. but chiefty that it is much too large. With the second work we have been highly pleased.' Burder's Pious Women, is much improved by some valuable additions, it also needs subtractions and would still bear weeding.' Of the last work little is said in a way of praise or censure,
ON THE RECENT PROSECUTIONS of Persons vending
Books against Christianity. An Address to Deists. By A DISSENTER, 8vo. Pp. 34.
This is a sensible and exceedingly well-written pamphlet, with the whole scope of which we entirely agree, and which we recommend all the advocates of prosecutions for deistical opinions and publications, most seriously and impartially to peruse. We also hope that it will find its way into the hands of many deists whose prejudices against Christianity may have been strengthened by the unscriptural, and consequently unwarrantable, means, which have been employed to suppress the publications of its deistical antagonists. The author argues, - that there is nothing in Christianity which justifies—nothing which even countenances, the interference of the civil power, in defence of its principles.' . It is sufficient to exculpate Christianity from the charge of intolerance, to shew that the New Testament contains nothing to authorize its adherents to inflict punishments on its opposers: but it is expedient to add, that if it says nothing in favour of such a course, it says much against it. To employ secular force for its advancement, is equally inconsistent with the example of Christ, and with his instructions. These assertions are most satisfactorily and ably proved by the writer of this pamphlet, who refers to the example and exhortations of Jesus, the conduct of the Apostles, and the whole tenor of the Gospel in their justification. We are persuaded that such a work as this is more calculated to promote the interests of Christianity, than all the prosecutions that have ever disgraced our country. The author is a dissenter, and therefore writes like one. His dissenting opinions we profess neither to vindicate nor condemn, as these ob jects are foreign to our work, but his arguments on the evils accruing from the late methods to support Christianity have our warmest approbation.
APPEAL from Sense to Faith: a Sermon addressed
to the Teacher's connected with the Hull Sunday School Union, at their Fourth Anniversary; and delivered in the Methodist Chapel, George Yard, on Tuesday, April 1, 1823. By Joseph GILBERT.
This is a valuable discourse on the subject of Sunday School labours, in which the difficulties and encouragements of Teachers are duly weighed. By many cogent arguments, encouraging reflections, and pleasing allusions, the Preacherencourages the Teacher to persevere in his labours, and we think the latter will be well repaid by the purchase of the Sermon.
Hints on the Nature of a Christian CHURCH, and
on the Principles of Dissent; comprised in an Introductory Discourse at the Ordination of THOMAS Hopley, over the Baptist Church at Hemel-Hempstead, on Tuesday, July 8th, 1823. By James HarGREAVES. 8vo. pp. 31,
We are not accustomed to lend our pages to the discussion of subjects on Church Government, but as this work has been forwarded to us for notice, we have given it a perusal, and for those who are Dissenters, it certainly contains some shrewd remarks in defence of their seceding principles,which are, nevertheless,written in a spirit of Christian candour. The concluding part is a specimen of the Author's spirit: