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succession of seven strata, men- chosen to be his counsellor and tioned above, might have been song in the house of his pilgrimformed in 700 years. Were we age, and that each succeeding efto go no farther than this, it fort to obscure its light only would certainly be a very suffi- makes it shine with greater cient refutation of the hypoth- splendour. Daily are the vast esis, which requires a period designs which it reveals unfoldof 14000 years, as it overthrows ing before our eyes; and every the principle on which it is such instance proves a fresh arfounded. But we can go far. gument for its truth. And ther; for in digging through the when, at length, the heavens belava which covers Herculaneum, ing on fire, shall be dissolved, seven distinct strata of it have and the elements shall melt with been observed with layers of fervent heat; when nature's fairearth interposed, though we est works shall fall to ruin ; then know for certain, that the whole shall it shine with its native lusis the production of less than tre, and every opposition die be1800 years. Now, as in this in- fore it ; “for the grass witherstance, the number of strata is eth, and the flower fadeth, but exactly the same as in that from the word of our God endureth which the argument we are forever.”

Medicus. examining is deduced, it appears to us to prove in the clearest manner that the latter affords not

FRAGMENTS. the shadow of an objection to the age which scripture assigns to the world.

ANCIENT On the whole, we conceive it may be proved to the satisfaction If we have patience to examof every unprejudiced mind, that ine the authors, who wrote in the there is nothing in the phenom- early centuries, commonly called ena of volcanoes that tends in Fathers, (says a very able and the smallest degree to invalidate candid judge) we shall find things the authority of scripture. Were very valuable. Cyprian has a the other grounds examined, on magnanimity and vehemence rewhich it has been attempted to sembling that of Demosthenes. be proved, that the phenomena We find in Chrysostom, an exof nature and the doctrines of quisite judgment, noble images, revelation are at variance, they and lovely morals. would be found equally unsup- Augustine is both sublime and ported by solid proof, equally popular. He ascends to the highchargeable with partial state- esi principles by the most familment, and unfair deduction, and iar turns. He asks questions. no less repugnant to the maxims He makes his hearers ask him of sound philosophy, than to the questions. He answers. It is a spirit of the religion of Jesus: sort of conversation between him The devout believer in the Bible and his hearers. Comparisons would have the satisfaction to are introduced to dispel doubts. find, that all nature bears testi- Bernard was a prodigy in a mony to that word, which he has barbarous age. There is found






in him sublimity, tenderness, books, which are in it, and to put and vehemence.

aside all those, which may be in. One may well be astonished at jurious to morals or religion. what he finds, beautiful or grand, Whatever it may cost me, I am in the writings of the Fathers, determined to make the sacri. when he considers the ages in fice. I had rather be deprived which they wrote.

of a part of my property, than

consent to lose my soul." Ac. ANECDOTES.

cordingly Father Beauvegard The Triumph of Picty. paid her a visit next day to ex. SOME years before the revolu- amine her books. When he had tion, a lady, who was a bookseller separated the good from the bad, at Paris, attracted by the reputa- she took the latter, and in bis tion of Father Beauvegard, an presence, cast them, one after aneloquent preacher, went to the other, into a great fire she had church of Notredame to hear taken to provide. The him. His discourse was partic, price of the books, thus consumularly levelled against irreligious ed, amounted, it is said, to about books ; and the lady had cause 6000 livres. She made the sacenough to reproach: herself on rifice without regret ; and from that account, having been in the that time endeavoured to sell no habit of selling many publications, books but what might tend to which were contrary to good counteract the evil done by the manners and to religion. Inter- others. Perhaps every one will est had blinded her, as it does admire this example; but few, many others in the same line of we fear, will “ go and do likebusiness : but penetrated by the wise."

Evan. Magsermon, she could no longer dissimulate, that impious and licen

Divine Correction. tious books are a dreadful source An awful instance of divine of poison to the heart; and she correction, of a nature which can. was compelled to acknowledge, not fail to be admonitorily appli-, that those who print or sell

, ed by all who hear of it, was exor contribute to circulate them perienced by a young man in in any way whatever, are so Stamford, on Monday last :many public poisoners, wirom Whilst giving reins to the vehe, God will, one day, call to account mence of his passion, and impi. for the evils they occasion. Im- ously uttering the most blasphepressed with these sentiments, mous expressions, he was by the she went to the preacher, and visitation of Providence suddenly with tears in her eyes she said struck dumb ! Under this alto him, “ You have rendered me fliction, and in a state of mind a great service, by giving me to from remorse and contrition, the see how culpable I have been in most deplorable, the unhappy selling many impious books ; young man has remained ever and I entreat you to finish the since his intemperate and wicked good work you have begun, by behaviour under the infliction of taking the trouble to come to my this signal mark of Divine Prorwarehouse to examine all the idence.

Lond. Par

Review of New Publications.

The use and importance of preach. These truths are quickand power

ing the distinguishing doctrines fal, and sharper than any two-edgof the gospel, illustrated in a ed sword, piercing to the dividing Sermon at the ordination of the asunder of the soul and spirit, and Rev. John Keep to the pastoral of the joints and marrow. By charge of the Congregational preaching these truths in the church in Blandford, Oct. 3, manner recommended by the 1805. By Asahel Hooker, author, the security of guilt is A.M. pastor of the church in alarmed, hypocrisy detected, and Goshen, (Con.) William But- humility encouraged. Jer. Northampton. 1806. Several weighty and impresThe text, John vi. 66–69. sive reflections are subjoined; The doctrine, which the author first, on the dangerous mistake undertakes to illustrate and ap- of those, who think it of little ply, is this; that the characters consequence what sentiments of men are brought to the test, and men embrace ; secondly, on the fairly decided by the distinguishing mistake of those, who think that truths of the gospel. Between nothing should be particularly the title of this sermon, and its urged by ministers, but the duexpress design there appears not ties of morality. a perfect correspondence. The The third reflection is, that title is too extensive, and prom- there is no way in which the min. ises too much. The preacher isters of religion can avoid the does not, as the title leads us to guilt of unfaithfulness, and of exexpect, undertake to show at posing their hearers to the most large, the use and importance of dangerous mistakes, unless they preaching the distinguishing are plain and explicit in fireaching doctrines of the gospel, but only the distinguishing truths of the to show its use and importance gospel. At the close of the rein one particular view, that is, as flection the author makes these a test of character. It is, there- remarks : fore, queried, whether it would

“ Hearers must always judge re. not have better suited the tenour specting the sentiments of those who of the discourse, and the simplic. speak to them in the name of Christ. ity which properly belongs to a by what they say.

If what they title, if this, or something similar say be suited to fatter men's pride, had been substituted; the gospel their vain hopes, it will, with

to quiet their fears, and cherisht a test of character.

many, go down smoothly, and the This important view of the truth of it remain unquestioned. If gospel is ably illustrated by refer- those, to wliom it de. ring to the effect produced by it in to keep back such parts of it, as are

clare all the counsel of God, presume Christ's time and since. The suited to disturb men's security in great point exhibited in the dis- sin, and to subvert their delusive course is highly important. hopes, the consequerrce is too plain to There is in the present state no

be doubted. Those to whom God test of character so effectual, as

hath said, “there is no peace,” will the peculiar truths of the gospel. though destruction be near."

continue to cry peace and safety,


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In the fourth reflection, which were willing to receive for is on the importance of faithfully truth .....but what was true, what preaching the peculiar doctrines of intinite advantage to all, who

was all-important, and what would be of Christ, he says,

should embrace it with the heart. It “ There is no other way for those, was not then to be expected, nor is it who are made watchmen to souls, now, that men, while under the doto be pure from their blood. It is minion of sin, should be pleased with true, this is not the way to please those truths, which are designed to men. It is, however, the only way debase every high look, by realizing to imitate and please Jesus Christ. to them their forlorn state, as sili. St. Paul said, If I yet pleused men, 1 ners, and their absolute dependence should not be the servant of Christ. on God for salvation. And what if

Considering that disrelish for the some, even wlien instructed in meek. truth, which is universally natural to ness, are yet contentious, and do not mankind, it is not to be expected, that obey the truth? Still, “the founda. they should receive it of their own tion of God standeth sure, having this accord. Still the faithful preacluing seal, the Lord knoweth them that are of the gospel ... .. is often ren- his." What if some take offence, dered evectual for convincing them and thus find occasion even for neg. of their sin and misery, and bringing lecting the instituted means of inthem out of darkness into marvellous struction and salvation? Can this be light. . . . . Though the preaching of a reason sufficient for keeping back the cross be foolishness to those who those things, which are of incomparaperish, yet, to all who are saved, it is ble importance to the souls of men the power of God.”

These quotations are not made The objection, that preaching on account of any remarkable offensive doctrines will excite

correctness or elegance in the prejudices against the religion of composition. In tris point of Jesus, the author answers thus ; view the author falls much be

“ If this objection had been worthy low that height, which, ona of regard, would it not have intluenced Jesus Christ in his preaching ?

more public occasion, he lately He did not think it expedient proved himself capable of reachto refrain from telling men the truth, ing. But the passages quoted, because they might thence conceive exhibit a specimen of that plaina a prejudice against his religion ; nor because they would be so displeased

ness and fidelity in the preacher, on that account, as to give no further which are of more worth, than heed to his instructions. He foresaw, the captivating eloquence of a that the truths, which he was about Cicero, and which, at this day, to communicate, would have this effect on many of his hearers. ....

cannot be too frequently inculo Did numbers abuse the fidelity of the

cated. divine Teacher ! It must not be charged to his account, por must like things be charged to the account of A Sermon delivered at the ordines his ministers, who faithfully follow tion of the Rer, William Das his example.

com, to the pastoral care of the “ But suppose it should be farther

First Church in Fitchburg, Oct. objected,.....that this is the way to kindle a spirit of controversy respect

16, 1805. By Rev. ABIEL ing religion, and thence to disturb HOLMES, d.d. pastor of the the order and peace of society? The First Church in Cambridge. answer is easy. It is admitted, that Cambridge. W. Hilliard. the doctrines of Christ may be an occasion of this. They were such, to display the influence of “gera

The object of the preacher is when dispensed by one, who spake as never man spake.....He did not, how tleness" on a Christian minister, ever, make it a rule, to consult what and to recommend it. The disa


course is founded on the follow. arclous to the souls of his hearers.” ing words of the apostle, We Page 8. were gentle among you, even as a

The CHARGE by the Rev. Mr. nurse cherisheth her children, 1

CUSHING of Waltham, is seriThess. ii. 7. The preacher first ous, impressive, and evangelical. describes gentleness, and then

“Let it be your first care,” says considers its influence on a Chris

this reverend father, “ that you tian minister, and observes, that personally have felt the power of it will be visible in his discours- gospel truths, that you may es, in his discipline, and in his

effectually recommend entire conduct.

them to others.” To recommend this Christian

The Right HAND OF FELvirtue, he represents it as amia

LOWSHIP was given by the Rev. ble and divine, as of great im

Mr. THAYER of Lancaster. The portance to the success of the first part of this performance ministry, as often enjoined in might easily be mistaken for a the gospel on Christian believers preface to a history of martyrs. in general, and especially on the

Allusions are made to dismal ministers of religion, and as par

times, in a solemn, laboured ticularly exemplified in the con

style. “ The Christian history a duct of Christ and his apostles.

source of lamentation," “ disaf. The sermon closes with the fection,” “asperities,” “uncharitusual addresses. The style is

ableness," " lust of spiritual usurcorrect and handsome, and the pation,” “tyranny,” “ unalienable manner persuasive. That the rights of opinion and

conpreacher does not inculcate that

science,” are words and phrases,

which may give hollow catholicism, that cold


In the rehearted liberality, which equally of the exordium. approves all kinds of faith, ex- maining part, the author has incept the true, which some appro

troduced most of the common priate to themselves, as a sort of place phrases generally used on patent virtue, we infer from the such occasions. general strain of the discourse, and from the following passage in particular.


pir (ariid Gentleness “ought never to in. fringe on that plainness of speech,

Northampton, one on the 30th nor violate that good fidelity, which

of March, the other two on the the care of souls essentially requires.

Annual State Fast, April 4, The moment it sacrifices one impor- 1805. By the Rev. SOLOMON tant truth, or keeps back the least

WILLIAMS, pastor of the part of the counsel of God, it ceases to be a virtue, and becomes a gross

church in Northampton. Northsin. When the fear of man deters a ampton.

William Butler. Christian preacher from selecting a

1805. subject of discourse, which he believes to be important, or from treat- Such occasional sermons, as ing it when selected, according to what he believes to be the true mean.

those now before us, have an ing of the holy scriptures, it bringeth important and salutary influence a snare, dangerous, if not destructive on society. They describe the to his own virtue, and infinitely haz- existing state of things, and Vol. I. No, 11.




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