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The defects of all the various denominations.
pressing the opinion, that if there ever is again established one outward form of christianity on this earth, it will be the precise form in which the Episcopal Church at this moment stands before the world. Just so far as she possesses the essential features of the church of Christ she must remain immutable, and no farther.
And I would here submit to the consideration of the reader, whether there be not much wisdom, in the remark of a very good and holy man.*
“If differing denominations of christians are ever brought to strive together for the faith of the gospel, it will be by their first uniting in the government, whatever they may decide it to be, which God has set in his church.”
It is not impossible that after all, this will be the point upon which the whole matter will turn—that when christians are agreed upon this, all other repellencies will give way, and the whole mass will mingle into one consolidated body. It is not impossible but this, at last, will prove the great principle of attractive affinity, which will draw together and hold in sweet and delightful union, all the integral parts of the now divided church of the Redeemer.
I have no doubt however, if christians are ever thus brought together, all denominations will have to give up something.
A writer who undertakes to account for the existence of different denominations on the ground of utility, remarks:
“ There is room for correction and revision in every denomination, and a fund of practical wisdom among the different sects for each sect to avail itself of, in the improvement of its own system. Hitherto prejudice and self-sufficiency have prevented the inter-communion of experience and practical improvements; and it has been a sufficient reason for not adopting a salutary practice, that it was the peculiarity of some other denomination. But when this foolish and criminal selfishness shall sink and disappear, as the tide of holy love rises in the hearts of christians, each denomination will be as ready to avail itself of the discovery of others, as philosophers now are to avail themselves of each other's discoveries in philosophy and mechanism. And when this shall come, and I trust it is near at hand—then the end which God
Conclusion. saw from the beginning, may begin to disclose itself. Then we may perceive that all his people, in all their different wanderings, have been employed by Heaven to explore different fields, and to bring in, each their treasures of experimental knowledge, to assist in building in the most perfect practical manner, the universal temple in which all nations shall worship God; and happy is that denomination which, in the light of that trying day, does not in some respect suffer loss; and thrice happy that community of christians, which shall bring in, as the result of its researches the greatest amount of gold and silver and precious stones, and the least amount of wood and hay and stubble."*
We have introduced these remarks not for the purpose of adopting the theory of this writer in relation to the design of Heaven, in permitting the various denominations of christians to exist, but to fix the attention of the reader upon this one fact, that if there ever be again on this earth one outward form of christianity it will in all probability be some what different from any that now exists. With all our churches there will doubtless be found some hay, wood and stubble—but if we mistake not, there will be found a large amount of gold and silver and precious stones, in the organization to which we have been directing the attention of the reader in this volume, so large an amount indeed, that in point of essentials, it will continue the same organization.
We must now take leave of the reader. If in this walk about Zion, he has seen any thing to cause him to lift up his heart in gratitude to the Great Builder of Zion's towers and palaces and bulwarks—if he has seen any thing to prompt him to look with kindlier feelings upon the members of the Episcopal Communion, let him TELL IT TO THE GENERATIONS FOLLOWING.
* Spirit of the Pilgrims, vol. 1. p. 350,
THE WORKS OF THOMAS CHALMERS, D. D. and
LL. D. Professor of Theology in the University of Edin. burgh. New Edition, greatly enlarged and improved, from the last Glasgow Edition. I volumes, 12mo. Printed on fine paper
and beautiful large type. The reputation of Dr. Chalmers stands high—too high to be affected by the opinions of ordinary men. As a literary man, and a man of science-as a Christian and Theologian - as a profound thinker and powerful writer--as an expositor of fundamental truth in Divinity and Philosophy, and a practical man in the various departments of Christian labor ; we are much deceived if he has his superior, or in all three respects his equal among the divines of the present age, and of any country. Of his fame as a preacher, no man need speak. Of his skill in divining the truth: of God, and of his power in enforcing it, all men are convinced. Of his metaphysical acumen. and adroitness in defending the truth against “ many adversaries,” his published works furnish the most ample evidence. He is the champion of the Lord's hosts, boldly going forth with the sling and the stone to meet the Goliath of the uncircumcised.”-Boston Recorder.
“ The writings of Chalmers are so well known and appreciated in this country, that it is needless for us to applaud their merits. This edition, it should be noticed, is not a re-print of the author's works already known in this country. His Astronomical and Commercial Discourses have not only been carefully revised, but nearly doubled in number by the addition rf new ones ; his Moral Philosophy is entirely new here ; his Christian Revelation and Natural Theology may be said to be almost new, as they aje re-written and enlarged ; so that the whole series is offered as having peculiar claims on the literary and religious public.”—Presbyterian.
“ Chalmers has attained a reputation enjoyed by no other living theologian. It is an easy thing at the present day to write; it is comparatively easy to write well ; but to write so well upon any subject, however unique, as to elevate oneself above the immonse crowd of competitors for popular approbation, and to stand pre-eminent and conspicuous, is a privilege granted to few. What renders more special and remarkable the distinction in the case of the great Scotch divine, is, that he belongs to a profession, and writes upon subjects not confined to a small and select number Every minister of the Gospel professes to be somewhat of a theologian ; and theology in modern times is more or less intermixed with moral philosophy ; and both philosophers and theologians are all disposed to give their views to the public, whenever by so doing, they have a reasonable prospect of acquiring reputation On this common ground, and surrounded by so many stripped and prepared for the course, the Doctor has distanced rivalry in his own generation, and placed himself alongside of the Owens, the Baxters, and Edwards of the past. ?-Baptist Advocate.
“ An elegant edition of Dr. Chalmers' works, in 7 volumes, has just been issued from the press of Robert Carter, of this city, and will, doubtless, be rapidly bought by the thousands of admirers of that distinguished man in this country. His powers as a writer are well known and appreciated on both sides of the Atlantic. Few men have filled a larger space in the attention of the religious world, and few exert a greater influence at this moment in the church of Scotland during its present struggle against the encroachments of the civil courts We are glad that Mr. Carter is giving the public, works of such sterling value, and we doubt not that he will find in the encouragement he receives, a rich reward." -New-York Observer
's Dr Chalmers' Works --A beautiful edition of the works of this celebrated divine, in 7 thick duodecimo volumes, has just been brought out by Robert Carter, Publisher, ('anal-street, New-York. The boldness of conception, extensive research, vigor of thought, exuberance of fancy, and affluence of language, displayed in the writings of Doctor Chalmers, entitle him to a place among the first writers of the age. His catholicity of feeling, and liberality of views with respect to other denominations, are also well known ; it was hu who said of Methodism, • It is Christianity in earnest.' Hereafter we hope to give a more extended notice of these works.”_ Christian Advocate and Journal
THE CROOK IN THE LOT; or a Display of the Sovereignty
and Wisdom of God in the Afflictions of Men, and the Christian's deportment under them. By the Rev. Thomas Boston. 18mo. pp. 176.
“ Boston is well known as one of the strongest Calvinistic writers, and the volume before us bears the marks of his vigorous mind, and the fruits of his deep and evangelical piety. It is accompanied by a warm recommendation from Rev. Dr. Alexander of Princeton.”-New. York Observer.
“ An excellent volume, written in a truly Christian spirit, and admi. rably adapted to reconcile man to the ways of God It is more than a hundred years since its pious author, who was a Scotch minister, entered into rest ; hut his writings still live to perpetuate his name, and under God, to bless the church. As a present during a season of affliction and trial, this work will be found very appropriate.”—Episcopal Recorder.
“Many will rejoice to meet this new and comely edition of one of the best experimental works ever given to the church For ourselves we love to see the dead thus arising, and to hear their voices addressing this boastful generation in words o. truth and soberness. Though the grave received this man of God more than an hundred years since, it cannot hold him ;--he lives, he speaks, he moves abroad among the habitations of men, doing the work of the Lord. May he find a wel. come at every domestic fireside, and free access to a thousand hearts hitherto barred against the entrance of the God of love !"-Boston
Recorder. OLD HUMPHREY'S OBSERTATIONS. 2d edition. 1 vol. 18no.
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- Biblical Repertory and Princeton Review.
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