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mind deeply imbued with that sacred that the blessed cause of christian truth which is from above, and richly missions is highly indebted to the au. stored with that learning and philoso- thor of this admirable work, and that phy which ever attend profound study he deserves the best thanks of the and patient research; and the work christian public. powerfully commends itself alike to the attentive perusal and thoughtful CERTAINTY UNATTAINABLE IN consideration of the scholar, the philosopher, and the Christian. The
Roman Church. A Consideration learned author has himself penetrated bearing upon Secession to Rome. By the deepest abysses of Heathenism, the Rev. M. HOBART SEYMOUR,M.A. and, while he has contrasted with a master - mind the brightness and
8vo. pp. 109. Seeleys. beauty of the truth of Christianity, We have again to welcome a Work with the darkness and deformities of from the pen of Mr. Seymour, affordPaganism, he leads us, independently ing, at this most important juncture, of other and higher considerations, by no slight opposition to the notion that an irresistible chain of evidence and some disordered minds have cherished, argument, to the inevitable conclu- that all in Rome is absolute distinctsion, that the efforts of christianizing ness and infallible perfection. the world cannot fail to be crowned We cannot imagine the man, who, with the most abundant and triumph- desiring in the earnest sincerity of ant success.
his heart to realize the Saviour's pre
cious promise, “ Ye shall find rest for “ If at any time it may be said of ge- your souls,"-rejects the easy yoke nuine Religion, that, like the path of the and light burden of such a blessed just, it shineth more and more until the
Master, to wander in the dreamy perfect day,' it will be upon being contrasted with the several caricatures of tangled in the grievous yoke of bon
mazes and to become hopelessly enspurious systems of belief. Each system of spurious Religion will call forth in dage which he must experience in the genuine Religion such a multiplicity of apostate Church of Rome. Divine excellences, as to create surprise,
Mr. Seymour's book has reached and command the adıniration of every us at too late a period for such a unprejudiced mind. Like a diamond, notice as we could wish to give of its which, by each turn, einits fresh lustre most opportune contents. and a fresh variety of hues and aspects, Mr. Seymour invites “the stragso peculiarly striking in that gem, so gler in the direction of Rome,” to aceach turn of the pearl of great price' is company him into a short but most fraught with fresh glory, which comforts satisfactory examination of the claims and rejoices the very heart, and transports which Rome presents to those who the mind of the beholder ; each monster
seek a Church which shall be “the of a mythology eliciting fresh and un
most definite and certain in all her created beauty in the Religion of Jesus."
teaching of all the Churches of ChrisThe Heathen world is yearning and tendom." Throughout the Work, the panting for “ the truth,” and it is the author strictly confines himself to high privilege of the Christian Church this one question,-Does the Church to publish the glad tidings of the of Rome teach with unshrouded exGospel to the nations that yet sit in plicitness, and unvarying certainty and darkness and under the shadow of agreement upon all or any of the death.
great topics upon which she builds Go forth, we say to the illustrious her clain to catholicity and apostcarmy of christian missionaries, with licity? He examines,- 1. Her claim the assured conviction that your la- to infallibility. 2. The seat of infallibours shall not be in vair., and that bility. 3. The decrees and canons of in due time all the inhabitants of the general councils. 4. The Bulls of the earth shall worship the only true and Popes. 5. The supremacy of the See living God. Nor can we conclude of Rome. 6. Whether Peter was the these few remarks without adding, rock. 7. Whether Peter was Bishop
of Rome. 8. Whether he gave infallible Can nothing be done to divert the certainty to the See of Rome. 9. The eloquent denunciations of this Father rule of faith. 10. Tradition. 11. The Gavazzi into a channel more definite ancient Fathers. 12. The catholic and profitable as well to his Italian rule. 13. The invocation of saints. countrymen, as to the general cause 14. The doctrine of intention. 15. The of Protestantism, than this transient sacramental system. 16. The dogma outburst of indignant oratory against of transubstantiation.
the accumulated sins of the Papacy? In all these sixteen points, involving Cannot our own Church, through its matters, on the assumption of which heads, or rather through its faithful the whole fabric of the Romish super- band of true-hearted clergy and laity, 'stition is built, Mr. Seymour has most -cannot we get hold of this Italian thoroughly proved, that the Church monk and assure him that he follows of Rome, so far from being clear, in- but an idle phantom, if he dreams of disputable, and conclusive, in her cleansing and reforming that Church, teaching, is at perfect variance in all which, pure as it was in apostolic her recognized authorities,— while in times, so that its “faith was spoken of many doctrines and degrees she is ut- throughout the world,” has become the terly self-contradictory and self-con- seat of Antichrist, and the realization demning. It were much to be de- of the foretold “mystery of iniquity ?" sired that wavering Protestants would Gavazzi must read and study the study this exposition of the doctrines Word of God, and he will find there, they must embrace, if they fall away under the soul-enlightening teaching to Kome; it were equally to be of God's Holy Spirit, such an exact wished, that Romanists could be per- description of the very enormities he mitted to read this calm, clear, and inveighs against, and so brought home judicious examination of the actual to the Church of which he appears value to be attached to the authority still to be a member and a priest, that of doctrines, which their priesthood to effect any great and important good compel them to receive as of unani- for his priest-bound country, he must mous catholic agreement and infal- obey the call in the Apocalypse, and, libility.
like Luther, “come out from the
communion which is the enemy of ORATIONS BY FATHER Gavazzi. Fcap. God and the direst foe the Church of
Christ ever had. 8vo. pp. 64. David Bogue.
We can scarcely tell what to gather from these singular productions. The Father Gavazzi appears before his Ita- Hints AND SUGGESTIONS ON lian and English Romanist and Protes- VISION OF THE LITURGY. By the tant audience, in the character of a
Rev. C. H. Davies, M. A., Oxon. Romish monk, eloquently protesting Second Edition. pp. 104. London, against the upheaped errors, crimes,
J. H. Jackson. and enormities of Papal Rome. He represents himself as clinging to the Ryle On RegenERATION. 12mo. principles and simplicity of that Church of which Gregory the Great
Wertheim. pp. 103. was Pontiff; but he utterly dis- Three Lectures delivered before the suades Englishmen from all thoughts of a reconciliation or the slightest
Church Reform Association at Plyconnexion with a Church, for which, mouth, by Messrs. Bennett, Belin its present degraded and apostate LAMY, and Soltau. 3 Tracts. Hall, state, he has the greatest contempt ; Virtue, & Co. and for whose ambitious and impotent Sovereign, and arrogant hier- We place at the head of this notice archy, he can hardly find words the valuable Hints offered by a clergyburning and withering enough to ex- man for the Revision of the Liturgy; press his scorn.
and we are happy to find that a se
cond and an extended edition has the gift, and supports his views by been demanded. Mr. Davies is no quotations from Usher, from Davenant, impetuous and sweeping reformer in the Scotch Confession, and other auChurch matters; his work is based thorities. It is strange that men who upon that wise consideration, that it- hold such correct doctrinal views as
Mr. Ryle, Mr. Goode, and our evan“ Becomes those who are most attached gelicaľ brethren generally, should not to their Church to consider whether they
see, or if they do see, should not at may not, by a little timely change, stem the tide of opposition, and prevent the
once acknowledge, that two things ultimate accomplishment of still greater prevent their explanations from being and more serious changes in our time.
a satisfactory settlement of the queshonoured formularies."
1. The repeated and unanswerable We have not space to follow in detail argument that in a national Establishall the changes which Mr. Davies ment, it is impossible to secure that modestly, and as we think, correctly, discipline, either in the clergy or laity, suggests in the rubrics, the lessons, which shall afford any wide or toleraand in some of the services of the ble security, that those who minister Church. It would not be fair to Mr. or those receiving the baptismal rite, Davies' Work, merely to extract a shall do so in the possession of the portion of the alterations he proposes, required article of faith. without giving it greater length than 2. Supposing the first argument to our pages can at present afford the be put aside, by urging that it is the arguments and facts he abundantly duty of the Church to aim at what supplies, as well in the text of the might be accomplished,- a more perWork, as also in the valuable appen- fect state of discipline,
-even then it dices attached to it. We particularly is impossible to defend the instantacall attention to Appendix A, “ On neous thanksgiving for a spiritual rethe difficulties of the technical term, generation which God may never have * Regeneration,'illustrated by its seven seen fit to bestow. To use the landifferent theological meanings; and guage of a layman writing upon this the five different principles of inter- subject, “ It is ours to pray, to watch, pretation applied to the Office of In- and wait. Let us act here as we do in fant Baptism.” We also wish our other matters where faith and its exreaders to weigh well the contents of ercise are equally concerned-give Appendix B, “Respecting the indis- thanks when we have the evidence of criminate use of the Burial Service.” the bestowal of the blessing sought.”
The alteration of this thanksgiving We turn now to Mr. Ryle's recent prayer, according to the suggestion of Traction Regeneration, the first por- Mr. Davies, would save our evantion of which we read with unmixed gelical brethren from the sad necessity gratification ; but we were sadly dis- of addressing in the pulpits, as " bapappointed with the closing part, in tized infidels,” those for whom in which he labours, as we humbly think, infancy they have thanked God for unsuccessfully and unprofitably, to the bestowal of regenerating grace. reconcile his high and accurate theory It is true they may have their hypoof Regeneration, with the terms and thetical doctrines,--the world does use of the Baptismal Service. In the not accept them: and the vast mause of that term in the prayer and jority of those who bring their chilthanksgiving of the above rite, he, with dren to the font, hear plain words of Mr.Goode, adopts it in the highest spi- unconditional grace bestowed, and ritual sense ; and, with Mr. Goode, they are satisfied. They cannot, if he does so on the hypothetical prin- they would, do as Mr. Ryle has done ciple of the presence of faith and its -explain and understand this depromised result. Where that is abient, claration in the hypothetical sense, notwithstanding that the declaration and as harmonized with the other of bestowal has been made, Mr. Ryle documents of the framers of the unequivocally asserts the absence of service; they hear, accept, and but
too mournfully rest upon what Mr. nett's lecture is especially valuable, Ryle calls isolated portions. Surely, as it gives a remarkably interesting it is the part of those who would have history of our present Book of Comunconverted men to know and feel mon Prayer, with a complete tabular that they must be “born again," to see statement of the alterations the first that our ritual does not give them too book of Edward VI. has received in much ground to believe that that the four revisions of 1552, 1559, 1604, change passed upon them at their 1662; and the lecturer has, as we baptism.
think, made out a sufficient case for
the necessity and safety of a fifth reWho can wonder at a Church Re- vision in our own times. For the form Association in the diocese of tone of Mr. Bennett's lecture, and inExeter? Were we not thoroughly deed as a specimen of the temper of persuaded that the people of England the three, we will just give the folare ardently attached to that Church lowing passage : which the Reformation gave or rather " It may be felt that the very virulence restored to them, we could not have of the disease may paralyze all effort to marvelled if our west-country bre- cure it; that consistently with our sense thren had long ago burst the bonds of the evils already wrought, and of in which Romanizing teaching has others still impending, we can contembeen enthralling them; and in a de- plate nothing short of a sweeping measure
of radical reformation. Let us at once sire to escape from such pestilent evils, rushed into others that they knew not
abate apprehensions on this head. We of. The formation of a Church Re
are earnestly desirous to build up and form Association is infinitely prefer to the defects of our general ecclesiasti.
not to destroy; and though not insensible able to the attempt to establish a Free
cal system, it is our sincere belief, which Church. The body of Christ's Church we hold in common, that the refuges of is quite rent enough with endless superstition in the Book of Common divisions and strife, for us not to Prayer are but few, and that the changes beseech our brethren fervently to sought may be mainly resolved into cases pray for and heartily to strive after of mere omission.
We do desire to see " the peace of Jerusalem.” Those who expunged, a form, a ceremony, or an love the Church which God has order, in itself indifferent, but become a blessed, and is blessing, notwith- snare and an occasion of falling to many. standing that His chastening hand is
We would also desire here and there that npon it, and we doubt not for its puri- the tone of assumption should be exfication,-such,we say, will not aban- changed for the prayer of faith, or the don her for a more fancied perfection
breathings of hope; especially when
mysteries are handled, with which tradielsewhere; but, they must, they will,
tion has more to do than the Scriptures. if they value its stability, labour to
We do wish to see certain ambiguities remove from her those blemishes and
solved by a Protestant interpretation. We abuses which have caused the fiery would wish to see obsolete and anathe. trials which it is enduring,
matizing canons exchanged for rules Amongst the fruits of the Plymouth more intelligible, and less damnatory. Reform Association, we have received But even in matters to which we thus three lectures, delivered we believe generally advert, we disclaim dictation, by laymen, on three important topics, or any minute enuineration of particulars.
- Ist, by Mr. Soltau, on Tractarian- We confess frankly that we are not the ism,—2nd, by Mr. Bennett, on the
men to revise the Liturgy ; we would deRevision of the Liturgy,—and 3rd, by
cline the task on the broad ground of Mr. Bellamy, on the 'Priest of the incompetency; but sir, although we seek Rubric. If these lectures be correct
not, ourselves, to do the work or to no.
minate the workmen, we do claiin, withindications of the working of the Association, we cannot be sufficiently jointly with our fellow subjects, the con
out presumption, I conceive, to be, thankful that our brethren in Ply- stituents of those who may in Parliament mouth should have such faithful and
express to the Crown our fears and our able leaders in the cause of our wants ; and this right we mean to exChurch's truest welfare. Mr. Ben- ercise."
We can only say in conclusion, that This child appears to have been our Protestant Defence Committee made very early the subject of affecwould do well to turn its most serious tionate and prayerful parental soliciattention, not simply to the preserva- tude and discipline; and to have been tion of the doctrines and practices of received as a gift from the Lord, to be the Church of England, as they were nursed and trained for a future inbefore the springing up of the Trac- heritance of glory. tarian heresy, but also to enquire The dear "infant of days,” whose what ought to be done in the way of brief yet sunny existence is recorded a further reformation, to make our in the volume before us, was a strikChurch a still stronger barrier against ing instance of what may be accomsuch attacks for the future.
plished by earthly parents, God work
ing through and by them, in implantThe Folded Lamb: Memorials of an
ing those early seeds of Divine truth,
and those affectionate lessons of obeInfant Son. With Hints on Early
dience and subjugation even of a Education. By his Mother, with a childish will, which yield a rich harPreface by his Father, the Rev. vest in after days. In little Henry's George A. Rogers, M.A., Vicar of case, the great reaper, Death,—who,
to use Longfellow's sweet expresLeominster. Post 8vo.
“Cuts down the bearded grain at a breath, We are unwilling to let another And the flowers that grow between." month pass away without noticing, - was soon commissioned to remove a although it must be but briefly, this flower which appeared too bright and interesting memoir, in which a mo- lovely for the wild and chilling wilderther's love has preserved and che- ness of earth, that it might bloom for rished the undoubted evidences of Di- ever in the paradise of God. vine grace manifested by her infant We do most affectionately comchild, now a partaker of heaven's mend this touching and highly inglory. Out of the mouth of babes structive memorial of an infant saint and sucklings God hath perfected to the prayerful perusal of fond mopraise. But we know of instances thers. “Children are an heritage of in which there has been so clearly ex- the Lord.” Like the babe, Moses, hibited the mighty and mysterious they are committed as nurslings to workings of God the Holy Ghost, in the tender and watchful care of their the heart of a mere babe, as that un- earthly parents, that they become for folded to us in the short-lived history ever the sons and daughters of the of little Henry Rogers.
Lord God Almighty.
thing like deference to the unanimous LORD John RUSSELL'S MEASURE.
and loudly-expressed sentiments of At the moment we write, Lord John the best portion of its constituents. Russell's measure against Papal Ag. How this bill will be treated in comgression has been carried through its mittee is a very different question. second reading by a majority of 343, It is probable that two courses will be in a full house of 533 members. The attempted to be adopted: First, -A bill now awaits the next stage of par- large party, in addition to the Irish liamentary progression,--the ordeal representatives, entertain a strong opiof a committee of the whole House. nion that the measure ought never to
We take it that the House has de- have been extended to Ireland; and cided, by this large majority, that it it is far from improbable that that is absolutely necessary to pass some priest-ridden and pope-governed counmeasure, if it be only to exhibit some- try will be omitted from its provisions.