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him who is ever on the watch to sow discord among brethren. It would have been long before our various religious institutions would have recovered the shock given to public confidence, had the Bible Society, the most favoured of them all, been wrecked amidst the storm.
Among the topics which have pressed upon the public attention during the year, it was impossible that we could shut our eyes to the absorbing question of parliamentary reform. As Christian Observers, it was our duty to urge what appeared to us to be the right view of the matter, upon religious as well as merely political grounds; and we shrunk not from stating our conviction that it was just and necessary, and our hopes that it would prove beneficial. We are more than ever confirmed in the former point; and we trust, notwithstanding some passing clouds, that the nation will not be ultimately disappointed in the latter. Church reform, law reform, the abolition of West-Indian slavery, and several other important malters which there was little hope of speedily and satisfactorily adjusting under the system of borough nomination, and the denial of the elective franchise to the major part of the wealth, intelligence, and morality of the country, seem now likely to be entered upon with promptitude and vigour. The chief danger will now be from the violence of evil disposed men who take advantage of popular feeling to blend what is good with what is evil, and to pull down and destroy, instead of repairing what is decayed. Against the devices of such men, every man who makes the word of God his standard of conduct ought to be vigilantly on his guard, otherwise our popular institutions will prove our ruin.
of church reform we have said much, and we have much yet to say, and we therefore will not dilate upon the topic in this brief retrospect. On the plurality bill and some other measures of church reform we expressed an honest and decisive opinion, and events have more than justified all that we advanced. We have felt the difficulty, when such discussions have arisen, of speaking the truth without seeming to disparage persons or institutions which we delighted to honour; but the times required sincerity, and we do not believe that the way to support the church or its officers is to cloke or palliate abuses.
The violation of the Lord's day, which is one of the most grievous sins of this pation, has been touched upon in our volume more than almost any other single topic during the year. We begin to have hopes that at length something will be effected, not only by private Christian effort, but by public opinion and by the legislature, to bring back the nation to a sense of its solemn duly and blessed privilege in regard to the Christian Sabbath; and we purpose keeping the matter conspicuously before our readers in our next volume.
The state of the poor, and the means of bettering their temporal and spiritual condition, have been prominent topics of remark. Our effort in these discussions has been, without overlooking the importance of any partial alleviations which may be devised, to keep in view those large principles without which the question cannot be wisely and permanently adjusted.
We have not said much in this volume respecting the deplorable outburst of fanaticism which occupied so many pages of tne two preceding volumes. When the eruption commenced and seemed likely to spread far and wide and several clergymen who ought to have known better were found encouraging the wild notion of the revival or non-cessation of miracles, we could not in duty hold our peace; but when the extravagance and unscriptural character of the whole proceeding, and its connexion with awful heresies, became apparent to all, and some who were at first led away by the delusion were retracing their steps, we thought it unwise to give much further prominence to the matter. It will now, we trust, die away; and it were neither kind nor wise to renew the anxieties of iis early victims. We remarked at the commencement of the discussion, that some clergymen who were originating or encouraging the delusion would live to repent their folly when it was too late to restrain ihe extravagancies of their followers; and we repeat the warning, as a wholesome caution against future delusions. Would that all Christians, when tempted by new and exciting speculations, would remember the duty of seeking out ihe good old ways, and keeping in the footsteps of the flock.
We live in a dark and cloudy day; yet if infidelity and licentiousness are on the increase, true religion is greaty on the increase also; and in the contest between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan, we know upon infallible authority which shall eventually prevail. Let us, then, gird ourselves manfully for the contest; knowing in whom we have believed, and that greater is lle that is for us than they that are against us.
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
PU B. AFF.- Refim Bil.. Partizanship..Po.
litical Duties of the Ministers of Religion
Oppressions of the Vaudois.. Episcopate
RELIG. AND MISCEL. Com.-Cathedrals..
Westminster Latin Play.. Heathen Classics
ANSWERS.—Machinery.. Charitable Societies
..Plurality Bill, &c.
SUPP. TO RELIG. INTEL.–Bible Society.. 132
RILIG. AND MISCEL. Con.-Verbal and
Manual Christianity .. Study of Heathen
Letter i. Preliminary Letter.-Allegorical
illustration .. Charges against the Bible
Socirty..Two-fold division of the subject
.. Heads of accusation divided into the
PRISCIPLE OF THE SOCIETY and ITS
THE PRINCIPLE OF THE BIBLE SOCIETY.
Letter i. The Question openert.-What is
the principle of the Bible Society.. Is that
principle lawful ?..Is it expedient? .. Its
working as regards Socinians and Roman
The Principle of the Bible Society.--Its
formation. Fundamental laws..No test of
membership., Its object its guarantee.. No
change by meeting of 1831 .. Pronounces
nothing respecting Socinians..Dryden on
the Bible and its effects
Letter iii. Inquiry into the Laufulness of
the Society's Principle. -Partial tests
either too much or not enough..The Bible
its test..This open constitution early opposed
by Bishop Marsh, Mr. Norris, Country
Clergyman, &c. &c... New class of oppo-
Dents.. Examination of texts urged by them
..shewn not to be applicable.. Society not
necessarily connected with Socinians.. Low
views of the importance of circulating the
Scriptures. . Present objections only old ones
revived.. Impracticability of applying tests 153
Letter iv. Inquiry into the Expediency of
the Society's Principle.--Practical inox.
pedience of tests.. Would exclude many
Christians .. A further succession of tests
would be requir«d.. Partial tests accredit
those pot excluded.. Purity of the Canon
preserved by rival sects. . Adoption of tests
must lead to strifes, as in the Trinitarian
Letter v. Case of the Socinians.--Have not
abounded in the Society..No Socinian erer
on the parent committee .. No practical
evils have arisen, as admitted by the Naval.
and-Military Bible-Society ..
distasteful to Socinians.. They olyject to our
Canon, Version, and Headings.. Socinian.
ism unpopular .. Qught to be oppoeed..
Injury to the common salvation by misin.
terpretation of the Society's regulations
respecting sects .. Socinians raised to un.
deserved importance. . Many of them bara
received spiritual good through Bible Soci.
eties.. No inconvenience found from their
non-exclusion.. Evils have arisen from other
quarters, called orthodox.. Trinitarian tests
would not prevent the evil. The Society
a protesting Society
Letter vi. Case of the Roman Catholics.
-Changes in the Trinitarian Bible Society
..Note on the constitution of that Society
.. Difficulty of circulating the Scriptures
among the Roman Catholics.. Openings for
Benefit of the Society to Roman-Catbolica
..Catholics unjustly expelled from the Tripi.
tarian Society.. Ill effects of this regulation
..Papists had generally excluded them-
selves from Bible Societies.. Testimonies of
the Pope and Bishop Milner to that effect..
Society's extensive issues of Scriptures to
RELIG. INTEL.-Church of Geneva
OBIT.--Dr. Turner, Bishop of Calcutta (con-
PUB. App.-Fast Day.. Reform Bill.. Cholera
.. Irish Tithes and Education. . East-Indian
Superstitions.. Plurality Bill.. Lord's Day
Errata and cancels.. Platt and Henderson's
SUPP. TO RELIQ. INTELL.-Bible Society.. 196 Letter xi. Alleged Annexation of Notes
and exceptionable Headings.-Þr. Muller
RELIG, AND MISCEL.Com.-Secession from Canstein Hebrew Bible.. Hartwell Horne,
Dr. Knapp, and Mr. Orme's remarks on..
ALLEGED EXCEPTIONABLE DETAILS.
Hanover printer.. Character of the Hanover
crypha - patronizing improper versions -- Bible Society's anxiety to prevent breach
' and Dr. J. P.Smith's character of
controversy .. Unfair course towards the
Letter viii. Question of Oral Prayer:- esting syllabus of its transactions..
scepticism.. Society exposed to a choice of
evils.. Continental churches professedly or.
Society.. I'rayer not forbidden by its rules 211 .. Bible Societies have not countenanced
Question settled in 1826 .. Charges still Neologian journal .. Interesting extracts
illustrative of the Society's continental cor-
Germany, Sweden, St. Gall, Gothland,
Henderson, Wilks, Monod, to Kieffer ..
business and funds.. The late W. Green-
field..Obituary of him, extracted from the
Christian Observer .. Attestations to his
Letter s.' Paironising erceptionable Ver-
to be orthodox.. His death-bed
Painfulness of controversy.. Christian peace
by the Society in editing and revising..
bers of the Church of England in opposing
clerical brethren. . Religious aspect of the
Bible .. Mr. Melvill's charge Professor RELIG. AND MISCEL, Com.- St. Paul's
Church Reform.. Prayers against Pestilence
De Foe's Narrative .. Vincent's God's
Terrible Voice..“ Preparation for the Plague"
..Shaw's Welcome.. Arch. Hoare's lectures
..Church Worms.. St. Basil on Classical Stu-
dies.. "German Rationalist" respecting
tament..Charges to be received with caution REY, OF-Riland's Extension of the Church
Acaster., Remedies, by the saine.. Cox's
Newton's Pluralities indefensible
RELIG, AND MISCEL.Com.--Henry Martyn's and Cottage Allotments.. Tears of Parents
(continued from January) .. Believers
REY. OP-Works on the Church and its ne-
Jeremiah, Chap. III.
Speech – Foreign Relations .. Ireland ..
RELIG. INTEL- Anniversaries of Societies 429 Society
Relinquished Missions — Moravian to PUB. AFF.-Election Tests.. Church Reform
West-Indians .. Outrages in Ireland..
Cholera.. Deaths of Sir W. Scott and Dr.
Appearance in the Lansdowne Family 437-470 rature.. Europe.. Death of Baron Cuvior..
Bequests in the United States .. Intem. RELIG. AND Misc L. Com.- Difficulties of
PUB.AFF.-Reform Bill.. Lord's-day..House- cration of the Lord's-Day .. Anti-Slavery
robbery Bil.. Forgery Bill .. West-Indian Reminiscences..Matt. xvi.18.. A little Book
498 trical Sketches by Bishop Mant: The Angels
Hibernian Society..Peace Society....
Hymns with Tunes.. Taxing ricber Benefices
.. Fasting a testimony..Zoological-Garden
RELIG. AND MISCEL. Com.-Satan.. Ame- Rev. op-Bishop Ryder's Charge.. Higgins's
Reform (continued).. Requisites for Bap- PUB. AFF.- Elections.. Abatement of Cholera
tism.. Questions.. Allen on Revivals..The .. Rupture with Holland..Church Reform
Woman of Samaria
501-530 ..Negro Slavery
Ruv. 05-Jay's Evening Exercises
OBIT.--Mrs. M. E. Roberts
RELIG. INTEL.–Colony of Carlshuld (con- SUPP. To Relig, INTEL.-British and Fo-
541 reign Bible Society. Hibernian Society..
OBIT.-Rev. W. Tandey
550 House of Commons' Report on the Lord's
PUB. AFF.- Reform Bills .. Obligations of Day
Electors.. Christian Efforts of Individuals..
Don Pedro at Oporto.. Frankfort and Infidels. . Analogy of Faith..Old and
555 New Testament on the Millennium..En-
564 thusiasm of the Wesleyan Methodists,, On
ertions .. Metrical Sketches, by Bishop Overstrained Texts.. Oxford Prize Poem,
is also called Paul-Judas ..., ..757-788 and Cottage Allotments. . Advantages and
..Ivimey's Reprint of Life of Bunyan 789-805 Remarks upon the two preceding papers..
Scoti.. Idol temples in India .. Chimney. REV.or--Woman in her domestic and social
814 Character.. Hints to a Clergymap's Wife..
OBIT.-M. Le Baron Chabaud-Latour ...... 817 LIT. AND MISCEL. INTEL.-Illuminations..
818 Cholera Ode .. Montaban Professorship..