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Sermons on Miracles, by the Rev. Dr. Elrington, Provost of T.C.D. preached at Donnellan's Lecture in the year 1795.
Lyttelton on the Conversion of St. Paul.
In studying the prophecies, Mr. Faber's two works on that subject may well be combined with, or substituted for Kett on Prophecy; and Talib's Remarks on Levi's Dissertations on the Prophecies, contain the best modern exposure I have seen of the errors of the Jews in the interpretation of prophecy.
Class 3rd.-Books explaining and defending the doctrines and discipline of the Church of England. To those which the bishop has enumerated, which are the most approved expositions of the doctrine and discipline of the Established Church, it may be useful to add some others, (generally publications more recent than the Bishop's original catalogue,) calculated to expose the errors of those who differ from the Church of England.
Thus on the subject of Calvinism--the bishop's own work in confutation of Calvinism, and Mr. Mant's Bampton Lecture Sermons, ought to be carefully studied. Nares on the Unitarian version, and Burgh on the Trinity, deserve also an attentive perusal. And Mr. Berwick, in his valuable compilation on the Church, has collected much useful information. Dr. Buchanan's Christian Researches afford a strong confirmation of the conformity between the Church of England and primitive Christianity, from the example of the Syrian Christians in India.
To the excellent works combined in the Clergyman's Instructor, may well be added Smith's and Ostervald's Lectures on the Sacred Ministry, each one voi. 8vo.
The Scholar Armed, 2 vols. 8vo, mentioned by the bishop in the 4th class, properly belongs to this head; and to this should now be added, “ The Churchman Armed against the Errors of the Time,” in 3 vols. 8vo. published by the same society in 1814. To these I would add, as eminently deserving attention, the “ Enchiridion Theologicum,” or a Manual for the use of Students in Divinity, published at Oxford in 1792, 5 vols. 12mo. Nor do I hesitate to recommend the “edition of the Book of Common Prayer, with notes on the Epistles, Gospels, and Psalms” — " by a member of the Established Church,” (said to be a high legal character in England. The notes in this edition are most excellent: it was published in 1813.
4th Class.--" Miscellaneous, including Sermons and Ecclesiastical History.” With respect to this I shall only rernark on the subject of Ecclesiastical History, that the most important subjects of inquiry are— 1st, The doctrines and discipline of the primitive church, before, at, and soon after Constantine ; 2d, The progress of the corruptions of the Church of Rome; and 3rd, the history of the reformation. For the first, in addition to those works mentioned by the Bishop, I would recommend the following:
Wake's Epistles of the Apostolic Fathers, 1 vol. 8vo.
Fleury's Manners of the First Christians, 1 vol. 12mó. and Mosheim's Commentaries on the affairs of the Christians before Constantine-translated by Vidal, 2 vols. 8vo.
Dr. Ryan on the Effects of Christianity, in 2 vols. 8vo, has deservedly gained public approbation.
On the 2nd, Bower's History of the Popes, 6 vols. 8vo. may be combined with Mosheim-and on the 3rd, Gilpin's Lives of the Reformers, 2 vols. 8vo, and Wordsworth’s Ecclesiastical Biography, 6 vols, 8vo, will supply much information. - Strype's Memorials of the Chief Reformers, but especially Ridley's Life of Bishop Ridley, deserve also peculiar attention.
The Whole Duty of Man is recommended by the bishop. The original Whole Duty of Man, and that known by the name of the “ New Whole Duty of Man," have each their distinct merit; but for readers of a serious and reflecting turn of mind, the Rev. Mr. Venn's Whole Duty of Man will be found peculiarly interesting and edifying, and of this the 3rd edition is the best.
SELECT SCRIPTURAL PROOFS OF THE TRINITY,
ARRANGED IN FOUR DISCOURSES ;
THE CHAPEL OF TRINITY COLLEGE, DUBLIN,
TO WHICH ARE ANNEXED
NOTES AND ILLUSTRATIONS.
The great truth defended in the following pages has been recently assailed in England, with unprecedented activity, in publications of every form, and with every art of controversy.
This attack has roused the zeal of its defenders, and led to the 'production of many works, able, learned, and elaborate, which have most successfully maintained this essential doctrine of Christianity, exposed the errors and the sophistry of its opponents, vindicated the authority and illustrated the sense of Scripture, with great extent of erudition, acuteness of argument, and accuracy of biblical criticism and historical research. But in this, as in almost every controversy, the attention of the writers has been engaged by those topics which required illustration and defence, rather than by those which were more clear and undisputed ; and has therefore in many instances been devoted to discussions more adapted for the information of the critical student of theology, than for the general class of readers. Many of these latter might not possess learning, or leisure, or patience, to enter deeply into such inquiries ; and yet might be affected by the impression, that a doctrine against which, (as well as for which,) so many arguments appeared to be produced, could not be so clear or so certain, as to require a prompt and sincere faith, and to form the basis of their religion. For such readers it would be evidently desirable, to select the most clear, decisive, and undisputed proofs of this radical doctrine of the Christian faith ; to disentangle them as
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far as possible from the intricacy, and free them from the personality, of controversy ; to exhibit them in such an arrangement, as might mark out their mutual connexion ; and to express these vital truths of the Gospel themselves in such a manner, as might not only convince the understanding, but impress them on the heart.
Such is the object attempted in the following selection. In forming it the writer has been materially influenced by recollecting, what were the scriptural arguments and views, which at an early period of his life, had decided his own opinion on this sacred subject; and which, after studying the controversy upon it, he still thinks the most convincing. That they may equally satisfy the minds of his readers, is his most anxious wish ; as he does not hesitate to declare his firm conviction, that, in whatever portion of the Christian church this great truth is denied, or even neglected and unattended to, the foundation of true Christianity will be gradually subverted, and a rapid and deplorable decay of religious faith and of reverence for the holy Scriptures will follow; until ultimately, infidelity and irreligion will undermine Gospel truth and Gospel piety. This conviction produced the following tract, and will, it is hoped, apologise for the unexpected length to which the notes annexed to it have extended.
Happy indeed would the writer be, if they should contribute to impress, upon a single ingenuous mind, that FAITH IN THE FATHER, SON, AND Holy Ghost, which is the sum of the Christian religion, the basis of piety and virtue, and the guide to heaven.