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THE CHURCH'S ARGUMENT FOR CHRISTIANITY, or the Apostolical Succession

maintained and exhibited as evidence for the Truth of the Christian Religion. By the Rev. WILLIAM JOHnson, author of a “Treatise on Infant Baptism.” New York: J. A. Sparks. 1845. 16mo. pp. 176.

The course of argument, maintained in this work by Mr. Johnson, has been too much overlooked. Among the Evidences of Christianity, the unbroken preservation of the Christian Ministry is one of the very strongest. This was the argument which Leslie adopted in his “Short and Easy Method” with Deists; and which, we regret to say, the “ American Tract Society,” in republishing his work, omitted; an act of great injustice to its author, as it was a weakening of the force of his argument. The Infidels, as Mr. Johnson shows, have openly avowed this as one of their plans of attack upon Christianity; not by making bold assaults upon the system, but by covertly uniting with those who assail the Apostolical Succession for the purpose of breaking down these historical monuments of the Faith of CHRIST. This argument grows important with the lapse of time. It is now one of our strongest evidences of the Divine Institution of Judaism. Nor do we hesitate to say, that should Unitarian and Romish developments prevail, the result must necessarily be, all which is essential in Christianity will be obliterated. Hence we see that the “Church is the Pillar and Ground of the Truth.”

Mr. Johnson grasps his subject strongly, and expresses himself in a clear and vigorous style. EVIDENCES OF NATURAL AND REVEALED Religion, also the Doctrines and

Institutions of Christianity. With questions for use in Bible Classes, in Parochial, Family, Sunday, and other Schools. New York: Gen. Prot. Ep. 8. S. Union. 1848. 18mo. pp. 224.

Hitherto we have known of no book really appropriate as a text book for our Bible Classes, and the larger Classes in our Sunday and Parochial Schools. To render instruction in these institutions effective, and such, also, as the Church needs, to prepare her sons and daughters to meet the latitudinarianism of the day, which often appears particularly fascinating to the young, there must be something as a guide, sufficiently full for ordinary learners, and furnishing topics for thorough examination to the more advan. ced. The present volume has been subjected to a most rigid scrutiny by the Committee on Publication, and we think contains nothing to which any true hearted Churchman can object. MAN AND THE STATE, SOCIAL AND POLITICAL. An Address delivered before

the Conn. Alpha of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, at Yale College, New

Haven, Aug. 19, 1846. By D. D. BARNARD, LL. D. SUBMISSION TO GOVERNMENT, the Christian's Duty. A Sermon for the third

Sunday after Easter. By the Rev. HORATIO Potter, D. D., Rector of

St. Peter's, Albany. New York: Stanford & Swords. 1848. A DISCOURSE, delivered in the First Church, Boston, before the Ancient and

Honorable Artillery Company, June 5, 1848, being the CCXth Anniversary. By Thomas P. TYLER, Rector of Trinity Church, Fredonia, Western New York.

The Problem of Government is becoming one of the great problems of the age. The origin of Government; the form of Government; the author. ity of Government, are points on which the thoughtful men of the world are

beginning to ponder deeply. Every portion of Europe is more or less convulsed with the agitation of these questions. In one nation, errors pertaining to the origin, prerogatives and powers of Government, have pervaded such large masses of the people, as to have led already to scenes of carnage and brutality, at which the darkest ages of the world might have blushed. The same elements of disorder and misrule are at work in the United States. The same seeds of mischief are scattered on the wings of the wind. Infidel dogmas, of the most radical and revolutionary character, respecting land ownership; respecting social and domestic organizations; respecting the " Rights of Labor,” are promulgated fro:u day to day in journals which are supported by the most respectable of our citizens, by even Ministers and professing Christians, of various denominations, who, though startled now and then by some new and bold development, seem not to consider whereunto these things surely tend, nor from what spirit they proceed. Let such principles prevail as are now patronised among us, and titles to our houses and lands are not worth a single torch-light, and the scenes of the “four days of Paris” will be re-acted on our own shores. A deep-seated cunning Intidelity is at the bottom of all this movement. Opposition of the depraved natural heart to God's Government, in the Family, the Church, and the State, is the moving cause. It is a new method of an old and arch adversary, who knows well enough what he is about. We mean just what we say. And this will explain our expression of gratitude at receiving, from different parts of the country, several Sermons and Orations, delivered at different times, on different occasions, by different individuals, before different classes of persons, yet all boldly proclaiming the same duty, namely, of “Submission to Government,” and that on the ground that Civil Government is an ordinance of God.

The publications above enumerated are very diverse in their method, but very harmonious in their spirit. The first is philosophical, the second is practical, and the third is particular. We can not now say more, without extending our notice too much; but the readers of the Review may expect to find in its pages hereafter, Truths on this subject spoken without disguise, and in a manner to be understood.

We have received the recent numbers of the “ True Catholic,” an able and vigorous Monthly Magazine, published at Baltimore, edited by a Layman, with the approbation of the Bishop of Maryland.

The True Catholic, as it appears, has adopted a rule never" to review an official act of a Bishop.” There is, beyond doubt, a principle of sound Churchmanship to which this rule has reference, the violation of which principle nas been a fruitful and mortifying source of evil in the Church. There are, however, limitations to its pertinence, of commanding importance ; which still leave to us the duty of commending the well-timed instructions of our Rt. Rev. Fathers on the one hand, and also, on the other, of comparing every sentiment with the acknowledged teachings of the Catholic Church. The principle for which the True Catholic contends, pertains not only to the official acts of Bishops, but necessarily also to the official acts of the humblest Presbyter and Deacon of the Church. Suppose it to be so, then—and the learned Editor will admit that the case is supposable—that error shall chance to stalk into high places, and speak with oracular authority; shall we bind ourselves by a vow of silence, when a higher duty demands that we speak plainly?

The comments of the True Catholic upon some historical statements in the last number of the Review, are quite at variance with the estimate of others, whose fidelity to the Church, and whose intelligence, especially on such subjects, will not be questioned. We take pleasure in acknowledging the courtesy of the True Catholic's allusion to the Church Review, and to profess ourselves—we hope our pages will show it is no unmeaning profession—the humble, faithful servants of that Church which is “ Truly Catholic” in her doctrine and discipline—“Reformed” from all essential errors“Protestant” against all corruptions of Primitive Faith and Practice and “Free” from all the shackles which can afflict her from without;-a Church which, we believe, is to fulfill a high and holy mission in the field which she occupies; a mission-of faith amid sense of constancy amid defectionand of ultimate triumph amid the final overthrow of error in all its various forms. Bishop Henshaw's Charge to the Clergy of his Diocese, at the Annual

Convention, June 13, 1848.

The subject presented in this Charge is the “ Stewardship of the Christian Ministry" --showing that the Ministers of Christ are Stewards of the Mysteries of God; and that these “ Mysteries" pertain to Doctrines, Sacraments, and Discipline. In this Charge of Bishop Henshaw, there is a felicity of statement, a moderation of tone, and a faithfulness of practical appeal, which give to it peculiar value.

We acknowledge the reception of several Journals of Diocesan Conventions, as follows: Of the Sixty-fourth Annual Convention of the Church in the Diocese of

Connecticut. Of the Sixty-fourth Annual Convention of the Church in the Diocese of

Pennsylvania. of the Sixtieth Annual Convention of the Church in the Diocese of Mary

land. Of the Fifty-eighth Annual Convention of the Church in the Diocese of

Rhode Island. Of the Fifty-eighth Annual Convention of the Church in the Diocese of

Delaware. Of the Fourteenth Annual Convention of the Church in the Diocese of

Michigan. Of the Twelfth Annual Convention of the Church in the Diocese of

Illinois.
Of the Ninth Annual Convention of the Church in the Diocese of

Missouri.
Of the Convention of the Church in the Diocese of Virginia.

A Summary of important Diocesan intelligence will be found under its appropriate head. REPORT OF THE INCORPORATED Society for the Propagation of the Gos

pel in Foreign Parts, for the year 1847; with the Serinon preached at the

146th Anniversary Meeting, &c. London : 1847. 8vo. pp. 236. PROCEEDINGS OF THE CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY for Africa and the East.

Forty-seventh year; 1846—1847. London: 1847. Pp. 336. THE FORTY-THIRD REPORT of the British and Foreign Bible Society—1847;

with an Appendix, &c. London : 1847. pp. 284. For the above valuable publications, we are indebted to the kindness of

Rev. Thomas Hartwell Horne, B. D. In making up the Summary of English Missionary Intelligence for the present number, important aid has been derived from the above papers. Our files of English papers place us in possession of all the important intelligence from that vigorous branch of the Church Catholic.

We also acknowledge the reception of the following productions, in pamphlet form: SCRIPTURE READING LESSONS for Little Children. First Series. From the

London edition. By the Gen. Prot. Ep. S. S. Union. CONFIRMATION AND COMMUNION. Also by the S. S. Union. CATECHISM of the P. E. Church, simplified by Question and Answer. By a

Member of the Diocese of South Carolina. Also published by the S. S.

Union. THE FIFTEENTH ANNUAL REPORT of the Bishop White Prayer Book So

ciety. SalvatiON BY GRACE THROUGH Faith: a Sermon at the opening of Conven

tion of the Diocese of Delaware. By Bishop Lee. DR. A. H. Vinton's Sermon before the Church Missionary Society for Sea

men in the City and Port of New York. AN APPEAL to the American Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions,

from the unjust and oppressive measures of the Secretaries and Prudential Committee. By Rev. J. D. Paxton, D.D.

ECCLESIASTICAL RECORD.

SUMMARY OF HOME INTELLIGENCE.

ORDINATIONS. DEACONS. Name.

Bishop.

Time. Church. Ambler, Charles E., Meade,

July

7, Christ, Beatae, A..

Potter,

June 29 Epiphany,
Benedict, A. D., Mcllvaine, Aug. 20, Trinity,
Bishop, H. N. Mcllvaine, Aug. 20, Trinity,
Clarkson, R. G. H., Whittingham, June 18,
Downe, Thomas S., DeLancey, July 2, Grace,
Eaton, T. Augustus, DeLancey, July 2, Grace,
Govenson, M. F., Kemper,

June 25,
Hall, George,

Meade,

July 7, Christ, Hoffman, C. c., Potter,

June 29, Epiphany, Huntington, Gurdon, DeLancey,

July 2, Grace, Johnson, R. P.,

Meade,

July 7, Christ,
Jones, Alexander D., Whittingham, June 11,
Leach, W. A., Kemper,

June 25,
LeBaron, James F., DeLancey, July 2, Grace,
Low, Prof. H. L., DeLancey,

June 18, Trinity, Mackie, Andrew, Doane,

July 2, St. Mary's, M'Cullough, J. D'W., Gadsden,

June 21, Trinity,
Page, Rolla Oscar, Eastburn,

July 30, St. John's,
Passinde, J. C., Whittingham, June 18,
Phelps, Josiah, De Lancey, July 2, Grace,
Pierre, H. N.,

Freeman,

April 2, Christ, Pynchon, T. R., Brownell, June 20, St. Paul's, Quick, Charles W., Meade,

July 7, Christ, Rambo, Jacob, Potter,

June 29, Epiphany, Reed, Sylvanus,

De Lancey, July 2, Grace, Reid, Horace Hall, DeLancey,

July

2, Grace, Rogers, Robert C.,

Brownell, July 9, St. John's, Simmons, James W., Gadsden,

June 18, Slack, Samuel R., Meade,

July 7, Christ, Smith, J. Howard, Meade,

July 7, Christ, Stearns, Rufus D., DeLancey,

July

2, Grace, Tickner, James H., Cobbs,

May 26, St. John's, Wiley, F. 8.,

Potter,

June 29, Epiphany,

PRIESTS. Armstrong, W. C., Kemper,

June 14, Trinity, Barton, Lewis, McIlvaine, May 9, Christ, Benedict, Thos. N., DeLancey, June 18, Trinity, Coe, James Wells, DeLancey, July 2, Grace, Child, William S., Henshaw,

June 13, Grace, Davis, W. L.,

Kemper,

June 14, Trinity, Duncan, Henry E.. De Lancey,

July 2, Grace, Downing, E. H., Otey,

May 14, Christ, Edwards, Henry, Ives,

Aug. 13, Trinity, Flower, D. D', Cobbs,

July 12, Nativity, Fontaine, Edward, Otey,

May 14, Christ, Goodwin, D. R., Burgess,

Sept. 10, St. Mark's, Gregory, Almon, DeLancey, June 18, Trinity, Hanckel, W. H.,

Gadsden,

July 18,
Haskins, David G., Eastburn, July 26, St. James',
Kelly, John, Henshaw, June 13, Grace,
Lay, Henry C., Cobbs,

July 12, Nativity,
Millett, D. C., DeLancey, June 18, Trinity,
Prescott, Oliver S.,

Ives,

Aug. 13, Trinity, Sune, Joseph A.,

Eastburn, July 26, St. James',

Place,
Alexandria, Vir.
Philadelphia, Pa.
Columbus, Ohio.
Columbus, Ohio.
St. James' Col. Chapel.
New York City.
New York City.
Nashotah, Wisconsin.
Alexandria, Vir.
Philadelphia, Pa.
New York City.
Alexandria, Vir.
St. James' Col. Chapel.
Nashotah, Wisconsin.
New York City.
Geneva, W. N. Y.
Burlington, N.J.
Columbia, S. C.
Jamaica Plains, Mass.
St. James' Col. Chapel
New York City.
Matagorda, Texas.
New Haven, Conn.
Alexandria, Vir.
Philadelphia, Pa.
New York City.
New York City.
Hartford, Conn.

South Carolina.
Alexandria, Vir.
Alexandria, Vir.
New York City:
Montgomery, Ála.
Philadelphia, Pa.

Jonesville, Wisconsin.
Hudson, Ohio.
Geneva, W. N. Y.
New York City.
Providence, R. I.
Jonesville, Wisconsin.
New York City.
Jefferson co., Miss.
New Haven, Conn.
Huntsville, Ala.
Jefferson co., Miss.
Augusta, Maine.
Geneva, W. N. Y.

South Carolina.
Roxbury, Mass,
Providence, R. I.
Huntsville, Ala.
Geneva, W. N. Y.
New Haven, Conn.
Roxbury, Mass.

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