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SIGNATURES OF CORRESPONDENTS.
W. S. M.
J. A. M.
Sunday Schools, The Origin of,
Scottish Christian Unitarian Association,
Shelley, Religious Opinions of,
Slight Sketches of Scripture Scenes and Characters,
Nos. 1. and 2.
Schiller's, Introduction to the History of the Revolt of
373, 456, 499
Trinity, Mystery affords no Argument to prove the Doc-
Trinitarians, Wilson's, Concessions of,
Trinitarian Prayers, Fletcher's Guide to Family Devotion, 362
Taylor, Rev. John, of Glasgow, on the Divine Unity of,
Aim of the Christian Ministry, Review of,
Thomas's Familiar Lectures on the Trinity, Review of
214, 241 297, 337
On certain Obstructions to the spread of,
Rev. J. Scott Porter's, Lectures on, Review of,
On the Duty of Disseminating it, in its distinctive cha-
In America in 1841,
Christian, the Cure for Sectarianism,
White Rev. Edward, Letter to, by Rev. A. Macdonald,
Whitfield's Lectures on Christian Doctrine, Review of
desired he would desist, as the singing disturbed the congregation in the church. To this order he very properly paid no attention. The practice had never been objected to on a former occasion. A Primitive Methodist preacher had been in the almost habitual practice of delivering addresses from the same spot, and it will appear rather strange to any one who has ever listened to the sound which proceeds from a group gathered round one of this description, that greater annoyance should have been felt in this particular case, than in any of the preceding. On the third Sunday evening, just as the lecture was begun, first a party of policemen, and then the Magistrates themselves, interfered, refusing to allow it to be continued at any time, or in any other locality within the town. We need offer no remarks on this proceeding. The chief mover in it stands plainly revealed, indeed takes no pains to conceal himself.
The circumstances which are briefly detailed, form the chief but not the only apology for the present publication. The subject has been discussed so often, and with such distinguished ability, that little new, one would think, remained to be said. It is, therefore, highly creditable to Mr Chappell, that he has given a very able discourse on the Object of Christian Worship, which is alike free from mere rhetorical commonplace, sentimental exaggeration, or servile imitation of any of those writers who have thrown such a charm around this cardinal point of Unitarian belief. We should think it very well fitted for putting into the hands of candid inquirers. To all such we heartily recommend its attentive perusal.
The Adoration of Three Persons as the Deity, a violation of the First Commandment; and condemned both by the precepts and example of our Lord Jesus Christ: a Discourse, by a Defender of Bible Christianity. Dublin, printed for the Author; and sold by Bradford and Co., Cork; at the Vestry Library, Strand Street; and the Unitarian Tract Depository, Belfast.
THE design of this discourse is correctly expressed in the title. An able application of the Jewish mono
theism to Trinitarian theology, is followed by a comparison of the belief of the great body of professing Christians with the precepts and practice of their Master. Some of the arguments though, of course, far from new, are stated with a force and distinctness which go a great way to make them appear so. The author seems perfect master of his subject, and treats it with that earnestness it demands. We have followed him with great satisfaction throughout almost the whole of what is strictly argumentative, though at times, we fear, he extends the argument beyond its proper limits. For instance, in the declaration of our Lord, "And in that day ye shall ask me nothing," &c. he conceives, "we have, as it were, a prophetic warning of the Saviour himself against this system of idolatrous worship. Not only," he adds, in drawing an inference from this statement, "is the Triune Deity not commanded to be adored in Scripture, its worship is forbidden." We were very much pained to find in a few passages a spirit of denunciation evinced, which we had always considered as being the exclusive accompaniment of orthodox controversialism. Not that we for a moment deny that Unitarians have commonly taken too low ground in their disputes with other denominations. Did we conceive that the author meant merely to correct this error, we should rejoice in whatever success might attend his exertions. If we rightly understand his meaning, we cannot at all admire the spirit exhibited in the sentiment following. After speaking of the danger of disregarding the injunctions of the first commandment, he goes on to say:-" But, perhaps, it will be said that Christians have hitherto violated it with impunity. I tell you nay. I believe that if we but read the judgments of God manifested on the earth, we shall see similar judgments executed upon Christians for their departure from it, to those the Jews suffered for their idolatry." This looks too like resorting to the use of those weapons, whose employment we have ever protested against, when used against ourselves. With these qualifications, we recommend this discourse to our readers, and to all frends of scriptural Christianity.
A Sermon on occasion of the death of the Duke of Orleans, preached on Sunday, July 17. 1842, at Mill-hill Chapel, Leeds, by Charles Wicksteed, B. A. London, John Green, Newgate Street; Leeds, H. W. Walker.
THERE is a great deal more in this talented and interesting production than is usually found in sermons of a like nature. There is, too, which pleases us almost as much, an entire absence of an exaggerated and affected strain of so-called moralizing, by way of " improving the occasion," which events like the present have called forth so plentifully. This is, we are disposed to think, mainly attributable to the circumstances in which it was composed. The author had intimated on the previous Sunday his intention "to preach on the Religious Education of the young, preparatory to the reassembling of the chapel classes for Scriptural instruction." In the interval, intelligence of the death of the Duke of Orleans arrived, and its effect on Mr Wicksteed's mind was so considerable as to induce him to postpone his intended discourse, and address his people on that subject. This is, we cannot help thinking, a widely different and much more natural mode of proceeding, to that usually adopted on similar occasions, when the preacher has a duty imposed upon him, and the sense of restraint induces a cold and formal manner of treating the subject, or else a laboured and ambitious display, destitute alike of simplicity and truth of feeling. In this discourse, however, we see the great superiority of an opposite mode of proceedure. We shall not attempt any outline of the topics discussed, but content ourselves with referring to the sermon itself, which will more than justify the opinion we have expressed. One extract we cannot help making, not as a specimen of the application he has made of the event, but of the style in which the author treats the topic, which is commonly the only one presented in such sermons.
"But yesterday, that young man held in his hand all on which earth has set its seal as valuable, youth, health, strength, beauty, powers, honours, wealth, he held them in his hand, and millions of the young looked