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Called Calvinists by Arminians, and Arminians by Calvinists, this is what they will not expressly say *.

In the course of this chapter, Mr. D. has convicted Mr. O. of so many instances of mutilating quotations, and misrepresenting the sense of his opponents, in order to make them speak a language, which he could blame, that we turned from the consideration of them with perfect disgust. On this subject Mr. D. provides this apology for his antagonist, which, for the sake of Mr. O.'s moral character, we hope is founded in truth. justice to Mr. O. it must be observed, that he is understood in the world, not to be so much the independent writer for, as the public reporter of a party; that the documents, which his publication exhibits, have been furnished from various quarters; his chief office having been that of arranging and giving the lucidus ordo to the discordant mass of materials, with which his friends had supplied him. Should this, as from that part of Mr. O.'s publication now immediately before me, I should in charity conclude must, have been the case, Mr. O. may have been unintentionally led into errors b a too implicit confidence in the honesty of his assistants Such a plea for the numberless garbled quotations to be met with in his publication, a regard for Mr. O.'s reputation, as a clergyman, disposes me most readily to admit.”

urious circumstance, that in the Christian Observer for November 1803, there are two letters, said to be received from two different correspondents, with remarks on them by the editors, all of them, as is evident from the similarity of style, written by the same hand. In the first letter, the editors of that work are gravely rebuked for being too favourable to Calvinists: in the second, for being too favourable to Arminians : and, in the remarks, the eriitors as gravely conclude, that they are in reality tou favourable to neither, congratulating themselves, from this contrary testimony of their imaginary correspondents, that they are strictly impartial.

Fol II. Churchm. Mag. Feb. 1904. Р

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We shall conclude our account of this chapter with Mr. D.'s short but satisfactory summary of the doctrine of justification.

“Whoever considers Christ to be the only meritorious cause of man's salvation, and works as requisite to determine the quality of that faith, which can alone, be instrumental to the salvation of the party, will believe every thing necessary to be believed on this important subject. In such case, he will clearly distinguish between the grand hinge, on which human salvation turns, and those corresponding circumstances, which, in conformity with the wisdom of the Divine plan, are not to be separated from it. He will see that works, the fruit of faith, whilst, to make use of the language of our reformers, they are decidedly - shut out from the office of justifying", must still be present in the justified party (in all cases, where works are possible) as that sine quâ non, without which he will not finally be saved. “For, without holiness (we are told) no man shall see the Lord.” This necessary discrimination between man's title to salvation and his personal qualification for it, contains the whole pith of the argument employed on this much, though in my judgment, unnecessarily controverted Bubject.”

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Cluphant's shridgment oj the Bishop of Lincoln's Elements

of Christian Theology.

(Concluded from Tol. I. p. 457.) T" VIIS excellent work which we recoinmended to the

perusal of our readers, in the Supplement to our last month's Review, opens with proofs, or a demonstration

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of the authenticity and inspiration of the Old Testament. This chapter will afford the reader great satisfaction; it will convince him of what perhaps he did not doubtbut what he might not be able to prove—that the book which he receives as the word of God is indeed a divine revelation : he will, of consequence, peruse it with increasing delight; he will be more observant of its doctrines, and attentive to its precepts. The chapter is admirably written; and whilst, to the common reader, it affords instruction and edification, the man of taste will be delighted with its arrangement, its perspicuity, and its eloquence. It reflects upon its learned author the highest praise. When the young man is perplexed with specious doubts, or assailed by profane insinuations, concerning the want of evidence of the truth of the Old Testament, let him, with an unprejudiced mind, have recourse to the reasoning of the right reverend prelate contained in this chapter, and we will venture to promise him entire conviction.

The second chapter relates the contents of the sereral books of the Old Testament. Mr. Clapham, in pointing out the utility of this chapter, says, “ It will be peculiarly useful to read, every Sunday, in schools and families, that portion of the first and second parts, out of which the Lessons, and the Epistle, and the Gospel for the day, are selected: for example; if the first Lessons are taken out of Isaiah, I would recommend it to every one to read the account of that prophet in the second chapter of the first part, in order that the period in which he lived, and the subjects of his prophecy may be known. Should the second Lesson bè from St. Luke, the account of St. Luke's Gospel, which is the fourth chapter of the second part, ought to be read, in order that we may not be unacquainted with the history of the author.”

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The third chapter is an abridgment of the history of the Old Testament. This part of the book affords very considerable entertainment.

Much confusion is often occasioned to the reader by the frequent mention of the separate kingdoms of Israel and Judah--by that of the Babylonian captivity-of the first and second Temple, &c. &c.: the Bishop here res moves every difficulty, and makes the whole so perspicuous, that a man of a cominon capacity may, with common attention, clearly comprehend it.

But instead of giving any further analysis, we will let Mr. Clapham speak for himself. “ The reader cannot, perhaps, be made so clearly acquainted with the various subjects it (viz. the Abridgment) contains as by my inserting a part of the preface to the Elements of Christian Theology; the Bishop, after stating that he designs his work principally for the use of candidates for holy orders, says, “ In considering the plan to be adopted for this purpose, the subject appeared naturally to divide itself into three parts--the Old Testament, the New Testament, and our own Establishment.”

Mr. Clapham then subjoins that extract from the Bishop's preface which we have given in pp. 454, 455 of our last volume, to which we refer our readers.

We trust that the public will evince the obligations, they are under to the learned prelate, for permitting an abridgment to be inade of an invaluable work, by possessing themselves of it, and by carefully studying it. Mr. C. recommends it to schools, and we gladly and earnestly enforce his recommendation. We wish, and we hope to see this judicious abridgment introduced into the schools of Eton, Westuninster, the Charter House, St. Paul's, Christ's Hospital, Winchester, and every seminary throughout the kingdon, where the religion of

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the Church of England is professed. The happiest effects, we predict, will result from it. The Master of the Temple, we are persuaded, and the Dean of Westminster, we trust, concur with us in opinion. Happy shall we esteem ourselves, should we be instrumental in promoting such substantial utility as would arise to society at large-in promoting such an attachment as would be created in the minds of youth, to the Established Church-such

peace of mind here, and such well-founded expectations of happiness hereafter. If this book does not obtain a very general circulation, we shall have too just reason to lament, that the members of the Church of England are indifferent to their eternal interests.

The Impolicy and Impiety of Sunday Drill considered

12mo. pp. 24.

OUR readers will recollect

, that in one of the bills for completing the defence of the country, passed in the course of the last autumn, a clause was introduced permitting, on the ground of necessity, the practice of employing a part of every Sunday in training such men to the use of arms, as were prevented by their necessary avocations from being instructed in their duty as soldiers, on any other day of the week. This permission on the part of Government has given great offence to many, among whom is to be ranked the author of the small tract now before us, who inveighs against this practice in the strongest terms of reprobation and abhorrence : a practice which he is pleased to denominate a crying sin“ a damning sin” the effectual way to unhinge soci

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