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ed;" and we may add, wears more l' presenting a new combination of the appearance of the product of an pointed tips, was dipped also.” (Query, old Lady's hours of amusement, than Is not Mr. T. iniitled to a vote of a train of deliberate reasoning. The thanks from the match-makers for arguments are concealed in such a dressing up their profession in such profuse heap of extraneous observa- genteel language :) Plunging and tions-are introduced with a species dipping, then, are not synonymous of canting circumlocution, of half terms; but are distinct, and ought to subtlety and half wit,--and beset be- be distinguished.” fore and behind with such a pompous

We will not insult the common display of dusty learning, that it is sense of our readers, by shewing the no easy matter to extract any thing egregious equivocation of this crilike the soul of an argument from ticism, where the laugh is evidently any part of the volume.

put as a substitute for sense. Let The first part contains, after a few him take down his Dictionary, and “ introductory remarks,” (evidently look at any word he may cast his eye. designed to caricature and ridicule upon,—the word cunning for instance. the ceremony of adult baptism) one Dr. Johnson defines it thus; “ skilLetter, purporting to be written by ful, knowing, learned; artful, trickthe Deacon himself; and two others ish, subtle, crafty, &c. “What then, by Mr. T. to the Editors of the Bap-Sir, are all these English terms synotist Magazine. These Letters con- nymous? I did not think good sturdy tain remarks on Dr. Ryland's “ Can-old English was a longue so comdid Statement." We make a short pliant, nor do I now think it.", extract here, as a specimen of the Mr. T. does not appear to fall in Author's ingenuity and honesty. Dr. with the common mode of evading, Ryland was desirous of expressing in the force of the greek prepositions in English language, the meaning of the and into, which he is aware has often word baptize, by the use of synonymous excited the contempt of writers on the terms, or terms as nearly synonymous opposite side. He has invented another as he could find, so that what was mode of relieving the difficulty; and deficient in one term might be made that is, by dividing the ceremony into up in another, in order conjointly to two separate and contrasted parts. For express the full idea. The terms he this purpose he has introduced a long adopted, were – dip, plunge, im- tale of a baptism in the Abyssinian merse, drench, overwhelm, &c. Mr. Church, as described by a modern T. immediately begins his quibbling traveller, which in fact carries just as story “ What, then, have the words much anthority with it as if it had dip, plunge, drench, &c. the same been taken out of Don Quixote. meaning? I did not think our good

“ The Apostle evidently divides the old sturdy English was a tongue so rite into two distinct, and even, contrasted, compliant, nor do I now think it. Let parts; the first of which, WASHING, he us interchange some of these syno- says, has no consequence salutary to the nyms I content myself with the party on whom it is performed, but the words dip and plunge, Send Lazarus, second, an engagement to maintain a that he may plunge the tip of his conscience void of offence toward God, is finger in water — He (Judas) who salutary to a person of whose solemn plunges his hand with me in the dish. profession it forms a part. What! two hands plunged into the instance of Baptism, strictly taken, as

“ Does the New Testament afford any same dish? Good manners forbid !"

separate from immersion ?-as a subseAgain, try the word dip. I dip my quent act? What say you to the instance pen in ink; I do not plunge it, for of Philip and the Eunuch ? Philip, in comthen it would be black from end to pany with the Eunuch, “came to water; end. You have seen a round of —and he commanded the chariot to stand matches as large as a wheel; they still; and they went down both into the were rendered inflammable by means

water (here is immersion), and be baptiof melted sulphur: were they plung

zed him”. [here is baptism.]

Now it might be said, taking the text ed into that sulphur? no: for then they would have been coated with it for correct, as here quoted, that baptism

was distinct from immersion, because it all over: but, one superficies present followed it; for the writer does not say, ing pointed tips, was first dipped in they went into the water, that he might the liquid sulphur; then the whole baptize him, " but—"and he baptized was turned, and the other superficies bim." But what are the real facts of the

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case? Why, in order to preserve what | Mr. T. has the candour to place behe knew to be the customary separation fore his readers. In that paper, inbetween immersion and baptism, the stances are adduced point blank in sacred writer inserts a whole sentence, in opposition to his hypothesis, and itself perfectly unnecessary, and clogging several passages referred to, where the progress of the story, in the very middle and height of the sacrament: it con

one Evangelist has used one of the veys no additional information; the words and another Evangelist the reader knows as much before he reads it, other word while relating the same as he does after he has read it;—but, it story, or narrating the same dismarka a pause: it distinguishes the two course; which to a person of an parts of the service; 1. the "putting away ordinary capacity would be a sufthe filth of the flesh,” from 2.“the stipu: ficient proof that the terms were lation of a good conscience toward God.”'

completely convertible. Our design, St. Luke even takes pains to produce this as we said before, is not to argue but effect ;-—"and they went down both into the water--BOTH PHILIP AND THE Eunuch,

to review ; but, did our limits allow, and he [Philip] baptized him [the

we should readily follow up this novel Eunuch]-and when they were come arguinent through all the windings up," &c. Now we knew both Philip and intricacies in which, by the subtle and the Eunuch well enough, at least genius of its advocate, it has been quite as well from the former part of the enfolded. We cannot, however, forhistory: but the insertion of this des bear saying, that could the argument cription of the parties, has the effect of be maintained, it would only amount separating the foregoing sentence from the to a probability; and, unaccompanied following sentence; and, consequently, of with other evidence, would exhibit a separating the foregoing action from the following action : which is the only

mere blank. For, supposing the criassignable purpose of the writer for in- ticism to be right, Mr. T. cannot deny serting it, at this point of time. · Nor is that “the terın orxoş is in scripture this the only peculiarity in the story; no sometimes applied to families where other passage can be adduced in which it is expressly hinted that there were the person administering baptism went no children;" and if so Mr. T. is himself down into the water: John again driven back, and must appeal Baptist did not:-in short, who did ? to other evidence to prove that the This, when, is an exception from the ge- families said in the New Testainent neral practice; and this took place in a to be baptized were possessed at that no convenience of any kind could be time of infants. Again, allowing his commanded; and these exceptions re- criticism to stand, we should say, it commended the instance for insertion." practically deviates from the first rule

laid down, and agreed to on both On this specimen of double-refined sides, viz. that “every word should discernment, we shall make no re- be taken in its primary, obvious, and mark, and are sure the public will ordinary meaning, unless there be give Mr. T. credit for very penetrating something in the connexion, or in the optics. We shall now introduce an nature of things, which require it to argument in which our author profes- be taken otherwise;" for notwithses a sufficient confidence to trust his standing the explanations and evawhole scheme upon it. The words oxos sions and subtleties so often resorted and orxia, by our translators rendered to, it will still be maintained, that in indifferently house or household, says every instance where the baptism of the editor of Calmet, “ have distinct households is mentioned, ihere is significations.". The import of the something in the connexion which term orxia, includes all the inhabitants requires it to be restricted to adults. of a house; but scripture ALWAYS But how many instances are there employ the term oxos, to denote kin- in the New Testament to which this dred in the nearest possible degree; boasted argument can apply? ,,In the and, therefore, emphatically, children; controversies of former times they while it uniformly, and necessarily, were restricted to four; but Mr. T. excludes servants. Hence it is in- has doubled 'their number, and has ferred, that the apostles, who so fre- advanced them to eight; and in the quently baptized the collection of per- course of a few years, by the process sons, called an oxos, but never speak of a kind of critical legerdemain, he of baptizing an cna, must have bap- has discovered one million!! For tized infant children." A reply has the benefit of those of our readers been given to these quirks, which who wish to know how to make “ a VOL, III.


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good deal of a good thing," we will offspring baptized, he proceeds to let them into this wonderful secret. spread over them his magical wand. Chistian Families marked as Baptized.

“Take these eight families on a fair
1. That of Cornelius.

average: suppose half to consist of four

children, and half of eight children: the
the Jailor.

average is six: calculate if you please,

that in forty-eight children, not one
Christian Families not marked as Baptised. should be an infant: it is hundreds of

thousands to one. Or, put the question

in another forin: supposing Baptism were Christian Families, neither expressed as completely out of sight, “How many Families, nor marked as Baptized.

young children would be found, on the

average, in eight families, each containe

ing six children?"

“ Here, Sir ,we enter on another calcu. But how are the four last, especi- lation: what proportion do these eight ally the 7th and 8th, which he ac- famiñes, identified and named in the knowledges, are “ neither expressed

New Testament, bear, to that of christians, as families, nor marked as baptized,” | of names of persons converted after the

also identified and named? The number dragged into the service of this argu- resurrection of Christ, is—in the Acts of ment? Why, the following is the the apostles, twenty-eight, or at most process by which the sacred text is thirty: four baptized families, recorded strained and tortured to serve the in the Acts, give the proportion of purpose ; and we shall suffice our somewhat more than one in eight. The selves with one instance. The Apos- number of names of similar converts in tle, in concluding his epistle to the the whole of the New Testament, is about Roman Christians, greets several of fifty-five, or under sixty: eight baptized them by name; and in chap. xvi. ver.

families recorded in the New Testament, • Salute Herodian my least, of more than one in eight. A

give the proportion of one in seven, or at
kinsman: Greet them that are of the
household of Narcissus, which are in

wonderful proportion this ! and for what

recorded? But, since Scripture the Lord.” Now, according to Mr. gives this proportion, I have a right to T.'s previous argument, the household carry it through the body of Christians of Narcissus (though the word itself not distinguished by name; nevertheless

, is not in the original) must mean to avoid cavil, I lower it to one in ten. his family ; there can be no fainily How many converts may be fairly inferwithout children ; and if the apostle red from the History of the Acts of the could“ greet” them, they must have Apostles-ten thousand ?--this gives one

How been baptized, otherwise, they would THOUSAND BAPTIZED FAMILIES. not have been proper objects of many from the whole of the New Testa

hundred Christian salutation. If Mr. Taylor gives TEN THOUSAND BAPTIZED FAMILIE. had been there and had witnessed How many must be allowed during the the fact of their baptism, his testi- first century, and down to the days of mony would have carried some | Origen? one million-it gives ONE weight; on any other ground, we HUNDRED THOUSAND BAPTIZED FAMILIES: esteem it the wild vagary of a niind ten millions ? the proportion is one MILscrewed and rivetted down to the LION service of a creed. To conceive of calculation, or one to the same effect, the same kind of salutation sent to

cannot be evaded ; neither can it be con

futed." an aged and experienced Christian as to an infant of a few years old, is Such are the « facts" and such a horrid profanation of feeling; and the “Evidence” with which this could never have been conceived but work is crowded. from the first page in a mind where the pursuits of lite- to the last; and as our readers will rature had smothered the finer no doubt be sufficiently satiated with syinpathies of hunian nature. A the quotations already made, we shall friendly salute or a sixpenny toy, close the book, and recal their at would, to the apostle's supposed tention within the boundaries of juvenile friends, have been a much common sense and common obser; more seasonable and acceptable pre-vation. And here, we beg to remind sent.

the reader, what is the design of the Having established, as Mr. T. con-author in'the work before us. - It is ceives, the fact that eight families not a literary dissertation on the writuvere converted, and their infant ings of Horace or Seneca, i

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the word of God-it is not to bring | dogmatical and confident tones of any
to light additional beauty and force in high and learned lords.
some of the acknowledged truths of

“ Dare ye for thig abjure the civil sword, Christianity — it is not to discuss “ To force the consciences wbich God set free, some metaphysical and abstract prin- “ And ride us with a classic bierarchy! ciple, in no way connected with the comfort or obedience of Christians; a plain English Bible, and good eyes

We bless God that he has given us but it is on one of the positive insti- to read it; and we bless

Him likewise tutes of the Saviour, enjoined by his that he has endued us with some meaprecept and illustrated by his example. We would candidly ask, what tents. We are not unmindful of one

sure of capacity to understand its conopinion do such criticisms lead us to form of the author of our religion? fact, that the commonalty of the

Christian church who have learned Is it conceivable, that he should have engaged the Spirit of inspiration to and not from systems, or sculptures,

their religion purely from the Bible, assist the writers of the Sacred Scriptures, and after all, have delivered or scraps of the fathers, have been far his will in such a latent and ambigu- much more pacific in disposition,

nearer each other in sentiment and ous style as would require such an than those who have investigated the amazing fund of ingenuity and pene, Bible with all these preparatory actration to discover its meaning; and which indeed would never be fully quisitions. Let the learned agree comprehended, till a bright genius

about any point, and then it will arose near 2000 years after it was carry some portion of weight in fixing penned? Let it be considered, too, avail themselves of their advan

the opinions of those who cannot that the discussion is not respecting one of the ultimate branches of tages.. But till then, we must be exChristian duty; but on one of its first cused if we refuse Mr. Taylor's “ sixprecepts, yea, the very first-to be penny” glasses, and congratulate ourpractised on the first introduction of of prophecy, to which we do well to

selves on having "a more sure word à convert into the Saviour's king- take heed." dom, and when, consequently, his information as to the will of Christ, must have been in one of its earliest A Discourse on Sacrifices. By Sostages.

lomon Bennett. London. 1815. We cannot conclude our remarks

Price 28. on this series of pamphlets, without Among the multitudinous produclaying before our readers, a short hint tions of the modern press, we have selected from the Preface to the ivth more than once seen a pamphlet, Letter. “ The Gentleman who com- written by an Empiric, with the pro plains that the former were unfit for fessed intention of guarding mankind the perusal of his family, will be against some malignant disease, and gratified to learn, that after the opi- recommending the course proper to nion of the more intelligent class of be pursued by such as are unhappily readers has been obtained on the ar- labouring under its baneful influence, gument, they will be reduced to the or in danger of being contaminated by level of the meanest capacity, in a it. But 'ere we had turned over half sixpenny pamphlet. For, it appears a dozen pages, we discovered that to the writer to be inconsistent with much more was meant than met the honour and integrity to render the eye in the title page, or even in the argument popular, till after it has preface;—that the benevolent disciple 'been canvassed by those who are best of Esculapius was not so intent on the able to appreciate it." So then it ap- public good as to forget his own;—that pears,

that when these lords of learn- all his profession of philanthropy was ing have settled the point to their.own only a maneuvre of self-interest;satisfaction, they are to come down to and that the real design of the pamthe lower house, and by some magis- phlet was to recommend some nosterial veto to settle the terms of the trum prepared by the writer, a kind controversy for ever! But we wish of panacea, to expel every inward mathem to know, that the “Commons,” | lady, and heal every external wound,

are the true representatives of the -and that a quantum sufficit of this į people ; and that we will never have pulvis, or aqua mirabilis would be sold

eur liberties infringed upon by the I for the moderate suin of two guineas,

before us,

of me;

There are Empirics in Theology as London. Nisbet; and Gale & Fenwell as in Medicine; and among the ner. Pp. 224. Price 3s. 6d. 1817. Theological Empirics who have in- It is to be lamented that a work, prosulted the world'in print, the writer fessedly intended to instruct the rising

is not the least empirical. generation, should introduce itself The distinguishing characteristics of with such a parade of biblical tyroism, his “ Discourse” are ignorant as- and abound so much with quotation sumption, dogmatical contradiction, as to render it, little more than a illogical argument, and scurrilous in- compilation of heterogeneous matter, vective: for, like most other quacks, more calculated to confuse than to he discovers no small talent at abusing instruct. We find little that is origimuch wiser and better men than him- nal either in the plan or the execuself. But the chief design of this tion of this small volume. “Of pamphlet appears to be that of calling making many books,” said Solomon, the attention of the public to a larger

« there is no end." And if books are work which, it seems, the author has to be made of such materials, and put written, of which this Discourse ex- together in such a manner as this is, hibits a choice specimen, and with we cannot doubt that Solomon's rethe whole of which he is desirous of mark is peculiarly applicable to the blessing the world.

present times. Mr. Bennett's vaunting pretensions To aim at enlightening the juvenile and the style in which they are an- mind is highly commendable; but to nounced, remind us of the foreign assume the Doctor's gown, and the mountebank, who had just acquired a clerical cap is more calculated to awe sufficient smattering of English to the minds of youth than to gain their address his gaping audience in the attention and esteem. We presume following elegant couplet:

that were the Tutor to familiarize his “Come buy my fine powdars, come by dem style, and to condescend to the low

estate of the understandings of those Hare be de best powdars dat ever you see."

he wishes to instruct, he would be In the liber mirabilis now advertised, more likely to obtain his object than this Solomon has proved that not- by appearing to soar so much above withstanding all the various readings them as he does in this performance. found in different Jewish copies of the Perhaps we may, by some, be conPentateuch, there have been no in- sidered as severe in saying that we terpolations, omissions, or alterati- half suspect this author to be just ons !! That Kennecott and De Rossi entering the Janua Linguarum, and were pedants and fools for such fan- that like other Tyros he is fond of tastical insinuations and falsehoods !! displaying the advances he makes. that Jewish Rabbies and Christian When permission has been given Divines have been equally fools or us to inspect the mansions of the knaves in representing atonement by great and the noble, we have generally animal sacrifice, as required for re- found something curious and amusmission of sin under the law of Moses !! ing. In this Ábode of Wisdom we --and that the Mishna, a book writ- have not been altogether disappointten nearly two centuries after the ed : we have made, at least, two very Christian era, is authority anterior to extraordinary discoveries. The first the Christian era !! &c. &c.

in (p. 6.) That Bees are up and at And to perfect the climax, if any work before 1 O'Clock in the mornof our Readers be desirous of seeing ing. The second (p. 9.) that, a few such prodigies of argument and de- months since they were inanimate monstration as those we have hinted maggots.And we doubt not, that at, they may send their names to“ Mr. should some Connissieurs in these Solomon Bennett,” as Subscribers affairs be admitted into this Royal to his publication, Price only Two Palace, they will discover many other GOINBAS!

things equally amusing and instructive.

Notwithstanding the remarks now

made, we admit that the author is not The Abode of Wisdom exhibited in a destitute of talents, which we wish

Series of Letters from Miss Truth him to cultivate; and we recommend to Miss Attentive. By the Author it to him to study Teipsum nosce as a of the Shepherd and his Flock. profitable text to all his future efforts.

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