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Conamur tevues grandia.
Acts, xx. 28.
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We are called upon at the end of another year to acknowledge with gratitude to God, and thankfulness to our numerous Friends and Correspondents, the measure of assistance and success which we have experienced.
During the whole of the year our labours have met with great encouragement.
Our circulation has increased, and the testimonies of approbation received from various quarters are such as authorize us to hope that our work has not been in vain in the Lord. We are animated, therefore, to proceed with renewed vigour in that holy cause in which we have engaged, and trust that we shall still be supported by all who wish well to our Zion.
Circumstances, which it is not now necessary to explain, prevented our resuming the Short Character of Books so early as was intimated in the last year's Preface. Many, indeed, wished us to continue our Quarterly Supplement; but after giving this proposal a full and final consideration, we have been induced to revert to our original plan, and insert a half-sheet of Review in each succeeding number. In conducting this part of our Work, we have endeavoured to observe a medium between the lengthened articles of more expensive publications, and the meager statements which appear in some of the monthly journals. Our object is to comprise the review of every work which we notice within the limits of a single number; and we trust the reviews already inserted have both been conceived in a strict spirit of impartiality, and are calculated to assist our readers in forming a suitable idea of the principal religious publications which have lately appeared. In this part of our labours we especially need the assistance of others, and trust our numerous and valuable Correspondents will cheerfully vouchsafe their aid.
It has been our custom, on these occasions, to advert to the leading events of the year which has past; but, in a Christian point of view, the period has not been marked by any very novel
The question of Catholic Emancipation succeeded indeed in the House of Commons, but failed in the House of Peers; and though we conceive the dangers both to Church and State on this point are sufficient to excite apprehension, yet we trust, that, through God's mercy, the wisdom of our Nobles and Senators will still avail to prevent the fearful experiment from being tried.
The distresses of the Sister Island are, indeed, great; and at the moment we are writing, fresh tidings of horror are announced from that devoted country. But if Ireland is to be saved, if she is to be rescued from that wretched state of moral degradation to which she is reduced, it must be effected, not by sanctioning and encouraging the mummeries of Roman Catholic superstition, but by pouring forth on her dark and benighted shores a torrent of Christian light, of sound morality, of enlarged and extensive benevolence. It is to the labours of Bible and School Societies we look, and to the efforts of holy and devoted men, who, however despised in some circles and feared in others, are shining as lights in that long-neglected land. May their numbers be exceedingly increased!
We have to congratulate our Readers on the steady progress of the Bible, the Missionary, and the Jewish cause. Trials, indeed, and disappointments in each department occasionally arise to exercise the faith and patience of those who are actively engaged in them; but if in one quarter, as for instance in Greece, their progress is for a time impeded, in others, as in South America, the door is opened to still more extensive success; if death or defection remove some of their instruments, others rise up and enrol themselves under their holy banners. The work of the Lord still gains ground, and each succeeding period furnishes fresh motives for praise and gratitude, and encourages us still more to pray, “Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children; and let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it."
Dec. 17, 1821.
FOUR FIRST DECADES OF THE
ECCLESIASTICAL MEMOIR OF The comprehend; and would rather
rob that Son of his Godhead, and REIGN OF GEORGE THE THIRD. deny the grace of his redemption, [Continued from Vol. XII. Page 486.]
than submit to the humiliating
truths of his merciful revelation. 8. While those who entertain So true is that rule of the Apostle: the high Predestinarian notions, “ If our Gospel be hid, it is hid to not without a mixture of personal them that are lost; in whom the enthusiasm, are often led into sec- god of this world hath blinded the tarian feelings, which in a greater eyes of them that believe not.” or less degree are opposed to the The Antichristian leaven, which genuine spirit of the Gospel; they fermented even in the day of St. are nevertheless on the platform John, now gave rise to a lengthenof Christianity, and at intervalsed controversy on the person of experience such counteraction, so the Messiah. It began by the to speak, from the fire of divine publication of Dr. Priestley, enlove, as enables them to rise above titled, “ A History of the early the technicalities of system, and Corruptions of Christianity.” The glow with affections superior to the plausible author endeavoured to narrowness of favouritism. But make it appear that the light of the charity affected by the sup- divine truth had been gradually porters of what is called " Rational obscured from the time of the Christianity” is a false principle. Apostles. The admission of PlaIt is a compound of infidelity, con
tonists into the Christian commuceit, and selfishness. It professes nion was represented as the source to open its arms to all who are sine of the evil. Corruption began by. cere in their respective modes; to the doctrine of the Trinity, and pity the credulity of the orthodox, more particularly of the divinity whom it considers as idolaters; and of Christ, which was followed by to promise . salvation to all who those of the necessity of the sacraregret their past offences, and ments to salvation, worship of make satisfaction to the best of martyrs, and the atonement. The their power. It takes credit to it- increase in the number of esteemself, meanwhile, for an enlargement ed sacraments, with the predomiof heart, while that heart is too nance of Popery, were the topcold and too dead to embrace the stones of this fabric of error. It is animating and genial sublimities of obvious that a work of this nature the Gospel. Impenetrable to the was calculated to be exceedingly affecting testimony which the Fa- injurious to the purity of Christian ther hath given of the Son, they faith. It required considerable treat as fabulous what they cannot acquaintance with patristic theoChist. Guard. Vol. XIII.