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examine it with care will be satisfied that this estimate is not rasbly made. The author is a native of Greece, and has obtained a mastery over the niceties of the language, which is hardly to be expected from others. In addition to this, he has applied to the best sources for assistance, and has successfully wrought the materials which he found into his own plan. The arrangement of the book is excellent ; his rules are laid down with clearness and precision ; and his illustrations are happy.
In the preparation of the Reader, Prof. Felton bas departed
Kingdom of Grace : by Dr. F.W. Krummacher, Author
1840. pp. 262.
9.-Life and Death of the Rev. Joseph Alleine, A. B., Author of
" An Alarm to the Unconverted,” etc. : written by the Rev. Richard Baxter, his widow, Mrs. Theodosia Alleine, and others. To which are added his Christian Letters ; with a recommendatory Preface by Alexander Duff, D.D., one of the Church of Scotland's Missionaries to India. From the last Edinburgh Edition. New-York: Robert Carter.
1840. pp. 275. The plan of this "Life" is altogether unique. It is the joint production of nine different writers. The largest and the most interesting of these fragments was prepared by the widow of Mr. Alleine. Such a biography must, of necessity,
very defective in method and unity : indeed it is not so much a continuous life as a series of sketches. Still the book may be read with great profit. It makes us acquainted with an eminently holy man. In the midst of trials, such as few have been called to encounter, his course was a lovely illustration of the quiet and humble temper of the gospel. Strongly as we sympathize with him, in his persecutions and his protracted bodily pains, a deeper feeling is excited by the contemplation of his life--that of veneration for his piety.
His " Christian Letters” occupy about one half of the volume. We know of nothing which breathes a better spirit. In the language of John Wesley, “he seems to excel in bow. els of mercy, meekness, gentleness, in tenderness, mildness and sweetness of spirit, even to his bitterest enemies." Mr. Wesley does not "scruple to give these letters the preference, even to Mr. Rutherford's, as expressing, in a still higher de. gree, the love that is long-suffering and kind, which is not provoked, which thinketh no evil, and which hopeth, believeth and endureth all things." 10.—A Book for the Sabbath : by J. B. Waterbury, Author of
“Advice to a Young Christian," and "Happy Christian." Andover: Gould, Newman and Saxton. 1840.
11.—The Sabbath: a brief History of Laws, Petitions, Remon
strances and Reports, with facts and arguments relating to the Christian Sabbath : by Harmon Kingsbury. NewYork: Robert Carter. 1840. pp.
391. These volumes are valuable and timely. The Sabbath is vigorously assailed from many points : its enemies are bold and resolute. Our noble system of internal improvements has become a mighty engine to effect its overthrow. Our canals
and railroads, almost without exception, desecrate the day by wholesale. In high places there is a diminished regard for the institution, and a diminished respect for the feelings of those who love its privileges. And there is a growing sentiment in the community, we fear, that the claims of the Sab. bath must be compromised, and the commands of God must be reconciled to our convenience.
The first of these volumes is divided into three parts. In the first part the author presents the foundation on which the Sabbath rests; in the second, he dwells on the practical improvement of the day; and in the last, he gives a series of meditations and prayers, answering to the number of Sabbaths in the year. His leading aim is to urge upon the church a conscientious discharge of Sabbath obligations; believing, that, when their example is right, this blessed day, if not rescued entirely from profanation, will at least exert its legitimate influence. The work makes no pretensions to great depth or learning: but the discussions are lucid, the illustrations apposite and the style uncommonly pleasing. Its influence cannot fail to be happy.
The volume of Mr. Kingsbury is exceedingly valuable as a repository of facts. If disposed, we might criticise the arrangement, and point out other defects; but we should do injustice to the author to subject his book to the rules of practised writers. Its merits are superior to those of mere style. In the first chapter, he has brought together the laws of Congress and the different States, so far as they relate to the Sabhath ; the second is devoted to a detailed history of the Sunday mail question; the third and fourth are on the expediency of fearless effort, and the necessity of the Sabbath. In the fifth chapter, fifteen objections to the Sabbath are fully and satisfactorily answered. The rest of the volume contains an earnest appeal to the different classes of society in behalf of this institution. 12.-The Family a Religious Institution; or, Heaven its Model,
Troy: Elias Gates. 1840. pp. 204. The author of this volume is the Rev. E. Hopkins, pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church in Troy, N. Y. He justly remarks, that the subject which he discusses, "from its very
The leading topics of the work are, the Family a Religious Institution, the Family Constitution, the Chief Matter of Parental Solicitude, Habits of Childhood, Parental Duties and Responsibilities, on the Culture of Filial Obedience, the Season of Parental Effort, on Guiding the Affections to God, and the Family Covenant. These are all presented with ability and interest. Many of the considerations urged upon parents are peculiarly solemn and weighty. The book cannot fail to be useful. 13.-The Inquirer Directed to an Experimental and Practical
View of the Work of the Holy Spirit : by Rev. Octavius
This is the second of a series of works, which the author intends to publish, under the general title of “Experimental and Practical Views of Divine Truth.” The first in the series appeared in 1838, entitled “Experimental and Practical Views of the Atonement;" and the third is soon to be published, by the name of the “Inquirer directed to an Experimental and Practical View of the Glory of Christ."
The subjects discussed in the present volume are, the Godhead and Personality of the Spirit, the Spirit a Quickener, the Indwelling Spirit, the Sanctification of the Spirit, the Sealing of the Spirit, the Witness of the Spirit, the Spirit the Author of Prayer and the Spirit a Comforter. It is the aim of the author to present these topics in a simple, unpretending dress, resorting mainly to Scripture for his arguments and illustrations. The book is—what it professes to be-experimental and practical. No Christian can read it carefully, without resolving to be more humble and watchful in his intercourse with the indwelling Spirit.
In justice to the author, however, it should be observed, that his discussions are not superficial, because they are practical. With some of them we have been particularly pleased. We are not prepared to assent to every position which he takes. Still, the purpose and the spirit of the work we cordially approve. 14.- The Works of Thomas Chalmers, D.D., LL.D., Professor
include, in a uniform style, all the publications of the eloquent Scottish divine. Seven volumes are already out; two, on Natural Theology; two, on the Miraculous and Internal Evidences of the Christian Revelation, and the Authority of its Records ; one, on Moral and Mental Philosophy—their connection with each other; and their bearings on doctrinal and practical Christianity; one, on the Application of Christianity to the Commercial and Ordinary Affairs of Life; and one, on the Christian Revelation, viewed in connection with the Modern Astronomy; to which are added, Discourses illustrative of the connection between Theology and General Science.
The publisher is entitled to much commendation for this very seasonable and beautiful addition to our Theological Literature ; for, though most of these works were before accessible to scholars, and some of them had been extensively circulated in this country, it was very desirable that the entire productions of their eminent author should be not only in all our public Libraries, but in those of professional and other gentlemen of the Christian community.
We have no partiality for the style of Dr. Chalmers. Nor are we prepared to adopt all his speculations without modification. "He does not write the most perfect English. His composition wants that chaste, severe expression, which, like the simple drapery of the Roman statuary, outlives all the successive forms of a gaudier costume. He would have shown a better taste in preferring the style of Reid or Locke to that of Dr. Thomas Brown. And there may be reason to doubt, whether the very ardor, with which he urges
over the fields of his bold investigation, is not sometimes inconsistent with those proportioned and just views, which, as they are the rarest, are also the best characteristics of moral and theological speculation. This last remark might be illustrated by reference to the Dr.'s exhibition of the historical argument for Christianity; and to his first chapter on Natural Theology, in which an important distinction is made between the facts and the ethics of moral philosophy. In the first case, we are almost left to overlook the immense weight of the internal evidence of our religion ; and in the last, cannot but feel, that in the eloquent demonstration of a real difference, the author has pushed the distinction beyond the truth.
His unquestionable merits, however, are illustrious; they have rendered him conspicuous in a bright constellation; and will, undoubtedly, secure him a permanent place among the