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ioners may leave for these western shores, the propriety of always giving to them letters of commendation addressed to Christ's ministering servants, wherever in God's providence their lot may be cast. Since writing the above, we observe that the Venerable Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts have adopted and recommended the following Form.
"To the Right Reverend the Lord Bishop, and the Reverend the Clergy of the · Church of England, [or of the American Church,] in the Diocese of
in the Diocese of
"I desire herewith to commend to your pastoral care and brotherly good offices, of the Parish of who with his family is about to settle in and I certify that he is a member of the Church of England, and that his children, severally named have been baptized. Minister of
This pamphlet of 84 pages contains Bishop Doane's theory of education; a thorough exposition of the course of instruction and discipline adopted at Burlington College; the course of studies prescribed; Catalogues of Professors and students, with maxims for teachers, parents, &c.
Bishop Doane has gone to work upon the theory that what is worth doing at all is worth doing well; and this thoroughness he carries into all the little details which make up the routine of College and Academic life. He overlooks nothing; systematizes every thing; puts the machine in motion, and makes every thing and every body move on in harmony. We have no doubt of the entire success of Burlington College. We can bear witness to converts to the Bishop's scheme,-and this warm confidence based upon the intuition, that he has hit upon the true, and only true theory of education.
BISHOP DOANE'S ORDINATION SERMON on Trinity Sunday.
From this Sermon we give the following extract of surpassing beauty:
• The doctrine of the Trinity is the great, comprehensive, and conservative doctrine of the Gospel. It is the golden vase, in which all others are enclosed. They are shut up within it, as the germ is in the seed. Take out the germ, from its appointed nest, and plant it, and it dies. It dies, for want of shelter. It dies, for want of nourishment. It dies, from dislocation and dismemberment. So, to compare the Infinite, the Eternal, the Incomprehensible, with mites and motes; precisely so, with Gospel Truth. The Catholic doctrine of the Trinity has never been held, and the Catholic doctrine of the true and real divinity of Jesus Christ, His effectual mediation, or His sufficient atonement for all human sin, been lost. Nor has the Catholic doctrine of the Trinity ever been rejected, and the Catholic doctrines of the divinity, mediation, and atonement of Jesus Christ, retained. Well and wisely has the Church ordained this Holy Feast.
"The feast of Trinity has been, from earliest times, an ordination Sunday; as our twentieth Canon declares: Agreeably to the practice of the Primitive Church, the stated times of ordination shall be on the Sundays following the Ember Weeks, viz: the second Sunday in Lent, the feast of Trinity, and the Sundays after the Wednesdays following the 14th day of September, and the 13th of December.' Bishops, with outstretched hands, impart to faithful men, the gift of God, to minister in his own name, to dying souls. And heaven is opened, with new mercies, and its arches vocal with new songs, as angels strive in vain to count the multitudes, that shall be given, as seals, to these new messengers of pardon, of sinners that repent. Beautiful observance, that connects us, in this humble house of prayer, with the whole Church, in all the world, and with the whole sacred past. Beautiful embodiment of the communion of saints, that, at a zone of altars, which enconipasses the globe, brethren kneel down to-day with us; and Priests, and Deacons, in a multitude, beyond our power to number, start forward, from this day, leaders in the great sacramental host of God's elect, to bear the banner of the Cross, to new and nobler triumphs; to bear to broken hearts, the healing unction of the Saviour's name, who dyed it with His blood."
VOL. II.-NO. II.
ART. X.-LITERARY INTELLIGENCE.
The following important works, bearing more or less directly upon Theology, were published in England during the Quarter ending May 1st. The Apostolical Constitutions and Canons, in Coptic, edited by the celebrated Coptic scholar, Rev. H. Tattam. A complete collection of the Ignatian Epistles, genuine, interpolated, and spurious; together with numerous extracts from ecclesiastical writers, in Syriac, Greek, and Latin, with critical apparatus, by Rev. William Cureton; also a translation of the Apostolical Acts and Epistles from the Peschito or Ancient Syriac, the vernacular language of our Lord and His Apostles, by J. W. Etheridge; to whom we have already been indebted for a translation of the Syriac Gospels and Liturgy.
The Hon. and Rev. Baptist W. Noel has published an Essay on the Union of Church and State, intended as an apology for his secession from the Church of England and joining with those with whom he has long been associated in spirit. The work contains many truths, though not the most kindly or judiciously uttered. Their force, however, is much abated by the grievous error which runs through the book. It is evidently the work of an unquiet spirit, as indeed we might expect from the previous history of the man, and from his former publications. The Essay has been replied to by C. Gillmoor, T. Boys, and some others.
A. Coquerel's Answer to Strauss' Life of CHRIST has been translated from the French, and published ;-R. Gibbins has a volume on Roman forgeries and falsifications;-S. R. Maitland, on subjects connected with the Reformation in England; -E. C. Harrington, on the Reformers of the Anglican Church and Mr. Macaulay.
J. Gray has published a work showing that the Earth's antiquity is in harmony with the Mosaic account of the creation;-E. Madely, on the Science of Correspondencies, intended as a key to the true interpretration of Scripture ;-G. R. Gliddon has just issued a work on Egyptian Antiquities. His means of knowledge have been good, and if he has exercised sound judgment, the work will be valuable. His previous publication was characterized by especial hostility to the Hebrew Bible.
Of Exegetical works, we observe Notes on the Apocalypse, by H. F. Burder ;Lectures on the same, by C. Wordsworth ;-Commentary on St. Luke's Gospel, by W. Trollope;-Thoughts on Nehemiah, by H. Woodward;-Commentaries on the New Testament, by H. Olshausen.
Rev. W. Goode has published a work on the doctrine of the Baptism of Infants in the Church England, with an Appendix containing the Baptismal Services of Luther, and the Liturgies of Nuremberg and Cologne.
The Quarter ending June 1st, has presented us with the following works of interest to the Christian scholar. A new edition of Palmer's letters to Dr. Wiseman, on the Errors of Romanism, a complete and thorough confutation; a republication of the Hon. and Rev. B. W. Noel's Essay on Church and State, already characterized;-Turnbull's Review of Dr. Bushnell's Theories of the Incarnation and Atonement, intended as a supplement to his Theophany;-Review of the same work, by Rey. Dr. Pond;-The Good and Bad in the Roman Catholic Church, by Rev. H. M. Field, a curious book, considering its source ;-An attempt to show that Sprinkling is the only mode of Baptism made known in the Scriptures, by Rev. Dr. Peters ;a new edition of Rev. Dr. Tyng's " Israel of God."
The works of the Rev. J. M. Mason, D. D. ;-Life and Thoughts of John Foster;-Life of Rev. David Abeel;-Life and Works of Miss Mary Jane Graham; have also appeared.
We may also mention the republication of Layard's Nineveh, a work of great merit and value;-Curzon's Monasteries of the Levant, which is both interesting and useful;-D'Aubigne's Germany, England, and Scotland, being reminiscences of travels in 1845; Cummings' Manual of Bible Evidence for the people, with an introduction by Hon. T. Frelinghuysen ;-J. A. James' Earnest Ministry, the want of the times, with an introduction by Rev. Dr. Condit, of Newark, N. J.
The Philosophy of Religion, by J. D. Morell, is an able work, clear, lucid, and satisfactory if we adopt the author's stand-point. But there is a falsehood running through the whole which renders it comparatively worthless as a work on Religious Philosophy; the assumption that the consciousness of the natural and renewed man, is so identical, that the one may be educated up into the other. This is the foundation stone of the popular religionism of the day, and can be effectually met and overcome, only by reasserting more clearly and emphatically, the old doctrine of the Church, that the Grace which renews the soul imparts to it a new and higher consciousness, and thereby enables it to know things which are beyond the reach of, and incomprehensible to the natural understanding. Dr. Rothe, from whom our author has copied a long extract as a "Note" to the last chapter, admits this distinction, though in a cautious and careful manner. Without this distinction, Pelagianism, Perfectionism, or Pantheism, is a necessary logical alternative.
Wiley, of New York, has published a fac-simile of the Leipsic edition of Hahn's Hebrew Bible, which is announced in the papers as the first American Edition. It should have been said, first American edition with points, an edition having been published in Philadelphia, in 1814, from the text of Van der Hooght, without points. The republication of The Esthetic and Miscellaneous works of Frederick Von Schlegel, adds a valuable work to our literature; which is more than we can say of a strange book entitled, Beneficence of Design in the Problem of Evil, vindicated by the law of causation in the Physical construction of Matter. It purports to be by a "Journeyman," and assumes the title of a "Tenth Bridgewater Treatise." Rev. Dr. Dickinson's Religion Teaching by Example, exemplified by scenes from Scripture, has already reached a second edition. Rev. Dr. Miller's History philosophically illustrated, is a valuable text-book for those who wish to see the Providence of God in history. A History of the Vaudois Church has also been issued from the press.
"Voice of the Anglican Church on Confession," is the title of an anonymous pamphlet, subsequently acknowledged by Rev. Daniel Macleod, the design of which is to revive the practice of Auricular Confession, by showing that the great divines of the English Church have approved it, and wished its restoration. "Voice of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States on Confession; with an Appendix," is the title of a counter pamphlet, taking the ground that, whatever might have been the opinion of the English Divines, the American Church has decided for herself against it. "Confession, as held by the Anglican Church," is the title of a third pamphlet, attributed to Rev. Dr. Seabury, in review of the preceding, showing that the proof offered by the first is made out by unfair and garbled quotations, and that the ground taken by the second is unnecessary and improper.
The Origin and Use of Creeds, Rev. S. Fuller;-Thoughts on the Gospel Miracles, Rev. Dr. Williams;-Lectures on the Second Advent, Rev. E. Winthrop ;-A few Days at Nashotah, Rev. Dr. Kip ;—The Stranger in the Church, Bp. Burgess ;Apostolical Succession, Rev. Dr. Wheat ;-Economy of secondary causes in Spiritual things, Rev. W. D. Wilson ;-History of American Baptist Missions, by Prof. William Gammell, must be added to the above.
Among the most important works of the day, all things considered, must be reckoned the Mercersberg Review, the organ of the so-called Mercersberg school of theology. This school represents the most orthodox portion of the New Lutheran school in Germany. The principal characteristics of the school are, deep earnestness of spirit,-great scientific accuracy,―a hearty reception of the old Catholic Creeds,-full acknowledginent of the Church as the body of Christ, and its authority in matters of faith,-and the sacraments as necessary means of communion with the Life of the body,-strong condemnation of the sect system,-and a longing after greater union among all orthodox Christians on the basis of Apostolical Christianity.
SUMMARY OF HOME INTELLIGENCE.
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The following resolutions were adopted by the Convention of Pennsylvania, with very great unanimity:
Resolved, That the removal by the House of Bishops of the disabilities imposed by that body, on the Rt. Rev. Henry U. Onderdonk, D. D., would give great satisfaction to the individuals, clerical and lay, composing this Convention, and also it is believed, to many others, as well in the Church generally, as in the diocese once under his jurisdiction.
Resolved, Moreover, that while such removal would cheer the declining years of a venerable and distinguished servant of the Church, it would secure to his many admirable productions their just estimation by posterity, and be in accordance with the charity so eloquently portrayed in the teaching and so consistently exemplified in the conduct of the great Apostle of the Gentiles.