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English Bishop to stand up in the House of Lords, and denounce him as unfit for his office, as a commissioner of the Board of Education.
We offer no analysis of the pamphlets before us: we press it upon the conscience of every individual who may take up these pages, to procure, to read, and to circulate them. We refer our Christian friends to their bibles-we refer them to the records of their own and other countries—for the character of Popery, and for its deeds, whenever possessed of temporal ascendancy. We plead with them on behalf of their children, of the poor of our own flock, and of the still poorer, because spiritually destitute, lay members of a church, the deepest abominations of which are bidden from their view. It is our solemn, our imperative duty to show the Roman Catholics themselves what their own religion is ; for, generally, they are ignorant of it, because the day is not yet come, in which the weapon of unholy warfare may be put into their hands. We ask a careful perusal of these pamphlets; and we pray God to revive the languishing flame upon his altar; to rekindle, ere it be too late, the zeal of his privileged children.
There is not too much private and personal religion among us: but, in some cases, our religion is too exclusively private and personal. We want a more enlarged heart towards the Israel of God: a more firm and compacted front to present to her enemies; we want the holy patriotism of David“ Pray for the peace of Jerusalem ; they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions' sakes I will now say, Peace be within
thee. Because of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek thy good.”
THE CHURCH CATECHISM EXPLAINED,
AND PROVED FROM SCRIPTURE. For families and schools. By Catherine J. Gauntlett.
Seeley and Burnside, and Simpkin and Marshall. Nothing gratifies us more than to be enabled to point out a book which mothers may place in the hands of their children, with a reasonable hope of their deriving solid benefit from it. Such a book we now have before us. The Author's venerable father (whose sermons and memoir we hope soon to notice) characterized it, shortly before his death, as the best exposition of the Church Catechism he had
Our reading is not so extensive as was that of Mr. Gauntlett, yet we too have seen many expositions of this comprehensive “form of sound words; ' and certainly none that places it in so clear and scriptural a point of view as this little manual of Miss Gauntlett. The scripture proofs, printed at length, and in the body of the work, are judiciously selected, and beautifully arranged. We confidently recommend it to every family desirous of bringing up its youthful members in a conscientious adherence to the principles of the Established Church ; and we sincerely wish that some of those who object to our catechism may be induced to give it a fair reading.
JOURNAL OF A RESIDENCE IN CHINA, and
the Neighbouring Countries, from 1830 to 1833. By David Abeel, Missionary of the American Board of Missions to South-Eastern Asia. Revised and reprinted from the American edition, with an Introductory Essay, by the Hon. and Rev. Baptist Wriothesley Noel, M. A. Nisbet and Co.
We are always glad to see any work that tends to lay the dark places of the earth open to the commiserating gaze of God's people. The mighty empire of China, so recently unsealed, as it were, to us, is a field to which we have more than once directed the attention of our readers : the miserable condition of their own sex, in that region, presenting a peculiarly strong claim on the sympathy of Christian ladies. Mr. Abeel's narrative conveys much ivformation, considering the limited time that he could devote to researches that would furnish occupation for a long life. We have a terrible picture of heathen cruelty and crime, with a lamentable one of Roman Catholic ignorance and subtlety, ingrafting its own idolatries upon those of the Pagan, and turning both to account, in the unsanctified path of worldly gain. The volume is very sketchily written; but it could not have been otherwise. We recommend it, as presenting, from the vast territory of this gigantic empire and its environs, a thrilling appeal to Christian philanthropy_Come over, and help us!' It is astonishing to us, how so many“ careless daughters can be at ease in Zion, with such claims, both at home and abroad, upon their zeal and self-denial in the despised cause of the gospel of Christ.
PRAYERS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN. Hatchards.
Just the words to be put into the mouths of young children. So simple, as to be well understood by them: so short, as not to weary their attention : so sound, as to keep before their view their own state, as sinners, the love of God the Father, the atonement of God the Redeemer, and the necessary help of God the Sanctifier. Each little petition is headed by an appropriate text of scripture, and followed by a hymn. We have seen it voluntarily adopted, and regularly used by a little child, from the hour that it fell into his hands.
HINTS designed to regulate the intercourse of Chris
tians. By W. B. Sprague, D. D. Pastor of the second Presbyterian Church in Albany.
With a recommendatory preface, by W. Urwick, D. D. Robertson and Co., and Hamilton and Co.
We intended to have noticed this volume some time ago; and regret that it escaped our memory so long. The world, we know, is much addicted to inveighing against the world. Each individual, generally speaking, has some pathetic complaint to make, or some condemnatory conclusion to draw, with regard to that body of which he forms, it would seem, an isolated member, amiably free from the contamination that pervades the rest. The same habit prevails among those whose privilege it is to be “not of the world.” Almost every professor of vital godliness has a complaint to bring against the bulk of religious people, that their conduct is too inconsistent, their conversation too unprofitable, to meet his idea of what a Christian ought to be. Unhappily there is but too much reason for the complaint; and, in the eye of Him who left us an example, with an injunction that we should tread in his steps, the gold must be changed indeed, the fine gold become dim. His disciples are too ready to forget their most impressive title—their most important character—“Ye are the salt of the earth.”
Now, ardently desiring to see this evil vigorously resisted, and the people of God walking more worthy of their high calling, we took up Dr. Sprague's book, hoping, from its title, that it bore strongly upon the second great point connected with the order and beauty, the stability and effectiveness of Christ's militant church. The first point being, unquestionably, that of communion with God, we place next to it, the intercourse of Christians one with another. We found, in the preface of Dr. Urwick, a just and pbilosophical view of the subject; and in the work itself precisely what we desired to meet with. It is luminously arranged under heads, treating of the object, grounds, and mode of conducting Christian intercourse. Of its hindrances, occasions, opportunities and perversions : of its bearings, in the family circle, with youth, between the higher and lower classes, and in epistolary correspondence; added to this, we found a mass of valuable matter on the important topic of the intercourse of Christians with the world. We advise all our friends,