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too apt to dishonour him, destroy their own peace, and hinder their progress by their desponding fears.
• He arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea, &c.-When your doubts are up, and run mountains high, think you see him in the very action and posture of rebuking the winds and the sea.
• Ver. 27. What manner of man is tkis? — Blessed are we when we can say this from our own experience of his power in us. do not believe in him at all, if we do not believe in him for this very end.
• Ver. 28. Two possessed with devils, &c.- In the mischievous disposition, madness, despair, and blasphemy of those possessed with the devils, hell is as it were naked before us. How dreadful to think this may be our condition !
· Ver. 29. What have we to do rilh thee, &c. ?—They knew what they said, and that he did not come to help them. Blessed be God, he came to deliver us from their
power and malice. But what less, in effect, do all those say, who prefer their lusts to him, refuse his help, and despise his salvation ? • Art thou come hither to torment us before the time?
The day of judgment. They know their sufferings are not yet at the highest, and think of the time with dread and horror. They are here preaching to What is your
choice from this day forward? Will you follow Christ, or go with them into their place of torment ?
• Ver. 32. And he said unto then, Go.-Better any where than in man. But why must the owners of the swine suffer this loss? It is a sufficient answer to say, that Christ saw fit. We all know who sends calamities, and for what end ; and why then should this, more than other instances of the same nature, be thought a reflection on Divine goodness?
• Ver. 34. Besought him that he would depart out of their coasts. The miracle wrought no effect among them. They preferred their swine to his presence and teaching.
Good Lord, deliver us from the dreadful guilt of saying, what have we to do with thee Thou tookest on thee the seed of Abraham, and camest in great pity to heal and help us, to rescue and save us, to cleanse us from the defilement of sin, and restore the decayed powers of our natures ; and without the grace of thy redemption, we perish. Grant us so perfectly to believe in thee, thai, renouncing all self-dependence, and trusting only in thy help, we may follow thee without delay, as the life of our souls, and by thy mighty aid be defended in all dangers, and against all the enemies of our salvation.'
In expounding the Epistle to the Romans, the Author has adopted the mode of a running paraphrase, with reflections, which was most suitable to his design in the publication. His remarks are often extremely judicious; and the circumstances in his life already adverted to, give both value and interest to this portion of his works. The Sermons are plain and fa. miliar, not distinguished, however, by any very striking qualities. The publication by which he has been most extensively known
to religious readers, is the posthumous selection from his Diary, entitled by his Editor, Private Thoughts.” This consists of his sentiments on a variety of subjects, written down as they arose in his mind, without order or method, and very seldom with any date ; obviously not designed for the public eye, although he committed his papers generally to the Editor, with a discretionary power to publish or to suppress. The selection and the arrangement are, therefore, not Mr. Adam's, but the Editor's; and though on the whole judicious, are by no means unexceptionable. A large proportion of these Thoughts are exceedingly pithy, striking, and instructive; but some are trite, others coarse, and a few injudicious. The value of the publication would have been quadrupled, if a more rigid selection had reduced its size by one third.
Mr. Wilson appears to us to have characterized it very correctly.
• They are,' he says, the produce of a very pious, & very acute, and a very honest mind. It is not a volume which charms by the force and purity of its style, by the closeness of its reasoning, or the tenderness of its persuasion...... The topics are detached and unconnected. Some of the expressions are brief and even obscure, and others strong and unguarded." But, with all these, and perhaps some other defects, the thoughts are so acute and penetrating; they spring from such a mature knowledge of the Holy Scriptures ; they open the recesses
of the human heart with sucli skill and faithfulness ; they lift up so $ boldly the veil which conceals the deformity of our motives; and the
whole conception of Christianity which they exhibit, is so just and so comprehensive ; as to render them a most valuable monument of practical and experimental divinity. Such a writer as Mr. Adam takes us out of our ordinary track of reading and reflection, and shews us ourselves...... The characteristic of the entire Volume is depth of scriptural and experimental knowledge. It requires, therefore, thought and time, in order to be appreciated. But it will amply repay both.'
The present edition of the “ Private Thoughts" forms one of a series of republications, under the general title of “ Select Christian Authors,” to which we shall take some future opportunity to advert. It is neatly printed and commendably cheap. A large impression of the same work was printed at the expense of a benevolent individual in the course of 1822, the greater part of which were gratuitously distributed. The title-page simply announces that the edition was ' printed for Edward Powell.' The work has perpetually been republished; but we shall be glad if Mr. Wilson's recommendation should obtain its introduction into a circle of readers to whom its Author's name has been hitherto unknown. A few notes, attached to the “unguarded' expressions, would much have enhanced the value of the edition.
Art. XI. A Brief Statement of the Reasons for Dissent from the
Church of England: being the Substance of an Address delivered at the Ordination of the Rev. John Woolridge, at Bristol. By the late Rev. Samuel Lowell. 8vo. pp. 48. Price 1s. London. 1823. THIS production, which bears the impress alike of sound
sense and genuine candour, was the last effort of the highly respected Author in the service of his heavenly Master. • It was undertaken while health and strength afforded a cheering
prospect of many future years of labour; but he was unex*pectedly arrested by death in his course of honourable use• fulness, and his purposes were broken off.' The concluding part of the Address has been supplied by the Rev. Mr. Crisp, to whom he consigned the unfinished manuscript, from the short notes which were used by Mr. Lowell in delivering it.
• It is a fact,' Mr. Crisp very properly remarks, • which ought to be stated, as giving peculiar fitness and propriety to the selection of this subject at such a season, that far from being frequently brought forward in Dissenting Congregations, it is in general scrupulously avoided, so as seldom to be even slightly touched upon in the ordinary exercises of the pulpit.'
We believe that this is all but universally the case, and we applaud the motives which lead our ministers to avoid such topics in addressing a mixed audience. If they neglect other opportunities of conveying instruction to their flock on this subordinate but still most important subject,-in the parlour, or in the vestry, we commend them not. The ordination of a minister is, however, a fit occasion for the public declaration of the principles of Dissent; and it is to be regretted that ordination services do not excite more general interest.
• I shall be forgiven,' said Mr. Lowell, if I so far venture to speak of my own ministry, as to state, that being now in the twenty-fifth year of my residence as the pastor of a church in this city, I have in no instance made our Dissent the subject of even a branch of any single Discourse. But on an occasion like the present, I persuade myself that no candid person will be surprised, much less displeased, by your attention being directed to this topic, especially as, from ignorance of the principles of Nonconformity, trivial and insufficient reasons are not unfrequently assigned for our conduct as Dissenters. And as we think that we are adopting the rules prescribed by Him who is “the head over all things to the church,"we" beseech you to hear us patiently."
If a man be a good man, it is often said, it does not signify whether he be a Churchman or a Dissenter. Most true, and yet,
most untrue. It does not signify, as regards the claims of the individual to our cordial esteem and regard; nor, if he be conscientious and consistent in the maintenance of his principles, can it ultimately signify to himself. But it may not be such a matter of indifference, and cannot be, if truth is important at all, whether a man should turn Churchman or turn Dissenter, as it may suit his caprice or interest, without examining the principles of either party, or in spite of the misgivings of his own mind. This discourse will shew that a firm attachment to the principles of Nonconformity involves no breach of the law of candour. We hesitate to decide whether even a bigoted Episcopalian is not in some points of view more respectable than the trimming, compromising Dissenter. Strange to say, none are less truly charitable than the ultra candid, none more conso rious than the latitudinarian.
• I wish, I ardently wish, to cultivate whatever deserves the name of Christian candour; but do not conceive that amiable virtue to consist in concealing whatever is comprised in our own views of truth, but rather in making all possible allowance for what we deem the mistakes of others, and in conducting ourselves in the spirit of meekness and love towards those whose religious investigations have not terminated in agreement with our own. By this kind of standard I hope I shall never be unwilling to be tried. I think it is not possible for the human mind to be more clearly or more strongly convinced of the truth of any proposition, than I am convinced of the firmness of the ground, the scriptural ground, on which we rest the cause of our Dissent, and which I conceive to be the cause of God and of truth. Still, brethren, all Dissenter as I am, if I could not embrace with affection á pious Churchman, if I could not with Christian ardor press him to my heart, and hail him as a brother in Christ, I should think my own Christianity to be extremely doubtful,' p. 36, 37.
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