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Editorial Remarks. thing which he himself had done in the commencement of his disserta

We readily admit that Clericus tion on this subject.

did not, in the work we reviewed, Dr. Livingston, I humbly con

make “any direct and unqualified ceive, has done the same thing:

concessions, as to the scriptural auThere is much positive assertion thority applicable to unlawful marwithout a particle of proof, in the riages.” But we did, and do still, quotations made from his work in think, that we had sufficient reason the Advocate. (p. 175.) I venerate

to say, in the cautious and guarded old age; but, permit me to remark, 177 of our last number, that, if we old age ; but, permit me to remark, language which we used, in page the cause it may happen to advo “rightly apprehended” him and cate, by reflecting, as is very.com carefully endeavoured to under

Veritas, after having "honestly and mon, on the comparative youthful- stand them, the whole of what they ness of an opponent. Young men may and do often err; yet, exemp. in controversy" came to “ THE RE

said on the merits of the question tion from error is not a property age. While I make no pretensions sult” which we there stated. We to extraordinary light or learning, I perceived that Clericus appeared, cannot suppose that all wisdom bas designedly, to avoid any direct apdied with those who once shone in peal to scriptural authority, in rethe church as stars of the first mag- whole pamphlet went to show that

ference to the subject; but, as his nitude, por that what remains is to be found only with those who have expediency was not to be relied on, reached, or nearly reached, the ut

and it was manifest that he differed most limit of human life.

as widely as the poles from the conFor you, reverend father, I che- clusion of Domesticus, we believed rish a profound respect-a respect that there could be no other rewhich I was taught to feel, and did sult, but that he thought reliance feel, at a very early period of my in forming a correct judgment of

must be placed on inspiration alone, life. Often have I listened to your the matter in dispute. We also eloquent pulpit discourses, and often as a catechumen have I received thought that the bearing of a good in your study the most affectionate deal which he said incidentally, did counsels. It is true, I was very Yet we intimated that it might be

really authorize this conclusion. young; the recollection of it may that we did not rightly apprehend have passed from your mind, but it is fresh in mine, and excites feel the sentiments both of him and Veings which cannot be described. ritas, in regard to this point.” We With all modesty and humility I frankly acknowledge, that we afwould gladly again sit at your feet terwards, in page 179, stated too to gain knowledge; but, Sir, you tained, in opposition to Domesticus,

strongly, that these writers mainmust excuse me if I cannot assent to a proposition, the truth of which the exclusive authority of ScripI do not clearly perceive, or if I at- ture relative to the subject in debate. tempt respectfully to show wherein Our language here was not suffithe reasoning appears to me defec- ciently guarded; and we hope ne. tive, by which it is sought to estab- ver to be disposed to attempt the lish that proposition.

defence of an error, however conWith fervent

scious we may be, as in the present that

prayer useful life may be prolonged and instance we certainly are, that it eariched with all covenant bless

was committed through inattention

and not by design. ings, yours in the Lord,

CLERICUS.

The misnomer of Veritas for C1 April 19, 1827.

ricus, in our 179th page, occur

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in the baste of composition. We argumentative ; yet, so far from be-
observed it almost as soon as our ing "without a particle of proof,"
work was published ; and several we verily believe there are particles
days before we received the com- enough in the last quotation, to over-
munication of Clericus, we had throw from the foundation the whole
marked it for correction, as it will system of Clericus and Veritas.
be found at the end of our present We certainly wish that no mar
number. We read a good many pe- who has reached the age of maturity,
riodicals, and we think that the should give up the inestimable right
number of our errata is quite as of private judgment; and we hold it
small as that of our neighbours. as a sacred principle, that the word

We have now made to Clericus of God, and that only, is the infalall the concessions that we can lible rule of faith and practice. Yet make with a good conscience; and every man, whether young or old, is more than these we are satisfied he responsible to bis God for the prowould not desire. If we “ blended per treatment of evidence on points together” the reasonings of Veritas of practical morality, and for the and Clericus, we think we had a consequent opinions and practice ale perfect right to do so; when their which he adopts. We never wished, reasonings were not only similar, and have never insinuated, that Clebut when the former, at the very ricus, or Veritas, or Domesticus, close of his pamphlet, entirely ap- should bow implicitly to hunan au. proved of the latter, and thus made thority. We have expressed the the sentiments of Clericus his own. opinion, and we still retain it, that

Although the cases of witchcraft they have not learned from others and religious persecution, as men- all that they might and ought to tioned by Clericus, were directly have learned. applied to show the fallacy of the We have no where said, nor argument from expediency used by meant to insinuate, that any of the Domesticus, yet we still believe writers whose pamphlets we reit was by no forced construction, viewed, ought to be undervalued on that we considered them as in account of their youth. The truth tended to exhibit a kind of parallel is, that if our estimate of their age with the case of a man's marrying be right, they are in the very vigour his deceased wife's sister. We of manhood; in the best period of think we might appeal to the can- life for accurate and powerful candour of Clericus himself, to say writing. We did, in the case of if he did not wish that the former Dr. L. introduce a sentence, and cases might be considered, at least elsewhere several sentences, to turn as an illustration of the absurdity aside the force of a popular notion, of the latter case.

that old men are so under the inWe must content ourselves with fluence of prejudice, and of ideas expressing our utter surprise, that imbibed in times of comparative ig. a man of so much modesty and can norance, that they cannot open dour as Clericus appears to be, their eyes on the great light of the should express himself as he does, in present age of knowledge and im. relation to what has been written by provement, nor drink in its liberal Dr. Livingston and Dr. Mason on and ennobling spirit: And we apthe subject in debate—They do not peal to our readers whether they need our vindication. We must do not, in the present day, hear this think that few competent judges of notion expressed, at least ten times logick and argument can read them, as often as they hear any claims and think of them as Clericus does. advanced in consequence of age What we quoted from Dr. L. was and standing. professedly historical, rather than

The inconsistency which we

thought was apparent in the pam- number of passages taken together, phlets of Clericus and Veritas, was that will show us who are near of intimated (we supposed with suffi- kin, in that degree which renders cient plainness) to consist in this marriage unlawful. The consetheir writing so much of an evident quence of this is, and it is avowed, tendency to set at perfect ease the that every man ought to be left on minds of those who contract the this subject to judge and act for marriages in question, and yet pro- himself. It is moreover maintaintesting that they are no advocates ed, that in cases of church discifor such marriages. For ourselves, pline, nothing but an EXPRESS “ thus we do believe that there is a gross saith the Lord," " or authority from inconsistency in this. We may God's word equivalent to it,” should prove the most powerful advocates be the ground of procedure. It folof a cause; nay, we are likely to lows, we think, as an inevitable conprove so, when we profess to have sequence from these premises, taken Do partiality in its favour.

conjointly, that po marriage whatAfter all that Clericus has stated ever, except that which the Apostle in his letter, and all that he and his Paul condemns-not even the marfriends have said in the second pub- riage of consanguineous brothers and lication which he has issued, and sisters can be the proper subject of which we have read with some at- church discipline. "Can it be that tention, we must think that the ad- the revelation of God has left so vocates of those marriages are using important a matter thus? We canarguments of most perpicious ten- not believe it. dency-false in themselves, and The affectionate manner in which calculated to lead individuals to Clericus concludes his note, has intransgress, and to introduce cor- spired feelings of tenderness, be. ruption and impurity into the church yond our powers of expression. It of Christ. That they verily believe has awakened the most interesting what they say, and that they have a recollections of his whole pious faperfect right to say what they believe, mily-once, and in our best days, a we question not. But if we do at all very dear part of our pastoral understand them-and after read- charge. May the best blessings of ing the second publication of Cleri. the covenant God of his parents be cus we think we do the sum of their all his own. system is—That there is indeed a

be ceremonial. If this is a good argu. moral obligation not to marry any ment, it will certainly set aside the moral Dear of kin, and yet that there is obligation of the Decalogue. Let any no passage* of Scripture, nor any man read the 20th chapter of Exodus,

with its connexion, and he will find it as • It is urged, again and again, that the really blended with a number of pre18th chapter of Leviticus cannot be of cepts, manifestly ceremonial and tempo. moral and perpetual obligation in pre- rary, as those which are connected with scribing the law of incest; because it is the law of incest in the 18th of Deuterointimately blended with laws admitted to nomy.

HORT NOTICES OF RECENT PUBLICATIONS. AN INADOURAL ADDRESS, delivered before We sincerely rejoice to find that a The. the Directors of the Theological Seminary ological Seminary is organized in the of the General Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran church of our country. We are Lutheran Church, by S. S. Schmucker, persuaded that this establishment will not A. M., at his induction into the Professor only be instrumental in raising the literary ship of Christian Theology, September 5, attainments of the Lutheran clergy in the 1826. Together with the Charge delivered United States, but also increasing their to him by the Rev. D. F. Schaeffer, A. M. number and guarding the purity of their

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faith against the corruptions and here. its benefits, and there are doubtless in sies now so rampant in the country from every age, some of the Iscariot band, who which their church derives its origin. In preach with some profit to others, and this persuasion we are the more confirm themselves are cast away.' But even ed by reading the pamphlet before us- these, generally, do more injury than containing the charges delivered to the good. They not only exclude from their first professor, and his inaugural address. congregations faithful servants of the Both these performances are distinguish. Lord, who would carefully feed the flock; ed for their piety; and the address of the but the cold formality, and perhaps levity professor exhibits such an acquaintance of their private walk, neutralize the in. with ibeological learning, and such right fluence of their publick ministrations and views of the manner in which the studies steel the hearts of many against the sa. of candidates for the gospel ministry cred word. Has the sword of the Spirit ought to be conducted, as promise the pierced the heart of some sinner, and, happiest results. The professor, although filled with remorse, does he call on his a young man, is already well known in pastor to learn what he should do to be our country as an author, and a strenuous saved! Alas! this is a feeling which he and able advocate for the Lutheran doc

never experienced, and which he there. trines, as taught by the first great Pro. fore does not consider a necessary part of testant Reformer. His present attain religion. He mistakes the nature of the ments are in a high degree reputable, and disease, and instead of pointing the sin, if his life and health shall be spared, as ner to the balm of Gilead and the kind we pray that they may, we doubt not that Physician there; the wound is either he is destined to be an eminent blessing slightly healed, or, awful to relate, be is to the whole religious community with advised to suppress these feelings, to seek which he is connected—a community, amid the promiscuous topicks of the sofrom which, although we differ in some cial circle, relief from his despondency, unessential points, we shall, while it and by tonicks, and exercise, and purer holds fast the Augsburgh Confession, re- air, tó wear away the corporal disorder joice to see prosperous—We even wish whence it originates! In short, we gethat the infunt seminary, of which Mr. nerally see that an unconverted minister, Schmucker is elected the first professor, though moral, spreads a deadly influence may be aided and patronised in collecting through the congregation over which he funds, by the wealthy individuals of the is called to preside, and creates & pestiPresbyterian church, and of other deno. lential, azotic atmosphere, in which the minations who wish well to the cause of fame of piety cannot long survive. Nor evangelical piety. Mr. S. discusses in the is his baneful influence circumscribed by address before us the following inquiries: the limits of his congregation. In the

“Who are the proper subjects of mi. transactions of the several synods of the nisterial education ?

church, he will be expected to take part. “What branches of science are entitled His influence tends to depress the standto their attention?

ard of piety among his brethren, and to “Which is the proper method of con.

throw open the door of admission to other ducting this education?

unsanctified men. Is he possessed of ta. “What are the advantages resulting lents and ambition ? He will aim at ruling from it?"

the body. As some pious brethren must We give as a specimen, the following head of a party! If victorious, no arith

necessarily oppose him, he becomes the views of professor s. in regard to the ne- metick can calculate the extent of injury cessity of practical piety in every minis. inflicted on the body of Christ! And if ter of the gospel

vanquished, he expends his strength in “ Again, without piety the minister of the efforts to thwart the purposes of the bregospel will generally be a curse to the thren, to defeat their holiest and most church. We say not that an unconverted evangelical measures, and to scatter minister, who preaches orthodox doc- amongst them the seeds of discord ; trines, can never confer spiritual benefit whilst the gall of disappointed ambition on others. To assert this would be to set is rankling in his bosom, and the venoni limits to Omnipotence, lo deny that there of jealousy corrodes his heart!" is any aptitude in the word of God, to promote the end for which it was given, THE FIRST OF APRIL.

Written for the and to contend that it is not the word of American Sunday School Union. God, but the minister who makes men We read a Story Book now and then, eswise unto salvation. No, we believe God pecially if we find it was written for Sabbath sometimes does effectually publish his school scholars, and we think we have ne: gospel by unsanctified lips. The minis. 'ver read a better one than this. It is well try of Judas was, probably, not without and skilfully adapted to its purpose, which

is, the double one of preventing the pro- mendation of them. One of their favourfanation of the Lord's day, and the cor. ite boasts is, that their system is calcurection of the silly and wicked propen. lated to take away the objections of desity so common among children-old and ists, and thus to draw them to Christianity. young-of making April foolsA pro. We admit it is so, if you will only permit the pensity which often leads, not only to Unitarian to say what Christianity is. But criminal deceit and falsehood, but to alas ! bis Christianity consists in meeting quarrels, blows and wounds, and some the infidel-we cannot say half-way-but times to evils still more serious. Much the whole way, except the single step useful instruction is also incidentally com that the infidel shall admit that there is municated in this little volume, on several a revelation in the Bible--For all well of the most important topicks of religion. inforined infidels already allow the excel. The language, in general, is neat and lence of the moral precepts, and the unplain, such as it ought to be. In a few rivalled sublimity of thought, and the instances, it might be more correct. just views of God and his attributes, which

We are told that the writer of this lit. the Bible exhibits. In a word, the distle book is a lady, and that she has writ course is only a new proof, in addition to ten another, entitled May Flowers, quite many before given, that Unitarianism is as good as the one before us.

She cer

not Christianity at all, but only Deism motainly bas an admirable tact for this kind dified and disguised. of composition. We hope she will con Ten days after writing the foregoing tinue to write, and that she will be en- article, verbatim as it now stands, except couraged to do so by seeing that her pro- in a single word no way affecting the ductions are not only popular but ex sense, we read in the Boston Recorder tensively useful.

and Telegraph as follows

A Broad Blow.—A friend of ours, some A DISCOURSE, preached at the Dedica. days since, called at the house of an inlion of the Second Congregational Unita- telligent Deist, who has long been known rian Church, New York, December 7, 1826. as a determined and envenomed opposer By William Ellery Channing.

of the Christian religion, and found him On reading this sermon, we have been reading Dr. Channing's Discourse, reforcibly impressed with the idea that cently preached at a dedication in the however intended by the author, it is in city of New York. The conversation fact an elaborate, and, we admit, an elo soon turned upon the merits of the ser. quent argument, to prove the superiority mon and the distinguished ability of its of natural over revealed religion-of De author, when our friend inquired of the ism over Christianity. We sincerely be gentleman how he liked the production. lieve that this is its true drift; and that I like it much,' said he, with particular an ingenious infidel, without excluding animation. It strikes a broad blow at one-fourth of this long discourse, shall the Christian system, and it will prove a make the remainder, in the very words decisive triumph for the religion of nature. in which it now appears, bear directly on Dr. Channing differs from me in a very his favourite point. Lord Herbert, the few points, and I am satisfied that within father of English infidelity, would have five years he will preach the doctrines had but very little to object to this dis. which I believe.'”-Star. course, taken totidem verbis, as it is here We were not surprised to see this ar. given. This, we are aware, forms with ticle; and republish'it only to show that Unitarians no objection to any system of our opinion is confirmed by fact. religious opinions, but rather å recom

Literary and Philosophical Intelligence, etc.

The French Church. The following each, about $6000. There are 13 archstatement of the Roman Catholick and bishops, besides the metropolitan, who Protestant Clergy in France, with their receive each 25,000 francs, $5000; 66 respective stipends, paid by the French bishops, each 15,000; 174 vicars general, government, is extracted from documents each from 2000 to 4000; 660 canons or laid before the Chambers by the Minister prebendaries, each from 1500 to 2400; of the Interior.

2917 cures or rectors, each from 1100 to Roman Catholick Clergy.-The estab. 1600; 22,316 deservants or curates, each lished Church of France is composed of from 750 to 900 francs per annum. To four cardinals, one of whom, the arch. the colleges for educating the younger bishop of Paris, has 100,000 francs yearly, clergy, 940,000 francs, or $188,000; and about $20,000; the other three 30,000 for repairing and building churches,

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