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Eastern District of Pennsylvania, to wit :
BE IT REMEMBERED, that, on the 12th day of May, in the forty-third year of the Independence of the United States of America, A. D. 1819, thc Rev. Ezra Stiles Ely, D. D. of the said District, hath deposited in this Office the Title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as Author, in the words following, to wit:
The Quarterly Theological Review. Conducted by the Rev. Ezra Stiles Ely, D. D. of the City of Philadelphia. “ Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath pot God; he that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son." Vol. II.
In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, intituled “ An Aet for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies, during the Tímes therein mentioned." And also to the Act, entitled, ““ An Act supplementary to an Act, entitled, “An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies during the Times therein mentioned,' and extending the Benefits thereof to the Arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other Prints."
ARTICLE I.-Letters to the Rev. Ezra Stiles Ely, A. M. Author of a
Contrast between Calvinism and Hopkinsianism. By James Wil. son, A. M. Pastor of the Second Congregational Church in Provi. dence, (R. I.) Boston, 1814. pp. 325. 8vo.
DIVINE PROVIDENCE has, until lately, withheld from us the opportunity of paying our respects to our ingenious opponent, the Rev. James Wilson, of Provi. dence. He is in good repute for piety, and zeal in per forming ministerial duties; and, if we have not been mis. informed, is pastor of the most flourishing congregation of believers, in the state of Rhode Island. This corro. borates the sentiment often expressed, that God frequently makes use of pious men, who are quite heretical on many subjects, but who preach a great portion of his truth, for the purpose of building up his kingdom in the world, Most graciously he neutralizes the poison of their theory, which they mingle with the sincere milk of the word :. So that babes begotten by his Spirit, actually live and grow thereby.
Mr. Wilson is a bold controvertist, that deals largely in assertion and irony ; yet he evidently thinks for himself, hates all “ Isms,” but his own, and defends Arminianism with much of the skill, and little of the caution of Whitby. We readily accredit his assurance, that he is not our enemy, that victory is not the object at which he aim“, and that should it be obtained by him, at the expense of
truth, he would consider it an event deeply to be regretted,
He may be assured, that we are not fond of whining, canting, simpering opponents, in our contention for the faith once delivered to the saints, and we like him the better for " handling us without mittens." Should he ever take it into his head to write any thing more against our Calvinism, he need not make apologies for any li. berties taken” with our arguments, or defects. In theo, logical controversy we ask no quarters. Our opponents are welcome to assail and overturn our reasonings as they can ; and if the forces we muster prove finally unable to stand, we have lost nothing, but gained much by their destruction. Personal reflections and abuse, we must say, however, belong not to theological controversy;
controversy; and yet, if they choose it, Messrs. Anderson, Holley, and the Spi. rit of the Triangle, into whatever form it may transmi. grate, may expose the whole of our character from infancy to the present moment. Upon the score of morality and good nature it will not suffer by a comparison with that of any man. To this boasting our opponents have constrained us; for not a few of them have propagated the most improbable lies against our entrance upon the scenes of life. Mr. Wilson is not of this number.
It was evidently his design, like a good general, to step between Calvinism and Hopkinsianism, with a two edged þroad sword, and cutting all down on the right hand and on the left, to say,
"Arininianism is the truth; let Arminia. nism, in my person, stand.” His blows at the already de. capitated Hopkinsianism, we shall not attempt to parry; but for Calvinism we must yet contend ; conscience con. strains us. Perhaps we have undertaken too much, but we still think the Calvinism of the Presbyterian Confession of Faith, defensible against all opposition. Mr. W. is pleased to say, “By adducing Calvinism as the true test of christian doctrines, you have given your opponents a decided advantage over you; as they must all consider the Holy Scriptures to be the only true test--and your substitution of Calvinism, therefore, as an unequivocal and very unhappy departure from orthodox christianity." p. 5, We make no Confession paramount to the Bible; nor in.