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AN INQUIRY into the predicted character of Anti
christ ; or the Antichristianism of the Church of Rome investigated. A Charge delivered to the Clergy of the Archdeaconry of Ely, at a Visitation, foc., on Tuesday, April 23, 1844. With an Appendix. By the Rev. J. H. Browne, M.A., Archdeacon of Ely, &c. Published at the request of the Clergy.Hatchards.
What would John Bunyan have said, bad any one suggested to him that in the course of a few generations it would become necessary for the ministers of the gospel to engage in active and arduous warfare against the old giant Pope, whom he describes as being, by reason of age, and also of the many shrewd brushes that he met with in his younger days, grown so crazy and stiff in his joints that he can now do little more than sit in bis cave's mouth,
grinning at pilgrims as they go by, and biting his nails because he cannot come at them. It would have tended to stay that unnatural civil war in which Protestantism was engaged against itself, to have caught a glimpse of what was coming.
Archdeacon Browne has gone over the whole ground of a controversy that we might well have hoped was long ago terminated; but every inch of which is again to be contested. He has well and boldly, as is his wont, fulfilled the task, and has again renewed the branded mark on the front of the Papacy, which certain traitorous hands among us are labouring hard to efface. In the long and valuable appendix, we rejoice to find this zealous champion taking up the gauntlet also in defence of the maligned Albigenses; while he gives some deeply interesting extracts bearing on the Inquisition and other instruments of popish cruelty. It is always a pleasure to us to announce one of these charges. Long may the Archdeacon be spared to contend earnestly for the faith !
MISSIONARY JOURNALS AND LETTERS,
written during eleven years residence and travels amongst the Chinese, Siamese, Javanese, Khassias, and other Eastern Nations. By J. Tomlin, B.A., formerly of St. John's College, Cambridge.-Nisbet and Co.
The heavy calamity which befel the pious and amiable writer of these memorials, will account for occasional imperfectness in their details. The ship in which he had embarked, with his family, for the homeward voyage, was burnt at sea ; and together with all the rest of his property, many valuable papers were lost. He bas, nevertheless brought before us a very interesting detail ; especially in relation to the Siamese, and the Chinamen ; and we feel that in recommending the volume we are helping to awaken a warmer feeling on bebalf of a most accessible and hopeful class of our fellow-creatures. No one can read the book without being struck by the ripeness of the field, unto which so few labourers have yet been sent. May the Author obtain his heart's desire, by being made instrumental in bringing it under more abundant cultivation !
SERMONS preached in the parish church of St. George's, Bloomsbury. By the Rev. Robert William Dibdin, A.M. Minister of West Street Episcopal Chapel, St. Giles.- Nisbet and Co.
The style of these sermons is very popular, simple, energetic, and always bearing on the one grand point of bringing all into subjection to Cbrist. We like them much: they are calculated to edify the most simple, being wholly free from any affectation of fine writing; and exhibiting the excellent author's heartfelt desire, in all simplicity and godly sincerity, to “ Preach the WORD.”
THE BAPTISMS OF SCRIPTURE UNFOLDED.
In two parts. By Sarah Bull.–Aylott.
SOME truth, mixed up with too much error to allow
of our recommending the work. It is one of the signs of the times, and an evil sign too, that men should be wasting so much thought, and so many hours of their uncertain lives, on matters where they are only called on to obey in faith, a plain commandment. The lady who here engages in the controversy, wbile scriptural enough in some points, dwells upon what we regard as a most dangerous doctrine, and which, to avoid misrepresentation, we will give in her own words; and will moreover give the whole paragraph unbroken.
“ When we enter into covenant with God by baptism, we have not performed our duty, but only entered upon it. We must not only enter into covenant, but keep the covenant unbroken. We must perform all the conditions it requires of us, otherwise we cannot expect to reap the blessings it promises to us. If all those who entered into covenant with God by baptism were diligent in performing the conditions of the covenant, no one would presume to say baptism and regeneration were totally unconnected, and different from each other; for every baptised person would be regenerate, born anew, dead to the world, and alive to God, which are the CONDITIONS required of him. It is in the neglect of these conditions that baptism loses its effects; and having lost its effect in so many of our fellow-christians in name and profession, those whose faith is but weak in external ordinances, even when commanded by God himself, declare that baptism must be totally different from regeneration, because so many baptized persons are not only unregenerate but immoral and profane. Baptism does not regenerate persons, but prepares them for regeneration." NOVEMBER, 1844.
We leave our readers to compare this view with scripture; and we think that they will find it hard to reconcile the two.
SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS ON THE PARA
BLES, intended principally for the use of parents and teachers. Second edition. By a Lady.„Wbittaker.
A GOOD little book. The author is a staunch churchwoman, frequently quoting the prayer-book to show its harmony with the bible, but never for a moment placing the word of man on a par with the word of God; or, by the light of vain reason prying into things unseen. Wisely modest, she bas. here given an excellent help to others engaged in the work of usefulness that she feelingly describes as having been so blessed to herself.
ANNA THE LEECH-VENDER: a narrative of
filial love. By OʻGlanbiecht. From the German, by Mrs. Clarke.-Wertheim.
WE have got among the small books, in which we love to involve ourselves as holiday-time draws nigh. Now, this is as pretty a tale without any romance, as we can well meet with. The heroine is living now; a simple, pious, devoted daughter of worthy parents. The character of the old man is beautifully drawn.