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be set forth in dry detail. We hope the work will circulate among our parliamentary gentlemen. It is calculated to set them thinking, and that too in a right track.
TRACTARIANISM NOT OF GOD. Sermons : by
Charles B. Tayler, M.A. Rector of St. Peter's, and Evening Lecturer of St. Mary's, Chester.-Longman and Co.
We know of none who has made a more open and onhesitating stand against Tractarianism than Mr. Tayler, who has now given us a volume of sermons, valuable for the sound, scriptural doctrine propounded in them, apart from controversy; and doubly valuable as bearing strongly on the controverted truths that Tractarianism seeks to undermine or to batter down. The sermons referring to baptism are especially valuable.
DIFFICULTIES OF A YOUNG CLERGYMAN IN TIMES OF DIVISION.-Seeleys.
A WELL-TOLD tale, setting forth some of the consequences that do and must result from the introduction of the pestilent heresy known as Tractarianism. The writer knows his subject well, and has given a fair exhibition of it in the character and conversation of a parochial minister, whose antitype, alas! may be found in almost any diocese into which we choose DECEMBER, 1844.
to look. It ends well; that is to say, the vicar declares himself a Romanist, and so the place is delivered from his pernicious influence. There are other characters, sufficient to supply abundant dialogue and incident; and we read it with no little zest; and not without some solid profit we trust. When fiction is concerned, the Tractarians must necessarily outdo us; but the difference between a parable, and a “cunningly devised fable” is obvious.
LEARNING TO FEEL.-Religious Tract Society.
We shall be very glad to see a second edition of this small work ; first, because it is a remarkably pretty and instructive one, with its easy natural dialogues, and plentiful cuts : secondly, because we hope that, on reconsideration, the writer will modify two passages, wherein the reproach that God is now taking away from off His ancient people is very unthinkingly and gokindly sought to be perpetuated, and prejudices disgraceful to a Christian people instilled into young minds. We allude to page 27, where it is said, (in a chapter on sympathy) “We should feel pity, and some sympathy, perhaps, with Jews, Turks, and heathens,” &c.—and page 126, where we are told, “Susan added the cruel Jews to the list of those she did not like ; because they put the Saviour to death on the cross." These are the only passages to which we object, and we are resolved to point out, and to rebuke openly, every instance of the kind, in every book, great or small,
that comes before us. Learning to feel,” is a companion to “Learning to think ;” and they are certainly calculated to teach children both to think and to feel rightly.
AN ADDRESS to the members of St. Jude's congre
gation, Glasgow. By the Rev. Chas. Popham Miles. B.A. Presbyter of the Church of England. Bryce. -Hamilton and Co.
OUR readers will recollect the circumstances under which Bishop Skinner of Aberdeen presumed to fulminate a sentence of excommunication of truly popish character against that estimable minister of the gospel, the Rev. Sir William Dunbar.
Shortly after this occurrence, Mr. Miles, a pious and gifted English Clergyman, whose devotion to the cause of Protestant verity is well known, being ignorant of the real facts of the case, entered into communion with the episcopal church in Scotland, by accepting an incumbency in Glasgow. Becoming rightly informed as to the true character of the persecution endured by Sir William Dunbar, he, deliberately, and for the purpose of making a practical protest against such, unchristian tyranny, went to Aberdeen and preached in the pulpit of his excommunicated brother. For this he was called to account by Bishop Russell ; and here we have the facts, and correspondence, which led to Mr. Miles' withdrawal of his subscription to the Scottish canons, and relinquishment of his charge. The position in which the Scottish bishops have placed themselves is any thing but enviable—any thing but dignified or straightforward: while that of Mr. Miles is one of deep interest, for he stands forward boldly, and seemingly alone, resolved to put to the test those powers for which no warrant can be found in the word of God; nor any where else, we apprehend, except in the canons of Rome.
THE CAREFUL NURSE-MAID: with hints on
the management of Children.- Religious Tract Society.
We scarcely need remark on the importance of such a work as this: none of us but must be aware of the dreadful, often th irreparable injury sustained by little children at the hands of careless nurse-maids; and when marking the aspect of very many of that class to whom are entrusted perhaps several other mere infants, besides the one in arms, we are forced to conclude that there are careless mothers also. We have read this small book with much satisfaction, for it is remarkably simple and clear in the advice that it gives ; all is capable of every day application; and all is solemnly urged on the very highest and soundest principles. A few questions are appended to each chapter, by which the person interested in instructing the girl may ascertain the measure of attention paid to its contents. We have very great pleasure in recommending the useful little manual to all classes. Many helpless babes may have reason hereafter to rejoice that it was ever published.
We have seen a new edition of that excellent little work, often noticed in these pages, “ The Scripture Text Book” of the Tract Society of Dublin, (Groombridge, London) with some valuable additions.
The Christian Almanack for 1845, The Sheet, Pocket, and Penny Almanacks of the London Religious Tract Society are all excellent, as usual. The first contains great abundance of information on all sub-. jects that could be wished for in such a work, with its full proportion of scriptural matter. We regard these Almanacks as among the greatest boons, negatively and positively considered, that the population of the country can receive. They not only ward off much pernicious evil, but substitute for it solid and abiding good. The cheaper ones ought to be bought by hundreds, and distributed among the humbler classes freely.