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CON T E N T S.
ADMONITION to Mothers
Almighty Friend, Religion assures us Confirmations
32, 176, 223, 288
63 Convention, General 159, 176, 182, 203, 219
ciety, Dutchess county, Auxiliary 319 Episcopal Missionary Society of Phi-
96 Hall's Agony, altered by Glass 88
generation, Notice of
Christ, the good Samaritan 110 Hogg's Mador of the Moor
Holland's Remarks on Athens 171
Church of England in Canada 237 Hooper, Life of
Claggett, a Sketch of his Character, Indians, Oneida, Letter from, to the
with some Account of his Life 46 Governor of New York
Latimer, Bishop, some Account of Philosophy, French
Latrobe's Hymn for the Dedication of Prayer and Thanksgiving, Form of 320
St. John's Church, Washington 174. Prayer, a departing
on the Principles of the Reforma- ciety, Notice of
Mant's Eternal Life the Gift of God Report of
Marriott on the Observanceof Sunday 170 Religion, Indifference to Opinions in 122
Afiddleton's, Bishop, Charge 145, 225 Society (in England) for Promoting
the Christian Ministry considered 7 'Paul's Epistles, Review of 50, 65
129, Sunday Schools, Protestant Episcopal 295
160, 176, 192, 234, 240, 394, 36, 38Q Theological Seminary, Hints on 157
45, 240, 256 West on the two last Sundays in Ad.
Old age, the Comforts of
74 Wickliffe, some Account of his Life 33
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paper must come free of postage. yiodical works, literary and religious. Arrange. January, 1817. ments have been made with agents in England, to transmit these works regularly to us as THE CHARACTER OF LUTHER; they issue from the press. The readers of the Christian Journal will thus be furnished, in the
With Remarks on the Principles of the speediest mode, with valuable and interesting
Reformation. selections from the latest British periolical pub
(Abridged from the British Review.) lications. While it shall be the objeet oî the Journal to
In estimating the character of Luther record important religious events in general, and the Reformers, it is requisite to ascer. particular regard will be paid to those which tain the existence and extent of the evils relate to the Protestant Episcopal Church. for which they professed to provide a re
Lists of new publications in England and in this medy. Institutions boasting prescription country will be inserted, with occasional notices and usage nearly immemorial, sanctioned, of their character and merits, and, particularly, as 'was the case with Popery, by the conwith extracts from judicious reviews of them, sent of almost the whole European world, and often the reviews entire.
and identified with whatever was great It shall thus be the object of the Christian and good, possessed no ordinary presumpJournal to present a summary of the interest- tive claims to submission and respect. A ing opinions, elucidations, and reasonings on
few slight blemishes would have furnished theological subjects, which are contained in the publications of the present day; and it shall be,
but an inadequate apology for overturning wcasionally, enriched with the sentiments of a system interwoven in the opinions of those masters of theology who were the glory
men with every institution human and of the days that are past, and whose writings divine. To have plunged the amputating exhibit the soundest views of Christian doctrine blade into the quivering vitals, when the and order, and the highest fervours of pious whole evil might have been remedied by feeling.
the puncture of a lancet, or the applica. Whatever can advance the interests of reli- tion of an escharotic, would have been no gious truth; the purity, the unity, and the pro- enviable mark either of wisdom or inte. sperity of the kingdom of the Redeemer; and grity. We have, therefore, always consi. the faith, holiness, and consolation of the Chris- dered it a most favourable circumstance tian; shall, as far as practicable, find a place in for justifying the Reformation, that the this Journal. The plan, if execnted with tolerable ability,
errors and crimes of Popery were so glarmust ceriainly render this publication useful ing and decisive. No attenuated metaand interesting to all classes of Christians; and physical subtleties of speculation were the price of it is so low as to bring it within the necessary to convince mankind of its enorreach of all who can be profiteu or interested mities. its character was unequivocal and by its contents,
obvious; so that no sooner were its faults V20. I.
first developed, than the world began to with the silly but appropriate word NESCIO. wonder at its own infatuation in not hav. The pontific college absolutely encouraged îng discovered them long before. Even the grossest ignorance, especially amongst Pope Adrian himself could not but admit the mendicant friars ; shrewdly observing, and that at a moment when such an ad. “Should these brethren study and become mission, from such a quarter, was most learned, they would master us; therefore ominous and fatal--that the Church had hang a bag‘about their necks, and send considerably deviated from its original them begging through cities, towns, and purity; and although his predecessor countries." Leo x. whose elegant licentiousness had As for the laity, they appear to have much obtunded his moral susceptibility, been completely stultified on every subsaw it prudent to maintain a contrary ject connected with the prevailing superopinion, yet it cannot be doubted but that stitions. Thus, for instance, if an image, the majority of the more respectable and as was often the case, gave signs of favour intelligent Romanists were conscious that
or disapprobation to the surrounding deabuses had prevailed, though they might votees, in exact proportion to the sum of besitate as to their extent, and felt no dle- money invested in the priest's hands for sire for their correction It is indeed al. its use and benefit, it never occurred to most incredible, that Christendom could the adorer to ask whether there might groan for centuries under such flagitious not be wires and springs in its interior enormities as were afterwards detailed in mechanism. A curious and most delec. the celebrated “ Centum Gravamina,” table instance of this credulity is related without being in some measure sensible in the Table Talk of Luther. priest, of its misery; and in fact we find, that it seems, had charitably bestowed upon even in the darkest ages, reformists occa- à pilgrim the leg of a certain humble sionally sprang up, though, alas! (npro quadruped, mysteriously wrapped up in a tected and alone; and who were usually silken cloth, as a relic of immense value, induced to yield in silence to those irre. with strict injunctions not to open the sa. sistible argumenta ad hominem which a cred treasure till he should enter upori blood-thirsty priesthood was accustomed the borders of his native country. Here, to employ. Nor were their innovations, however, he casually meets with four however laudable, likely to spread; as no other pilgrims, each of which, like him. conclusion could be more deeply impress self, immediately begins to boast of hav. ed on the minds of the people, than that ing received from Rome a leg of the iden: a man whom an inquisitorial consistory tical animal which had carried our blessed had thought fit to condemn, must neces- Lord into Jerusalem. We might have con. sarily be a most malignant and irreclaim. ceived that the inference, that the priest able heretic. If, as we find to have been had imposed upon their credulity, was the case with Galileo and others, the absolutely irresistible; but so far, howflames of the stake'were held up to re
ever, from suspecting their kind father, flect a ray of light upon physical science, who had so beneficently rewarded their we cannot wonder that they should have pilgrimage, they began to speculate upon possessed the same magical power in the the problem whether or not the aforesaid elucidation of divinity.
quadruped had really been in possession The devotees of Papacy were not only of five legs when alive! They had not, it avaricious, profligate, and sensual, but so appears, arrived at that admirable solu. completely immersed in pride and igno- tion of Father John Ferrand, who, on berånce as to exhibit a spectacle at which ing pressed with a somewhat similar diffi. we know not whether to laugh or weer. culty respecting the number and perpetu, The authentic stories which are recorded ity of relics in their nature perishable and on the subjects of relics and indulgences unique, sagaciously replied, that " God alone, would furnish volume upon volume was pleased to multiply and reproduce of more cruel satire upon poor human them for the devotion of the faithful !” nature than the pen of Juvenal could Spalatin enumerates no less than nineteen have produced; to which the nauseous thousand three hundred and seventy-four intemperance, inebriety, avarice, impuri- sacred relics in the great church of Witty, superstition, and frauds of the religi. temberg alone ;--what then must have ous orders, would form a most volumi. been the number and value at more cele. nous appendis.
brated shrines! We can, however, give The very devotion of the age was graft. credit to almost any stories of Romish abed on ignorance. In Italy itself, once the surdities, astonishing as they may appear, proud seat of elegance and learning, there when we consider the strange facts which arose a detestable order of friars, denomiä
were disclosed in our own country at the nated « Fratres Ignorantiše," who were dissolution of the monastic institutions, obliged by the statutes of their foundation and which, after the most charitable deto take the most solemn baths neither to ductions, still present a picture which know, learn, nor understand any thing every feeling mind must shudder to be wlratever; but to answer every question hola.