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TO THE THIRD VOLUME
FOR THE YEAR 1806.
on the Humane Society
Dr. Barrow, 359
Road to Heaven, 360
of Atheist and Artificial
of Hooker, 438
Adrice to a Student, 33, 65, 104, 148,
Articles, Exposition of, 140, 168, 292,
of the Church not Calvin-
Bee, Meditations on,
Calvin John, on Original Sin,
Liberty of the Will,
Grace and Perseverance, 137
Christ, curing the blind man on, 53,
of God, 135, 184
Christian examined, 288
's consolation in the hour
of Distress, 463
Ceremonies, singular Russian 356
observed at Jerusalem on
Good Friday, 395
of the day of Expiation, 434
Churches, Consecrations of, 358
Sacredness of, 420
Confession, singular, 399
Correspondence, interesting, 410
Christmas, on the observation of, 470
Church in Norwalk, History of, 466
Documents, Original, 111, U4, 192,
[236, 276, 316
Extract from Sermon, John xiv.
v. 21, 176
on taking charge of a
Mr. Butler's Sermon, 210
Enthusiasm, on, 222
Essay on the Nature of the Hu-
Gardner's Mr. Sermon, 172, 204
God, on the being of, 199
Happiness, of Heaven on the, 228
Infidelity, striking description of, 465
Letter from Dr. Sam. Johnson to
a younjr Clergyman, 438
pastoral Bp. Claggett's, 250
s on Episcopacv, series of, 237,
[364, 404, 445
Lent, observations on, 115
Liturgy, advantages of, 150
Obituary, Monthly, 40, 80, 120, 240,
'. [279, 480
Pride, Remarks on, 200
Paley, Archdeacon on Miracles, 256,
Question, a serious,
Reflections for December, 441
Remarks, on ii. Tim. 4. 13, 206
Romans viii. 19, 20, 21, 324
Sermon, Convention a, 229, 244
Solitude, on, 235
on the Creation of the
Tree of Life, on the, 326
The War Horse paraphrased from
[vol. III.] JANUARY, 1806. [No. 1.]
THE Churchman's Magazine was first projected on a small scale, by way of experiment. It has now been continued two years; during which time, many considerations have occurred to convince the Publishers, that it would have a more extensive circulation if enlarged, and made to contain a greater variety of matter. With a view to this object, they have determined to put themselves to much additional expence, by employing an Editor, who is to devote a great share of his time to collecting materials, and superintending the press. On this improved plan, the Magazine now makes its first appearance, and solicits the attention of the public. Under these circumstances, it is deemed expedient to insert a more diffuse account of the main design in view, than could be comprised in a Proafiectua.
Periodic Al publications, under the title of Magazines, have, for many years, been circulating in most parts of the world, where civilization and the light of the Gospel have come; but until very lately they have been chiefly directed to general literature and amusement. They have been very justly considered as convenient repositories of fugitive pieces, which, though not worthy of appearing in a volume by themselves, yet merited to be preserved in some shape or another. Within a few years past, several have appeared in England and this country, principally designed to dit fuse religious knowledge, and impress society with the importance of the Christian doctrines and institutions. When it is considered that the great and solemn truths taught in the Gospel, and the duties whichitenjoins, in order to maintain then-influence over men's minds, at the present day, have to contend against corrupt passions and perverse desires, aided by the wit and cunning sophistry of many men, whose learning and ingenuity entitle them to considerable attention; it is worthy of high commendation, that so many of the friends of genuine piety and morality have availed themselves of this convenient vehicle of communication, and extensive influence over society. The means, which either the wisdom of God or of men has heretofore provided for the propagation of divine truth; the preaching of the Word, and administration of the Sacred Ordiwncea% it must be seen, are in a degree losing their influence; for A •
many will not put themselves in the way of these things. Hence every expedient, which promises any hope of success, should be adopted by all those who feel themselves obliged, from special engagements, or inclination, to diffuse a thorough knowledge of that faith, on which their own hopes depend; and to preserve, as far as possible, its inlluence among others. We have indeed the Divine promise, that God's Church shall always have a place and name in the world: But this promise, like many others, implies a command that we use our endeavours. Human exertions must co-operate with the Divine aid, in this case, no less than when God promises, that seed-time and harvest shall not fail. Convinced of this truth, for several years past, men of" piety and virtue, if by any means they might gain some to listen to the great things of eternity, have been extensively circulating such publications as the present.
In an attempt .3 imitate so worthy an example, a number of gentlemen of the Protestant lifdseofial Church, mostly clergymen, have agreed to unite their labours: This occasions the work to be denominated The Churchman's Magazine: Not that it is to be devoted solely to the defence and propagation of the doctrines and tenets peculiar to that Church ; but it is intended to embrace a more extensive view. There are many fundamental points in which all Revelationists agree; and may therefore all harmonize as fellow-labourers together. To inculcate faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and practical obedience to his commands....to explain and enforce on men's minds the great doctrines of the Fall, the Atonement, the Resurrection, and Day of Account, must coincide with the views of all who call themselves Christians. At the same.time, it is not to be understood, that any point deemed essential by the Episcopal Church will be sacrificed to an undistinguishing and levelling charity, which holds all opinions as alike acceptable to God. However much it might be desired, that all would unite in every thing which th ey severally deem fundamental; yet, as such an event is not suddenly to be expected, every one must be left at liberty to use those talents, and that measure of reason, which God has given him, for the conviction of those whom he may think to be labouring under error and mistake. The utmost that ought to be expected is, that the controversy, where any exists, be conducted with good temper, candour and moderation; without needlessly wounding the feelings, or calling into exertion the passions or prejudices of any one. Such is intended to be the manner of conducting The Churchman's Magazine, wherever consistency requires things to be said not accordant with the faith of other denominations. And if occasional notice should be taken of those who altogether reject Revelation, and set up reason as the standard of truth, they are assured of being treated in the mild spirit of the Gospel.
The better to illustrate the genuine doctrines of Christianity, it is proposed to have frequent recourse to the early fathers of the Church. Divine truth being one and always the same, we are to look for it only in the Word of God: StilL however, the sentiments and usages of those who lived in and near the time when inspiration was given, arc to be received with veneration, as a standing commentary on the dictates of the Holy Spirit. However we may concede to modern ages the merit of adding much to natural science; with respect to that which came from heaven, we have reason to fear it has been perverted and obscured by vain philosophy and oppositions of science, falsely so called. It therefore cannot but be usefiil to tread back our steps, and examine the sentiments and views of those who first enjoyed the light of the Gospel.
The opinions and customs prevalent in any age of the Christian Church, ought to be an interesting object of contemplation; and therefore, with sketches of history, they will occupy occasionally a place in the Magazine.
Rr Marks on difficult and obscure passages of Scripture, with illustrations of the beauties of style in the sacred writers, and whatever may tend to inspire a taste for reading and understanding the Bible, will be frequently inserted.
Pains will also be taken to obtain historical views, general and particular, of the past and present state of the Episcopal Church in our own country.
To these topics will be added Essays Devotional, Practical, and Moral....Thoughts on Education, a subject meriting the attention of everj- one who wishes well to religion and the good of society; and Biography; for which, it is believed, our own country can furnish many subjects; and such, when they can be obtained, will always have the preference.
Ani>, not altogether to neglect those readers who look for amusement, some notice will be taken of general literature....New Publications, especially in Divinity and Ethics, will be examined....Accounts of Associations and Institutions for the promotion of science and religion, will be inserted....Useful Discoveries in the arts, and their authors, will be recommended to public notice: And further, to afford rational amusement, a page or two in each Number will be devoted to Poetry, either original or selected. . Is publications of this kind, original matter is not always to be expected; a free use will therefore be made of what is already extant from the press; taking care to make the selection from among such works as may be presumed not to have obtained a general circulation in this country. Contributions from gentlemen of leisure, who may be disposed to lend their aid in carrying on the work, will be thankfully received, and duly attended to by the Editor and Publishers; always reserving a right to judge of the expediency of altering or altogether rejecting what may be thus received; and promising to use candour and impartiality in the exercise of that right.
A>d now, having thus sketched the outlines of the plan on which The Churchman's Magazine will be conducted, it only remains to assure the reader, that nothing will be admitted, which, under the idea of amusement, can, in the slightest degree, offend against decency. No countenance will be given to the loose and relaxing opinions prevalent in the world, which tend to set men's minds afloat with respect to the great concerns of religion; and to make them think it a matter of indifference what they believe and profess. On the contrary, the main object will be, to inculcate the fundamental doc