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Soch a pair of angels I never beheld! their persons are exaalz the same fine height and proportion, and their features greatly refemble.'

• I have persuaded Mrs. Townley that a husband's being alhamed of his affection for a beautiful wife, is a far greater crime than total blindness.'

We knew not, till now, that blindness is a crime. We always considered it as a inisfortune, a calamity,

" But thus do men. grow wiser every day," as Touchstone says; and “ wise men,” as Solomon observeth, “ lay up knowledge."

To be Serious. The foregoing errors (and sundry of a similar kind are to be found in the book) appear to have arisen either from 800 great hurry in writing, or a want of knowlege of the rules of composicion. Why will not the youthful writer submit to the corrections of a judicioas friend? Or if that be considered as too de. grading and mortifying a circumstance, why will not such person be deliberate in challenging the world's opinion? Why not proceed with caution? Why not tudy, in short, the art of discreetly. blotting*, ac art so very necessary, so very essential to the candidate for fame ?

As the work is to be continued, we hope to see this matter attended ip. Of adventures “ broke off in the middle” we cannot be expected to give an account,

DO THEOLOGY. Art. 81. Letters addrefled to a young Gentleman, who had early imbibed

the Principles of Infidelity. Dedicated to the most virtuous young Man in the Kingdom. 8vo. Macthews, &c. 1788. This writer might have saved himself much trouble, by referring his young friend to treatises in defence of Revelation, which would have given him more information and fuller satisfaction, than he would find in these Letters. The Author has not said, who this most pirtuous joung man in the kingdom is.

E. Art. 82. Considerations on ancient and modern Creeds; the Supremacy of

the Father; the perfonal Existence of the Holy Ghost; the Preexistence of Christ, and his Divinity, &c. By the late Henry 'Taylor, A. M. Rector of Crawley, and Vicar of Portsmouth, in Hants; Author of Ben Mordecai's Apology for embracing Christianity Published by his Son Henry Taylor, LL. B. Rector of Spridlington in Lincolnshire. With a Treatise

With a Treatise on the Existence, immateriality, and Immortality of the Soul, proving the same from felf-evident Principles. By

Esq. 8vo. 5s. Boards. Dilly, &c. 1788.

This pofthumous publication supports at large the doctrine which the Author had mentioned in his former writings, concerning the Divine nature, and the person of Christ. He exposes the insuperable embarrassment under which the Trinitarian labours, while he attempts to avoid Polytheism on the one hand, and Sabellianism on the other. He represents the divinity of Christ as signifying dominion received from the Father, and therefore not implying equality; and afferts * " Authors lose half the praise they would have got, Were it but known what they discreetly blot.”

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that Christ is true God, as possessed of derived dominion, but not su. PREME God, because not poffefsed of fupreme dominion. In fupport of the doctrines of the pre-existence of Christ, and the personality of the Holy Ghost, he enters into a critical examination of many texts of Scripture, in order to shew, that the Socinian interpretation of them is forced and unsatisfactory.

The writer of the short treatise on the Soul, annexed to this work, maintains that the consciousness of existence necessarily includes the consciousness of unity, individuality, permanent identity, and a power of beginning motion ; properties of which matter is deftitute ; and hence he infers the immateriality and immortality of the soul.

Mr. Taylor's is a learned and ingenious performance, which deserves the attention of those who are engaged in theological inquiries: but we very much doubt, whether either the 'Trinitarians or the So, cinians will acknowledge that the Author has overturned their respective systems. Different persons set out on these inquiries with such different principles, view the subject under such different aspects, and find fo many plausible arguments for their respective interpretaţions of Scripture, that we have little reason to hope that this controverfy will ever terminate in unity of faith. E. Art. 83. An Esay on the Folly of Scepticism; the Absurdity of dogma

tizing on religious Subjects; and the proper Medium to be observed between these two Extremes. By W. L. Brown, D. D. Minifter of the English Church at Utrecht. 8vo. 25. 60. Murray. 1788.

This essay obtained the gold medal of the Teylerian Society at Haarlem in 1786, and was originally printed in the Memoirs of that Society. As we have given an ample account of it in the Appendix to our 77th volume, page 571. we shall only congratulate our coun. Irymen, that, by its being separately published, they have the opportunity of easily procuring a truly ingenious and instructive work,

How.m. Art. 84. A Letter on the Son bip of Christ, originally addressed to

fome of the Members of the Baptist Church at Edinburgh. By Archibald M.Lean, 12mo. is. Edinburgh, printed. London, sold by Buckland. 1788..

Some confusion bas been occasioned in a Baptist society at Edinburgh, by the subject above mentioned. This Author professes bimself a firm Trinitarian, and at the same time pleads that it does not appear from Scripture, that the relations expressed by the names Father and Son are intended to reach the manner and order of their eternal subsistence in Godhead : it rather appears, he says, ' that they are names exprellive of the relation which these self-existent and coeternal persons came under to each other in the economy of redemption.' In other words, that the title Son, or Son of Ged, is given 10 Christ merely as relative to his appearance in human nature. He produces many arguments to support this proposition. But the greater part of the pamphlet is deitined to a review of the defence of the contrary opinion, by Dr. Robert Walker. Mr. M.Lean writes like a man of sense and discernment, and seems, without doubt, to have the advantage of bis antagonist. We must own ourselves astonished at the phraseology sometimes employed by those who plead íor what is termed eternal generation, and can consider it as

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little short of prophane. It is probable that a few years may con vince combatants in this way, of the futility of their labours ; and, before they die, they may be persuaded that nothing is immediately essential to Christianity but what regards the spirit and practice of piety, truth, and virtue.

Hi. Ast. 85. An Address to the Members of the Church of England, and

to Proteftant Trioitarians in general, exhorting them to turn from the Worship of Three Persons, to the Worship of the one true God, 8vo. 2 d. Johnson. 1788.

This little performance appears to have been written by W. Frend, M. A. of Jesus College, Cambridge. It may be supposed that it can contain but a very general view of the subject. Some arguments which are level to the common readers of the Scriptures are proposed and urged with fervour ; what is said under the article Holy Ghof, is rather perplexed and unintelligible, and may possibly lead some persons to a dangerous conclusion, however good the intention, and juft the realoning, as to certain paflages in our Liturgy.

DO Art. 86. A Dissertation on the Message from St. John the Baptist to

eur Saviour ; St. Luke, vii. 19. with Remarks on the History of his Life and Minifry. 8vo. 1 s. 6d. Cadell. 1788.

Amid the drudgery of labouring through frivolous and tedious books, it is some relief to meet with one which, like the present Differtation, is rational, useful, and well written. Yet we muft acknowlege ourselves somewhat disappointed, as to the folution of the difficulty, viz. For what reason this message was sent by John the Baptist. The answer given by this Writer seems greatly to coincide with that which has been before offered, particularly by Ds. Macknight. It is bere supposed, that the application to Jesus was parely for the Baptist's own satisfaction, and arose from impatience and discontent. Hearing of the miracles of Christ, he mighi esteem bimself neglected, when nothing was done to release him

from imprisonment. This general account is here illustrated by several temarks, and particularly by this, that though the tenor of his life, previous to his confinement, was foretold by ancient prophecy, no light was held forth subsequent to that event. This little tract also offers some pertinent reflections on the ministry of the Baptist.

DO Art. 87. An expoftulatory Address to the Reverend Doktor Priestley ;

containing an Apology for those who conscientiously subscribe to the Articles of the CHURCH OF ENGLAND; and, in particular, to the Doctrines of the Trinity, &c. By the Rev. John Hawkins. 8vo. 1s. 6 d. Printed at Worcester, and sold by White, &c. in. London. 1788.

The candour, moderation, and good sense, with which this pamphlet is written, entitle its Author to a respectful attention from his opponent and the public. After expressing his disapprobation of the contemptuous and illiberal manner in which Dr. P. is often treated, he coolly remonftrates with him on the censures which he has cast on the clergy, as well as the doctrines, of the Church of England; and undertakes to prove, that the doctrines of the Trinity and the divinity of Jesus Christ involve no contradiction or absur. dity, and may be conscientiously subscribed.

Mr. H. introduces his observations on the doctrine of the Trinity by remarking, that the belief of the more moderate Socinians, the reduced to its most simple as well as decent expreffion, and

of the Church of England, as fes forth in a general meeting of her divines at Oxford in 1695, differ much lels from each other than is usually presumed. This remark is confirmed by Mr. Hawkins's fubfequent explanation of the doctrine of the Trinity, as only denoting, that there exists in the One Supreme Intelligent Being, fome kind of diftinétion. By this distinction, he does not understand three diflinct Intelligences, but some diversities in the Divine Nature, • which have each their peculiar relations, attributes, and properties ;' and he acknowledges that neither the Son nor the Holy Spirit could have any claim to our worship but what arises from their absolute oneness with the Father, from whom with refpect to Deity they are not in any respect diftin&. On this ground, he ranks himself in the school of the No. minal Trinitarians, among whom he enumerates, Archbishop TilJotfon, Bishop Burnet, Bihop Pearson, Dr. Watts, and Dr. Doddridge.

With such concessions as this candid writer seems inclined tô make, perhaps it would not be difficult to friew that the dispute concerning the Person of Christ is little more than a verbal conteft. If so, how much is it to be regrected that the ball of contention should be kept up, by an authoritative prescription of sholastic terms, when they might so easily be exchanged for fcriptural language, to which Christians of every description would yield a ready aflent!

E. Art. 88. A Letter to the Rev. Joseph Prieftley, LL. D. F. R. S. &c,

by a Lover of the whole 'Truth as it is in Jesus *. 8vo. 6 d. Trapp, &c. 1788.

Some good Christian here pours forth vehement exclamations against the execrable tenets,' and piteous lamentations over the Joft condition, of the arch-heretic to whom his letter is addressed : but as he meets the giant, clad in the holy armour of the immaculate righteousness of his Saviour, and the merits of his infinitely precious death, it is not for us to question his success in the contett.

E. Art. 89. The Probability of the future Happiness of Infants who die

in Infancy, stated and considered. By Daniel Gillard. 8vo. 6d. Buckland, &c. 1787. Strange as it may seem, there are, we find, people, even in this Chriftian country, who entertain such absurd notions of the atiribuies of the All-merciful Being, that they make themselves miseyable about the uncertain future stare (as they conceive) of children who die in infancy.—To remove the anxiety of such weak brethren (or fifters), is the laudable defign of Mr. Gillard, who, if we miltake not, is a preacher among the Baptifls. His ftyle is well fu ted to the capacities of those readers for whoin his tra& is chiefly in

G. Nicholson. See his Four Sclca Discourses, Rer, for De. cember, p. 562.

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tended. As to the Writer's peculiar principles, they may be fuf-
ficieotly inferred from the following short passage :- The idea pure
fued in this creatise is, the probability that all who die in a State
of infancy, are eleed; and therefore certainly saved.'
Art. 90. The Conduct of the first converts to Christianity considered

and applied ; in a Sermon preached at Bridport, July 10, 1788,
at the Ordination of the Rev. Thomas Howe. By Joshua Toul-
min, A. M. Also, The Perpetuity of the Christian Church; in a
Sermon preached at Ringwood, July 16, 1788, at-the Ordina-
tion of the Rev. William Gellibrand. By Abraham Rees, D.D.
F. R. S. to which are added, the Questions proposed to Mr.
Howe, with his Answers ; and a Charge, delivered on both these
Occasions, by Andrew Kippis, D.D. F. R. S. and S. A. 8vo.
2 s. Johnson.

After having represented the first Christians * in a very just light,
Mr. Toolmin observes, that, with a due allowance for difference of
circumstances, the conduct of these believers furnishes a model for
Christian societies, in all ages : a model of the spirit which should
actuate their hearts, and of the manners which should adorn their
profession : particularly that we, like them, thould persevere in our
attendance on the institutions of the Gospel, cultivate the spirit of
love, and aim at a purity of manners that may command respect
and conciliate favour. This discourse abounds with rational re-
flections, and excellent advice; and is well calculated to promote
the temper and spirit of the Gospel.

The text of Dr. Rees's sermon is from Matt. xvi. 18. latter part. It is serious aud sensible; and well adapted to the occasion. The introductory discourse, and the questions proposed to Mr. Howe, with his answers, all breathe a candid, liberal, and truly Chrisian {pirit. Dr. Kippis's Charge, as a composition, is superior to most discourses of the kind. As an address io ministers of the Gospel, it is modeft, tender, and affectionate. It is grounded on 1 Tim. chap. iii. verse 15. We must do Dr. K. the justice to declare it to be our opinion, that those ministers who conduct themselves on the plan here laid down, cannot fail of obtaining, not only the respect of their own congregations, but that of all who know them ; together with (what is of infnitely more importance) the testimony of conscience in their favour here, and a “Well done good and faith. ful servants,hereafter.

By..... W. Art. 91. A Letter to the Rt. Hon. and Rt. Rev. Beilby, Lord Bishop of London, on the Abolition of Slavery. Svo.

60. Longman. 1788.

The slavery of which this writer solicits the abolition is not, as the reader would expe&t, African, but Clerical, slavery. The hardhips of those clergy who, on mature examination, become diffatisfied with the condition on which they hold their itacion in the church, and yet are in too dependent a state to leave it without ruin, are strongly represented. This is a grievance, which, in our enlightened and libesal age, it is surely high time to redress.

E. * Mr. Toulmin's text was Acts, ii. 42–47.

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