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BLACKWOOD'S

EDINBURGH MAGAZINE.

No. CXLI.

JULY, 1828.

Vol. XXIV

DR PHILLPOTTS AND MR LANE ON THE CORONATION OATH.

APART from all question of Politics, where, owing, far above all other and especially of what are called Party causes, to the direct influence of our Politics, all men who have kept their Reformed Religion, of its learned and eyes open in the light of the Reforma- enlightened and laborious ministers tion, and enjoy and value the blessing and servants, and of the sacred instiof the Protestant Faith,—that is, true, tutions formed and endowed to uphold pure, and incorrupt Christianity, and foster its spirit, which they have must regard with aversion all sentinobly and gloriously done, the People ments, opinions, and acts, the tendency have been saved on the one hand from of which, however remote, seems to be Superstition that enchains, and from encouragement and protection to Po Atheism, (we use the word in its pery. With indignation and hatred far largest sense,) that lets loose human stronger than their fear, and swallowa nature to its own ruin and destruction. ing up their fear, must they regard This we owe to the Reformed Protestall measures and all men employed as ant Church. instruments, either in ignorance, in It is the duty, therefore, of every difference, or wickedness, to restore Christian, living in the open daythe reign of religious—that is, of in- light of the true Faith, to take heed tellectual and moral—“Chaos and old that it shall not be again darkened. night.” They desire to see the hu. How it was darkened of old we know man mind unclouded by superstition, -chiefly by the devices of ignorant, free from base apprehensions of the crafty, sinful, and most selfish men, divine government of the world-un- who saw that the very majesty and subjected to the tyranny of priestcraft mystery of the Most High might be that bows down the soul, even in the made subservient to their wicked deexercise of its highest feelings and signs upon the liberty of man's confaculties—liberated from most perni- science, till, by a perpetual appeal to cious practical opinions, under whose natural feelings, miserably perverted influence none of the affections and by the superstition in which their relations of social and domestic life growth had been overshadowed, Temcan exist in their natural strength and poral Power took, it may be said, the sanctity. In one word, they desire very place of Eternal—the voice of that man should live in and by know the Vatican was terrible to all ears, ledge, human and divine. They see as that of old thundering from Sinai him so living, under many deplorable the curse of the creature felt to be and inevitable drawbacks on his feli- the curse of the Creator, and a worm city, in Britain, where Reason and crawling in slime to the grave the Faith know each its own province; and Governor of the World ! VOL. XXIV.

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