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to the public. All his entries upon ber any philosopher, really entitled the world of letters are in the shape to be « so called," who thought that of ovations; and he drags at the a state could subsist without reli. wheel of his car the spoils of many gion? Does he not know that So. books, and languages, and people. crates deemed it necessary to uphold But, having once determined to for. the popular superstition, though he sake the beaten path, and to “ drive had no faith in it? That Solon, and the chariot of the sun,” behold the Lycurgus, and Numa, all felt it esconsequences of his temerity. We sential, even by fraud, to invest have no hesitation in saying, that a their laws with the sanctity of religreater mass of profound nonsense gion? That Livy attributed the has seldom or never, in one volume, triumphs of Rome to her reverence burdened the presses of our country. for an oath? That Machiavel, in Whence, then, is this, but that the his interpretation of Livy, confirms Great Author of the Bible is resolv- this judgment by his own? That ed it shall not be traduced with im- numerous individuals, distinguished punity? It is, that as God (how- at once for moral virtue and proévet Sir William bas condemned found learning, have rejoiced to the passage) “ hardened the heart" cast their spoils at the foot of the of the refractory monarch of Egypt, Cross-to build up, out of the mahe blinds the eyes of those monarchs terials of their chosen science, an in literature who oppose their wis- altar to Jehovah,--and to exclaim, in dom to his own. It is, that he suf- the glowing language of the volume fers those who " profess to be" emi- so dishonoured by Sir William, gently “wise,” « to become” emi- “ righteousness exalteth a nation; nently « foolish.”
It is because yea, happy is the people who have God 'abandons the proud to the the Lord for their God ?" And, obliquities of their mind, and pu. knowing all this, does this bold nishes their resistance to His word apostate from philosophy, as well as by permitting them to talk their faith, never ask himself what he own nonsense. If any of our young is doing? Does he never fear, lest friends should ever for a moment be the hand should wither that he thus tempted to forsake the cloud of wit- stretches out against the altar of his nesses by whom they are surround. country? Does he never tremble ed, and to soar upon wings of wax at the idea of a whole world, should into the regions of original interpre- they believe in him, staking their tation, let him see inscribed opon souls, their eternal existence, upon a pillar, at the gate of that region, the dictum of an almost solitary the name of the Right Hon. Sir teacher? Would he allow us to adWilliam Drummond; inscribed, like dress him, we should say–Sir Wilthe names on the stones in the Alps, liam, you are too well acquainted to warn the traveller by the fate of with the errors of others, not to have those who perished upon the same ground for suspicion that you yourspot. John Zisca's skin was made self may be wrong: and if you into a drum, and continued to ter- should be wrong, what flood-gates rify his old enemies: and Sir Wile of misery are you endeavouring to liam Drummond, we doubt not, will open upon your country? How are continue (if his name survive him- you, in that case, also calling down self) to alarm the rash of all ages, the denunciations of the Almighty and will light up a perpetual beacon
on your own head?
How are you on the fatal rock of scriptural inno- kindling a spark which may involve vation.
an universe, and that through all But Sir William must allow us eternity, in its dreadful blaze? Bat next to say a word to himself. He do you say, “ What I believe I must arrogates to himself the rank of a speak ?" Then what becomes of your philosopher. Now, does he remem- honesty? You are a privy-court
Sellor; a man who,besides being pledg- of the orthodox, begin to be “ashamed on oath, to support the religion of ed of Christ and him crucified” your country; to carry no counsel that there is nothing, even in the to the throne which will not esta- extravagancies of Christian enthusiblish the constitution in church and asm, which approaches the credulity state, in the form delivered to us by of Sir W. Drummond, or of any deour ancestors; must have solemnly luded creature who believes a page attested his sincerity, by parlaking of his book. Hear his creed put inof the symbols of the body and to plain English :-"I believe that a blood of Christ. Now, cast your eyes, plain bistory is an allegory ; that where we should be glad to know the Jews, who exist to this moment, po one else would cast them, upon never existed; that all the writers the pages your book. See in it who mention them are liars; that all an open and scurrilous attack upon the monuments existing of this fabuthe faith of your country; an inva- lous people, exist bụt in idea ; that sion of all our religious hopes and writings penned long before the real joys; a prostitution of the sacred reform of the calendar, were an alvessels of our temple to the pur- legorical history of it; that a book poses of your indecent merriment. in every page condemning idolaIs this the conduct we should expect trous worship, was a treatise upon even from a man of truth? You think it; that thousands living in the very the world can do without religion. age when (I pretend) ihese books Is such conduct as this any proof were written, lived and died to deof it? Is such honour a fair barter fend a false meaning of them.” Such for religious integrity; and such a is the nature of this sceptic's creducasuist a good substitute for a Cbris- lity. But is he never incredulous ? tian? There are two men, who, even Indeed he is : and let us see what in your own department of science, credit his general incredulity lends demand your homaye, Sir William to his religious scepticism. His ne. Jones and Jacob Bryant. The tes- gative creed may be conceived to timony of the one to the Bible has run thus:- "I do not believe that been already produced, and you my own body, or any other body, must be acquainted wiih that of or any other mind, or my own mind, the other. You know that his An
any but this precise moment ; cient Mythology was one vast moç
or my pen, or my ink, or God, or nument to the truth of religion ; the universe, or any thing in the that he ever approached the Scrip: heavens above, or the earth beneath, tures like a man coming into the or in the water under the earth, presence of God; and that the exists.” Shall we wonder, then, if writer of bis epitaph deemed it the he adds yet one more article to his discriminating feature of his writo creed? "I do not believe in the ings, that they were " Exquisitæ authenticity of the Jewish Scripquædam et reconditæ, quas non mi tures. nore studio quam acumine, ad il- We cannot conclude without relustrandam S$. veritatem adhibuit.” turning our thanks to Mr. D'Oyly These stars, alas! are set, and we for his successful refutation of this regret to say, that, amidst the crowd. scandalous production. It is, we ed galaxy of their successors in this believe, his first offering to the pubparticular sphere, few are found to lic since the dignity of “ Chris:ian shed the same sacred light and heat Adyocate to the University of Camon the temples of our country. bridge was conferred upon him.
Finally, we wish 10 observe to We trust, that, in virtue of his high those who, awed by the charges of commission, he will persist, under credulity so prodigally launched forth God, in the good work he bas beby the sceptical writers at the head gun; that he will feel his duties to
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extend beyond the defence of the less the Christian Advocate, which out works of the temple; and ibat he we have no reason to anticipate, will not only guard its walls, but should betray the cause he is now also watch over the fires on its altar. pledged to defend. How much raIt will little benefit us, that the walls iher should we fight under his shield, stand, if the lamps are gone out; and sharpen our puny arrows at his that the priest remains, if the ark is forge; march with him under the departed; that the pillars are un- standard of the Cross; conquer with sbaken, if the glory of the Lord him and every true soldier of Chris: ; shine no longer upon them. It has and, at length, through Divine mer: always deeply affected us, when we cy, sit down with all the company have been obliged to draw the sword of the saints and martyrs of Chrisagainst any of his predecessors. It tianity, at the right hand of the is, thank God, now in its 'sheath; throne of God. and we shall never unsheath it, un
LITERARY AND PHILOSOPHICAL INTELLIGENCE,
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Eritish AND FOREIGÝ DIBLE SOCIETY. promise as Bible Associations. The con. Some enlightened friend of this Institution iributors to the Irislitvijou in London, and to has recently pablished a pamphlet entitled its Auxiliaries and Branches in different * The Advantages of distribuiing the Holy parts of the country, consist in general of Scriptures among the Lower Orders of so- ihat class of persons, who are somewhat eleciety, chiefly by tlreir own Agency*." If our vated in the scale of society. It is the oblimits admitted of it, we should be glad to ject of Bible Associations to bring into action transcribe the whole of this small but inter- also the inferior classes ; to collect sabscrip esting work into our pages. We must, how. tior's not merely from the opulent, but likeevet, content ourselves with drawing the at. wise from that large body of the people, who icntion of our readers to the subject by laying are unable to give much, and are yet not uirbefore them, in a concise form, the chief suge willing to give a lide. If the number of gestions of this writer.
contributors be great, the accumulation even • Whoever is acquainted with the history of small sóms will not be contemptible; and of the Reformation, cannot fail to have oh- it may be presumed, that most persons who served the extreme anxiety displayed by our
are not absolutely in the lowest walks of life, Martyrs and Reformers for the free circo- can afford a subscription of a penny a week.” lation of the Bible. The same feeling has “Many are the evils, both of a public and been found to animate wise and good men in private nature, to which hamau legislation every age, since the promulgation of the Go- can apply no remedy: they are to be respel."
mored by that influence alone which can “ One of the most important and effective reach the heart; by those sacred principles institutions, in this view, is the British and which are developed and enforced in the reForeign Bible Society. The efforts and uni- cords of unerring wisdom. The Scriptures lity of such an institution can be limited have ever been achnowledged, by good men, only by its means; and in proportion to the as the best foundation of morals; and those augmentation of its funds, will it extend the who labour to give them general circulation, empire of knowledge and of truth. The as- and to excite a general interest for the perusistance which has been afforded by Auxi- sal of them throughout the great body of the liary Societies in many parts of the country, people, must be considered as rendering no can hardly be estimated at too high a rate.
common service both to individuals and 10 By calling the attention of the opulent to the their country. want of Bibles in their own vicinity, they “ Let it be granted, that by any means have contributed very essentially to the be. the Holy Scripture is perused with diligence nefit of thousands, whó night otherwise have, by every poor man who is able to read it; semained in ignorance; and, by aiding the what would be the consequence? Is it too funds of the parent institution, they have much to hope, that the noise of tumult and enabled it to carry on its foreign operatious disorder may be hushed in peace? that men with great and increasing success.”
may be taught to fear God, and to honour “That a project of this tendency should be the king? to do unto others as they wish that checked or narrowed by the want of re- others should do unto them? and to dissources, is a circumstance deeply to be lamented. Yet nothing is more certain, than
• Bible Associations have been establishthat the efforts already made, however unex.
ed in many places. The Auxiliary Bible So. ampled, are not commeusurate with the mag. ciety for Blackheath and ils neighbourhood, nitude of the case. Here is a world in igno. has ten within its district: and one within ranice! a world to be enlightened and evan
the town of Darlington, produces after the gelized !"
rate of seventy pounds a year, being more “ To complete the system, no measure
than adequate to supply the deficiency of seems to have occurred of such reasonable the Scriptures amongst the poor of that town;
thereby completely liberating the funds of • It is sold by Seeley, and Hatchard; the Auxiliary Bible Society for Darlington and, in a cheap form, by the Printers of this and its vicinity, so far as relates to the town work, at 17s. 6d. for two hundred and fifty, of Darlington itself, for the supply of foreign uc 11, 146, for five hundred,