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magistrates, by whose suffrage, which also received the sanction with the concurrence of the peo- of the Senate. ple, he was chosen to be their Besides his own church, CalMinister and Professor of Divin- vin took on himself the care of ity in the year 1536.
believers, wherever they dwelt, Fully prepared by his long and, by his correspondence, ada course of study, by his ardour of ministered to them the instrucmind and habits of devotion, fortion, reproof, or consolation, the faithful exercise of the mine which their conduct or their cira isterial functions, he commenced cumstances required. The conhis public labours by composing formity of multitudes to the Roa concise and simple Formula of mish forms of communion, Christian Doctrine, to which he while they secretly embraced the added a short Catechism, for the doctrines of the Reformed use of the church at Geneva, church, about this period particthen scarcely emancipated from ularly, called forth his zeal for antichristian bondage. Persuad the truth, and was the occasion ed that some form of ecclesias- of his writing two niasterly and tical government was absolutely elegant Epistles, in which he exnecessary for maintaining the horted the people to renounce unity and order of the church, their idolatrous communion, and and preferring the Presbyterian, the authority of their priests, as being not only the most simple whose conduct he' reprobated as in itself, the best calculated for flagitious and detestable. the impartial administration of His attention was, in the foldiscipline, as well as removed lowing year, occupied by dissenat once from the imperious- sions in his own city, which he ness of Episcopacy, and the in vain endeavoured to heal. irregularity of Anabaptism ;* When a whole state embraced but as, in their opinion, the the religious system of the Remost agreeable to the intima- formers, though all became by tions of scripture, Calvin, Far- profession Protestants, multiell, and Viret, resolved to estab. tudes, it is obvious, would retain lish it at Geneva. Though op- much of their original prejudice posed both by public violence and and error. At Geneva, accordprivate malignity, they succeed- ingly, though all professed the ed ; and after the people had soltrue religion, many continued in emnly abjured Popery, on the the practice of those impurities 20th of July, 1537, they took an to which they had been addicted oath of adherence to certain arti- when their consciences were uncles of doctrine and discipline, der
the guidance of the priests
of Rome. Political discussions * The Anabaptists of that time,
concerning the war then raging or Mennonites, held opinions subver: in Savoy, were also the means sive at once of Christian truth and of producing variance and ani. social order. They employed arms mosities among the rich and to propagate their system, and were the noble, and consequently tendthe cause not only of commotions, ed to injure the cause of religion. but of bloodshed throughout the provinces of the German empire. See Farell
, Calvin, and Corald, his Mosheim, Cent. 16. § 3. pt. 2.
colleague, beheld with deep con
cern this departure from the Calvin, he said, “ Verily, if I had
the commotions which the de
cree of the synod of Lausanne The syndics were the chief concerning the use of wafers in magistrates of Geneva, annually
the sacrament had excited, and elected by the votes of the community.
in preventing the influence of
erily, if Sadolet, the bishop of Carpen- the Lord's Supper, which was of Id hated tras, (a city of Dauphiny) who singular use to the church at it is wel exerted all his powers of elo- that time, when the Lutheran who de quence to bring back his dear and Popish doctrines on this mise the friends, as he styled the Senate point were the subject of fre
and people of Geneva, to the quent discussion. During this eem todo Romish communion. sThese period, he was the means of the Ree letters breathe a spirit oferdent converting several Anabaptists, it was affection for his beloved flock, some of whom afterwards became
and inculcate on them the im• bright ornaments of the Protesspeline portant duties of self-examina
tant cause. In 1541, he was the tale tion, humility, and repentance, called to assist at two diets held si arde on account of their spiritual de- by the authority of the emperor
clension ; of love to their pas. Charles V. at Worms and Ratisisories tors, and of a tolerant disposition bon, for the purpose of accom
Oft towards those who differed from modating matters between the co te them in matters of inferior im- Protestants and their adversaries.
portance. Their dissensions he There he gained the friendship vodais represents as marks of divine of Melanchton, whose gentleness
judgment against their sins, and and modesty made him an advouniformly prays that they might cate for reconciliation, but whose be led by the Spirit of truth into timidity inade him often shrink the love and practice Christian from that
from that opposition, which virtue.
Luther carried on with such While at Strasburg, in 1540, vehemence and success, against he published an enlarged edition the tenets and practices of of his Institutions, and a short Rome. but comprehensive Treatise on
To be continued.
1. This Intitution shall be completed a course of liberal edequally open to Protestants of ucation, and sustains a fair moral every denomination, for the ad- character. He shall also declare mission of young men of requi- that it is his serious intention to site qualifications.
devote himself to the work of the 2. Every candidate for admis- gospel ministry, and exhibit sion into this seminary shall pro- proper testimonials of his being duce satisfactory evidence, that in full communion with some he possesses good natural and church of Christ ; in default of acquired talents, has horqurably which he shall subscribe a decla. Vol. III. No. 8.
ration of his belief of the Chris on the peculiarities of the lantian religion.
guage and style of the New Tes 3. Students in this seminary tament, resulting from this vershall be aided in their preparation sion and other causes ; on the for the ministry by able profess- history, character, use, and auors ; whose duty it shall be, by thority of the ancient versions public and private instruction, to and manuscripts of the Old and unlock the treasures of divine New Testaments; on the canons knowledge, to direct the pupils of biblical criticism; on the auin their inquiries after sacred thenticity of the several books of truth, to guard them against re- the sacred code ; on the apochligious error, and to accelerate ryphal books of both 'Testaments; their acquisition of heavenly on modern translations of the wisdom.
Bible, more particularly on the 4 The public instruction shall history and character of our Engbe given in lectures on natural lish version ; and also critical theology, sacred literature, eccle. lectures on the various readings siastical history, Christian theolo and difficult passages in the sagy, and pulpit cloquence.
cred writings. 5. li the kectures on natural 7. Under the head of ecclesi. theology, the existence, attributes, astical history shall be comprised and providence of God, shall be lectures on Jewish antiquities; demonstrated; the soul's im on the origin and extension of mortality and a future state, as the Christian church in the first deducible from the light of na three centuries ; on the various ture, discussed; the obligations Sects and heresies in the early of man to his Maker, resulting ages of Christianity ; on the from the divine perfections and characters and writings of the his own rational nature, enforc- fathers ; on the establishment of ed; the great duties of social Christianity by Constantine, and life, flowing from the mutual its subsequent effects ; on the relations of man to man, incul- rise and progress of popery and cated ; and the several personal mahometanism ; on the corrupyirtues deduced and delineated; tions of the church of Rome ; ihe whole being interspersed on the grounds, progress, and with remarks on the coincidence doctrines of the reformation ; on between the dictates of reason the different denominations aand the doctrines of revelation, mong Protestants ; on the variin these primary points; and, ous constitutions, discipline and notwithstanding such coinci- rites of worship, which have didence, the necessity and utility of vided, or may still divide the a divine revelation stated. Christian church ; on the state
6. Under the head of sacred and prevalence of paganism in literature shall be included lec. our world ; and on the effect, tures on the formation, preserva- which idolatry, mahometanism, tion, and transmission of the sa- ' and Christianity have respectivecred volume ; on the languages, ly produced on individual and in which the Bible was originally national character. written ; on the septuagint ver 8. Under the head of christian sion of the Old Testament, and theology shall be comprehended
lectures on divine revelation ; on principles and precepts of anthe inspiration and truth of the cient rhetoric to ibis modern Old and New Testaments, as species of oration ; on the qualiproved by miracles, internal evie ties in the speaker, in his style, dence, fulfilment of prophecies, and in his delivery, necessary to and historic facts ; on the great a finished pulpit orator;
on the doctrines and duties of our holy methods of strengthening the Christian religion, together with memory and of improving in sa the objections made to them by cred eloquence; on the character unbelievers, and the resutation and style of the most eminent di. of such objections; more par, vines and best models for imitaticularly on the revealed char- tion, their respective beauties acter of God, as Father, Son, and excellencies in thought and Holy Ghost; on the fall of and expression; and above all, man, and the depravity of hu on the transcendent simplicity, man nature : on the covenant of beauty, and sublimity of the sagrace ; on the character, of cred writings. fices, atonement, and meciiation of 10. It shall be the duty of Jesus Christ; on the character the professors, by private inand offices of the Holy Spirit ; on struction and advice, to aid the the scripture doctrines of regenstudents in the acquisition of a eration, justification, and sanctifi- radical and adequate knowledge cation ; on evangelical repent of the sacred scriptures in their ance, faith, and obedience ; on original languages, and of the Old the nature and necessity of true Testament in the septuagint vervirtue or gospel holiness ; on the sion ; to direct their method of future state, on the immortality studying the Bible and other of soul and body, and the eterni- writings; to superintend and ani. ty of future rewards and punish- mate their pursuits by frequent ments, as revealed in the gospel; inquiries and examinations, relaon the positive institutions of tive to their progress in books Christianity ; on the nature, in- and knowledge ; to assign propterpretation, and use of prophecy; er subjects for their first compoand on personal religion, as a qual- sitions, and to suggest a natural, ification for the gospel ministry. method of treating them; fre
9. Under the head of pulpit quently and critically to examine eloquence shall be delivered a their early productions, and in a competent number of lectures on free, but friendly manner, to the importance of oratory ; on point out their defects and errors, the invention and disposition of in grammar, method, reasoning, topics ; on the several parts of a style, and sentiment ; to improve regular discourse ; on elegance, them in the important art of composition, and dignity in style; reading, and to give them opporon pronunciation, or the proper tunities of speaking in public, management of the voice and favouring them with their candid correct gesture, and on the im- remarks on their whole manner ; mense importance of a natural to explain intricate texts of scripmanner; on the rules to be ob. ture, referred to them ; to solve served in composing a sermon, cases of conscience; to watch and on the adaptation of the over their health and morals with