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THE number of treatises whose titles we have placed at the head of this article is a plain proof that the various questions connected with the Sabbath — its authority, the modes of its observance, the right of Government to defend its sanctity, or regulate its observance, etc., have thoroughly aroused the public attention, and that they must undergo new and exhaustive discussion ere they be

* 1. Three Letters to a Friend on the “Sunday Question,” viewed chiefly in relation to its Social and Political Aspects ; with a Parliamentary Speech which will not be found in any of the “Debutes.” By N. M. P. London: Longman. 1856.

2. The People's Day: an Appeal to the Right Hon. Lord Stanley, M.P., against his Advocacy of a French Sunday. By WILLIAM ARTHUR, A.M. London: Hamilton, Adams & Co. 1855.

3. Thoughts for Thinking Men of the Industrial Classes on the Sabbath Question. By Joseph KINGsMILL, M.A., Chaplain of the Government Model Prison, London. London: Longmans. 1856.

4. Christianity without Judaism. Two Sermons. By the REv. BADEN Powell, M.A., F.R.S., etc. London : National Sunday League. 1856.

5. The Christian Sunday, not the Jewish Sabbath. By GEORGE DAwson, M.A. London: Theobald.

6. Sunday and the Sabbath. Translated from the French of Louis VICTOR MELLET. London : Aylott & Co. 1856.

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again laid to rest. During this period of controversy, while the solid foundations of prescriptions are broken up, and public opinion is fluctuating in the vacuity of doubt, it behoves wise men to revolve thoughtfully the questions at issue, and to give free and fearless expression to their deliberate judgment, since it is manifest that any change in the sentiments and laws of the people in reference to the Sabbath will produce great corresponding changes in the complexion of their entire life. It would be impossible to conceive of stronger contrasts or plainer contradictions in opinion than we have discovered in perusing the sermons, lectures, tractates, etc., noticed above, and which are but a tithe of the publications that have been issued during the recent agitation in Parliament and the country upon Sir Joshua Walmsley's Bill. They are all lying peacefully on our table, in amiable contact with each other ; but we have thought, if the spirits they embody were now unloosed, what a whirlwind of war would sweep before us, what discordant clamors would interrupt our quietude, what havoc would be witnessed in their

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fo battle round our desk! Merciully, the warfare is waged by silent books, and, since it is so, we have been thankful even for the contrariety of opinion which they express; for this is the process by which the seeds of truth are winnowed from the chaff of heresy. For ourselves, we feel that our opinions are freer and purer from passing under the tribulum of a sifting opposition. Some of these publications are written with distinguished ability and high-toned moral purpose. Others, however, weary us with their indescribable feebleness, or annoy by their ignorant one-sideness. The pamphlets of Henry Rogers, Arthur, and Kingsmill, strand prečminent among those written in defense of the Sabbath, though their argument regards it only as a national institution ; and the treatise by Louis V. Mellet, which bears purely on the scriptural and ecclesiastical au. thority of the day, stands alone on the other side. We did expect some fresh and powerful thinking in the sermons ublished by the Rev. B. Powell and Mr. {. Dawson; but our hope has been disappointed. We shall make reference to the former in the course of our article. The latter requires *'. this passing notice. The matter of Mr. Dawson's sermons is an ill-remembered repetition of the arguments and authorities lucidly expounded by L. W. Mellet; but this miserable hash is garnished with the “huff. ing, braggart, puft” language, and well spiced with the rare dogmatism, which usually flows from his

“rattling tongue Of saucy and audacious eloquence.”

There are three separate subjects connected with the Sabbath which have not been sufficiently defined, and which, though interconnected with each other, empathically require distinct treatment ; viz., the grounds on which the obligation of the Christian Sabbath rests; the mode of its observance; the duty of Government with regard to it.

From confounding these very distinct subjects, it has been erroneously assumed, that all who ground the obligation of the Christian Sabbath upon manifest expediency and the hallowed customs of the Church are favorable to the lax observance of the day, and encourage the projects of the National Sunday League, and

vice-versd ; whereas no such inference is warrantable by the rules of logic, or by facts. The third topic is, at the present moment, the most important and urgent in its practical issues, since there is a body of men associated to agitate the people and to importune Government for certain alterations of the Sunday laws, slight indeed in themselves, but most ominous in the revolution of domestic and social manners which they presage. We do hope, therefore, that all who are agreed as to the pernicious tendency of these changes will not be deterred from alliance with each other, in order to prevent them, by reason of speculative dif. ferences on the other questions. Not that we gainsay or depreciate their importance; they attract us by their intrinsic greatness as matters of theological inquiry, and we acknowledge that they contain within themselves the ground and obligation, the nature and final cause, of this great ordinance and privilege of the Christian's course. The cultivation of our spiritual life, indeed, is mainly dependent on the mode on which our Sabbath is kept. Clear views, moreover, on these topics will open our way for a full con: sideration of the subsequent political question. So profoundly have we been convinced of this, that whilst it is our main purpose to discuss the latter question in reference to the demands put forth by the National Sunday League, we have been constrained to explain and justify the ground we take on this preliminary question, Is the authority of the Sabbath human or Divine * We are the less disposed to avoid this inquiry, since recent objections have been started against the argument for its Divine authority, which are said to be alltriumphant and irrefutable. It is our purpose briefly to consider these objections, and at the same time to delineate afresh the main features of that progressive argument which seems to us to be irresistible in its cumulative force.

The ground on which the obligation of the Christian Sabbath rests may be presented under these two divisions: 1. The authoritative will of God, as made known in the Bible, or in the history of the Church while governed by His Apostles. 2. Its adaption to the circumstances of human life and the manifest requirements of our physical and moral

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