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· which prevailed in the country | Scotland, such as Hooker, Cran.

these two years past, have put it mer, Knox, &c. knows that no out of the power of many pious man was held in higher estimapersons to contribute as they tion by those distinguished charcould have wished, towards the acters than John Calvin, and no salvation of the Heathen; but human compositions were more now that a kind Providence has read and admired by them than restored plenty to our land, it is his.--Nor was it only by perhoped that those who have tast- | sons of the above description ed that the Lord is gracious, that Calvin's writings were esand who know, in their own ex teemed. The depth and inperience, the value of the gos genuity of his thoughts, the pel, will gladly contribute, ac- strength and accuracy of his cording to their ability, to help reasoning, and the purity and forward the work of the Lord. elegance of his diction, have led So shall the blesssing of many many who had no relish for the who were ready to perish come gospel to peruse his works. upon them; and “our God shall | The celebrated infidel, Lord supply all their need, according | Bolingbroke, was a remarkable to his riches in glory, by Christ instance of this; and the folJesus.”

lowing anecdote, in proof of it, And above all, brethren, you may be depended on. One day, are most earnestly solicited to a Clergyman of his Lordship's aid us by your fervent and per acquaintance (Mr.

C h, who severing prayers. “ Ye that died Vicar of Battersea) happenmake mention of the Lord, keeped to call for him, when he was not silence; and give him no reading in Calvin's Institutes. rest, till he establish, and till he “ You have found me,” said his make Jerusalem a praise in the Lordship,“ reading John Calearth.” And may the happy vin. He was indeed a man of time soon arrive, when, from great parts, profound sense, and the rising of the sun to the go- vast learning. He handles the ing down of the same, the name doctrines of grace in a very of Jesus shall be glorious ; masterly manner.” “Doctrines 66 when men shall be blessed in of grace !" replied the Clergyhim, and all nations shall call man, “the doctrines of grace him blessed. Amen. Let the have set all mankind together whole earth be filled with his by the ears.” “ I am surprised glory."

to hear you say so," answered Lord Bolingbroke, “ you who

profess to believe and to preach ANECDOTES.

Christianity. Those doctrines are certainly the doctrines of the

Bible; and, if I believed the TT is much to be regretted that Bible, I must believe them. And 1 the works of the illustrious let me seriously tell you, that I Calvin are so little read in the think the greatest miracle in the present day. Every person world is, the substance of Chriswho is acquainted with the tianity, and its continued prewritings of our most eminent servation as a religion, when the reformers, both in England and preaching of it is committed to world.


the care of such unchristian and arbitrary principles, incesgentlemen as you.”

santly varying, according to time, place and circumstances.”

These admirable remarks deOF THE ILLUSTRIOUS MADAME | serve to be carefully remember. DE GENLIS.

ed. They exactly accord with ADAME de Genlis, in a what the serious reflecting VI late ingenious perform- | mind daily observes in the ance, makes the following just and striking remarks: “ Examine impious men closely, and you will invariably find that

POETRY. they have no true knowledge of PRAISE TO THE REDEEMER. religion; that they have for

JESUS how bright thy beauties are ; saken it without having studied !;

Thy lovely person how divine ! it; that they oppose it without

Who with our Lord shall we com are, understanding it; and that they | What glorious form can equal thine? form their judgment of it ex With gentle smiles sweet mercy spreads clusively on the pitiful sophisms Her kindest beams in his dear face ; and the superficial and lying His love our highest thoughts exceeds, productions of its detractors. And claims our most exalted praise.. You will see that the true cause Let men and Angels both unite, of their disgust with religion, is

To speak the g.ories of our king,

With fear, and love, and vast delight the severity of its morals, and

His lofty praise with rapture sing. the convenient pliancy of mo

But what is men's or Angel's praise, dern philosophy.

| To our great King's immortal name; " Examine thoroughly the The various glories he displays, lives and conduct of the impi- Shall better speak his power and fame. ous ; you may find among them Yet he approves our humble songs, some natural virtues; but if And bows his gracious ear to hear; they have strong passions, you

Almighty Lord, our joyful tongues, will never find them moral

Shall sound thy praise with holy sear. Inen ; and in the best of them,

We'll tell the world thy wondrous

grace, you will always discover a base

How Jesus dwelt in mortal clay; less system of ethics, full of | And died to save our sinful race, contradictions, inconsistencies, 'And wipe our vile reproach away.

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Thoughts on the Doctrine of the versary, and supports the “God Trinity.

of this world."** But notwith

standing the artful and spurious THE doctrine of a Trinity objections against the doctrine of

1 of persons in the God- the Trinity, if it be a doctrine head, tho' acknowledged by the of revelation, it is to be avowed fathers, and believed by most as such, and cordially received Protestant divines for ages, is al by the friends of Jesus. disputed doctrine, and, in the The object of the following present day, discarded by some remarks is not, directly to prove who are set for the defence of that the existence of one God in the gospel. Many specious ob- three distinct persons is a truth jections are raised against it, of revelation ; but rather to anand much said to stagger the swer some questions that are faith and disturb the minds of proposed by way of objection to some who are, yet, honest and the doctrine. sincere friends of Christ, and The questions proposed to those truths contained in his be considered are the follow. gospel. Not only weak minded | ing; Christians are wounded by those I. In what doth personality observations that are raised a consist-doth it not involve the gainst this fundamental doctrine idea of perception and volition? of Christianity, but injury is! II. If personality involve the done in another view. Weapons idea of perception and volition, are put into the hands of the ene- how is a person distinguished mies of the cross, and the cause from a being. of infidelity is strengthened. If I III. Is it not a contradiction professors of religion--if the to say there are three persons teachers of Christianity raise possessed of perception and voobjections against the most im-lition, constituting one being portant doctrines of that gospel possessed of perception and vothey are set to defend, it lition ? strengthens the cause of the ad. I. In what doth personality

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consistendoth it not involve the men do not admit of any disidea of perception and volition ? tinction. Every distinct person

It is readily granted that the is viewed as a distinct being. idea that first presents itself | James, Peter and John are perwhen a person is spoken of issons, each distinct, as to personthat it is a rational intelligence ality, from the other. Their a being possessed of percep-being is also as distinct as their tion and volition. To such an | personality. They are three one only can personal proper persons, and three distinct beties and characters be applied. / ings. The human mind, indeed, The word person cannot, with is not capable of abstracting, or any propriety, be applied to any | making a distinction between but one that has a rational mind person and being, as applied to

one capable of distinguishing men. This is readily conceded, good from evil, and of choosing although the doctrine of the and refusing. The most impor. | Trinity is owned as lying at the · tant creatures, of the inanimate foundation of the Christian kind, are not persons, however scheme. useful to mankind. Nor can III. Is it not a contradiction the word, in strictness of pro- to say there are three persons priety, be applied to any of the possessed of perception and voirrational animals. The Psalm lition, constituting one being ist, it is true, compares the sun possessed of perception and voto a “ Bridegroom coming out lition? of his chamber, and rejoicing as In attending to this question a strong man to run a race." it seems necessary to answer But this is, evidently, to be taken two others. One is whether the in a figurative sense ; and so proposition be contrary to reaare all personal properties when son? The other is, whether it applied either to mere animals, be, in fact, a contradiction in or to inanimate things. Noth terms ? ing short of a rational mind, 1 1. Is the proposition contrary capable of wishing and exerci- to reason ? sing choice, can constitute a per- A doctrine or proposition may son. Without entering into be contrary to the method of any metaphysical disquisitions, / reasoning used by those in oppoit may be said, in the plain lan- sition to it, and not contrary te guage of common sense, that reason itself. A doctrine may, personality consisteth in a ra- also, be above the comprehentional mind, capable of choosing sion of reason, and yet, in no and refusing, and that in view of measure, contrary to it. We moral good and evil; and, there are to make a distinction before, that perception and volition tween a doctrine contrary to reaare, necessarily, involved in it. son, and one above its compre

II. If personality involve the hension. “We may conclude idea of perception and volition, says one writer, a doctrine is how is a person distinguished contrary to reason when it confrom a being?

tradicts some of the first princiThe words person and being ples which the mind of man canwhen applied to finite rational not but assent to without any existencies, such as angels or proof. Such are the following:

the whole is greater than a part fit thence follow that to say there it is impossible a thing should be are three divine persons conand not be at the same time-two stituting one divine being is a are more than one." If a doc- contradiction in terms. To astrine contradict such plain, self- sert, because our ideas of a dis. evident propositions it is con- | tinct finite person are that he is trary to reason. But this can- | a distinct being, and because not be said of the doctrine of the we are not able to separate perTrinity. The most we can say sonality from being, when appli. of that is, that it is above the ed to creatures, that therefore comprehension of a finite mind. | every distinct divine person is a Should we say that three per distinct divine being, would be sons are one person, or that the false reasoning. And so, beone divine being is three divine cause we are not able to abbeings, it would do violence to stract separate personality from common sense, and contradict separate being, when applied to the first principles of reason.- creatures, to assert, that there. But the proposition is that three | fore the proposition, “there are persons constitute one divine | three divine persons possessed being, which is not contrary to of perception and volition conreason, however mysterious and stituting one divine being posincomprehensible to a finite un sessed of perception and voliderstanding.

tion,” is a contradiction in terms, 2. Is the proposition a con- would be false reasoning ; it tradiction in terms ?

would be drawing inferences To say that the one divine be- without any premises it would ing, possessed of perception and be to assert, that since we do volition, is three divine beings, not fully understand and compossessed of perception and vo- prehend a proposition it cannot lition, would be a contradiction be true and this method of reain terms. Or should we say soning would exclude from huthat one divine person is three man belief many of the truths divine persons it would be self of revelation : Yea, it would excontradiction. But tho it is clude from the minds of many, conceded that we cannot ab- a belief of some propositions stract personality from being, which are capable of demonstrait doth not thence follow that tion. every distinct divine person is a 1 If we consider the subject distinct being; nor that as many fairly, and in the exercise of distinct divine persons as there Christian candor, the proposiare, so many distinct divine be- tion we are examining will not ings there are. Nor does it fol- l appear either a violation of realow because we cannot conceive son or a contradiction in terms. of distinct personality without, What tho' it contain a mystery; at the same time, conceiving of yet that, it is conceived, is no obdistinct being, when applied to jection against it. Many things creatures, that therefore they which we cannot comprehend, cannot be conceived of separate or fully understand, we are ly, or that they cannot be sep-bound to believe. Who can acarated in the divine mind, and count for the divine existence, in the divine being. Nor does | from eternity, underived and

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