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3. to inclement to be the settled which may be made to appear in abode of human beings.
my next essay, in which I shall There is no difficulty in being ! endeavour to show, what is implied ready to begin the Sabbath at the in remembering the Sabbath-day. setting of the sun, if that day of
MORALIS, sacred rest be duly remembered;
ON THE EXISTENCE OF GOD.
THE MIRACLES OF JESUS.
The miracles, which Christ " See here, I hold a Bible in my wrought, are such as to leave no hand; and you see the cover, the ground to suspect imposition.leaves, the letters and the words; They were such, that men might but you do not see the writers, nor judge of them by their senses. the printers, the letter-founder, One man could tell another, “I the ink-maker, the paper-maker, was restored to sight.” Another nor the binder. You never did could declare, that he saw a corpse see them; you never will see them; raised to life. A third could say, and yet there is not one of you, that he was among thousands, who who will think of disputing or de- were fed by a few loaves. There nying the being of these men. I was no opportunity for inventing go further; I affirm, that you see sophisms, or imposing on the specthe very souls of these men, in tators by sleight of hand. The seeing this book; and you feel miracles were wrought in open yourselves obliged to allow, that day, in the presence of multitudes, they had skill, contrivance, design, many of whom were enemies, dismemory, fancy, reason, and so on. posed not to believe, but to detect In the same manner, if you see a imposture, if there were any. picture, you judge there was a The miracles of Jesus, were not painter. If you see a house, you denied at the time, but admitted judge there was a builder of it; to have been wrought. If it be and if you see one room contrived asked, Why, then, did they not for this purpose, and another for all believe? We answer, they tell that, a door to enter, a window to us ; because they attributed the admit light, a chimney to hold fire, miracles to the power of the Devyou conclude that the builder was il, or to magick. But these very a person of skill and forecast, who attempts to account for them, prove formed the house with a view to that the miracles were indubitably the accommodation of its inhabi- wrought. And as to these attants. In this manner examine tempts to account for them, we can the world, and pity the man, who judge, as well as those who made When he sees the sign of the wheat-them, what credit is to be given sheaf, has sense to know, that there to the notion, that Devils wrought is, somewhere, a joiner and a miracles, and what power may be painter; but who, when he sees the ascribed to magick. At the preswheat-sheaf itself, is so stupid, as ent day, infidels will hardly agree not to say to himself, “ This had a with the ancient enemies of Christ, wise and good CREATOR!" in attributing bis miracles to sa
R. Robinson's Vin. Disc. tanick or magical influence; and
are, therefore, utterly unable, ap-1 A state of deep solicitude on their principles, to account for the subject of religion, is, in the them.
view of the Unitarian, by all
means to be avoided, as is evident INDIFFERENCE TO RELIGION. from numerous sources.
It was an observation of Dr. A system of religious faith, Priestly, the celebrated Unitarian, whose very essence seems to conwho first preached the doctrine in sist in its including no definite this country, that men must be system of doctrines"in not become indifferent to all religion, lieving"--and laying as it does a before they are prepared to judge rude hand on almost every thing what to believe.' This sentiment, that is held dear by us in the evanstrange as seems its complexion, gelical system, throwing the whole when compared with the Bible, burden of proof upon us, and prewhich admits no neutral ground, senting itself in a form almost and is most full and solemn in its without tangibility and without loo warnings against indifference, has, cality, is indeed possessed of some nevertheless, been prominent in advantages, in the hands of a skilthe discourses and publications of ful disputant. those, who have borne the name of We have for a long time been his sect, even to the present pe- / of the opinion, that those men, riod.
who call themselves liberal ChristTo prepare the minds of people, ians, meant to inculcate the senti who had been brought up under ment, that it is of no consequence the influence of other views, to what men believe concerning the embrace the new schemes of divin- great doctrines of the Gospel. ity, they, according to the confes
Telegraph. sions of some of their number, preached “ no sentiments in par
PREACHING CHRIST. iicular."
Preaching Christ does not conThe effect of such a course of sist in sounding his titles, nor in publick instruction, if indeed it continually dwelling on his personmay be called instruction, to pro- al history, sufferings, or merits; duce other than a heavenly spirit, but in preaching as he preached, and nullify the great doctrines of and as his apostles preached-in a the Gospel in the minds of the word, in preaching the gospel. hearers, may be easily imagined. Some preachers do, indeed, lay a
A mind nearly in the attitude peculiar emphasis on the word of indifference, is in a condition, crucified," in our text; as if to where, unless it be speedily rous- “ preach Christ crucified,” were ed, and conscience made to speak to be continually preaching about out, it is about sure to embrace his crucifixion; or at least about errour. And this, for two reasons: his sufferings and death. Wherefirst, because this very state of as, we should think, that a very mind is sinful, and of course at- moderate share of discernment tended with spiritual darkness : were enough to convince one, the and, secondly,' because the truth meaning of the apostle was simply is exclusive; and, whilst errour, this:- That they were not ashamin most of its endless varieties, ed to profess themselves to be the encourages this hesitating state, disciples, and to preach the doctruth comes home to the mind trines, of a crucified teacher; with tremendous sanctions, and though they were aware that this utterly condemns its indifference. I fact in their Master's history
CONDUCT AFTER PUBLIC WORSHIP
would be "unto the Jews a stum- herd who dwells highest on those bling-block, and unto the Greeks mountains, takes his horn and foolishness"-offend the prejudic-calls aloud,“ Praised be the
” es of the former, and provoke the Lord.” As soon as he is heard, contempt of the latter.
the neighbouring shepherds leave Walker's Ser. their huts and repeat those words.
The sounds last many minutes, RECIPE.
for every echo of the mountains, A Recipe for the best method of driv. and grotto of the rocks, repeat the
ing away a faithful Minister, who has name of God. How solemn the given no just cause of complaint. Ex scene! Imagination cannot picture tracted from the Panoplist.
to itself any thing more sublime. “ Begin the quarrel with great The profound silence that succeeds; boldness and great violence; set the sight of those stupendous mounafloat a multitude of stories, no
tains, upon which the vault of matter how false, or absurd, or heaven seems to rest; every thing how easily disproved. If they excites the mind to enthusiasm. should be in fact disproved, be In the mean while, the shepcareful to repeat them, and keep herds bend their knees, and pray them moving briskly, and make a
in the open air; and soon after rehandsome addition to them. As- tire to their huts to enjoy the resume the fact, that the
of innocence. Eng. pap. ence of such a state of things, proves that the minister's usefulness is gone. Profess a strong re- Mr. Editor, gard for the peace of the parish, In some places, it is very cus
and at the same time, inflame the tomary among professors of relig1 passions of anger, malice and envy, ion, immediately after returning
by every species of falsehood, and from Divine service on the Sabbath, every vulgar artifice; which inge- to bring forward a variety of arnuity can devise. Seek occasion dent spirits, and urge all present to converse with your minister on
to drink. Admirable method to the parish difficulties, and a mode- render the mind solemn, and to rate share of cunning will enable assist it in digesting a gospel seryou to accuse him openly and pub- mon! Such Christians, instead of licly of falsehood. By this time a retiring to their closets, and praygreat number of persons, scattered ing God to bless what they have through the vicinity, will begin to heard, repair to the bottle for the say, the man must have been im- excitement of life's wearied pow. prudent; he must have given some ers, and then singoccasion, or these stories could not exist. His usefulness is gone; « The sorrows of the mind and the sooner he leaves his peo
Be banislı'd from the place ;
Religion never was design'd ple, the better."
To make our pleasures less."
Having thus prepared themselves The Alpine Horn is an instru- for judicious and charitable critiment constructed with the bark of cism, they enter upon an examinathe cherry-tree; and which, like a tion of the sermon, the prayers and speaking trumpet, is used to con- singing which they have heard, vey sounds to a great distance. and of the dresses of the hearers. When the last rays of the sun gild | After a sumptuous dinner and a the summit of the Alps, the shep- few sapient political discussions, they recollect that unfortunately, tion, and all with them is as "still they were out late the night pre- as the Sabbath.” When the hour ceding at an auction, or party, or for the meeting arrives, they go show, and were deprived of rest. from their couches, their bottle The Sabbath is a day of rest, there and a hearty dinner, prepared to fore why not restore their languid nod and dream through another of frames by reclining an hour or two | God's messages to a perishing before afternoon service. Beds world.
EZEKIEL. and sofas are soon put in requisi
FOR THE HOPKINSIAN MAGAZINE.
Pity her afflicted state,
And appear for Jesus sake :
Lord, appear on Zion's side,
Once they sung thy praises bold, Build her ruins that are wide;
And with joy thy wooders told ; Lord, appear on Zion's side, Now they mourn, in sorrow hide;
Lord, appear on Zion's side. See thy people, dearest Lord,
Love is cold, and sins abound, Scatter'd and dispers'd abroad;
Truth is scarcely to be found ; How their foes do them deride,
Error doth in triumph ride ; Lord, appear on Zion's side.
Lord, appear on Zion's side. Sad and dark is Zion's case,
Raise thy people up again, Since the Lord bath hid his face ;
Let them evermore remain : Turn and save thy mourning Bride;
And in truth and love abide : Lord, appear on Zion's side.
Lord, appear on Zion's side. Let thy children hear thy voice, Thy mighty power & grace make known, That they may ag rejoice ;
That the world thy name may own; Humble down the sons of pride, Send thy gospel far and wide; Lord, appear on Zion's side.
Lord, appear on Zion's side. G.
ORDINATIONS AND INSTALLATIONS. 1824. June 9th. Ordained, Rev. Ben- mon by Rev. Professor Smith, of Ban. JAMIN WOODBURY, over the First Con-gor, from II. Cor. iii. 6. gregational Church and Society in Fal. 1824. June 16th Installed Pastor of mouth, Mass. Sermon by Rev. Dr. the Congregational Church in Hamilton, Woods, of Andover, from I. Cor. ix, 22. Mass. Rev. JOSEPH B. FELT. Sermon
1824. May 20th. Ordained. Rev. Ho. by Rev. Mr. Gile, of Milton, from II. Cor. RATIO A. PARSONS, as Pastor of the Con- iv. 1. gregational Church in Manchester, Vt. 1824. June 16th. Ordained at Gard.
1824. May 26th. Ordained, Rev. Ben- | iner, Mass. Rev. SUMNER LINCOLN. Ser JAMIN WILLET, as colleague Pastor with mon by Rev. Luther Willson, of Peters. Rev. Dr. Porter, of the Congregational ham, from I. Tim. vi. 20. Church in Conway, N H. Sermon by 1824, June 23d. Installed as Pastor of Rev. Asa Cummings, of North-Yarmouth. the Congregational Church in Campton,
Ordained as Pastor of the Congrega N. H. Rev. JONATHAN Hale. Sermon tional Church in Brownsville, Penob. Co. by Rev. President Tyler, of Dartmouth Maine, Rev. NATHAN W. SHELDON. Ser College, from Acts xx. 28.
TO CORRESPONDENTS. ERRATA.-The article headed The Poor Indians, in our No. for May, was inserted by mistake. It should have appeared earlier, or not at all.
In our last, page 122, first column, line 12th from bottom, for restriction, read retribution.
S. C. is receiyed, and will be inserted, as soon as there shall be room.
-Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment: And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thsyelf. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
THIS was Christ's declaration | dience to which, no one can either to the Jewish lawyer, respecting comply with the Law or the Gosthe requirement of the Divine Law, pel. as given by Moses and inculcated These two commandments of the by the prophets. He cousidered Divine Law, though intimately all, that is required, either by the connected, are yet, in some measmoral or ceremonial law, the whole ure distinct from each other, and duty of man, as summarily com- may, with propriety, be considered prehended in loving God with all separately. For the sake, therethe heart, soul and mind, and his fore, of clearness and method, I neighbour as himself. “On these shall divide what I have to say on two commandments hang all the the passage before us, into two law and the prophets.” This is discourses; in the first of which, I all that the Law ever required, shall attend to the first and great all that the prophets ever demand - commandment in the Law, viz. ed in the name of the Lord. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God
And as Christ came not to des- with all thy heart, and with all thy troy the Law or the prophets, but soul, and with all thy mind. to fulfill them; we may justly con
In order to illustrate and enclude, that on the two great com- force this commandment, it seems mandments, mentioned in the text, necessary to enquire, hangs, also, all that the Gospel I. What it is, to love the Lord Tequires.
our God with all the heart, soul It is very important, that all, and mind: on whom the light of Divine revela- II. Why men ought thus to love tion shines, should understand and God: And see the ground and reason of these III. How such love comprehends two commandments, which com- their whole duty to their Maker. prise the sum and substance of I enquire, their whole duty, and without obe- I. What it is, to love the Lord