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cles, which the world of nature that they can be previously cal. presents. In ages of ignorance culated with the greatest cer. and superstition, they have been tainty and precision. Instead of regarded with surprise and hor- violating the arrangement estabror. They have been converted lished by Heaven, they strongly into presages of wars and desola- confirm and display it. They tions, of public calamities and in- are constant monitors of an ev. dividual disasters. Nor does it er present, overruling Power, appear strange, either that a sustaining the world, and pre. gloomy imagination, or that con- serving unimpaired that perfect scious guilt, should have made order and harmony, which it this use of them. It is not a originally established. Nor have thing unknown, or unusual, even we any reason to confine this in our own enlightened age and sustaining and governing Provi. country, that they have been dence to the system of which productive of terror and conster- our globe makes a part. It can. nation. Nor indeed, because not rationally be believed that they are perfectly agreeable to those numberless stars, which the regular course of nature, and occupy the vast expanse of hea. can be demonstrated to result ven, were made only to dart a from established laws, does it few feeble rays of light on our follow that they claim no special earth. It is much more natural and serious notice. All the to consider them as suns, sur. works of the Lord, as they are rounded by inhabited planets, great, so they are sought out of and communicating to them the those, who have pleasure therein. blessings of light and heat. Nor would it be difficult to shew " What an august, what an that these, more particularly, are amazing conception," says one, calculated to lead us into a field “ does this give us of the works of profitable and pious contem- of the Creator ! Thousands plation. As this is my present of thousands of suns, at imdesign, it will not be expected mense distances from each oth. that the subject be handled in a er,si attended by ten thousand way of philosophical disquisi- ' times ten thousand worlds, all in tion. Such speculations would, rapid motion, yet calm, regular, in every view, be unsuitable to and harmonious, invariably keepthe place and occasion.
‘ing the paths prescribed them; May it not, however, be prop- and these worlds peopled with erly remarked, in the first place, myriads of intelligent beings, that the late phenomenon calls formed for endless progression our admiring attention to the in perfection and felicity.” Rapt perfect regularity and harmony, into such contemplations, we which reign in the natural may well add, in the words of world ? It is true, that many of the same writer ; “ If so much the less informed consider ap- power, wisdom, goodness, and pearances as preternatural and magnificence is displayed in the miraculous. But the fact is, that material creation, which is the they take place according to least considerable part of the stated and invariable rules ; as is universe, how great, how wise, evident from this circumstance, how good must He be, who
made and governs the whole!”- Where the love, the devotion, This leads us,
the obedience, which creatures 2. To a very mortifying and should render to their Creator, humbling thought. How deplor- and beneficiaries to their infinable is the inattention and insen- ite Benefactor ? Alas! the very sibility of man! We are sur. profusion of our blessings conrounded, on every side, and in ceals from our inattentive, stu. every moment of our existence, pid minds, the Giver's hand. In with numberless demonstrations the unvaried, uninterrupted tenof the being, the perfections and or of our mercies, we basely find beneficence of Deity ; and yet a pretext for thoughtlessness and overlook and neglect them. ingratitude. A great portion of Such an extraordinary phenome mankind, we have reason to apnon as we saw the last week, prehend, would sink into absorouses our attention for a mo- lute atheism, were they not rement, and, as it were, forces a minded, in methods awfully inGod upon our thoughts. But telligible and impressive, that must the sun be veiled in dark- there is a God, who rules above, ness, to make us feel there is a and who holds the universe in God? Does not the same sun, his hands. rising in cloudless majesty, tri. 3. Should not the late solemn umphing in meridian splendor, appearance of the heavens call and setting with a softened efful back our minds to contemplate gence, emphatically proclaim the most solemn and interesting his Maker and ours, and call us scene ever exhibited on this to the liveliest sentiments of earth; I mean, the crucifixion veneration and love? Is not the of the SAVIOUR, with the dark whole fabric of nature a stupen- ness, which attended it? That dous and beautiful temple, in darkness, it is true, was alto. which every rational creature gether supernatural. As it took should be found a prostrate wor- place at the time of the Jewish shipper, glowing with every ten
passover, which was celebrated der, grateful sensibility? Whith
at full moon, it could not proceed er can we turn our eyes, and not from a proper eclipse of the sun. behold the brightest evidences Beside, it is well ascertained, of the Creator's goodness, and that in no solar eclipse, does the our own numberless obligations ? total obscurity continue beyond His is the air we breathe, the four minutes; whereas, at the ground we tread, the food we crucifixion, the darkness lasted eat, and the stream that slakes three hours. Whether this our thirst. In thee, O God, we darkness were greater, or less, live; and such is thine over- than that which we recently witflowing bounty, that
nessed, cannot be easily deternot content
mined. But doubtless, some of us With every food of life to nourish
were led by what we saw, to revert man, Thou mak'st all nature beauty to back to the amazing scene, and his eye,
assisted to attain a livelier idea And music to his ear!
of it, than we ever had before. Where then are the humble, It is proper that we should all grateful returns, which we owe ? thus improve it. O my breth
ren! let us this day, in solemn stout hearted, impenitent sinner! contemplation, pay a visit to O Christians ! meditate often Calvary. Let us endeavour by with wonder, love and gratitude, faith to behold a scene, which on the suffering Saviour. He yonder sun refused to witness. drank the cup of trembling, that Ah,
he might put into your hands Well might the sun in darkness hide,
the cup of consolation. He vanAnd shut his glories in,
quished the powers of darkness, When God, the mighty Maker, dy'd that you too might everlastingly For man, the creature's sin.
triumph over them. Amid the Doubtless, the darkness, which agonies of crucifixion, he enduroverspread the sun, was em- ed the hidings of his Father's blematical of that horror, which face, that you might enjoy the filled the human soul of the im- beatific smile of his countenance maculate Jesus. His heavenly in death, and to all eternity. O Father stood aloof. Not only ye, who reject the Saviour ! can did earth refuse its pity, but hea- you hear these things unmoved ? ven withheld its consolations. Are they nothing to you? Shall This was the bitterest ingredient the Son of God expire in agin his bitter cup. What tongue ony; shall the very heavens put can describe, or imagination con- on the attire of mourning ; shall ceive, the sensations of the di- yonder luminary avert his face vine Sufferer, when, during from the awful scene ; shall the three hours of silent horror, he earth tremble with amazement, retired within himself, received and the solid rocks rend asunin his spotless soul the awful der; and can you still remain impressions of that wrath, which unmoved ?-O, at length rewas due to sin, and at the same lent! Flee from that dire, untime, maintained a conflict with heard of wrath, which you can. all the principalities and powers not sustain ; and rejoice, by of darkness? Oh, what a crisis your repentance, the heart of was that, in human destiny! that compassionate Saviour, How pregnant with salvation whom you have so long pierced and felicity to millions of hum- by your sins. ble believers, and with aggravated, intolerable perdition to every
(To be continued.)
they have still something to
groan under : nor so ill, but they While Israel marched thro' have still some comfort to be the wilderness, the blackest thankful for. In the church night had a pillar of fire, and the militant, as in the ark of old, brightest day a pillar of cloud. there are both a rod and a pot of So, in this world, things never manna. go so well with God's Israel, but Dr. Arrowsmith's Chain of Principles.
If we would well understand casions, neither to“ fear God, nor the Scriptures, we must bestow to regard man." pains in comparing one part with A few months after my last in. another; for the Lord seems to terview with him, I was informed have arranged them, as they are, that he was no more! Struck purposely, to exercise our dili- with the event, I was solicitous gence, and to distinguish those, to know how such a man would who value the knowledge of the die ! The amount of my informtruth from such as do not. ation was, that, as dèath approach(Prov. ii. 1-9.)
ed the confidence he had before Scott's Notes on the Bible,
expressed in his deistical opinions Num. chap. 22.
forsook him, and in its place a deep horror seized his mind! A short time before his departure,
supposing himself quite alone, ANECDOTE.
he was overheard by an unobservThe following communication
ed friend, giving vent to the agois from a gentleman, on whose
nies of a tortured conscience.
With furious despair he expostuauthority the reader may place
lated with the man, (Dr. D.) the most unreserved reliance. It was my lot, some years ago,
whom he now reproached as his
deceiver ; and, after loading his occasionally to meet a disciple of
name with execrations, which I the late Dr. Darwin, who had
dare not put upon paper, he drunk so deeply into the system and spirit of his master, that he
closed the horrid remonstrance considered him the very first po
in such terms as the following:
“ Monster! wretch! Is this the et and philosopher of the age. I have heard him expatiate with
end of your boasted philosophy ! enthusiasm on the writings and
Have you brought me to this?” character of that deist, and, in
Reader! though such examthe same conversation revile the
ples are seldom brought forHoly Scriptures, with all the
ward, you are not hastily to inrant of vulgar blasphemy.
fer that they rarely happen, or Of all the examples of a mind
that the principles of modern emancipated from religious and
infidelity do not lead to such moral restraint I ever met with,
melancholy issues. The tenthis unhappy man was the most
derness of survivors may often
conceal the dismal story ; and offensive. His conversation,
even when such men leave the though abundantly larded with the cant and slang of the new
world with composure, we should
remember there are such judgphilosophy, was lewd, profane, and conceited ; and when infuri
ments denounced against obstiated by zeal for his principles,
nate opposers of revelation, as a
“ seared conscience,” and a (which happpened as often as a they were opposed) every rule of
“ reprobate mind !” How differdecorum was trampled under
ent the end of those, who foot; he appeared on such oc
“ sleep in Jesus !” M.
Review of Dew Publications.
The immoral and pernicious ten- faithfulness, 10 oppose the errors dency of error. Illustrated in of the times. Still we are ready e sermon at the ordination of to wonder, that the writer conthe Rev. James Beach, to the tents himself before the great pastoral care of the church in doctrine of the apostle, with only Winsted. Jan. 1. 1806. By examining a few gross and danAsanEL HOOKER, A. M, Pas- gerous errors. It would have for of the church in Goshen. contributed much to the merit of Hartford, Lincoln & Gleason. the sermon, already excellent, if Feb. 1806.
the ingenious author had underEvil communications corrupt good taken to prove, by some obvious
manners, 1 Cor. xv. 33. arguments, the connexion beAFTER a very proper intro- tween wrong theory and wrong duction, the author gives this as practice. This connexion might · the doctrine of the text. As gro88 have been invincibly argued from errors are destructive of good the proneness of mankind to do morals, they are necessarily hostile what their judgment approves, to true religion. It is a rule laid or to act according to their condown by the most approved wri- viction. It might have been arters on sermonizing, that the gued from the vigilance of indoctrine, or leading sentiment spiration to guard us against of the discourse be expressed in erroneous sentiments, as well as as few and simple terms as possi- against wicked actions. It might ble. It is, therefore, queried, have been argued too from whether the great sentiment of the conduct of many individuals the text, and of the discourse both in the church, and in the might not, with more propriety, world. have been expressed in some Though we suggest these such manner as this ; wrong the additions, we do not forget the ory is productive of wrong prac. narrow limits of a single distice; or thus, erroneous senti- course. ments lead 10 wicked actions.
The plan adopted is executed The author's plan is to illus- with ability. The first error trate the doctrine, not by ab- mentioned, as of a pernicious stract reasoning, but by examin- tendency, is Deism. The second ing several gross and dangerous is the error of the Universalists. errors, which abound at the pre- It is satisfactorily proved, that sent day. This method is not mankind, as they are, will take without its advantages. The occasion from this scheme, if author governs himself by the believed, to sin with the greater favourite maxim of a divine, greediness. This is, in brief, whose memory is highly respec- the spirit of his reasoning. If ted in New England ; that it is the hearts of men are fully set in one important branch of ministerial them to do evil, because sentence