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DIVINITY.

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io defence of any Christian doctrine, it is strange that we should have occasion to hesitate about giving his book a place in this recital. Yet such is the mixed nature of his Eflay on Philo Judæus*, that, conceiving it more likely, on the whole, to do harm than good, we were compelled by our sense of duty to oppose it; and, for the same reason, felt the helitation we have mentioned. It defends, indeed, the Scriptural Do&trine of the Trinity ; but it defends it partly on false grounds, and introduces an hypothefis which, if admitted, would subvert one of the best and foundest books we have ; Dr. Allix's Judgment of the Jewish Church. We are convinced that Dr. Allix and Mr. Whitaker have taken the right ground, and Mr. Bryant the wrong. Yet this latter author is greatly mistaken, if he supposes us actuated by any hoftility to him, or desirous, in the smallest degree, to wound his personal feelingst. We can diftinguish between the man and the book; but it is seldom that the author can. Whoever attacks his opinions is thought to attack him, and this we find perpetually. So very important a subject, as the Infpiration of the Holy Scriptures, we were much pleased to see treated by Mr. Parry, in an Essay which we noticed in our first numberf, with great judgment, precision, and clearness of argument: nor could the supplementary observations of Mr. Padman against Paineş be unwelcome, even to those who had digested and admired the arguments of Bishop Watson. Mr. Talterfall's * No. I. p. 13; II. 140.

+ We heard with surprise, se well as pain, that a metaphorical expression, concerning indiftinct vision, had been supposed by the venerable writer to allude to an idfimity of that old-age, which, united with worth and talents, is so truly respectable, Wc disclaim and abhor the idea. No, L. P. 39. No. I. p. 79.

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Iplendid though unpublished edition of Merrick's Psalms, was mentioned in the same number*. For the excellence of the version, and of the editor's intentions, we can equally answer; the rest we leave, of course, to those whose office it is to regulate such, matters. A volume of Sermons, by the Rev. 7. Clowest, which is the second he has published, deserves also to be mentioned. A very meritorious precision of ideas and expression distinguishes the Four Ejays of Mr. Ludlamț, on the ordinary and extraordinary operations of the Holy Spirit ; a subject wherein precise ideas are very important, to guard against the opposite errors of scepticism and enthusiasm. This service the Efsays of Mr. Ludlam are well calculated to render; and the controversial part of them is written with fpirit and acuteness. It will readily be supposed that, in these times, a treatise which afferts the apostolical inftitution of episcopacy, and the danger of schism, will meet with many opposers. Hence is it, that Mr. Daubeny's book, which he has entitled, a Guide to the Churchs, has produced already two or three answers. We shall of course have to estimate the objections which have been brought against it. Yet, before we sit down to this talk, we can clearly affert, that it is written in general conformity to the principles of the Church of England, and therefore, though liable to encounter the same hoftilities, canDot be denied its proportion of the same praises. Dr, Bell, though late called up to our table, will, we trust, accept of an honourable instead of an early place at it. His Enquiry into the Divine Mision of John the Baptist and Jesus Cbrifl, certainly entitles him to be an affeffor with the venerablc defenders of our religion.

We have nothing further to remark in this class, except a few detached discourses of peculiar excel

* No. I. p. 64. Two cheap and convenient editions of this work are sold at Rivington's, Hatchard's, &c.

+ No. I. p. 80. No, IV. p. 400.

No. V. p. 5490

#No. VI. p. 616.

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lence. Among these, we can by no means overlook the excellent sermon of the Bishop of Lincoln, at St. Paul's, on the day of Thanksgiving*; a discourse deplete with just and patriotic sentiments, expressed with elegance and vigour. In the Charge of the Bishop of Durhamt, delivered at his Visitation in 1797, the state of the times, and the duties resulting from it, are in a very striking manner explained and enforced. It affords one of those pleasing pictures of the pastoral care of a Bishop, which will more strongly affect some minds, than the cogent arguments which may be produced in favour of the office. Nor must we omit to mention Dr. Barrow's Sermon on the Fafti, to commend which once, is not enough. It is not one of those where patriotic sentiments excuse defects; the manner is worthy of the matter. Two discourses have been published separately by Mr. Magee of Dublin, either of which might have served to make him noticed as an able and judicious teacher. The one was preached before an Asociation formed in Dublin for discountenancing vice, and promoting religions; the other on the National Thanksgiving in Ireland, for deliverance from invasion. As we noticed both very much at large, we need not further expatiate upon them, but shall merely repeat our general recommendation. Such are the best theological productions which our present volume comprises. They contain abundant means to gratify the wife, and instruct the ignorant. In.pointing them out we have enjoyed a pleasure aś well as fulfilled a duty; and in perusing them we have pre-occupied an advantage which we with our readers to partake.

METAPHYSICS. So few at present are the cultivators of this foil, that no great produce can be expected at any single * No. III. p. 275 4 No. IV. p. 438.

NO. VI. p. 684. No. III. p. 2631 | No. VI. P. 666.

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harvest. Lord Monboddo indeed, (whom we unwittingly new last month, though we wish him as much life as he himself can defire) makes powerful efforts to reinstate the wisdom of the Greek philofophers upon these subjects. Through five volumes in quarto, of his Ancient Metaphysics*, he has now pursued, without concluding, his learned investigation; and it will proceed rather from the redundance than the deficiency of his discussions, if the metaphysics of Plato and Aristotle are not re-established in their original reputation. If we may be allowed to unite the kindred subject of Morality with this, we must here mention Dr. Croft's Commentaryt, on some passages of our two moft eminent moralifts. Such 'difcullions, properly conducted, are liberal and useful, tending to place truth ultimately, on the furest and most ample bafis.

HISTORY.

Though we did not witness the commencement of Mr. Gutch's publication of A. Wood's History of OxfordŞ, we were glad to announce the conclusion of it. That a work so frequently consulted should have been so long before the public, only in a Latin translation, which the author himself disapproved, isa singular literary fa&t. By the care of this editor we now porfefs the work as the writer wished it to stand, and with his last corrections and improvements. In compiling a considerable part of the History of Scotland, Mr. Pinkertong has given a laudable example: has sought with diligence for new materials, and has digested them with fagacity and care. Some peculiarities both of plan and style, which we could not approve, do not prevent the work from being, on the whole, both creditable to the author, and useful to the pub

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