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of him. I cannot refrain from intro ducing one or two documents on the subject to which I have adverted.", (Mr. Gurney here referred to the phrase "Son of God," and to the manner in which it was understood by the Jews, maintaining the opinion that with them it implied divinity.) He proceeded: "I would call your
August 6, 1823.
attention to a remarkable passage in a
book Zohar, a cabalistic ac
MR. BELSHAM, in Vol. II. of
offer any comment; I have merely wished to record some observations which appear to me worthy of a few remarks from some intelligent. Christian critic.
upon the rich members of a Christian congregation the propriety of condescension and courtesy to their poorer Christian brethren, I might reason in this manner, "Know ye not that your poor brethren will sit with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and Jesus, in heaven, and if this be their destination, are they unworthy of your fellowship?" Here would be an argument similar to that of the Apostle. Here a claim to an inferior would be deduced from destination to a superior honour.
likely that he who shed such a profusion of communications upon the pri mitive Christians, as we see somewhat exemplified in the first Epistle to the Corinthians, would refuse to guard an apostle from error in an useful argument?" Surely in an age in which inspiration was communicated so copiously-an age in which the words of the prophet Joel, as quoted by Peter in Acts ii., were applicable, an apostle might expect, and would expect, a communication on every occa sion in which it would be useful.
Our Lord promised to his disciples that the spirit of truth would abide with them, eis ton aiona, From this spirit of truth, then, the apostles would expect every assistance that would be beneficial to them and their cause. They would never believe that that spirit would desert them at a time when they were in danger of making mistakes in their reasonings.
It is true that the apostles do not say that they are divinely inspired, or divinely guarded in their reasonings, But it was not necessary to say this in an age in which divine assistance was so common, and in which divine assistance on every suitable occasion would be taken for granted. Those whom they addressed would take this for granted, without any special declaration respecting it.
A distinction has been made between the reasonings of the apostles and the doctrines on which they are founded; and it has been contended, that the doctrines may be divine though the reasoning should be inconclusive. Now I admit that the divinity of doctrines is independent of the conclusiveness of reasonings. At the same time, however, it appears to me that there was a necessity for guarding the apostles from error in reasoning as well as from error in doctrine, and that, therefore, as whatever was necessary for the perfection of the Chris. tian dispensation would not be withholden from it, we may believe that the apostles were guarded from error in their reasonings as well as in their doctrines. If reasoning was necessary, the conclusiveness of reasoning must have been necessary. A necessity for reasoning is just the same thing as a necessity for conclusiveness of reasoning, and, therefore, if it was necessary for the apostles to reason, it was ne- HE following morceau is from cessary for them to reason concluD'Israeli's Second Series of Cusively. Now, if reasoning had not riosities of Literature. (Vol. I. pp. been necessary, it would never have 65, 66.) Should you be able to give been used. It could be only a neces- the protest of Sir Isaac Newton's, to sity for it that could suggest the adopers, it would, no doubt, be generally , entire to your read
tion of it.
Perhaps, however, it will be said, that the mere statement of the doctrines upon the authority of God was sufficient that reasoning was no further necessary than as suitable to illustrate them that reasoning was advantageous rather than necessary, and that independently of it the bare word of God would have been enough to establish the respective doctrines of Christianity. Well, let the premises be narrowed, and let it be allowed that reasonings were only useful, not necessary in the strict sense of the word, it may still be asked, "Is it
ICA PURVEYOR. "When the fury of the civil wars had exhaused all parties, and a breathing time from the passions and madness of the age allowed ingenious men to return once more to their forsaken studies, Bacon's vision of a philosophical society appears to have occupied their reveries. It charmed the fancy of Cowley and Milton; but the politics and religion of the times were still possessed by the same phrenzy, and divinity and politics were unanimously agreed to be utterly proscribed
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All men that have done great things have made much of time. The late Emperor Napoleon was celebrated for punctuality and celerity of movement, and his faithful friend the Count de las Cases has preserved some anecdotes illustrative of his rules of conduct in this particular.
"After having given any one an important mission, or traced out the plan of any great enterprise, the Einperor used frequently to say, ¶Come, Sir, be speedy, use despatch, and do
S inquiries are occasionally made tion of the late Rev. T. Kenrick's Exposition of the Historical Writings of the New Testament, I have to request your insertion of the following statement. More than two years have now elapsed since the proposals for a new edition with additional notes were first circulated, and the number of names received has been so small that the plan has been renounced as far as concerns the publication of additional notes. It is still, however, the wish of the author's family that the original work should be reprinted. This will be done as speedily as possible, and I hope that the new edition will be ready for delivery in the spring. The price will be considerably less than that of the first edition.
in six days.*
"On an occasion of this kind, he concluded by observing to the individual whom he was addressing, * Ask me for whatever you please, except time; that's the only thing that is beyond my power."
On another occasion, Napoleon commissioned a person to execute some important business, which he expected would be finished in the course of the same day. It was not, however, completed until late on the following day. At this the Emperor manifested some degree of dissatisfaction; and the individual, in the hope of excusing himself, said that he had worked all day. But had you not the night also?' replied Napoleon."
Mémorial de Sainte Hélène, Vol. IV. Pt. 7, p. 242.
13109 Still pleased to praise, yet not afraid to blame."-Pore.
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But, says the Margaret Professor, and he says justly, the records which contain the Mosaic and Christian religions, must not be confounded with the religions themselves." He further reminds us, that "the authority of the record which conveys the Christian covenant, may be examined without reference to the record which conveyed the former covenant:" and hence he would infer, that as the au
thenticity and credibility of the New Testament were established by arguments which are wholly independent of the Old Testament, so we may legitimately reason from the authority of the records of the Christian, to the authority of the records of the Jewish dispensation, (2, 3.)
We admit the mutual independence? of the two grand divisions of the Scriptures: yet in the practical application of the principle we differ
from this writer. The Professor's
the authority of different records, the
"When we undertake to establishment ought to be adopted. Since the
Observations on Man, &c. Vol. II. introduced to an acquaintance with (1749,) 71, 347, 348. languages, or with science, there may
The Professor's thirty-first lecture,
Another reason for his beginning
We cordially wish that he had judged it consistent with his undertaking to give, in this part of his course, a repetition, or, at least, an ample summary, of those arguments for the authenticity of the Pentateuch, which he delivered, from the pulpit of Great St. Mary's Church, more than thirty years ago, and the pamphlet containing which has deservedly reached a third edition. In the same compass, scarcely any topic has been better discussed. But we must follow in the path which the Professor himself selects. 90 5150 m Boites
To the greater part of the historical books of the Old Testament the term "authenticity" is inapplicable. We cannot say, that a book is authentic, or written by the author to whom it is ascribed, when the writer of that book is unknown. Now by whom the several books of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles were composed, we, unquestionably, are ignorant. Nevertheless, the term "credibility" is applicable to them all. Even where we cannot argue from the known situation and character of the writer, we may have reason to believe, that the anonymous author wrote under circumstances which enabled him to acquire a perfect knowledge of the facts recorded. There is which more displays the accuracy of an historian, or excites greater confidence in the truthi of his narrative, than references to books of authority, as vouchers for his own history. And it is worthy of notice, that such references occur chiefly, though not solely, in the books of the Kings and of the Chronicles, where we are most at a loss to discover the authors.vibe The fidelity of the sacred historians T.
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