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l\. MONTHLY Publication, conducted upon the true principles of the Established Church, has been long desired bv manv of her members. In concurrence with these wishes, THE CHRISTIAN OBSERVER is undertaken; in which it is intended to combine information upon general subject;, with religious instruction, and to turnish such an interesting view of Reliirion, Literature, and Politics, free from the contamination of false principles, a; a (ler'ynian may without scruple recommend to his Parishioners, and a thriiiian sately introduce into his Family.
The superior advantages of a Periodical Publication, for rendering the various departments of useful knowledge easy and accessible, and giving a more tealy currency ami a wider circulation to topics of general concern, are snSciently known, and have been confirmed by the testimony of long and unequivocal experience. By this mode of conveying information, subjects the most interesting in thpir nature, such as are intimately connected with, the real welfare and true happiness of mankind, may be discussed with a plainness and brevity which would be unsuitable in works of a different construction; prejudices and misapprehensions of a local and temporary nature, springing from a wrong education, or originating in the fashion and temper f* iSe times, may be conveniently exposed and corrected; and the most pre\ailing and malignant errors of the day maybe combated as they arise.
These, and various other conveniences, peculiar to undertakings of this kind, are so generally understood and acknowledged, that few periodical works have failed of conciliating the patronage and favour of the public, where the subjects have been selected with tolerable judgment, and the plan has been executed with care and regularity. '•
At a period like this, when Dramatic Compositions, Novels, Tales, Newspapers, Magazines, and Reviews, are disseminating doctrines subversive of ail morality, and propagating tenets the most hostile to piety, order, and general happiness, some friends of civil government and revealed religion, have felt it incumbent on them openly to oppose the progress of lawless opinions, to Jrip scepticism and iojposture of their artful disguise, and, by displaying the true feature* «f ijpcrlinism and impiety, to expose them to deserved contempi and abhorrenct'. •?
But the Conductors of The Christian Observer have no design of confining their labours to a defence of, what may be called, the Outworks of Christianity. They will, indeed, zealously co-operate with those who are employed in that important warlare; yet, their chief object is to promote the increase of sound theological knowledge, and to delineate the character of primitive and unadulterated Christianity. As members of the Established Church, they will occasionally examine, in a temperate manner, the principles on which that Church is founded; and (hey will endeavour to explain and enforce the pious tendency of her Rites, Ceremonies, and Liturgy. Rut in 'these, and in all oUier discussions, they will endeavour carefully to avoid whatever may tend to lessen that Christian love, which ought to unite the members of Christ of every denomination; and it will be the constant object, through the medium of their publication, to excite and cherish the affections of charity, piety, and fervent devotion, and to direct their fellow I'iuisliam in the paths of truth and righteousness.