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Act for a Day of Humiliation and
31 An American Plea för National Religion and Covenanting,..
173 Anderson, Life of 'Dr. William Abolition of Patronage,
747, 812 Assurance of Salvation,
842 Chapter for the Young,
338, 508 Church Court Proceedings,
316 Closing Scene of the Persecuting Period, 183 Correspondence with the Associate Synod of America,
157 Duncan, Dr. John
20 Eoclesiastical Intelligence, 127, 326, 518, 582,
745, 811, 877 Foreign Missionary Intelligence, 62, 636, 860 Fidelity to Truth, ..
584 Grace and Peace ; or a Good New Year, 506 Hall, Opening of the Divinity
305 Hindrances and Encouragements in Our Mission Work in India,..
749 Illustrations of Scripture from the original,
550, 599, 851 Irish Secession Synod, Meeting of 797 Letters to the Editor,
60, 878 Letter from Australia,
578 LITERATUREThe Life and Labours of the Apostle
Paul. By Charles Michie, M.A.,
53 The Ministry: Being "Addresses to
Students of Divinity. By Charles
53 The Story of Daniel : For the use of
Young People. By the late Profes-
50 The Bible in the Schools of the Nation; or a Plea for a Complete Education: A Lecture delivered in the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Geelong. By Rev. A. M. Moore, M.A.,
57 The British Messenger, edited by Rev.
William Taylor, M.A. Yearly part
57 The Gospel Trumpet,
57 Good News : An Illustrated Religious
Paper. Published Monthly. Edited
119 Memoir of Isabella Macfarlane of Strathbraan. By Rev. D. Shaw,
Free Church Minister of Laggan, 122 The Reformed Presbyterian Watchman, No. 1,
126 Mutual Eligibility: Two Letters“
I. To Robert Buchanan, D.D.; II. To
the Covenanters. By John Longmuir,
188 The Principles and Practices of Secret
Societies, Opposed to Scripture and Reason. By Rev. James Kerr, Green ock,
191 The Establishment Principle Defended.
By the Rev. William Balfour, Holyrood Free Church, Edinburgh,
323 The Fathers versus Dr. Pusey: An Ex
posure of his unfair Treatment of their
384 The Personal Reign of Christ during the
Millennium proved to be impossible.
in Christian Worship not Divinely
387 Instrumental Music in Christian Wor
ship: A Review. By the Rev. Robert Nevin, Londonderry. Second edition, revised and enlarged,
388 Home Mission Work : Its Duties, Difti
culties, and Encouragements. By the Rev. Thomas Cochrane of the Pleasance Territorial Church, Edinburgh; with Prefatory Note by Rev. Wiliiam Hanna, D.D., LL.D.,
389 The Collected Writings of James Henley
Thornwell, D.D., LL.D, Professor of
Theology, Columba, South Carolina, 449 Commentary on the Epistle of Paul the
Apostle to the Hebrews. By William
450 Yale Lectures on Preaching.
126 A Run Through the Land of Burns and
By Rev. Henry Ward Beecher,
451 The Law of the Tithe, and of the Free
Will Offeriug, and of the Almsgiving. By the Rev. A. W. Miller, D.D.. Charlotte, North Carolina, United States, 452 The True Test of the Old Testament, with some Remarks on the Language of the Jews. By the Rev. James Brodie, M.A.,
510 Bessie Brown, and her First Service. By Jane M. Kippen, .
511 Mary's Work, and other Tales; for her
Young Friends. By Hetty Bowman, 511
Ruth. By a Glasgow Merchant, 611
of my Life and Times : An Autobiography. By the Rev. James Morgan, D.D., late Minister of Fisherwick Place Church, Belfast,
671 The Territorial Visitors' Manual. By
Rev. W. Tasker, Dr. Chalmers' Terri. torial Church, West Port, Edinburgh, 672 The Life of John Knox; containing illus
trations of the History of the Reformation in Scotland. With Biographical Notices of the principal Reformers, and Sketches of the Progress of Litera
Wanderings in Reformation Lands,
482, 530, 585, 764
THE YEAR 187 2. “The kingdom is the Lord's, and He is the Governor among the nations." These words of one of the Messianic Psalms contain the true philosophy of history. They also show it to be a religious duty to study in their moral bearings the events which are presently passing into history as well as those already inscribed on its storied page. If Christ our King is administering the government of God among the nations, it must be part of the homage we owe to Him to mark how wonderfully He is employing all the policy of their rulers, and all the movements that agitate their populations, and all the causes that influence their rise and fall, to work out the great ends of His Mediatorial reign. At best, indeed, we can see but a part of His ways: only His own all-seeing eye can perceive how each event is related to every other event, and all to the vast eternal plan they are conspiring to accomplish ; but if we ponder the mystery of Providence in the light of the sure word of prophecy, we may always see enough of the moral glory of His government to furnish matter of adoring praise to Him and of profitable instruction to ourselves. “The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. His work is honourable and glorious; and His righteousness endureth for ever.” With the view of furnishing our readers with some materials for such dutiful and devout recognition of Providence, we propose, as usual, to take a cursory glance at some of the leading movements and events of the past year. We shall begin with those which have transpired abroad, and then glance at some of the more noticeable which have occurred at home.
All over the Continent a struggle is going on between Ultramontane Popery and the growing spirit of Liberty. During the year that struggle has reached a hopeful crisis in GERMANY. The German States have united themselves under an Imperial Government which is constitutionally Protestant and increasingly liberal in its tendencies.
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That union is insufferably offensive to the Pope. It not merely paralyses his power in Germany: it is an insuperable barrier in the way of his regaining his former ascendancy in Europe. It has frustrated the object of his Jesuitical advisers, which was to get the Roman Catholic States of Germany to enter into a league with France for the overthrow of Italy and his restoration to his temporal throne. It is utterly in vain that the Jesuits have been plying all their wiles to sow jealousy and dissension between these Roman Catholic States and Protestant Prussia, in the hope of breaking up the Imperial confederation, and using its fragments to build up the shattered walls of the Papacy withal. They have met with an antagonist as astute and more powerful than themselves. The Chancellor of the Empire, Prince Bismarck, has penetrated their schemes, and by certain bold measures, which his almost unbounded influence prevailed with the German Parliament to pass into law, has effectually baffled them.
One of these is a law empowering the Government to remove the clergy from the inspection of the primary schools. It was alleged that the priests who have hitherto had the management of these schools in Popish districts were turning them into nurseries of Ultramontane bigotry and disaffection to the State. If this was so, and we may well believe it, it was every way patriotic and wise to wrest such a powerful means of mischief out of their hands. But, in the interests of political justice, which knows no distinction between truth and error, it has been judged expedient to make the measure a levelling one, and to lay Protestant pastors under the same disqualification as Popish priests, by depriving them of that control over education in Protestant schools which it is not pretended they have done anything to forfeit. It is said that the infidels of the “ Liberal” party are rejoicing at the measure as one which is likely to prepare
way for another, by which the Bible will be banished from the schools, and education made entirely secular. Let us hope that they will be disappointed; and that a Government calling itself Christian will not be less enlightened than the infidel Frederick the Great, who gave strict orders that the children should be well instructed in the Bible and Luther's Catechism.
But a heavier and get more crippling blow has been dealt by Germany in this battle with Rome. A law has been passed, and vigorously enforced, suppressing Jesuit societies and those of all related orders, expelling all foreign Jesuits from all the States of the Empire, and placing those belonging to the country under strict regulations and the guardianship of the police. A cry has been raised that this is persecution, or at least something perilously near it. Those who