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have been made from the doctrines which prophet, but it remains to be provhad been originally and uniformly delivered ed, that he was that Prophet, who without affording an immediate and full is described and represented in the opportunity of detection. Every Jew and every Christian could deterniine whether
prophetic writings of the Jews. To what he read in the writings did or did not
these writings our Lord and his correspond with the things which he had Apostles appealed with confidence, heard from the preaching of the Apostles.
and without scruple or reserve. The The very time and manner of the publica characters of these prophecies are: tion of the Gospels are, therefore, sufficient 1. That they are uumerous and va. to persuade us that they contain a faithful
rious ; 2. That they appear to be outline of those actions and doctrines
inconsistent and incapable of fulfilwhich were universally, and from the first, delivered to mankind as the doctrines and
ment in one person; 3. That the. actions of Jesus Christ
. There may be character predicted is gradually circumstantial variations, but they must sketched out ; and, lastly, that the have been substantially the same.
whole is visibly represented and ful“ Now the whole of this advantage filled, in the person and history of would, in a great measure, have been lost Jesus Christ : to the world, had there existed, from the earliest period of the preaching of the “ Seeing, then, that the prophecies conApostles, one single document to which cerning the Messiah were in number so they had all referred as the authentic re multiplied, in their promulgation so gracord of the life of Christ, and the only dual, in their nature so varied and minute, authoritative repository of his doctrines. and combining into the delineation of one In that case we should have lost the single character circumstances so distinct evidence which is now afforded by the and almost opposite to each other, we uniformity of the creeds of different undeniably conclude that he who fairly and Churches, and the writings of different fully accomplished them all was, doubtindividuals. It would have been insinu
less, that particular personage whom they ated that the scheme of Christianity bad were intended to prefigure and represent. been deliberately planned and steadily ex Such a man was Jesus of Nazareth, that ecnted, and the original record would have man of wonders whom we have already been regarded as the product of art and beheld as a man approved of God. He imposture, adapting their means to a was born of a virgin ; born in Bethlehem ; premeditated and preconceived end. But born at the appointed time, when all men what says St. Paul? · Though I, or an were looking for the consolation of Israel. angel from heaven, preach any other Gos His messenger went before him; and he pel unto you than that which I have came suddenly to bis temple in the spirit preached unto you, let him be accursed.' of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of Of all the testimonies which man can give counsel and of might, the spirit of knowof his sincerity and confidence in the truth ledge and of the fear of the Lord. He of what he teaches, this is the strongest lived, he died, he was buried, he rose and most unequivocal; and it is the very again, and ascended up on high, according language held out to us by the history of to the Scriptures. As his miracles and the successive composition of the books of doctrines prove him to be a prophet, so the New Testament, at periods considera- from the Scriptures, therefore, he may be bly subsequent to the death of Christ. shown to be the prophet Christ. The Whilst we acknowledge, therefore, the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prodifficulties arising from this fact, and per- phecy;' and here, at length, we may close ceive the additional complexity which it the direct and positive evidences of Chrisintroduces into the details of the evidences tianity with satisfaction to our minds." of Christianity, let us, at the same time, P. 172. be thankful for the additional strength which it gives to the fabric, and the broad
At the conclusion of this part of and marked line of distinction which it the evidence, it is proper to notice draws between the presumptuous impos- certain objections. It is alleged, ture of the deceiver of Arabia and the
that miracles do not of themselves holy religion of the anointed Jesus."P. 151. .
prove the veracity or authority of
him that performs them; but how, The words and works of Christ ever under certain circumstances demonstrate him to have been a the objection may be true, it is not
valid under 'such circumstances as which in one case, the authenticity, were found in the history and doc- and in the other, the interpretation, trine of Jesus Christ. Thus, ac- may be disputed by the scepric; but cording to a more specific objec- prophecies of which the issue is now tion, the miracles of the Egyptian and ever visible. Such are the mi. magicians did not attest the truth of nute prophecies concerning the dethose magicians ; but the miracles struction of Jerusalem, compared were wrought under circumstances with the equally minute history of and for purposes totally distinct Josephus, and the known condition from those of the Gospel. Again, of the holy city in the present day. it is said, that there is a vicious Such also are the prophecies of our circle in the argument, and that the Lord concerning the foundation of doctrines are alleged in confirmation his Church, which in all the varie. of the miracles, and the miracles in ties of their interpretation, have confirmation of the doctrines ; but been fulfilled ; concerning the per. the doctrines alleged in the two petuity and triumph, the afflictions cases are different and distinct. To and the trials of the Church, of which the moral character of Christ there both the prophetical and parabolical is no objection; but of the prophe. representations have agreed with the cies concerning him, it is pretended, experience and observation of all that they are applicable to him only men. This agreement can only be in a secondary sense. This is not attributed to the will of God, by true of all the prophecies, and it is whom it would not have been per- , sufficient, that those to which the mitted, but in testimony of the objection is applicable, refer to him truth. in any sense.
The progress of Christianity con. It is conceived, that the view sidered as an historical fact, and in which has been thus taken of the connection with the circumstances Evidences of Christianity, is suffi- of its origin, and the instruments cient to account for the unbelief of employed in its propagation, the the Jews, which having been re- place from which it sprung, the moved by the force of miracles, was persons by whom it was preached, revived by a subsequent misinter. the dangers to which they were expretation of the prophecies, that it posed, the difficulties they had to throws suspicion on the testimony surmount, and the nations, and which the Jewish historian bore to minds, and prejudices over which our Lord, and that it establishes the they ultimately triumphed, can only necessity of producing all the evi- be attributed to the divinity of its dence, without giving an undue pre- author. Whatever be the force of ference to detached and particular the secondary causes, assigned by parts. The ninth Discourse con Gibbon, and Mr. Benson does not cludes with an eloquent summary deny their force, they were not and enforcement of the previous ar alone adequate to produce the great gument, which now deviates to the result. consideration of some of the colla Still, however forcible and irreteral evidences.
fragable as is the evidence of the A prophecy fulfilled is acknow- Christian religion, faith is not of ledged by unbelievers to be in man but of God; and the co-operaweight of evidence equivalent to a 'tion of the Holy Spirit is necessary, miracle: and such prophecies there although it is not all which is neces. are delivered by our Lord, and bear. sary, and is distributed in perfect ing this decisive testimony to him; wisdom, and is the cause and means not merely prophecies immediately of faith : followed by the event, nor prophe " Either by disposing our minds to cies which are not yet fulfilled, of inquire into the truth, or by enduing us
with the power of deciding with impar- explained, and admitting of comtiality upon the evidences of revelation,
ment and explanation, without preor by teaching us most sincerely to obey, suming to pry too far into the proor to intend, at least, that we may obey found secrets and awful mysteries the will, that we may the more readily of the Almighty.". They do not receive the word of God.”
correspond with this description of This doctrine should operate in the founder's will, nor can they be exciting the Christian believer to an conceived to form any proper part energetic improvement of spiritual of the Hulsean Lectures. It is no gifts, to practical obedience, and
excuse that they were preached durfrequency and fervency of prayer. ing the vacation, to the ordinary pa
The hortatory character of the rishioners of St. Mary's, for they thirteenth Discourse, appropriately bear the ostensible form, not of paconnects the argument upon the rochial, but of academical Lectures. Evidences of Divine Revelation, A similar objection may be made to with the seven practical Discourses
some of the moral observations, which conclude the volume, and of which are annexed to the argument which
on the Evidences of Christianity, Discourse XIV. relates to the work which however just in themselves, of Salvation, the manner and the and to a certain extent authorized reason of that work.
and required by the will of Mr. Discourse xv, treats of the posi- Hulse, must have diverted the mind tive and negative Duties of Mora. of the bearer from the principal and lity :
proper subject of discourse, and “ The necessity of ceasing to do evil, in
will not satisfy the reader, who opens order that we may learn to do well; the
the volume with the intention of influence which ceasing to do evil has in examining the proofs of the Christhe preparation and encouragement of the tian Revelation, Such are the remind to do well; and the absolute and marks on the neglect of theological uualterable necessity of both, in order to
studies in the University of Camsecure the end of hope, tlie salvation of our
bridge, remarks, seasonable, just, souls."
and forcible, but not necessarily Discourse xvi. explains the Du connected with the office of the ties of the Sabbath.
Hulsean Lecturer. The Discourses In Discourses xvII. XVIII. the are not printed in the order in which former and the latter parts of the they were delivered, but, in the new Lord's Prayer are illustrated. arrangement, sufficient attention has
Discourse xix. is an exposition not been paid to revision and com. of the language of the Parables of pression. the Wedding Supper and the Wed The first course of Hulsean Lecding Garment.
tures leaves a strong impression on Discourse xx. describes the
pro the mind, that the number of the bable circumstances, extensive in Discourses should be reduced, and quiry, and final sentence of the Day that the Lecturer should not be reof Judgment.
eligible. He would then choose a It cannot be denied, that the sub- large but limited view of the sub . jects of these practical Discourses ject, to the discussion of which he are of high importance, and that in would bring the whole force of his their style and manner, they are dis- understanding and acquirements; tinguished by peculiar force and and the reader and the hearer, who earnestness; but it cannot be said, shall pay the requisite attention to that they treat “ of the more diffi. one, or more than one course of cult texts or obscure facts of the Lectures, would have no occasion Holy Scripture ;" of passages “ge- to complain, that any part of the nerally useful and necessary to be argument was either attenuated or
reserved, but would receive new leads to virtues which cannot be conviction, that in whatever point condemned, and that tbe wisdom of of view the Christian evidence is Christian faith is only equalled by placed, it is supported by argu- the loveliness of Christian pracments which cannot be resisted, and tice.
MONTHLY REGISTER. ANNIVERSARIES, 1822.
the dispatch of business on Tues
day morning, June 4th, at the Sons of the Clergy.
Central School in Baldwin's Gar, The REHEARSAL of the music to be dens, at twelve o'clock precisely. performed at the Anniversary Meet- and afterwards dine together at ing of this Society will be in the Ca. Free Masons' Hall, at half past five thedral Church of St. Paul, on Tues- precisely. Tickets, 15s. each. day, the 21st, and the ANNIVER
The Annual General Meeting of SARY on Thursday, the 23d, of the National Society will be held May; when a Sermon will be at the Central School, Baldwin's preached before His Royal Highness Gardens, on Wednesday, the 5th of the Prince of Saxe Coburg, their June, at 12 o'Clock. Graces the Lords Archbishops of Canterbury and York, and their Society for Promoting Christian Lordships the Bishops, the Right
Knowledge. Hon. the Lord Mayor, Sheriffs, The Anniversary Dinner of this Aldermen, Clergy, &c. by the Ve Society will be held at Free Aerable CHARLES JAMES BLOM- Masons' Hall, Great Queen Street, FIELD, D.D. Archdeacon of Col- on Thursday, the 6th of June. chester
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Schools. The Dinner will be at Merchant The Anniversary Meeting of the Taylors' Hall, on Thursday at five Charity Schools will be held in the o'clock.
Cathedral Church of St. Paul, on National Society,
Thursday, the 13th June; when a The Anniversary Meeting of the Sermon will be preached by the Society of Treasurers and Secreta. Right Rev. JOHN KAYE, D. D. ries to the Diocesan and District Lord Bishop of Bristol, Master of Societies and Schools in union with Christ's College, aod Regius Prothe National Society, will meet for fessor of Divinity, Cambridge.
ECCLESIASTICAL PREFERMENTS. Brereton, Henry, to the rectory of Her Glubb, J. M. to the perpetual curacy of slebury.
St. Petrox, Devon. Collinson, Robert, M.A. to the living of Gorton, Wm. licensed by the Right Rev.
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ship of Lincoln's Inn. Comins, J. to the vicarage of Hockwor. Hooper, Thomas, M.A. to the rectory of tky, Devon.
Yatton Keynell. Ellis, Franeis, M.A. to the vicarage of Howman, George Ernest, M.A. late of
Long Compton, Warwickshire ; patrons, Baliol college, Oxford, to the vicarage THE PROVOST AND FELLOWS OF ETON of Sonning, Berks ; patron, TRB YEBY COLLEGE.
REV. DEAN OF SALISBURY, BEMEMBRANÇER, No. 41.
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April 17. college, Cambridge, to the vicarage of BACHELOR IN "MEDICINE.
George Ellington, Huntingdonshire; patron, Freer, M.A. and Student in Medicine, THE LORD CHANCELLOR.
Christ Church college. Judgson, W. G. M.A. fellow of Trinity MASTERS OF ARTS.-Daniel Harson
college, Cambridge, to the perpetual Collings, esq. Queen's college, grand curacy of St. Michael's, in that town; compounder ; William Deedes, felion of patrons, the MASTER AND FELLOWS OP All Souls college ; rev. Francis Clerke, THAT SOCIETY.
fellow of all Souls college ; rev. Jobn Law, Henry, to the rectory of St. Ann's, Frampton, Ereter college ; Joseph Los
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lege; rev. William Hiley Bathurst, Christ Lloyd, A. F. to the rectory of Instore, Church college ; rev. Thomas Gronow, Devon,
Brasenose college. Lonsdale, J, M.A. late fellow of King's BACHELORS OF ARTS.-Henry Dun
college, Cambridge, to be domestio combe, fellow of All Souls college; Thochaplain to the Archbishop of Canter. mas Jones, Wadham college; Henry Aubury.
bery Veck, Magdalen college. Morris, Dr. of Egglesfield-house, near
March 16. Brentford, Middlesex, late Mitchel Richard Harrington, esq. B.A. of fellow of Queen's college, Oxford, to
Christ Church, was elected fellow of Brathe rectory of Elstree, Herts; patron, senose college. THE LORD CHANCELLOR.
March 29, Page, John, B.D. to the vicarage of Gil Mr. Edward Ness, of St. Mary hall,
lingham, Kent ; patrons, THE PRINCI. and Mr. Henry Edward Vaux, of Exeter PAL AND FELLOWS OF BRASENORE COL college, were admitted Craven scholars as LEGE, OXFORD.
Founder's Kin; and Mr. John Parry, of Pearson, Hugh, D.D. of St. John's colo Brasenose college, was elected a scholar
lege, Oxford, to the vicarage of St. on the same foundation, Helen, Abingdon, and the cbapels of
April 6. Radley and Drayton, Berks ; patron, Owen Owen, esq. M.A. of Jesus colTIE KING,
was admitted fellow of that society. Percy, Hon. H. M.A. to the archdea.
April 12. conry of Canterbury ; patron, TAE John B. Otley, B.A. of Oriel college, · ARCHBISHOP.
and John Henry Newman, B. A. of TriPowell, James, to the vicarage of Long nity college, were elected fellows of the
Stanton, Salop; patrons, THE DEAN former society.
of St. John, Bury, on the presentation John Moore, M.A. of Worcester college,
rev. Thomas Sheriffe, M.A. and fellow of Skrimshire, Thomas, to the vicarage of Magdalen college, was admitted junior
South Creak, Norfolk; patron, Wu. Proctor: and the sonior Proctor nomi.
nated the rev. Thomas Grantham, M.A. St. John, O. D. to be domestic chaplaio fellow of Magdalen college, and the rev. to the right hon, Earl Nelson.
Richard Lynch Cotton, M.A. fellow of
Worcester college, his Pro-Proctors; and
the junior Proctor nominated the rev. Degrees conferred March 30. Henry Jenkins, M.A. Demy, and the Masters of Arts. -- Samuel Lloyd, fellow of Magdalen college. his Pro-Proo
rev. Zacharias Henry Biddulph, M.A. esq. Magdalen college, grand
compounder; tors, who were all admitted. John Buller Yarde Buller, esq. Oriel col
April 18. lege, grand compounder ; rev, James Davies, Merton college.
Mr. William Ralph Churton, and Mr.
Edward Field, of Queen's college, were
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE. Charles Lucena, Brasenose college ; Degrees conferred March 22, Christopher Thomas Robinson, Brase HONORARY DOCTOR IN Civil LAW, nose college; William Lloyd, Brasenose The right bon. lord Henniker, of St. college.
esq. of Trinity college.