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those who reject church authority, cannot apostles. At least, in these places there sustain the attacks of the anabaptists.'" is no corresponding proof for infant bap

Dr. Chr. Ludw. COUARD of Berlin, tisin than is that which might be drawn says:

from stronger passages in favour of the “He who believeth and is baptized,' participation of little children in the says the Lord, shall be saved.' As faith supper of the Lord. Therefore have and baptism are constantly so closely there been learned men who have esconnected together, men might reason- teemed infant baptism, no less than the ably hesitate to baptize infants, inas- admission of children to the supper, as much as faith would with them be im- an institution which first arose after possible. Neither has the Lord himself the times of the apostles.”—Geschächte ordained infant baptism. As little also der Tavfe, dec. p. 10. can we prove strictly and convincingly, Dr. LOBEGOTT LANGE, Professor in that the apostles baptized children, the University of Jena, says :although we know that they baptized “Would the protestant church fulfil whole families, and we might justly and attain to its final destiny, the bapsuppose that there were children among tism of new-born children must of them.”The Life of Christians during necessity be abolished. It has sunk the first three Centuries, p. 202. Clark's down to a mere formality, without any Cabinet Library, vol. 33.

religious meaning for the child, and Ch. Friedr. RÖSSLER, says:

stands in contradiction to the funda“Our first question is, Whether the mental doctrines of the Reformers, on ancient church in the times of which the advantage and use of the sacrawe speak (the first three centuries), ments. It cannot, from any point of generally baptized children, or deemed view, be justified by the holy scriptures, it essential to baptize them. I must and owes its origin, as well as its retentruly confess, that so far as I have tion by the Reformers, to the antihitherto perused the fathers, no clear scriptural and irrational idea, that and certain proof has come before me, children, because of original sin, are adequate to establish it, prior to Origen, born under the power of the devil, and although there are a few passages which exposed to eternal condemnation.”– render it not without probability.”- Geschichte de Protestantismus, pp. 34, 35. Lehrbegrif der Christlichen Kirche in “It must now be granted by every den drei ersten Jahrhunderten, p. 299. unprejudiced reader [Kenner) of holy

Dr. J. Aug. STARCK, chaplain to the scripture and Christian antiquity, that Court of Hesse, says:

the baptism of new-born children was “It cannot be denied, that no ex- altogether unknown to primitive Chrisample can be cited from the books of tianity.”Ibid. p. 221. the New Testament that the apostles Dr. J. W. I. HÖFLING, Professor of and disciples of the Lord baptized Practical Theology at Erlangen, says:-children and babes; for though, again “ Truly an historical proof of infant and again, it is said that the apostles baptism cannot be cited from holy baptized whole households, there is, scriptures; for although children may nevertheless, in this nothing to con- have been baptized by the apostles in strain us to think that little children those passages in which the baptism of were baptized; rather, the contrary entire families is spoken of, there hapmay with good reason be presumed, if pens to be no mention made of the we look back to those places in which existence or presence of young children assent is given to the preaching of the in them.” (des Vorhandengewesenseyr.s

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unmündiger Kinder in jenen Hävsern sure enough it cannot be denied that nicht zugliech Erwähnung geschieht]. prior to Tertullian, nowhere is it men

- Das Sacrament der Tanfe, vol. i. p. tioned in express and altogether precise 99.

terms, and even Tertullian himself “As to the history of infant baptism, speaks out against it." - Ibid. p. 104.

A PAGE WHICH MAY BE READ FROM THE PULPIT. It is possible that there are in this truth should be vindicated. Sometimes congregation some persons who are not books are published which are eminently aware, that among the religious periodi- calculated to promote the spiritual welcals published monthly, there is one fare of the community, and it is imentitled “The Baptist Magazine.” It portant that they should be described was established more than forty years faithfully, and recommended to general ago, expressly to subserve the interests attention. Multitudes of works issue of the baptist churches, and intelligent from the press, with attractive titles, baptists will find it specially adapted to but of mischievous tendencies, professpromote their edification and usefulness. ing to teach history or science, but

One important department in this intended to undermine the principles of magazine is Biography. Christians who the young, or insinuate into their minds have fulfilled their course are removed erroneous notions. In this reading age to a part of their Father's dominions it is essential that vigilance should be which is invisible to mortal eyes ; but exercised in respect to these, and that in many cases it is desirable that their works which may be safely and profitexperience and exertions should be ably perused should be recommended to made known to contemporaries and the preference of purchasers. In some transmitted to succeeding generations. cases, too, the interests of truth require The record of what they did and that it should be from critics of our own endured is beneficial to us who remain denomination that our families should in the field of action, affording en- derive the views which influence their couragement and direction, and illustra- choice of books. ting the operations of divine grace, to Intelligence is another department of the honour of him who imparts it. the Baptist Magazine which enhances Biographical notices of more than fifty its value. Much is being done conindividuals, of whom some have adorned tinually, both in our own and in other private stations, and others have been lands, of which it is important to have pastors, deacons, or missionaries, have faithful accounts. Very little intellibeen given with more or less fulness gence relating to the proceedings of in the Baptist Magazine, during the baptists can be reasonably expected to year which is now closing.

be detailed in periodicals conducted by Another department to which great brethren of other denominations. Any attention is paid, is the Review of new one who will take the trouble to look publications. Sometimes an attack is through the 400 pages of the Baptist made on what we believe to be scriptural Magazine which have been occupied views of Christ's ordinances, and it is this year with intelligence, will perceive desirable that its fallacious character that the greater part of it consists of should be pointed out, and that the facts which he would never have learned

from the pages of any pædobaptist pe- | ing of these words with lists of the riodical. In our own Magazine, we places in which they occur, will-do much have the official accounts of the trans- to elucidate scripture, especially to the actions of the Baptist Missionary Society apprehension of Christians who have as given in the Missionary Herald— not access to the original Greek. those of the Baptist Irish Society as The object to which the profits of the given in the Irish Chronicle—those of work are devoted must not be passed the Baptist Home Missionary Society over in silence. They are given to as given in the Quarterly Register, with widows of approved ministers who after intelligence from the United States, serving the churches during their lives from British America, from the conti- have left behind them dear partners nent of Europe, and from other parts of in toil and privation for whom no the world, derived from correspondents adequate provision has been made. whose hearts are interested in the Five thousand six hundred and fortyadvancement of truth and holiness seven pounds have been realized and whether in Britain or in foreign, distributed among widows of ministers regions.

from this source. It is still few who In addition to these things, the Bap- can be relieved annually from this fund, tist Magazine comprises occasional arti- in comparison with the number who cles on Ecclesiastical History, particu- need relief, but the number of recipients larly portions relating to ancient baptists, and the amount of the grants will be sermons, original essays, extracts from increased in proportion as the sale of foreign publications of importance, and the work is extended. correspondence containing suggestions A purchaser of the Baptist Magazine, designed to promote the harmony and therefore, while he is obtaining supplies efficiency of the churches. This corres- of instruction adapted to promote his pondence is peculiarly to be valued, as own spiritual advantage, and the best affording opportunity to thinking men interests of his children, is also contrito lay before the whole denomination at buting to aid an interesting and necesonce, plans which have occurred to their sitous class of beneficiaries. Sixpence minds, and which after being considered per month thus expended is employed and matured may be carried into opera- in a way which conduces to the welfare tion. The origin of the Baptist Irish both of him who parts with it, and of Society, the Baptist Union, the Bible others who have claims on his sympathy. Translation Society, and the Hanserd There are several smaller periodicals Knollys Society, may be traced to arti- conducted by members of the baptist cles which appeared in the Baptist denomination which are doing good in Magazine.

their respective spheres. But it is only One novelty will distinguish the from the Baptist Magazine that the volume for 1850. A series of papers widows of baptist ministers derive any will be introduced which will doubtless pecuniary advantage ; it is only in the be found interesting and instructive. Baptist Magazine that the official docuThey will consist of brief dissertations ments of our denominational societies on the transferred words which occur in regularly appear; and, the pages of the the common English version of the New Baptist Magazine being more numerous Testament. The word baptize is but than those of any other baptist periodione of many that are frequently not cal, afford opportunity for the most translated but transferred; and it is ample and diversified contributions believed that correot views of the mean- of valuable matter.

CHRONOLOGICAL PAGE FOR DECEMBER, 1849.

UN RISES & SETS

FAMILY BIBLE READING.

MEMORAXDA.

John xv.

John xx.

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7 46 Daniel ix.

1135, Henry I. died, aged 67.
3 53 John xii. 20—50.

Moon rises, 45 min. past 5, afternoon.
2
LD 7 47
Psalms.

Sunday School Union Lessons,
3 52 Psalms.

Matt. xviii. 1-20, Job xxxviii. 3M 7 48 Ezra i., iri.

Moon sets, 44 min. past 10, morning. 3 52 John xiii.

Moon rises, 8 in evening. 4 Tu 7 53 Ezra iv,

Baptist Irish Committee, half-past 5. 3 51 John xiv.

Moon rises, 13 min. past 9, evening. 5 W 7 51 | Haggai i., ii.

1837,Dr.Marshman (Serampore) d., aged 70. 3 51

Moon rises, 28 min. past 10.
6
Th 7 52
Zechariah i., ii.

1821, John Chamberlain (Agra) d., aged 44. 3 51 John xvi.

Moon's last quarter, 53 min. past 6, aftern. 7 F 7 53 Zechariah iii., iv.

Moon sets, 1, afternoon. 3 50 John xvii.

Moon rises at midnight. 8 S 7 55 Zechariah xii., xiii.

1608, John Milton born. 3 50 Joha xviii, 1-27.

Mars visible in evening, Jupiter in morning. 9 LD 7 56 Psalms.

Sunday School Union Lessons, 3 50 Psalms.

Matt, xvü, 21-35, 1 Sam. xxiv. 10 M 7 57 Ezra v.

Moon rises, 12 min. past 3, morning. 3 49 John xvii. 28—40, xix. 1—18. 1520, Luther publiclyburned the Pope's Bull. 11 Tu 7 58 | Ezra vi.

Moon rises, 16 min. past 4, morning. 3 49 John xix. 19-42.

Baptist Board meets at 4. 12 W 7 59 Esther i., ii.

Mcon rises, 20 min. past 5, morning. 3 49

1842, R. Haldane (Edinburgh) died. 13 Th8 0 Esther iii., iv.

Moon rises, 23 min. past 6, morning. 3 49 John xxi.

Moon sets, 3 min. past 3, afternoon. 14 F 8 0 Esther v., vi,

1799, Washington died, æt. 67. 3 49 I John i., ii, 1–14.

New Moon, 38 min. past 3, afternoon. 15 S 8 1 Esther vii., viii.

1836, Samuel Summers (Bristol) d.,aged 46. 3 49 1 John ii. 15—29, iii. 1-6. Moon sets, 45 m. past 4, afternoon. 16 LD 8 2 Psalms,

Sunday School Union Lessons, 3 49 Psalms.

Mark ix. 33—50, Ezra ix. 17 M 3 50 | Esther ix., X.

1836, Dr. Rippon (New Park St.) a., æt. 86. 3 50 1 John ïïi. 7-24.

Moon sets, 41 min. past 6, afternoon. 18 Tu 8 4 | Ezra vii.

Baptist Home Mission Committee at 6. 3 50 1 John iv.

Moon sets, 39 min. past 7, afternoon. 19 W 8 5 Ezra viii. 15-36.

Moon rises, 53 min. past 10, morning.
3 50
1 John v.

Moon sets, 41 min. past 8, evening. 20 Th 8 5 Ezra ix., X. 1-17.

Moon rises, 20 min. past 11, morning. 3 51 2 John 3 John,

Moon sets, 45 min. past 9, evening. 21 F 8 6 Nehemiah i., ii.

1812, A. McLean (Edinburgh) d., aged 80. 3 51 Revelation i.

Moon sets, 52 min. past 10, evening. 22 s 8 6 Nehemiah iv,

1835, Dr. Newman (Bow) died, æt. 63. 3 51 Revelation ii, 1–17.

Moon's first quarter, 40 min. past 7, evening. 23 LD 8 6 Psalms.

Sunday School Union Lessons,
3 52 Psalms.

Luke x. 1-16, Numbers xi.
M 8 7 Nehemiah v.

Moon sets, 13 m. past 1, morning.
3 52 Rev. ii. 18—29, iii, 1-6. Moon rises, at I, afternoon.
25 Tu 8 7 Nehemiah vi.

Holiday at Public Offices, 3 53 Revelation iji. 7-22.

Moon rises, 29 min. past 1, afternoon. 26 8 8 Nehemiah viïi.

Moon sets, 41 min. past 3, morning. 3 53 Revelation iv., V.

Moon rises, 1 min. past 2, afternoon. 27 Th 8 8 Nehemiah ix.

Moon sets, at 5, morning. 3 54 Revelation vi., vii. 9-17. Moon rises, 39 min. past 2, afternoon. 28 F 8 8 Nehemiah xiii.

Moon sets, 15 min. past 6, morning.
3 55 Rev. xx. 11-15, xxi, 1-8. Moon rises, 27 min. past 3, afternoon.
29 s 8 9 Malachi i., ii.

1800, First Baptism in the Ganges,
3 56
Rev. xxi, 9–27.

Full Moon, 1 min. past 2, afternoon, 30 LD 8 9 Psalms.

Sunday School Union Lessons, 3 57 Pealms.

John vii. 14–53, Nehemiah viji. 31 M 8 9 Malachi iii., iv.

1831, Isaac Mann (Maze Pond) æt. 47. 3 58 Revelation xxii,

Moon rises, 47 min. past 6, evening.

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REVIEWS

Man Primeval : or, the Constitution and, and sustaining of In-organic, Organic,

Primitive Condition of the Human Being. and Sentient Beings, in this world. The A Contribution to Theological Science. present volume takes up the subject By John HARRIS, D.D., Author of The where the former treatise had left it; Great Teacher," The Pre-Adamite and proceeds to illustrate the new Earth,fic., &c. London: Ward and manifestation of God's character which Co. pp. XX., 490.

is made in the creation of man. Our notice of Dr. Harris's new

It will not be necessary that we “Contribution to Theological Science,”

should here repeat in detail the objechas been delayed much longer than we

tions we formerly took to the foundaeither intended or wished. We can

tions on which Dr. Harris rests his only say in extenuation that it is not a

whole argument. It will suffice to say, work to be read cursorily or judged of that we see no reason to alter the views hastily. It is evidently the result of which were then expressed. We should deep thought on subjects at once the indeed much prefer taking up the premost profound and the most important

sent volume simply on its own merits ; to mankind, and it justly calls for seri- but the method of the treatise is so ous and pains-taking examination before materially modified by its forming part expressing any opinion upon it.

of a general plan, that we cannot avoid Our readers may remember that Dr. looking upon the subject in the light in Harris's previous volume, “The Pre

which Dr. Harris places it before us. Adamite Earth,” which was the subject

We will endeavour, in the first inof review in April, 1847,* was announc

stance, to give as distinct a summary as ed as the first of a series of distinct we can of the whole work. And we

cannot better introduce the present though connected treatises on the various manifestations of the works and subject

, in its connexion with the former,

than in Dr. Harris's own words. ways of God to his creatures, and that certain principles were there laid down

“In our first imaginary visit to the ancient as the foundation of a consistent view carth, we beheld, in the origination of matter, of each successive display of the divine and its planetary formation, an expression of character. These principles, or laws, Power. The bare existence of the new depenwere, in that volume, applied to the dent substance presupposed the existence of the

independent and infipite Substance. The laws operations of God in this earth, before which the planetary motions exhibited were it became the abode of man. It was His laws, and proclaimed him to be the God argued that as the ultimate end of all of order.' The first objective effect-the crecreation is the manifestation of the di-ation of matter--irresistibly awoke the convicvine glory, we might expect that the tion of the First Cause; it was the solemn

utterance of the Deity on causation. We beperfections of God would be exhibited held the universe of matter in motion ; it was successively in the order of Power, the great practical lesson of the Deity on Wisdom, Goodness. To that point the dynamics — the doctrine of force producing argument was unfolded, as far as these motion. Every idea which can be supposed to

have been then truly suggested and represented, attributes are illustrated in the creation expressed a spiritual correspondence, infinitely

greater, in the Divine Creator. But that which • Baptist Magazine for 1847, p. 213. the whole-every property of matter, every

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