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which may happen to engage the at- would divert the attention both of
and more of present importance. his own private opinion. The pro- Spiritual Christianity is assailed by posed magazine, is not to be a mere two opposite forms of misbelief. receptacle of essays and disquisi. On the one hand a mystical, pantions from various writers of various theistic infidelity, pretending to be ways of thinking on the subjects more spiritual and more believing discussed, and with no special bond than Christianity itself—and on the of union. It will claim the privile- other hand a picturesque, enthusiges of a corporation in the republic astic superstition, endeavoring to of letters, a person in law, with an evoke and reinthrone the spirit of individuality and character of its the cloudy past-are invading the own, and with its own opinions to public mind through all the chanpropound and defend. It will de- nels of popular literature. The pend for its success, not upon the young, the unwary, the imaginative, names and standing of its writers, the speculative, especially at the and the reputation which they have seats of liberal or professional eduachieved in other efforts, but upon cation, are approached by mystiits own name and standing, upon the cism and by formalism, alternate or soundness of its own opinions, and commingled, now in the form of the ability with which those opinions philosophy, now in the form of poare commended to the understand- etry, now in the guise of history, ing and affections of the public. and now in the costume of romantic It is
proper, however, to say that fiction—at one time instilling a disthere is no intention of reviving in gust for this prosaic, unpicturesque, this periodical the theological dis- unbelieving, level and leveling state cussions in which some of the of society, and at another time setablest New England divines have ting forth in bland accents the dog. been so deeply engaged within the mas of the most rabid and disorganlast fifteen years. The subscriber izing democracy. The intellectual and the gentlemen with whom he is character of the age is changed enassociated are of one mind on this tirely within the last twenty years, point. They give no pledges re- and it becomes all thinking men to specting their coursc in case they recognize the fact. Questions, simfind these discussions revived in pler, plainer, more within the reach other quarters. They only express and grasp of the popular mind, than their opinion of what is expedient those which divide the metaphysical as things now are. The discussions expounders of the evangelical sysreferred to have had their day; and tem, are coming to be the questions according to present appearances, of the day in every quarter. It is to they have so far accomplished their these questions that our attention mission, that they need not be re- will be particularly directed. vived. They have enabled the Some readers however may be friends of evangelical truth to un- aided in conceiving the design of the derstand their own position better, proposed periodical, by a more disand to defend it more clearly and tinct announcement of particular convincingly. For this magazine classes of subjects which will find to revive those discussions, would place in its pages. To such readnot only draw us farther into the ers then it may be said, that among field of scientific and metaphysical other matters which have been namtheology than we intend to go, buted for discussion and which may be considered as standing on the docket, to adapt the work, not only in matthey will find in the successive is- ter and style, but in size and price, sues of this periodical, the following. to a larger class of readers than can
1. Ecclesiastical and civil histo- be found among professional men, ry, particularly of New England. and persons of wealth and leisure.
2. Lives and characters of distin- The New Englander will therefore guished individuals, and especially be issued in quarterly numbers of of those whose influence on religion 150 pages octavo, corresponding and theology has been greatest. with the pages of this prospectus.
3. Various topics in jurispru. The purchaser will thus have a dence and legislation. These will yearly volume of 600 pages, conbe discussed independently of party venient for use as well as for prespolitics, and with reference to estab. ervation. It is intended that each ed principles of economical and po- Number shall contain a critical surlitical science.
vey of public affairs, and summary 4. Architecture, particularly of notices of the most important rechurches; and the fine arts gener- ligious and miscellaneous intellially, in their relation to the happi- gence; so that every successive ness and progress of society. volume shall record in a compen
5. The peculiar constitution and dious form the political and ecclesi. character of New England society; astical history of its own year, infestivals, manners and customs. creasing in this way not only its
6. Poets and poetry; writers of interest and utility as a periodical, fiction and their works.
but its permanent value. 7. Church order and discipline. The editorial department will be
8. Education in schools and cols under the control of a Committee leges.
of six gentlemen, including the Pro9. Transcendentalism, mysticism, prietor, who will hold themselves and pantheistic opinions, whether responsible for the general characwithin or without the pale of the ter and influence of the work, to Evangelical communions.
those who have projected it, and 10. Romanism, Puseyism, and through them to the public. traditions generally.
The price will be three dollars 11. Various topics in mental and per annum, payable on the delivery ethical philosophy:
of the first Number. 12. Millenarianism and prophetic The Numbers will be published exposition.
simultaneously in Boston, Hartford, 13. Plain explanations of difficult New Haven, and New York, on the passages of Scripture.
first of January, April, July, and Oc14. Enthusiastical, fanatical and tober; commencing A. D. 1843. sceptical errors in religion.
E. R. TYLER, Proprietor. The ends which the conductors New Haven, Sept. 28, 1842. have in view, will make it necessary
As the New Englander, in accor with the light of genius; ardent in dance with the Prospectus reprinted its advocacy of the principles which on the foregoing pages, makes its it espouses; powerful in its sympaappearance in the field of American thy with popular feeling, and in the periodical literature, it is natural forhold which it thus has on large massboth writers and readers to look es of the people ; reckless in its around with the inquiry whether adoption of hasty speculations as esthere is any vacancy in the field, tablished verities of moral and politwhich this new work may reasona- ical science, and in pushing out such bly hope to occupy.
speculations to extreme and revoluOmitting in this place all consid- tionary results ; every one of its eration of the daily and weekly jour monthly utterances tells upon the nals, the religious and miscellaneous character and destiny of our counas well as the political; omitting also try, with a power which our posterthe notice which might be bestowed ity will feel but will not be able to on two numerous classes of monthly estimate. Beside these, there is an magazines, those devoted to the lite- attempt to revive the SOUTHERN Rerature of amusement and those devo- VIEW, after some ten years of susted to specific religious objects or en- pended animation, primarily-we terprises; we find among Reviews, may suppose—for the sake of vindithe most respectable North AMERI. cating and glorifying the peculiar CAN, grave, scholarlike, instructive, institutions” of the Plantation States elegant, buton almost every question, against the public opinion of the religious or political, that can divide world, expressing itself in “ the liteor agitate the public mind, studious. rature of the world,” and secondarily uncommitted ; and on the other ly, for the sake of expounding and hand the DEMOCRATIC, less erudite commending that policy by which and dignified, but more attractive to the property of the South may doma larger body of readers, for the rea- ineer forever over the freedom of son that it takes up in almost every the North. The New York Reform, with enthusiastic zeal for its VIEW, with its “ conservative tone" own side, the political questions of and its hierarchical and English the day. The influence of the for- sympathies, is believed to have come mer is generally of the right sort, so to an end just one year before the far as it goes. It is doing well for date assigned by the prophetic Milliterature. Its editor being a ripe ler for the end of the world. In scholar, and none but scholars being this state of one great department allowed to speak through its pages, it of our periodical literature, it has is constantly counteracting the ten- seemed to us that, in respect to dencies to extravagance of taste and sound independent criticism on to shallowness of learning, which works of mere literature, and in belong to the youthful genius of our respect to some questions of public country, and which are stimulated policy and civil duty, the New Engby sympathy with the revolutionary Lander may find something to say effervescence of the old world. The from time to time which shall not be influence of the other is more equiv- unworthy of attention. ocal; and, both for good and for Another class of periodicals is deevil, is to be far wider and more effi- voted to religious literature and the. cient than that of its more stately ological discussion. The AMERICAN and honored competitor. Brilliant BIBLICAL REPOSITORY, in its own province, is an honor to the Ameri- The BIBLICAL REPERTORY AND can name. Modeled, from the be, Princeton Review, though chiefly ginning, after the type of German occupied with ecclesiastical and therather than English journalism, it is ological subjects, is widely different a rich repository of essays and dis- in aim and conduct from the work quisitions on various points in theol- which we have just been commendogy and the kindred sciences, with ing. It is the organ of the Princehere and there a valuable contribu- ton party in the Old School section tion on some topic of general litera. of the Presbyterian Church. By no ture. No well furnished library of means deficient in learning, though a clergyman can be without it. But sometimes blundering in logic; esits plan makes it a work chiefly for pecially at home, as it ought to be, professional men. To act directly in the various erudition of theology; on public opinion—to discuss to-day fuent in style, and rarely tasking the question of the day before the the reader by any argument requirpeople at large, or before that por- ing profound thought or close attention of the people which takes an tion; frequently brilliant in its wit, intelligent interest in the question and frequently abusive ; contemptuappears to be no part of its design. ous in its manners, as might be exSeeking to unite in its support as pected of those who have learned to large a body of the clerical profes- tremble at the objurgations of ecclesion as possible, its pages are open siastical dictators; it is a work likely for discussion on controverted topics to be read by those into whose hands from opposite parties ; and being a it falls. When it heaps ridicule on repository of contributions from va- the unfortunate Bishop Doane and rious authors in various connections his brother champions of Puseyism, and relations, each writing under its readers, greatly multiplied for the responsibility of his own name, the occasion, laugh till laughter prothe opinions which it publishes are duces tears, and till amusement at not its own, but those of individual the folly of prelate, priest and deacon, contributors. Its functions therefore ends in something like compassion in its proper department are analo. for their sufferings. Accustomed to gous to those of the American Joure receive its theology by tradition from nal of Science, rather than to those the elders, and not daring to presume of a popular Review, which aspires that there can be any improvement to be a censor of opinions and of on the triangles of Gomar and Turparties, and to speak its own mind retin, it is incapable of sympathy on whatever topic it undertakes to with the devout and earnest endeavhandle. Into tlie department which ors of American theology, from the the Biblical Repository is occupying days of the elder Edwards through with so much success, it is not our the bright line of his successors, to intention to intrude. We heartily"justify the ways of God to men, commend that work not only to min. and to place the doctrines and claims isters and students of theology, but of the evangelical system, as the to scholars in every profession. A Scriptures place them, in that clear work of that kind ought to be well light in which the soul, conscious of supported by the clerical profession its own nature and of its guilt, is in this country, for it is continually compelled to recognize their
reality adding not only to their reputation and their reasonableness. It gives at home and abroad as an intellec- no place, no, not for an hour, to such tual and learned body of men, but an idea as that the New England also to their actual attainments in divines have done something, in their biblical learning and theological sci- way, for theology. Its feelings are ence.
rather with those who hold New
England to be a Scythian, Cimme. must win for it no inconsiderable rian region, far to the north, whence credit and authority, especially barbarians sometimes come to dis where it finds individuals or circles turb the quiet of the Presbyterian predisposed to look with favor on realm. It honors Edwards indeed, the opinions of which it is the orabut not as a New Englander, for his cle. Its position in regard to moral sun went down at Princeton, and his questions, disconnected from relisepulcher is with them to this day. gious views, is not more exceptionBellamy, Hopkins, and Smalley, are able than that of some journals with names for which it has no reverence. higher pretensions to orthodoxy. In all its fluctuations of opinion re- Since the developments which have specting elective affinity synods, and divided the Unitarian party, it has act-and-testimony movements, and often argued for the supernatural the policy of the Presbyterian character of Christ and his authorChurch, it has remained unchanged ity as a teacher, for the reality and in its prejudices against New Eng. the necessity of the miracles of the land. ' In its theory of geography, New Testament, and in some inNew England, with all its seats of stances for the inspiration of the education and all its illustrious Scriptures. Most of its writers names, is provincial, and Princeton seem to feel that it is time to stop is somewhere near the center. Em in the career of “not believing. mons's Sermons and Webster's Dic. The transcendentalism, the rational. tionary are alike the objects of its ism-or to call things by their right profound displeasure. It has learn- names, the downright German paned indeed, from New England, to theism of some men about Boston spell honor without the u, and logic who pretend to be Christian preachwi out the k; but it still repels with ers, has alarmed the more serious horror such neological ideas as that and conservative sort of Unitarians; sin consists in sinning, that the pre- and the Examiner accordingly cepts and sanctions of God's law stands for the evidences of Chris. have respect only to the acts or ex: tianity against what we in our liberercises of the responsible soul, and ality and simplicity, might have that guilt is the demerit of a personal called the latest form of Unitarianagent, incurred by his personal sin- ism, had not Professor Norton fulness. Surely the fact that there is taught us to call it “ the latest form such a work as the Biblical Reper- of infidelity." Yet in regard to tory already in the field, is no suffi. Christianity itself, the position of cient reason why New England men the Examiner remains unchanged. may not utter their opinions through its theology, as of old, is made up an organ of their own.
of negations. So far as its influ. The Christian EXAMINER is the ence reaches—and who can speak representative of Massachusetts Uni- lightly of such an influence ?-it is tarianism, in the Old School or con- continually tending to unsettle the servative modification of that sys- minds of the unstable and to make tem. The reputation which it ac- men skeptical in regard to all those quired in the intellectual world, doctrines without which Christianity when Dr. Channing made it the ve- is nothing else than natural religion, hicle of some of his beautifully and the miracles which constitute its wrought productions, gives it, prob- external evidences are felt by indeably, a greater influence than it pendent minds to be a grand imper. could now acquire. Yet, indepen- tinence. Take away from Chrisdent of that former reputation, its tianity the doctrines which relate to elegant scholarship, its gracefulness the apostasy and condemnation of of manner, and its habitual dignity, all men; those which relate to the