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lic. We have only space to add, that these volumes are hand.
somely executed, and appear to us, in all respects, to merit
the degree of consideration, which the labor bestowed on
them by the author, and the interest of the topics embraced in
them have given him a right to expect.
28.- The Complete Works of Rev. Daniel A. Clark, with a

Biographical Sketch, and an Estimate of his Powers
as a Preacher. By Rev. George Shepard, A. M.,
Professor of Sacred Rhetoric, Bongor Theological
Seminary. In two volumes. New York: Jonathan
Leavitt. Boston : Crocker & Brewster. 1842. pp.

488, 440. The readers of the Biblical Repository are aware that we place high, on the scale of excellence, the powers of the late Daniel A. Clark, as a preacher. His Sermons well deserve the high reputation they have acquired, for pungency, directness, and practical effect. We are glad to see them before the public in the respectable style of execution in which they are presented in these volumes, containing sixty-five full dis. courses, many of which had been before published, and thirtyfour outlines of discourses, which the editor denominates “ Short Sermons," and which fill about ninety pages of the second volume. To these are appended several miscellaneous articles from the pen of Mr. Clark, which appeared in different periodicals during the author's life. The “Biographical Sketch, etc., by Professor Shepard, the substance of which is embraced in his "Review of Clark's Sermons,” which appeared in the Repository for October last, is discriminating and instructive. On the whole, we regard these volumes as containing a rich treasury of thought, of inestimable value, not only to ministers of the gospel, but to intelligent Christians of all classes. Few discourses are so well suited to supply the place of the living preacher. The engraved portrait of the author, which accompanies the work, will remind those who knew him, of the force and power of his manner, and increase their interest in these remains of one so lately removed from his labors.

29.-Theopneusty, or the Plenary Inspiration of the Holy

Scriptures: By S. R. L. Gaussen, Professor of Theology in Geneva. Translated by E. N. Kirk. New York : John S. Taylor & Co. Boston: Tappan & Dennet.

1842. pp. 313. Our readers were apprised of the character and scope

of

this work by a review of the French edition, which appeared in the Repository for July, 1841. It now appears in English and from the American press; and the translator has enhanced its value by a few pages of Introductory remarks, in which he earnestly defends its main position, which is that the Scriptures,-all and every part of the Scriptures—are from God. This the author undertakes to establish by the authority of the word of God itself. This mode of reasoning, it is admit. ted, cannot be successfully used to convince the sceptic. To him, therefore, it is not addressed, but is designed to confirm the faith of believers in the divine authority of the whole and every part of the Bible. The author rejects all distinctions of inspiration, as the inspiration of superintendence, elevation, direction, or suggestion, and maintains that every part of the bible, every sentence, every word, is fully and equally inspired. The object of this argument cannot but be approved by ail who receive the Scriptures as the word of God. But whether it is essential to the firmest faith in the divine authority of the Scriptures that the same degree of inspiration should be assigned to every word and sentence, be it in re. spect to the doctrine of the new birth, or the direction of an apostle concerning his cloak, may well be questioned, provided it be admitted, in both and in all cases, that the inspiration was all that the case required to make the teachings of the bible perfect for all the purposes of correction, reproof and instruction in righteousness. We are glad, however, to see this subject brought before the American public. The discussion of it, we earnestly hope, will be so conducted among us as not only to confirm the faith of believers, but also to convince even gainsayers that the Scriptures are the word of God, and shall stand for ever.

30.— The Kingdom of Christ delineated, in two Essays on our

Lord's own account of his Person and of the Nature of his
Kingdom, and on the Constitution, Powers and Ministry
of a Christian Church, as appointed by himself. By
Richard Whately, D. D., Archbishop of Dublin. New

York : Wiley & Putnam. 1842. pp. 296. This volume is introduced to the American public by a short but highly commendatory address by Dr. Skinner. To us it appears to be a most reasonable as well as valuable publication.

On the powers and ministry of the Christian Church, though the work of an Archbishop, it opposes with boldness and strength the extravagant assumptions of the English Epis. copacy, and admits the rights of the dissenting churches in a manner which few prelates have exemplified in their writings. To the High Church party in England, and especially to the Oxford “ Tractators,” it has proved itself a most unwelcome production. The latter, in a late review, in the “British Critic,” express their embarrassment in the following language :

“ One of the many difficulties which press upon us in present most unhappy state of our church, is the question of the proper course to be pursued by churchmen, when a Bishop delivers, ex cathedrâ, doctrines which are in fact heretical.” Most of our readers, however, would reply, on the perusal of this work of Bishop Whately: “ After the way which they call heresy, so worship we the God of our fathers." We trust it will be extensively read. 31.-Mormonism in all Ages : or the Rise, Progress and Causes

of Mormonism, with the Biography of its Author and Founder, Joseph Smith, Jr. By Professor J. B. Turner, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois. New York: Platt & Peters. London: Wiley & Putnam. Liverpool : Hyde

& Peters, 1842. pp. 304. This work, it has been well remarked, might better have been denominated an Antidote to Mormonism. It exposes with a bold and fearless hand the monstrous deceptions prac. ticed by Smith and his associates upon their deluded followers, of whom they profess to number 100,000 in this country, and more than 10,000 in Great Britain, where their faith is making rapid conquests. This book is not only a history of Mormonism, but contains a copious and very instructive illustration of its spirit and tendencies drawn from the history of similar fanaticisms in all ages. It is written with considerable ability and research, and the author has enjoyed the best opportuni. ties of personal acquaintance with the doctrines and polity of the community of which he treats. It is well adapted to be useful, not only in neighborhoods where Mormon lecturers are attracting attention, but also wherever there exists a tendency to fanaticism of any kind. We recommend it to ministers and others who would arm themselves with facts and principles suited to such a condition of things, which, unhappily, is neither rare nor uncommon in our country.

32.-Discourses; intended as a Keepsake, for the Family

and Friends of the Author. By Jonathan Cogswell, D. D., Professor of Ecclesiastical History in the Theological Institute of Connecticut. Hartford :

Elihu Geer, 1842. pp. 201. Octavo. The circumstances in which this unpretending volume has come into our hands, precludes the propriety of criticism. It is printed but not published. It contains ten discoures on the Inspiration of the Scriptures-Necessity of Revelation-the Three Dispensations--Sin and its Consequences-Atonement-Justification-Christian Experience-Punishment of the Wicked—the Resurrection-the Judgment. These subjects are all treated in a sober evangelical spirit, it being the design of the author to render these brief discussions useful to such relatives and friends as may receive them at his hands. The volume is beautifully printed, and is altogether an appropriate gift from a clergy man in the evening of life to those friends in whose hands he may wish to leave some memorial of his faith.

33.-Letters to the Young. By Maria Jane Jewsbury.

Third American from the third London Edition.

New York : Saxton & Miles, 1842. pp. 264. These " Letters to the Young," by Miss Jewsbury, have been so long before the public, and are so generally known and appreciated, that it is needless to say more, than that the present edition is neatly executed, and contains three letters and a poem not included in the former editions. The title of the poem is “ The Lost Spirit,” and the subjects of the new letters, "Slight Enjoyments, their use and importance"“ The Influence and Non-Influence of Christianity"_" The Character of Christ." These additions are gems. 34.- Age of the World, as founded on the Sacred Records,

Historic and Prophetic; and the Signs of the

Times,viewed in the aspect of premonitions of the speedy establishment, on the earth, of the Millennial State, by the second personal, premillennial advent of Christ, etc. etc. By the Rev. Ř. C. Shimeall, Presbyter of the Prot. Epis. Church in the Diocese of New York. New York : Swords, Stanford & Co.,

1842. pp. 364. Another book on the Prophecies ! We have only space to say of it, that it indicates research, and that the conclusions at which the author arrives are these—that in 1847 the Lord Jehovah will appear for the restoration and re-establishment in Palestine of the seed of Abraham-that there the sanctuary shall be cleansed, then will be the last end of the indignation, and the extinction of the Turkish Empire and of Mystic Ba. bylon. 35,- A Memoir of India and Avghanistaun, with observations

on the present exciting and critical state of those countries. With an Appendix, on the fulfilment of a text of Daniel, and the speedy dissolution of the Ottoman Empire. By J. Harlan, late Counsellor of State, Aid-de-Camp and General of the Staff to Post Mahommed, Ameer of Cabul. Philadelphia : J. Dobson,

1842. pp. 208. This book will be found especially interesting at the present time, coming from one who has spent eighteen years amid the Pagans and Mohammedans of the East, having been first a surgeon in the service of the East India Company, but afterwards Generalissimo of the forces of Dost Mohammed, reigning Prince of Cabul. The volume contains interesting information of that comparatively unknown country, and much elucidation of the recent British operations there. It will be seen that the General is not very friendly to the British system of operations, and that he differs materially on many points from Count de Björstjerna, of Stockholm, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary at the Court of Great Britain, whose work on India is pronounced, by the English, the best in our language. The volume contains a map of Cabul and the vicinity. We may here be allowed to remark that the General is preparing a personal narrative of his resi dence in Asia. 36.- A History of the Christian Church, from the earliest

ages to the present time. In four volumes. Vol. I. Containing the History of the Church during the first and second centuries. By Ernest L. Hazelius, D.D., Prof. of Theology in the Theol. Sem. of the Luth. Synod of South Carolina. Baltimore : Publication Roonis No. 7 S. Liberty street. New York : D. Appleton & Co., and Dayton & Newman. Boston: Tappan & Dennet, and Crocker & Brewster. Cincinnati : E. Lucas. Pittsburgh : C.H. Kay & Co.

1842. pp. 277 There is not much probability of a History of the Church

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