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ART. I. - DR. WOODS'S WORKS.
DR. Woods is one of the veteran theologians of New England. He has been in “perils by sea, and perils by land, and perils among false brethren"; and he has escaped them all; has lived to a mature old age, full of wisdom and honors, respected by a thousand sons, scattered all over our own country, dispersed among the islands of all the seas, - dwelling by
“ India's coral strand, Where Afric's sunny fountains
Roll down their golden sand,” on the vine-clad hill-sides of Palestine, amid the scented groves
of Persia, under the lofty pillars of Athens, sitting in the highest seats of profane and sacred learning, directing minds through the most abstruse and perplexing mazes of thought, and teaching the forest child, in his wil. derness home, to distinguish between the different forms of the letters which compose his barbarous language. No wonder he can look back upon his life with gratitude. What an influence for good has gone forth into the world
The Works of LEONARD Woods, D.D., lately Professor of Christian Theology in the Theological Seminary at Andover. In five volumes. Bos. ton: B. Perkins & Co. 1849 - 50. 8vo. pp. xxiv., 564, 575, 596, 579, 568. VOL. LI. -4th S. VOL. XVI. NO. 1.
from that little lecture-room in the seminary on Andover Hill! For thirty-eight years," says he, "I met you in that pleasant room, in successive classes, from day to day." What a period of labor! Of labor, we say, for Dr. Woods did not make his Professor's chair a sinecure. A scrupulousness, amounting sometimes almost to a disease, marked all his preparations for the lecture-room. When his pupils asked for bread he never gave them a stone for the purpose of saving labor.
Two years ago Dr. Woods resigned the professorship which he had filled for thirty-eight years. But he did not cease from labor. His pupils requested him to prepare for the press the “Lectures ” which he had read to his classes, and such other portions of his works as he desired to have appear in a permanent form. He immediately set about a thorough revision of his " Lectures," entirely rewriting some of them. The first three volumes of his Works, as published, contain these Lectures as “ revised.” Only one hundred and twenty-eight of them are published." The author has judged it best,” he says in his Prefatory Remarks, “in this publication, instead of attempting to make out a particular discussion of every branch of theology, to attend chiefly to those subjects which he considered as of the highest importance, especially at the present day.” We have not, therefore, the whole of the Andover course in “ Christian Theology," but those parts only " which the errors and erratic tendencies which prevail” render of the “highest importance." What those " erratic tendencies"
we shall soon see.
The last two volumes of the Works contain 6 Letters, Essays, and Sermons.” The celebrated “ Letters to Unitarians," which Professor Ware senior answered, we might say refuted, fill more than half of one of the volumes. Then come his eight “ Letters to Dr. N. W. Taylor," of New Haven, with their “ Appendix." Then an Examination of the Doctrine of Perfection," with its “ Appendix,"containing a “ Letter to Dr. Mahan.” Dissertation on Miracles" and a “ Course of Study” conclude the fourth volume. In the fifth, we have three “ Letters to Young Ministers ” ; five essays on the “ Philosophy of the Mind"; two essays on “Cause and Effect, in Connection with Fatalisin and Free Agency”;