« VorigeDoorgaan »
Duty, The Best Frame for, 319.
Firmness in, 672.
Earnest Appeal, An, 399.
by the Rev. Thomas Dimma, A.M., 552.
A Discourse, by the Rev. Walter M.Gil-
Burns D.D., 689.
Faith, On. By the Rev. John Macfarlane,
Effects of, 63.
On the Increase of. By the Rev.
John Macfarlane, 656.
Idolatry, The Prevalence of, 334.
James Esdaile, 565.
tion. By the Rev. H. Ralph, LL.D., 577.
Indian, An, 480.
Moncreitt Wellwood, Bart. D.D., 129.
's Servant, An, 272.
Robert Gilfillan, 464.
Islander, A South Sea, 240.
Letters to a Lady in Distress of Mind. By
the Rev. H. Duncan, D.D., 150, 189, 215.
Reflections on the Shortness of Human.
Longmuir, A.M., 448.
The Dignity of, 416.
He makes the Wrath of, to Praise Him,
The Vanity of. A Discourse, hy the
late Rev. Thomas M'Crie, D.D., 618.
's Servant, 208.
The. By the Rev. R. Whyte-
liam Nicolson, 497.
die, Minister of Monimail, 613.
Mysteries? Is it a Valid Objection to the
Truth of Divine Revelation that it con-
Nature and Grace, 623.
Gilpin, Bernard, Biographical Sketch of, 18.
countess, Biographi al Sketch of, 515,
Good Fruits, 31.
It is, to be here, 240.
Invitation of the. A Discourse, by
the, Practical Effect of, 144.
of Christ, The Transforming Influ-
The Self-Detecting Power of the.
Grace, Free, The Glory of, 463.
Growth in, 543.
Jesus, Sleeping in, 496.
Temple, The Church of Christ a Living, 686.
late Rev. Jamos Martin, A.M., 168.
Redeeming the. A Discourse, by the
Schemiah, The Life and Character of. A Religion of Abstract Statements, not the
I purse, by the Rev. Robert Burns, Religion of the leart. By the Rev.
Duncan Macfarlan, 606.
Sweetens Life, 431.
Religious linpressions, Importance of Early.
012, Coristian, 129.
Resignation, Christian, 341.
Prayer for, 496.
Revenge, Iloly, 435.
Richmond, Legh ; bis Mother; or the In-
fluence of a Pious Parent, 23.
ter. Wan Cunningham, 33.
5, Lord, The Conversion of, 391.
Russia, The State of the Church in. By
Thomas Brown, Esq., 365, 339.
Ruth and Naomi. By Prof. Tennant, 367.
Rutherford, The Rev. Samuel, Biographical
Sketch ot, 547.
11133 27d Animals, Variety of Structure in,
over. By J. W. Wright, 400.
For Every Man in his Proper, 239.
Saviour, Trust in the, 576.
Science, Natural, On the Advantages to be
Derived by the Christian from the Study
The Stetssity of, 319.
Studying. By the Rev. C. Brown, 593.
Scriptures, Importance of the. By the Rev.
Robert Gordon, D.D., 113.
Self-Examination, a Suitable Preparation
for the Lord's Supper. A Discourse, by
the Rev. Robert Gordon, D.D., 152.
Sermons, Hearing, 399.
Sheriff, The Rev. Francis, Biographical
to the Dead. By the Rev. Robert
Sin, The Vanity of, 35),
God's Hatred of, 543.
As is our View of, so is our View of
Praling, The Art of, 463.
Sinner's, The, Estimate of his Condition,
contrasted with his real State. A Dis-
course, by the Rev. Andrew Gray, 312.
Sinners, The Excuses of, 417.
Sketches, A Pastor's, 66, 307.
Per Arneriean. 288.
Social Condition, Philosophy of the. By
James Stark, Esq., 670.
of, in the South Sea Islands, 172.
Soldier, An English, 176.
Soul, Health of the, 589.
Spencer, The Rev. Thomas, Biographical
Spirit, The Disembodied, 448.
The Danger of Quenching the. A
Discourse, by the Rev. E. B. Wallace,
Spiritual State, The Test of our. A Dis.
course, by the Rev. J. Henderson, 136.
Depression, Hints on. By the Rev.
Written among the Ruins of a Vil.
On Pure and Undefiled. By the Proudfoot, 478.
Susan, Old, 281.
Valuable Life, A, Saved, 576.
by the Rev. Robert Brydone, 4-5.
who was continent to & Sick-bed for
Wealth, On, 381.
Mrs, Notice of, 188.
Well-doing, Be not weary in. A Discourse,
by the Rev. Robert Simpson, 217.
Which of the two is Mad ? 415.
there is none upon earth that I desire be-
sides Thee !"53, 303, 335.
By the Rev. D. Davidson, Minister of
Broughty Ferry. 696.
Wisdom, The Practical Effects of Spiritual.
A Discourse, by the Rev. James Brewster,
AUTHORS OF ORIGINAL ARTICLES IN VOLUME I.
Moncreift, Rev. William Scott, Minister of
Penicuick, 144, 273 384. Anderson, Rev. James, Minister of New. Gillespie, Late Rev. William, Minister of Moody, Rev. A., A.M., 45, 92, 156, 451. burgh, 280.
Kells, 208, 328.
Muir, Rev. Willam, D.D., Minister of St. Anderson, Rev. John, Helensburgh, 304, Glassford, James, Esquire, 176, 347, 416.
Stephen's Parish, Edinburgh, 161, 353,
N Glasgow, 24.
nisters of the High Church, Edinburgh, Nicolson, Rev. William, Minister of Ferry. Begg, Rev. James, A.M., Minister of Liber- 8, 113, 152.
Port-on-Craig, 497. ton, 248.
Grant, Rev. Duncan, A.M., Minister of Nisbet, Rev. William, Minister of New Street Bennie, Rev. Archibald, Minister of Lady Forres, 32, 224.
Parish, Edinburgh, 561. Yester's Parish, Edinburgh, 49.
Gray, Rev. Andrew, formerly Minister of Noble, Rev. James, A.M., Minister of St. Bonar, Rev. Andrew, 44.
Woodside, now of West Parish, Perth, Madoes, 600. Bonar, The Late Rev. J., Minister of Fetlar, 312. 158.
Р Boston, Junior, The Inte Rev. Thomas, 348.
Park, William, 640. Brown, Rev. Charles J., Minister of Ander- Henderson, Rev. James, Minister of St. Patterson, Rev. Alexander S., 208, 689. stop Parish, Glasgow, 593.
Enoch's, Glasgow, 136.
Patterson, Late Rev. John Brown, Minister Brown, Rev. David, Minister of Roslin, 417. Huie, Richard, Esq., M.D., 439, 608.
of Falkirk, 681, 691. Brown, Thomas, Esq., Author of " The Re- Hunter, Late Rev. Andrew, D.D., One of Patterson, Mrs J. B., 624,
miniscences of an Old Traveller," 258, the Ministers of the Tron Church, and Paul, Late Rev. W., One of the Ministers 365, 399, 535, 647.
Professor of Theology in the University of St. Cuthbert's, Edinburgh, 520, 536. Brewster, Rev. James, Minister of Craig, 73. of Edinburgh, 424.
Proudfoot, Rev. J., Minister of Culter, 478. Brodie, Rev. James, Minister of Monimail, Hunter, Rev. John, A.M., One of the Minis241, 267, 301, 327, 379, 525, 558, 613. ters of the Tron Church, Edinburgh, 360.
R Bruce, Rev. John, A.M., Minister of the New
Ralph, Rev. Hugh, LL.D., Minister of the North Parish, Edinburgh, 200.
Scotch Church, Oldham Street, LiverBrydone, Rev. Robert, Minister of Dunscore. Jamieson, Rev. Robert, Minister of Wes- pool, 577, 664. 299, 488.
truther, 12, 27, 71, 118, 155, 225, 268, 631. Ranken, Rev. James, Minister of Maxwell. Buchanan, Rev. James, Minister of North 668.
town, Dumfries, 419. Leith, 17, 120, 687.
Ross, Rev. Thomas, LL.D., Minister of Burns, Rev. George, D.D., Minister of
Lochbroom, 456, 673, Tweedsmuir, 261, 641, 689.
Landsborough, The Rev. David, Minister of Runciman, Rev. David, A.M., Minister of Burns, Rev. Robert, D.D., Minister of St. Stevenston, 672.
Newington Parish, Edinburgh, 97. George's Parish, Paisley, 296.
Lee, Rev. R., Minister of Campsie, 85, 472,
Siercright, Rev. James, A.M., Minister of Candlish, Rev. R. S., A.M., Minister of St. Logan, Rev. D., Minister of Stenton, 504.
Markinch, 81, 126. George's Parish, Edinburgh, 1, 21, 56, Longmuir, Rev. John, A.M., 413.
Simpson), Rev. Robert, Minister of Kintore, 69, 205,
Lorimer, Rev. John G., Minister of St. 217, 615. Cowe, Rev. Robert, A.M., Minister of the David's Church, Glasgow, 555, 603, 662. Smith, Rev. J., Minister of Etterick, 551, 598. Iligh Meeting, Berwick-upon-Tweed,
Smyth, Rev. John, D.D., Minister of St. 305.
George's Parish, Glasgow, 617. Cunningham, Rev. William, Minister of Macfarlan, Rev. D., Minister of Renfrew, Somerville, Rev. James, Minister of Drumel. College Church, Edinburgh, 33.
14, 109, 371, 397, 413, 446, 462, 465, 605. zier, 392, 440. Curror, Rev. Peter, Minister of St. Martin's, 636.
Stark, James, Esq., Advocate, 670. 603.
Macfarlane, Rev. John, Minister of Collessie, Stevenson, Rev. William, Minister of ArD 369, 545, 657.
broath, 209. Davidson, Rev. D., Minister of Broughty M'Cheyne, Rev. Robert M., 10, 48, 60, 80, Strong, Rev. David, One of the Ministers of Ferry, 696. 94, 128, 203, 302.
Kilmarnock, 40. Dimma, Rev. Thomas, Minister of Queens- M'Conechy, Rev. Archibald, Minister of Sym, Rev. J. One of the Ministers of the ferry, 532, 691. Bunkle, 272.
Old Greyfriars' Parish, Edinburgh, 177. Dods, Rev. Marcus, Minister of the Scotch M'Crie, Late Rev. Thomas, D.D., Author Church, Belford, 90, 103. of “ The Life of John Knot,' &c., 618.
T Duncan, Rev. Henry, D.D., Minister of M'Gill, The Rev, Stevenson, D.D., Profes- Tennant, William, Esq., Professor of OriRuthwell, 150, 189, 215, 433, 573,
sor of Theology in the University of ental Languages, University of St. An. Glasgow, 336.
drews, 367, 590. E
M'Gilvray, Rev. Walter, Minister of St. Tough, Alexander, Esq., Elder of the MidEsdaile, Rev. James, Minister of the East Mark's Church, Glasgow, 409.
dle Parish, Greenock, 542.
Malcolm, Rev. William, Minister of Leochel. Waddell, Rev. David, 286, 615, 679. Foote, Rev. Alexander L. R., One of the Cushnie, 684.
Wallace, Rev. E. B., Minister of Barr, 584. Ministers of Brechin, 337, 633.
Martin, Late Rev. James, A.M., Minister of Wallace, Rev. John A., Minister of Hawick, Foote, The Rev. James, A.M., Minister of St. George's Parish, Edinburgh, 168.
65, 252, 344, 509, 037. the East Parish of Aberdeen, 581, 621, Martin, Rev. Samuel, Minister of Bathgate, Watson, Rev. Charles, D.D., Minister of 6:32. 667.
Burntisland, 193. Fowler, Rev. J. C., A.M., Minister of Rox. Menzies, Rev. R., Minister of Hoddam, 144, Weir, Rev. Walter, Cupar-Fife, 232. burgh Parish, Edinburgh, 385.
Whyte, Rev. Alexander, A M., Minister of
Whytehead, The Rev. Robert, Recently ap. Galt, John, Esquire, 4 0.
Moncreiff Wellwood, Bart., Late Rev. Sir pointed a Missionary to the Zoolus in Gibson, Rev. James, College Church, Glas- Henry, D.D., One of the Ministers of St. Eastern Africa, 696. gow, 105.
Cuthbert's, Edinburgh, 129, 563.
Wright, J. W., 400.
RELIGION—A MATTER OF SUPREME
der its blind impulse have been wrought on earth, IMPORTANCE.
they are inclined to give it just so much counte
nance as may serve to retain within safe limits, or BY THE Rev. R. S. CANDLISH, A, M.,
guide in a safe channel, the current which they Minister of St. George's Parish, Edinburgh. cannot wholly check. Hence their policy is to The importance of Religion, as a primary and manage the religious spirit in individuals and principal element to be taken into account, in fix- communities, so as to render it harmless. They ing the conditions or reckoning the chances of would flatter it by a decent profession of civilityindividual or social well-being, is held universally, or give it vent, as by a safety valve, in gay and lat on different grounds by different men, accord- gorgeous pageants, in solemn and stately forms-ing to the variety of their own personal views on or amuse it and lay it asleep by vague, unmeaning, the edhject of Religion itself.
but fair-sounding generalities. And just as they 1. Thus, there are not a few who look upon might coax out of an infant's hands å dangerous Religion, very much as the inhabitants of a country toy, they contrive, by smooth words of respectful r."Laimed from the sea may be supposed to look acknowledgment, to avoid a direct quarrel with upon the wide waste of waters around them; or religion and to keep men in good humour on the as emigrants in a newly cleared tract of land may subject, while their aim is to remove as far as look
upon the wild tenants of the adjoining forest possible away from their ordinary habits of thongit The ocean displaced from his old domain, the and action, a class of motives which seem to thein savage heast dispossessed of his former home, is not only practically useless for the purposes of pagarded by the new intruders with suspicion and life, but even likely, unless very cautiously watchalarm, as a mischievous and dangerous neighbour, ed, to be positively dangerous and detrimental. to whose neighbourhood, however, they must We need scarcely remark that such views, howDeeds submit, as a necessary condition of the very ever they may affect to coalesce with a religion of settlement they have got, and whose power, since idle ceremony, or a religion of loose indiscriminthey cannot rid themselves of it altogether, they ating sentiment, are substantially infidel and unEcst just regulate or restrain as best they may. godly. In the same spirit, many view the religious senti- 2. Again, there is a numerous set of men, not ment, the instinctive feeling of veneration, which quite so suspicious or so much afraid of this pothey acknowledge to be an original principle in tent spirit, who take in hand not only to prevent the mind. Men, they say, are endowed with it by its mischievous explosions, but even to make it a Dature for wise ends. It is involved in that ra- safe and quiet instrument of some little service to tional and moral constitution which is the dis- the individual and to the commonwealth. These tir.ctive characteristic of the human race, as su- persons, not content with erecting a barrier against perior to the race of brutes ; and without that the threatening tide, carefully open a few narrow reptibility of reverential emotions on which sluices, and admit a measured portion of the water Religion depends, there could be no society, no into well adjusted reservoirs and canals, where it crilization. But though it be an unavoidable re- may securely be made to minister to the commerce sult of that mental organization which fits men for or convenience of the town. But still it is with society—since, to be capable of social, man must be so much anxious fear that they venture on such a made capable of something like religious, feelings- step, and with so many precautions and such constill this sentiment of religion finds no great fa- stant warnings against the risk of even an bairFour in their eyes.
However indispensable to the breadth's excess or overflow, that it is well seen they formation of society, they hold it to be not very are dealing with an unfriendly element,—tamperessential to its advancement. Indeed, considering ing with a power which they dare not freely trust. the mighty energy of religious zeal when it pos- Religion, according to them, or the sentiment of deKesses the soul, and the fearful ravages which un- vout reverence and conscientiousnes, may, if duly
regulated and controlled, be turned to a good and I as conscience within us attests Him to be? Has useful account. The morality of the Bible is their He been forgotten and forsaken, disowned and disfavourite theme of praise. The precepts of holiness regarded by men, his reasonable creatures, as all and peace which it contains its maxims of spot- experience declares ? Is He in Christ reconciling less purity and righteousness—the spirit of benig- the world unto Himself, as the Gospel proclaims? nant gentleness and love which it breathes—and Is this Religion? and is it a reality? Then, if so, the beautiful representation which it gives of all the it is a reality to be dealt with as itself alone on its highest excellencies and the fairest graces of hu- own account vitally important, and not merely on man character, in the person of the blessed Saviour, account of certain advantages or disadvantages that all these amiable features of the Gospel are felt to we may think likely to flow from it. It is not our be conducive to the virtue and the happiness of servant, to do our bidding—our instrument, to serve mankind. And the doctrine of a wise Creator, our purposes—our property, on which we may cut a bountiful and merciful Guardian and Protector, and carve, and which we may form and fashion to our is acknowledged to be a fit auxiliary to those sanc- own liking. It is our master-it must command tions of law and conscience by which men are go- us-it must have us, and all that is ours, placed verned and society is kept together. But as the at its disposal—we, and all that is ours, belong to settlers amid the forest who might desire to make it, or rather to the God whom it reveals as reuse of its wild tenants and to turn their services conciled. And it is when in this spirit we give to to advantage, would scarcely dare to do so until God his due supremacy, and make Religion itself, they had been first of all tained and subdued ; so and for its own sake, our chief concern, to which it is a Religion well tamed and subdued, and made all other interests must be postponed—it is then very subservient and compliant to their own world only that we can know its true and actual influly principles, that these admirers of the gain ofence on these very interests of ours; for then only godliness prudently patronize. They encourage do we give it a fair trial. For, to judge fairly of just so much of the religious spirit as may be use the effects or tendency of any plan, we must supful or convenient for checking the grosser kinds of pose its essential conditions fulfilled. Now, the vice, and adding something of the credit of the very essence of the Religion of the Gospel, is the Christian name to the superficial plausibilities of willing subjection of ourselves, and all that is ours, advancing civilization. But then the Christianity to God. We may fancy à Religion which does they recommend must be trimmed into correspon- not involve such subjection, but which rather makes dence with their views of man's nature and condi- the fear of God subject to the consideration of our tion and highest good. It must be cut and fa- own present interests. This, however, is not shioned so as to fit into their merely secular plans Christianity—nor, in truth, is it Deism eitherfor his improvement-it must be kept in a second for, if there be a God, He must be in all things and subordinate place—it must observe prescribed and over all things Supreme. The very notion, limits—it must follow a prescribed track. Not therefore, which we in that case form of Religion, for the world would they, if they could help it, prevents us from rightly estimating its power trust it loose among men, free to take its own either for good or for evil—for it is a notion radiway and wield its own influence. They dread its cally wrong and self-contradictory. But now asvagaries and excesses unrestrained. They are sen- sume the reality of such a Religion as alone can sitively alive to the hazard of enthusiasm and properly be so called at all, and let its rightful prefanaticism. They have a sacred horror of peculiar eminence be assigned to it; and then estimate its and exclusive dogmas. Thus, if they do use Re- blessings and its obligations. This reference of all ligion for the purposes of life, they use it as they things to God—to God sovereign and gracions, would use a sharp-edged tool or doubly-loaded this acknowledgment of God in all thingstire-arms, with extreme caution and reserve; and of God as a personal friend in Jesus,—does it not while their whole plans and proceedings, arranged sweeten all, ennoble all, hallow all ? Does it not for the most part on earthly principles alone, prove give zest to every joy, soothe every sorrow, lighten it to be their real opinion, that the world could go every care, elevate every rational pursuit, and on well enough without Religion at all,—the hesi- make all labour honourable ? It is as if long troubtation with which they let in a very scanty and led and wearied with the attempt to manage an doubtful influence of principles higher and more entangled and involved estate, in which we found heavenly, shows how much they fear, that with perpetual vexation and annoyance, we at last gave Religion having its free course, the world would be it all over to ones kilful and faithful, who, relievturned upside down. Surely this also is but thinly-ing us of all anxiety, provides for us in all redisguised infidelity and ungodliness.
spects far better than we were ever provided for 3. Now, the fatal error of both these views lies in before. It is as if the toil of dreary solitude their regarding Religion merely in its bearings on were cheered and gladdened by the countenance the interests of men, and not as in itself of primary and sympathy of an approving and rewarding masinoment; in their preferring the question of its uti- ter. So blessed a thing is it to have peace with lity to the question of its truth. For certainly, that God who will be present in the multitude of the use that may be made of Religion is but a se- our thoughts, and will establish every work of our condary consideration. The first is its own rea- hands. In the formation of character, such Relility. Is there å God above us, such in character gion us this alone can be influential. Other sorts