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BY THE AMERICAN EDITOR.
From the foregoing preface of the venerable author to the fifteenth London edition of his work, some idea may be formed of the degree of favour, with which it has been received by the British public. We may add; that in reference to its adaptation to the wants of the people of the United States at the present day, numerous essential additions and improvements have been made. The object of the work being to present an accurate and impartial account of the various sects, into which the Christian world is divided, we have been careful to submit every article, in which a sketch of an existing denomination of American origin is given, to the inspection and approval of some recognised expounder of its tenets.
Among the works to which we have been largely indebted in the execution of our task of revision, are Brande's Encyclopædia; Hayward's Book of Religions; D'Aubigne's History of the Reformation ; Encyclopædia Americana ; Maurice's True Catholic Church; Parochial Sermons, by John Henry Newman ; the Ox. ford Tracts; Pusey's Sermons; Puseyism no Popery, by Bishop Doane; The Churchman; &c. &c.
The condition of religious parties at the present moment is deeply interesting. All sects seem to be examining their principles, and the spirit of theological investigation was never more active. Religion cannot possibly suffer by the canvassing of its truths; and enlightened views alone are likely to be of permaQent duration.
“It is more and more understood," says a celebrated divine of our own day, “ that religious truth is every man's property and right, that it is committed to no order or individual, to no priest, minister, student, or sage, to be given, or kept back at will; but that every man may, and should seek it for himself; that every man is to see with his own mind as well as with his own eyes; and that God's illuminating spirit is alike promised to every honest and humble seeker after truth. This recognition of every man's right of judgment, appears in the teachings of all denominations of Christians. In all the tone of authority is giving place to that of reason and persuasion. Men of all ranks are more and more addressed, as those who must weigh and settle for themselves the grandest truths of religion.
“The same tendency to universality, is seen in the generous toleration which marks our times, in comparison with the past. Men, in general, cannot now endure to think that their own narrow church holds all the goodness on the earth. Religion is less and less regarded as a name, a form, a creed, a church, and more and more as the spirit of Christ which works under all forms and sects. True, much intolerance remains; its separating walls are not fallen; but with few exceptions, they no longer reach to the clouds.
Many of them have crumbled away, till the men whom they sever can shake hands, and exchange words of fellowship, and recognize in one another's faces the features of brethren."
NEW-YORK, Dec. 1843.
WESLEYAN, OR EPISCOPAL METHODISTS_WHITEFIELD METHOD-
TSTS-PROTESTANT AND INDEPENDENT METHODISTS_MORAVI-
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American Presbyterians . 134 Dutch Reformed Church
81 Edwards, Jonathan
89 | England, Church of
55 Episcopal, U. S. Church
241 Evangelical, The term
78, 85 Five Points, The
66 Fox, George
53 Free Communion Baptists
11 Free-will Baptists
Bacon, Lord, on Atheism,
12 German Reformed Church 141
143 Grant, Dr. A., On the present
148 state of the Jews
202 Hopkins, Samuel
206 Kant, Emanuel, Quotation from 16
264 His letter on Swedenborg 184