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Real-Encyclopedia for the Protestant Theology and Church. Edited
by Prof. Di Herzog, with the assistance of Prof. Dr Gieseler, Prof. Dr Hagenbach, Dr Höfling, Member of Chief Consistorial Court, and others. Stuttgart. No. I. (A–Abraras.) (Real-Encyclopädie für Protestantische Theologie u. Kirche. Unter
Mitwirkg. V. Prof. Dr. Giseler, &c. Hrsg, v. Prof. Dr Herzog.
1 hft. (A—Abraras). Lex.-8. Stuttgart.) Rudelbach, Dr A. G. Historico-Critical Introduction to the Augs
burg Confession ; with an Original Investigation into the binding
power of Symbols, and our duty with regard to them. 8vo. Dresden. (Rudelbach, Dr A. G., Historisch-Critisch Einbitung in die Augsbur
gische Confession. Nebst erneuerter Untersuchung, der Verbindlich.
keit der Symbole u. der Verpflichtung auf dieselben. Gr. 8. Dresden.) Sack, Dr C. H., upon the Catechetical and Homiletic Treatment of the
Doctrine of the Holy Trinity. Two papers. 8vo. Hamburg. (Sack, Dr Karl Heinr, über die Katechetische u. Homiletische Behand
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ganism By L. Noack. 8vo, Lübeck. (Tholuck (Consist.-R. Prof. Dr) A., die Mystik Vortrag gehalt. in Halle am 3. Jan. 1853. 16mo. Hall.
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significance. By J. G. Müller. 8vo, pp. 10+. Champions of the Faith in the Christian Church of the first Six Cen
turies. By J. Gassman. 8vo. pp. 165. Songs, Ecclesiastical and Religious, from the Twelfth to the Fifteenth century, partly translations of Latin hymns (with the Latin text),
partly original pieces from the MSS. of the Royal Library at Vienna, for the first time published. By J. Kehrein. 8vo, pp. 400. History of the Christian Church Poetry and Church Music, especially
of the German Evangelical Church. By E. E. Koch. Part I., vol. I. The Poets and Singers. Second edition, corrected and en.
larged throughout. Stuttgart. 8vo. 1852. (Koch, Stadtpr. Ed. Emil. Geschichte d. Kirchenlieds u. Kirchen
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Stuttgart. 1852.) Hessian Church" Reformation Order of Philip the Magnanimous.
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lin. (Jesuiten u. Jesuitereien ; Wirkliche Begebenheiten u Geschichtl. That
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By G. Erbkam. Nos. 7 and 8. 8vo, pp. 46.
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Müller. Prof. Dr Jul., Lutheri et Calvini Sententiae de sacra coena
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BRITISH AND FOREIGN
ART. I.- Lectures on Systematic Theology, embracing Lectures
on Moral Government, together uith Atonement, Moral and Physical Depravity, Philosophical Theories, and Evidences of Regeneration. By Rev. CHARLES J. FINNEY, Professor of Theology in the Oberlin Collegiate Institute. Oberlin : James M. Fitch. Boston: Crocker and Brewster, New York: Saxton & Miles. 1846. Pp. 587.
This is in more senses than one a remarkable book. It is, to a degree very unusual, an original work; it is the product of the author's own mind. The principles which he holds have indeed been held by others, and the conclusions at which he arrives had been reached before ; but still it is abundantly evident that all the principles here advanced are adopted by the writer, not on authority, but on conviction, and that the conclusions presented have all been wrought out by himself and for himself. The work is therefore in a high degree logical. It is as hard to read as Euclid. Nothing can be omitted ; nothing passed over slightly. The unhappy reader, once committed to a perusal, is obliged to go on, sentence by sentence, through the long concatenation. There is not one restingplace; not one lapse into amplification or declamation, from beginning to the close. It is like one of those spiral staircases that lead to the top of some high tower, without a landing from the base to the summit; which if a man has once ascended, he resolves never to do the like again. The author begins with certain postulates, or what he calls first truths of reason, and these he traces out with singular clearness and strength to their legitimate conclusions. We do not see that there is a break or a defective link in the whole chain. If you grant his principles, you have already granted his conclusions.
Such a work must of course be reckless. Having committed himself to the guidance of the discursive understanding, which he sometimes calls the intelligence, and sometimes the reason, and to which he alone acknowledges any real allegiance, he pursues his remorseless course, regardless of any protest from other sources. The Scriptures are throughout recognised as a mere subordinate authority. They are allowed to come in and bear confirmatory testimony, but their place is altogether secondary. Even God himself is subordinate to “the intelligence;" His will can impose no obligation ; it only discloses what is obligatory in its own nature and by the law of reason. There can be no positive laws, for nothing binds the conscience but the moral law, nothing is obligatory but what tends to the highest good, and as a means to that end, which must be chosen not out of regard for God, not for the sake of the moral excellence implied in it, but for its own sake, as what alone has any intrinsic value. All virtue consists " in obedience to the moral law as revealed in the reason. (P. 301.)
Benevolence (i. e. virtue) is yielding the will up unreservedly to the demands of the intelligence.”—(P. 275.) Moral law “is the soul's idea or conception of that state of heart or life which is exactly suited to its nature and relations. It cannot be too distinctly understood, that moral law is nothing more or less than the law of nature; that is, it is the rule imposed on us, not by the arbitrary will of any being, but by our own intelligence.”—(P. 6.) It is obligatory also upon every moral agent, entirely independent of the will of God. “Their nature
· and relations being given and their intelligence being developed, moral law must be obligatory upon them, and it lies not in the option of any being to make it otherwise. To pursue a course of conduct suited to their nature and relations is necessarily and self-evidently obligatory, the willing or nilling of any being to the contrary notwithstanding.”—(P. 5.) As man's allegi. ance is to the universe, to being in general, and the rule of his obedience his own intelligence, God is reduced to the same category. He is “under moral law;" he is bound to seek the highest good of being ; and as the highest well-being of the universe demands moral government, and as God is best qualified, “it is his duty to govern."--(P. 19.) “His conscience
— must demand it.”—(P. 20.) Our obligation, however, to obey him rests neither on our dependence, nor in his infinite superiority, but simply on "the intrinsic value of the interests to be secured by government, and conditionated upon the fact, that government is the necessary means or condition of securing that end." (P. 24.) God's right is therefore limited by its foundation, "by the fact, that thus far, and no further, government is necessary to the highest good of the universe. No