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hate our own lives also, or we ters fix the attention of their cannot be his disciples. But to hearers more upon those practi. all this the attention of profes: cal subjects which have been 80 sing Christians of the present much neglected. While they do day is little directed.
not cease to testify repentance From that mode of instruc- towards God, and faith towards tion, which I have ventured to our Lord Jesus Christ, let them condemn, there results a course likewise carefully exhort their of conduct perfectly analogous. hearers to bring forth fruits Let any one look round upon meet for
repentance, and to walk professed Christians in general, worthy of the vocation where. and say what tokens he perceives with they are called. Let them among them of separation from call their attention more to the the present evil world. Is their's enemies of whom they are in dan. the spirit and temper of those ger. Let them point out the who feel themselves strangers and necessary and certain fruits of pilgrims here; who are seeking the doctrines of the gospel, where a better conntry, that is an heav. received in the love of them, and enly: and do they act and live declare that, when unaccompa. as those who have here no con. nied by such conduct, they are tinuing city ? Are their affec. only a savor of death unto death. tions chiefly set npon their heav. Let them not so much shew how only inheritance ? Are they tem. far a man may go in sin and yet perate in all things ? Are they be a saint, as how far he may go striving to keep under the body in profession and yet be a sioner
. and to bring it into subjection? Let them not be so much em. Are they employed in repressing ployed in searching out and and subduing every improper dwelling upon the lowest attain. temper? And is it their aim ments of grace, as ip exhorting to attain conformity to him who their hearers to press forward to was meek and lowly in heart; the highest. who when he was reviled, revil. When this conduct is general. ed not again; and who, when ly adopted, we may hope that he suffered, threatened not? Is amendment will take place; and it their chief concern to glorify that hearers, instead of disputing him who has bought them with upon the mysteries of religion, his blood ? And are they there. will turn their attention more to fore endeavoring, by the con. what it requires of them. And sistency of their lives with their finding how short their practice professed belief, to recommend falls of the requisitions of religion to all around them, and the gospel, they will aim to convince and silence the gain. to bring up their lives to its sayers ? Let their conduct an. standard. By a course of life
suited to their high profession, But it is of very little use to they will obviate the scandal and point out evils without propos. reproach which they have in. ing an adequate remedy. And curred, and convince the world undoubtedly this must be sought that there is a reality in religion. in the removal of the source from whence they flow. Let minis.
The Evangelical Primer, con- indeed, that, for several years
taining a Minor Doctrinal past, until very lately, while, in Catechism, and a Minor His other parts of their education, torical Catechism, to which is there has been a very pleasing added The Westminster As- advance, in their religious insembly's Shorter Catechism, struction, there has been a no less with short explanatory Notes, lamentable decline. Nay, the and copious Scripture Proofs sentiment has been but too open. and Illustrations : for the use ly avowed, and not by the proof Families and Schools. By fessed adversaries of christianity Joseph Emerson, Pastor of a only, that the minds of children Church in Beverly. Printed ought not to be imbued with any by S. T. Armstrong, for Far. distinct religious principles ; but rand, Mallory, & Co. Boston. to be so left, in this respect,
that when they come to years, The vast numbers of children, they may form for themselves, with which our towns and villa. uninfluenced by previous instruc. ges, and all our dwellings are tion, their religious opinions. filled, cannot be viewed but with Under the influence of this, and a lively interest, by the friend of other sentiments congenial with it, humanity, or the lover of relig. and derived from the same source, ion. They are the treasure of the teeming abyss of infidelity, the country, and the hope of the Bible has been adjudged un. the church : but a treasure, fit for our schools, and scarcely which requires the most provi. admissible in our families ; the dent management; a hope, which catechisms by which our child. demands the most assiduous care. hood was nurtured, have been The lessons of the wise and the condemned to disuse; and the examples of ages, the maxims of direction to train up children in philosophy and the precepts of the way they should go, in so far religion, unitedly inculcate the as religion is concerned, has been immense importance of the early discarded, as incompatible with and sedulous nurture of young that freedom in regard to religminds. The increasing atten. ious matters, which in this cn. tion, therefore, to our schools lightened age should not be in. and' to other means of general fringed. We trust, however, education, is deserving of high and we are happy in the confi. commendation and of warm en. dence, that the spirit to exclude couragement. It cannot, how. religious instruction from the ever, have escaped the notice, general system of education has even of the least observing, that received a check. We deem it the religious instruction of our matter of gratulation to the children has been far from keeps christian public, that the Bible.. ing pace with other parts of is gaining a readmission to our their education. It is notorious schools; that religious catechisins
are again coming into use; and religious truth; and of those, that the sentiment, that, to ini. whose lives have adorned the tiate children in the rudiments christian profession, a very great of christianity is improper, is proportion have been ready to losing ground.
acknowledge, with gratitude the For ourselves, we are deeply inestimable benefit to them of impressed with the vast impor. religious instructions, received tance of religious instruction; in their childhood. In one word, and we are persuaded that this as important as it is, that our most iateresting part of the edu. children should be a seed to serve cation of children can scarcely the Lord, so important it is that be too early begun, or too assidu. they be early the subjects of reously pursued. As soon as the ligious nurture. young mind is capable of receiv. Such being our views of the ing ideas or useful impressions, importance of religious instrucit should begin to learn some- tion, we have no hesitancy in thing of God, of Christ, and of pronouncing, that the person the gospel; and for its subse- who gives to the public a good quent religious nurture, too book, for the initiation of young much attention, or
minds in the rudiments of divine pains cannot be employed. The knowledge, deserves well of the injunction of God to his ancient church and of society at large ; people, to this effect, was most and this praise we cheerfully impressive. " And these words award to the author of "The which I command thee this day, EVANGELICAL Primer,” now shall be in thine heart. And before us. This little book con. thou shalt teach them diligently tains “A Minor DoctrinaL unto thy children, and shalt talk CATECHISM, "A Minor His. of them when thou sittest in TORICAL CATECHISM,” and“THE thine house, and when thou WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY: walkest by the way, and when Shorter CATECHISM, with short thou liest down, and when thou explanatory Notes, and copious risest up.” And not less im. Scripture Proofs and illustrapressive are the injunctions and tions." directions in the New Testa. The Minor Doctrinal Cate. ment, to “ bring up children in chism contains about fifty ques. the nurture and admonition of tions with the answers, which the Lord." Nor is an observ. are short, simple, and well ance of these divine injunctions adapted to the capacities of and directions a vain thing. The children. The arrangement is experience of the church for systematical and well connected; ages can testify, that a faithful almost every question seeming and diligent attention to the re. to be naturally suggested by the Jigious education of children is preceding answer. In two reof the happiest and most impor- spects we think this superior to tant effect; often have par- that excellent little catechism, ents and instructors been most composed by Dr. Watts; it is agreeably surprised, at the fa. better connected, and more en. cility, with which young winds riched with precious and momen. receive ideas and impressions of tous truth. The following
which are the first eight ques. can be conveyed to the young tions and answers, we present as
mind more clearly and impres. a specimen.
sively, than by interesting pas.
sages of sacred history.”—“It is “ Who made you ? God.
that children should What else didGod make ! He made
have some acquaintance with the stones and hills, the brooks and trees, all living creatures, the sun, Scripture history, in order to moon, and stars, and all other things. understand other parts of the
Of what did God make all things ? Bible, to profit by sermons which Of nothing, Heb. 11:3.
they hear, and religious books For whom did God make all things ? which they read.” This CateFor himself.
How long has God lived ? Always, chism, indeed, we think pecul. without beginning.
iarly calculated to render the Where is God ? Every where. study of sacred history pleasant
When does God see you ? By day and useful to the young pupil. and by night ; he sees me, when I Though so easy and so well adapt. do wrong, and always sees me. What does God know ? He knows
ed to engage his attention, that all things. If I tell a lie, he knows it; he may learn it in a few days ; if I speak an idle or wicked word, yet the valuable information he hears it. that I speak, and every thought, that conveyed in it, is surprisingly
various and extensive. The mat. I think, What has God done for you? He
ter is well selected, well arraughas made me, and kept me alive; he ed, and well expressed. As a has given me food to eat, and clothes specimen we give the first Les. to wear, and all other blessings, that I have enjoyed.”
“Who was the first man? Adam, The Minor Historical Cate.
Who was the first woman ! Eve. chism 66 coutains an outline of Who tempted Adam to sin? Eve. Scripture history.” It is divided Who tempted Eve ? The serpent. into forty-six Lessons, and com
Who is the serpent ? Satan.
Who was to bruise the serpent's prises more than five hundred head? The Seed of the woman, Gen. questions and answers.
3: 15. be considered as a work almost Who is the Seed of the woman? entirely original, though the au. Christ.
Who murdered Abel ? Cain. thor appears to have taken a hint
What became of Enoch? He was of his plan from a few questions carried to heaven without dying, in the common Primer. From Heb. 11:5. the nature of the subject matter, Who was the oldest man ? Me. this Catechism may be more ca
thuselah. sily understood, and more pleas.
Who walked with God, wben the
earth was filled with violence ? Noah. ing to children, than the former.
How did he manifest his faith? In his Preface to this Catechism, By building an ark to save himself the author very well observes, and his family from the flood.” ". The attention of young chil. dren may be directed to Scripture The Assembly's Catechism, as history with great advantage. here given, with Notes, Proofs, It is easily understood, very en- and sustrations, has in our gaging, and full of instruction. view a decided preference to Perhaps there is no way in which any thing of the kind, which we moral and religious information have seen. Some idea of the VOL, II. New Series.
work may be formed from a attention and judgment, are gensingle article.
erally arranged according to the
order of Scripture, and may be • Did God leave all mankind to used with much advantage, by perish in this state of sin and misery those who love divine truth, and
God, having out of his mere good delight to employ themselves with pleasure from all eternity elected some to everlasting life,* did enter
the testimonies of God. into a covenant of grace to deliver A small index to Scripture them out of this state of sin and references, and three excellent misery, and to bring them into a
IIymos complete the pages and state of salvation by a Redeemer. Elected, Chosen.
inhance the value of this excel. Salvation, Deliverance of men from lent little book. On the whole, hell and bringing them to heaven. this Primer, (which is of good Eph. 1:4. According as he hath
paper and well printed,) we be. chosen us in him before the founda.
lieve to contain more matter, tion of the world, that we should be holy, and without blame before him
and to be really more valuable, in love.
any other book of the same Acts 13:48. Rom. 8:28–30, 33&9:11 price; and we sincerely hope, &11:5,7,28. Eph. 1:4,5,11. Matt. 20: that the attention and labor 23&24: 22,24,31&25:34. Mark 10:40
which the author has bestowed &13:20, 22, 27. Luke 18:7 Col.3:12. '1Thes, 1:4. 2 Thes. 2:13. 2 Tim.1:9.
upon it, and which must have Tit.1:1. 1 Pet. 1:2. 2Pet. 1:10. Rev. been great, will not be in vain. 13:8.
If to any, this Review ap
pear disproportionate to the This may be considered as a size of the book, we have no fair specimen of the work at apology to offer, other than the large. Some of the answers how deep interest we take in the imever, have no explanatory notes, mortal welfare of millions, to and many have no Scriptures re. whom, by bringing them earferred to, besides those which ly acquainted with many most are quoted entire ; while under important facts and truths, and others the references are much engaging their attention to the more copious, than in the sample Scriptures at large, the Evangelnow given. The explanatory ical Primer, may be singularly notes are those of Dr. Watts with useful. considerable omissions and alterations, and, we think, improve. ments. The Scripture proofs inserted at large are judiciously A Biographical Dictionary, con. selected, and many of them dif. taining a brief account of the ferent from those of any Proof First Settlers and other Emi. Catechism we have seen. The nent Characters among
the most striking feature of this part Magistrates, Ministers, Litof the Primer is the very copious erary, and Worthy Men, in references to Scripture, under
New-England. the several articles of the Cate. Eliot, D. D. Corresponding chism. These references appear Secretary of the Massachuto have been selected with great setts Historical Society, Bosa