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j&re 8 tilJ in a state of trial , may also prove safatary to other classes and orders of rational creatures . "—Vol . II . p . 211 We do not deem it necessary to f qitoyr . Or . Brown through the remaini"g parts of his work . We shall only add in respect to those that the worthy Principal is a very orthodox and zealous believer ; n the comfortable doctrine of original sin . His ideas on this subject are at least clear and consistent , if no * perfectly satisfactory .
^ * f , Whether , 'after the shock of sift .. was ojice given to man ' s uatyre , ; it could recover primitive innocence , is at least ma , tter pf great doubt , and is a point which I shall in the sequel endeavour to illustrate according to the measure of my abilities . Itis certain , if I may be allowed td employ bo distant an analogy , that
among the inferior animals , whole breeds degenerate ; and that all the individuals of' a succeeding- race are affected by the dtfclfe&dion of the antecedent generation . N « y , *^ e see in our own species , diseases both of body and wind daily transmitted . This may lead us in the mean time to couceive the fact , if not the mamier of the irwasmiasion of moral corruption V—
\ oi . II . p . 180 . ' -Upon the whole , we never recollect to have read a book which so . completely disappointed our expectations . For tiie honour of our age and country vte are . sorry that it should have been found necessary to award such a prize
to sachv a production . Yet occasionally and fora paragraph or two there octmr some faint approaches to just cbtiception and to good writing . We sHaUconcludc by extractim ; a passage \ vh ' u 2 'h' affords a favourable specimen of the author ' s style and manner .
Had there been more of this kind , we should have read and commented on his work with much ^ rea te x pleasure ; had trrere been nothing , of it , we should not havi ? tleeiued necessary to notice 'it .
( C WfJeA we consider the deep ignorance in which so many of tl ^ e human race are jJlun ^ gedf the ¦ errors vyblch have been transmitted Xi'Dm generation to generation ; ihfl ^ prtjufJices which adhere even to those Whose fljnproveroettt has not been entirely i | eg |^ fie 4 ;); tbe detects of education both ttri ^' .. JHty } . 8 ^ ' .. ^ P f ? lse maxiniS
Ij ^ h , if ^ iput , ai ^ dpute or inquiry are cstabli&hecf in the world ; the power of example ^ of haT > it and of temptation ; the praahcr ' in ^ h *<; h * hP # & **** pW&iotis 06 im ^ cjfcp k ^ Iy e ^ cit ^ l and strengthimd , « to ifrxt tfaj bi ^^ deiwice to the « 9 ^ -
troul of reason ; the first motives to tb niost abominable deeds— -m (> tiT \ is in ( h * selves sometimes laudable and often inn cent : if we consider all this , we shall hi led to acknowledge that the greater pa&of men sin more from imprudence and e ^ o ^ tiran from deliberate and desperaie wick '
edness , and that even crimes which appear to us invested with the most detestable colours , may to Him who looheth at the hearty and kuoweth all its springs and modifications , appear more deserving of compassion , than of interminable uniniti .
gated punishment . These reflections have sometimes occurred to me on the recital of some of the most atrocious crimes bv which our nature is degraded . Their motives can hardly be conceived by m who have so little knowledge of the
internal state of the'human frame . The Lord setth not as man seeth : for man looketh at the outward appearance ^ but the Lord looketh on- the heart . Though human judgments must be pronounced accordH '
to the evidence produced , yet that evidence cannot in naany instances exhibit the exact moral complexion of the actjos which is tried . Men must therefore jnd ^ e of the same action di ^ fferentjy from Him who is Omniscient and to whom certain
deeds , characterized by the blackest features of external guilt , m&y appear less criminal , than even some of those faolts , which in human estimation , are hardly deserving censure . "—Vol . 11 * p . 9 « s , s .
6 ^ 9 Review . T P —wenty-one Spivtt Fotitis 9 / jtyforning and Evening ro t / rrs .
Art . IV . — Twenty-one Short Form of Morning and Evening Prayers , for the Use of Families . By a Member of the British and Foreign Bible Society , and of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge . 12 mo . pp . 144 . Hunter . ' " J 816 .
npH ESE Forms are -distinguished X by their simplicity and confcmp ity to the style of Scripture . They breathe also a fine moral spirit , and in this respect are superior to almost all the prayers that we have read . Tney remmd us of the compositions of iw late Rev . Theophilus Lindsey , m are evidently the production of a kindred niindj artless , gentle , p ^ mire , benevolent and aspiring towara > heaven . ^ to The Forms are short , and tmgn have been made shbrter by * £ , f"J siori , at least in all but ihfc »^
the Lord ' s Prayer , , . j , TWs meful ^ anda 4 of * WlJ introduced and typO ^' ™* f 5 and iuitabl ^ exh < ktatioiid W fJ / . ^ itiaas . ' v x , „
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1816, page 610, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2457/page/46/