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" Still pleased to praise , yet not afraid to blaitie . "— Popk .
Art . I . —Sermons on Various Subjects * By James Lindsay , D . D . 8 vo . pp , 504 . Hunter . 1818 . EVERY one that ¦ is acquainted with Div Lindsay would expect to find in his Sermons the proofs of superior intellect and of warm-heartedness : and no one that reads this
volume with such an expectation will be disappointed . The Sermons are the dictates of a masculine understanding , and the effusions of a benevolent and generous heart . They are published at the request and at the charge
of his congregation meeting in Monkwell Street , in token of the mutual affection between the pastor and his flock , after a connexion of five-andthirty years * duration . What reward could be more valuable to a pious and conscientious Christian minister than
this voluntary testimony of approbation , esteem and gratitude ! In the Preface , Dr . Linclsay thus states his experience in his honourable and useful profession : " It has been sometimes brought as a general charge against Dissenting
ministers , that , being dependent upon the voluntary contributions of their hearers , they are under the necessity of humouring prejudices , and concealing truth , and compromising conscience . That there are among us , as well as elsewhere , creeping time-servers , who seek favour at the expense of principle , may be very true . But
this I can say from experience , that , in the end , firmness and consistency will secure more esteem , even from those to whom we refuse to yield , than the sycophancy of those despicable' characters , who become all thing * tb all men for the sake of popularit y or of filthy lucre . "—Pp . vii . viii . I- .
The following ; are the titles of the Sermons :-JL On the Spirit of e Man compared with the Spirit of the Beast in its Qualities and Probable Destination . II . On the Unequal Distribution of present Good and Evil , as furnishing a Strong Presumption in Favour of Future Retribution . III . On the Superiority of Reli g ion over infidelity . IV On the Superior Assurance and
Comfort , which Christianity gives to the Heart in the Prospect of Death . V . On the Inseparable Connection between the Habits of the Present and the Happiness of the Future Life . VI . On the Death of a Father . VII , On the Death of a Child . VIII . On
Maternal Affection , as the most appropriate Image of Divine Benevolence . IX . Against Excessive Grief-X . On the Connection between Purity of Heart and seeing God . XI . On Tender-Heartedness . XII . Integrity the best Guide both in Religious Inquiries and in Moral Conduct . XIII . Paul and Peter at Antioch . XIV .
The same Subject continued . XV . On the Character of the Beloved Disciple . XVI . Paul before Felix . XVII . A Caution against Fanaticism . XVIII . The Gospel Revealed to Babes . XIX .
On the Means of Religious Probation , with a particular Reference to the Circumstances of the Young . In so large a collection of Sermons , there must be inequalities ; but there are ( to . use a favourite term of the
Author ' s ) distinctive qualities in au which cannot fail to recommend them to every reader who can appreciate strong sense and sound argument , and whose habits qualify him to admire Christian liberality and a generous attachment to the best interests of
mankind . Here are no metaphysics , no minute defences of a peculiar creed , and but little textual criticism . The preacher ' s constant aim is to set forth general views of the Christian religion , and to apply the great truths or the gospel to the haart , in order that by
means of the affections they may duly influence the life . A glow of kind feeling is every Where felt . There is a sort of generous and noble passion in the discourses whenever they relate to the condition of the poor , and to the
sacred cause of civil and religious-liberty . . For hypocrisy , craft , intolerance and oppression , the preacher makes no allowance . His religion is altogether a system of benevolence , and all his fellow-creatures are his brethren .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1820, page 37, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2484/page/37/