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habits , and institutions of society . We may venture to assert , that neither the virtue nor the happiness of man will ever be placed on a perfectly firm basis , till this fundamental error has been extirpated from the human mind . "—P p * 92—94 .
We shall return in the next number to this very able and truly pleasing writer . Our apology for dwelling so long upon the first Essay is the great practical importance of the subject . The influence of the truth which the
Essayist seeks to establish is , in our judgment , incalculably beneficial . "It often happens , " as he well observes in the Preface , pp . vii . viii ., " that an important principle is vaguely apprehended , and incidentally expressed , long before it is reduced to a definite form , or fixed by regular proof : but while it floats in this state on the
surface of men ' s understandings it is only of casual and limited utility ; it is sometimes forgotten and sometimes abandoned , seldom pursued to its consequences , and frequently denied in its modifications . It is only after it has been clearly established by an
indisputable process of reasoning , explored in its bearings , and exhibited in all its force , that it becomes of uniform and essential service ; it is only then that it can be decisively appealed to J > oth in controversy and in practice , and that it exerts the whole extent of its influence on private manners and public institutions . "
Art II . —Plain and Familiar Lectures on the Leading- Evidences and Truths of Natural and Revealed Religion ; addressed principally to the Rising Generation . By Lawrence Holden . 12 mo . pp . 2 G 2 . Portrait . Sherwood and Co . Gs .
1 S 20 . MR . HOLDEN has been for many years the acceptable and highly esteemed pastor of the Presbyterian or Unitarian congregation at Tenterden , in Kent . He has , we arc informed , become more abundant in labours , as he Iras advanced in age . This volume is an evidence of his
activity in the pastoral care - , it consists of addresses to the youth of his flock , at whose request it has been published , accompanied with a faithful portrait of the worthy author . The following arc the contents of
the Lectiires : I . On the various Faculties of the Human Mind . II . On the Existence of God . III . On the Providential and Moral Government of God . IV . The Probability of a Divine Revelation , under the already stated Views of the all-directing Providence and Government of God .
V . The Divine Original of the Mosaic Dispensation . VL The Old Testament considered in the Light of History and Prophecy . VII . The Divine Original of Christianity . VIII . The Christian Religion considered in the
Light of History . IX . The Christian Religion considered in the Light of Prophecy . X . Proofs of the Divine Original of Christianity , from the Characters and Circumstances of the
First Disciples . XI . The Conversion of the Apostle Paul attended to , in Proof of the Truth of the Christian Religion . XII . The Truths and Purposes of Divine Revelation in
correspondence with its Miraculous Attestations . XIII . The Morality of Revelation considered , in Correspondence with its Divine Original . XIV . General Application .
The prevalence of infidelity led Mr . Holden to instruct the younger members of his congregation in the principles of their faith ; but he does not join in the undistinguishing clamour against unbelievers , as if they were not men , or not worthy to live . He
says , fPref . p . vi ., ) " In any occasional observations on the arguments and objections of unbelievers which may be met with in the course of the following Lectures , the author would persuade himself that nothing will be
found to have escaped from him disrespectful , uncandid , or inconsistent with the benignant and charitable spirit of our holy religion ; assuredly nothing of this nature is intended ; nor would he for a moment attempt to justify an appeal to the strong arm of the law to check or
put a stop to their writings . Let them write , and let them be answered . Justly as he condemns the misrepresentations and partial quotations of these writers , and much as he has been at other times
disgusted with their sarcastic mockery and profaueness , he considers reason and argument as better weapons than force ; and that , if divine revelation cannot be supported by its own evidences , it should fall . His own decisive conviction of the firm foundations upon which it rests , is connected with a corresponding assurance
568 Ret ) iew .- ~ Holderi > s Lectures .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Sept. 2, 1822, page 558, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2516/page/38/