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“ And den, Mr. Breacher, it ish said dat Jonah was cast into de sea and taken into de whalesh pelly. Now I never could pelieve dat. It alwaysh seemed to me to pe a peeg feesh story, put it ish all plain to my mint now. He vash not into de whalesh pelly at all, but shust shumpt onto his pack, and rode ashore. Oh, I vash so glat I vash here to-night!
* And now, Mister Breacher, if you will shust explain a bassage of Scripture I shall pe, oh, so happy dat I vash here to-night! It saish de vieked shall be cast into a lake that purns with fire and primstone alwaysh–O Mr. Breacber, shall I pe cast into that lake if I am vicked! or shust close py, or near to, shuist Dear enough to pe comfortable ? Oh, I hopes you tell me I shall be cast only shust py a good vay off, and I vill pe so glat Í vash here to-night!
The Annihilation Controbersy.
We have received the following letters from our esteemed friend, Mr. Rogers. He may very cheerfully abide the sneers of Mr. White, who is so genial a gentleman that he would not betray so much temper if he had not heev severely smitten. The dogmatism of the Editor of the Rain bow_is noteworthy; the controversy is pretty wel} over when the ipse dixit of Dr. Leask stands instead of argument. To the Editor of the “ Sword and the Trowel."
Camberwell, January 6th, 1871. DEAR SIR,—The Rev. Edward White bas declined the controversy with me upon the subject of eternal punishment from, to use his own words, "a natural reluctance to be involved further with a gentleman who always writes in the tone of a tutor, and one possessing the rare power of assertion requisite for converting untrained youths, from town and country, in little more than two years, into expositors of God's word, and pastors of Baptist congregations.” The Editor of the “ Rainbow” refuses to insert any further communication from me npon the subject, in these words :-"Rev. G. Rogers will please ex
Ît is a waste of time and space to say more on the subject. Eternal suffering is not the doctrine of Scripture."
G. ROGERS. The following is the letter refused insertion in the “Rainbow.”
DEAR SIR,—Mr. White's reply to what he has styled my bold and audacious challenge, demands some further observations from me. The points to have been discussed by him are, 1. Whether there are not instances in the New Testament in which the doctrine of eternal punishment is affirmed as decisively and fully as it could have been affirmed in the Greek language? Whether, in fact, the eternal happiness of the righteous, or the eternity of God, is expressed in stronger terms? 2. Whether there are any instances in which the limitation of future punishment is as clearly and fully affirmed ? and 3. Whether there are indirect allusions, figurative illustrations and inferential intimations, sufficiently numerous and powerful, to qualify the plainest declarations upon the subject? Of the first of these enquiries, in wbich the whole challenge consisted, and which admits of one reply only, Yes! or No! no notice whatever is taken. The second, which alone could have nullified the first, is also passed over in silence. To the third, which by itself can have no force, Mr. White's observations are Jimited. He says the doctrine of eterual punishment would have been conveved more clearly in the Scriptures if such expressions as “ death," “ perishing," “ destruction,” being “ killed," " burnt up as like chaff and tares," “ blotied from the book of life," " broken to shivers," " ground to powder," and "dashed
to pieces like a potter's vessel," had not been used. But what evidence is there that these expressions were intended to teacb the nature or duration, or anything beyond the certainty, the suddenness, and the completeness of the punishment of the wicked? All of duration included in the literal and conventional meaning of these terms is confined to this life, and no more applies to Mr. White's view of the duration of punishment after death than our own. Mr. White surely did not expect that figurative illustrations of eternity itself could be takeu from the things of time? It would be just as wise to maintain that the doctrine of the eternity of God, and of the happiness of the righteous, is impaired because figurative representations of them are taken from temporal things. Mr. Wbite further avers that the eternity of future punishment would have been more clearly taught in Scripture if man's natural immortality had been affirmed. Supposing, however, the soul to be naturally and necessarily immortal, there would have been no need to bave affirmed it in connection with eternal death any more than in connection with eternal life. If natural immortality were included in life in Christ, a distinct proposition ought far more to have been given to that effect.
Mr. White replies, further, that if warning bad been given against taking the terms life and life eternal, in the sense of duration of existence, the doctrine of a natural iminortality would have been more clearly revealed. We needed foot notes, he thinks, to prevent us from taking these terms in a physical sense. Much more we conceive, did we require foot notes to inform us tbat physical, as well as spiritual, life was included in those terms. This physical idea forced into combination with the spiritual idea of life in Christ is the great assumption upon which Mr. White's theory is built. Why foisted into this figurative description of the benefits derived from an interest in Christ any more than in his being our light, a door, or a vine? Does Mr. White really suppose that he has discovered a similar combination of ideas in our speaking of the destruction of the soul, as including "separation from God and perpetual misery"? Surely these two things are far more closely allied than physical and spiritual life.
One more instance in which Mr. White suggests that the eternity of future punishment might have been more fully revealed, would have been by more frequent, and, as I understand him to mean, more terrible descriptions upon the subject. Another writer, at the same time, gives a similar reply. The question, however, is not how often the eternity of suffering needed to be revealed, in order to command our belief, but whether it has not been revealed as plainly and fully as words could express ?
It is to a small part only of my paper that Mr. White has condescended to reply. The bearing of the subject upon the redemption scheme, and upon the Lamb for ever upon the throne, he cautiously avoids. His allusions to myself personally, and to the College with which I am connected, are wholly irrelevant to the occasion; and in my opinion would have been better omitted for his sake rather than my own. I trust I have had no other aim than to defend what I hold to be the teaching of the word of God; nor am I conscious of having transgressed the rules of fair controversy in so doing.
W HERE are some things we must deny ourselves for others' sakes. Though
a man could run his horse full speed without danger to himself, yet he would do very ill to come scouring through a town where children are in the way. Thus some things thou mayst do without sin to thee, if there were no weak Christians in the way to ride over, and so bruise their tender consciences. But, alas! this is too narrow a path for mere professors to walk in nowadays ; they must have more scope for their loose hearts, or else they and their profession must part.-Gurnall.
We have many books still waiting for notice, and we hope to mention them all in due time, but we are just now pressed for space.
We have this month noticed first those needing immediate attention. The London Monthly Diaries for 1871. | The Grey House on the Hill. By the Shaw & Co.
Honourable Mrs. GREEN. Nelson Our esteemed friend, C. R. H., has it and Sons. much upon his mind to keep the word of God daily before business men. The We handed this story to a lady, wbo diary for one month, which costs only a promised to give us her opinion in repenny, is put into a morocco case, and turn. She is a lady of exquisite taste, when done with is succeeded by that of and remarkable good sense, and therethe next month. There is a text at the fore we give her remarks as we receive
them. head of each day's memoranda. We fear that busy people will hardly care to
“A very tender, touching story: one
which cannot fail to interest and deuse the monthly parts, but the idea is a good one, worthy of the zealous heart light all true-hearted boys and girls. which has carried it into execution.
• Magna est veritas et prævalebit' is the
lesson it teaches; and I can but hope The Child's Companion for 1870. Re- that all who read it may learn it well. ligious Tract Society.
The title is somewhat misleading. One ARE we living in the same world? We straightway pictures to oneself a dear, remember the “ Child's Companion cosy, old-fashioned country mansion; some quarter of a century ago, and then grey, of coarse, with boary age, but it was a sort of waistcoat pocket tract Hecked with the bright green and gold with indifferent woodcuts. How it has of moss and lichen; soft folds of crimgrown and improved ! Families never son curtains shading the windows, and need raise a question about the ads warm firelight glancing out from the mission of the Child's Companion " shining panes. Alas! for imagination's into the house; it is always on the pictures. The reality turns out to be a right side, and wisely so. Last year's dreary, cold, hard-featured workhouse, volume makes a very pretty present.
to which the little hero of the story is Old Jonathan. Collingridge.
banished for a time in suffering and The volume for 1870, in paper covers,
disgrace. He is an orphan, friendless is published at eighteenpence.
(save for a brother away at Sebastopol), Jonathan" is one of the best penny: for, the “ lines' falling to him at first in
hard-worked, misunderstood, uncared worths issued from the press. no commendation ; it is so good and very unpleasant places ; but he has true, cheap that it must secure an ever
child-like faith in God, and is making widening circulation. The same may, of wrong-doing and dishonesty talls
some friends, when terrible suspicions be said of “ The Cottager and Artisan, by the Religious Tract Society. Scatter upon him, and even the good Doctor* thenı, scatter them, they are leaves for and his equally good son, Tom,' are the healing of the people.
compelled to believe the overwhelming
evidence against him. Off to the work. The Diary of Nannette Dampier, during house! for the doctor cannot have a
the years 1664—66. Written by her thief and a liar in his house ; but our old in the French Language, and now Tom'sticks steadfastly to his little friend, translated into English. By Anna J. and at last has the intense happiness BUCKLAND. Johnstone and Hunter.
of completely establishing his innocence. A GOOD book, and calculated to make The book concludes very pleasantly with its readers good. It is a diary of a the return of the brother from the young lady in a Puritan family, during the Crimea, wounded, but worthy of the plague,and deals with herinner life as well Victoria Cross, and with the triumphant as with the events of the times. It will reiteration of its motto— Magna est suit Sunday School libraries admirably. veritas et prævalebit.""
* I don't agree with you Mr. Editor in your little sneer at doctors last month.
Pictures and Stories of Natural His- exception to the rule, it has happened tory. T. Nelson & Sons.
in this case that the very best title for THREE most fascinating books. We mar- the whole series of sermons was the subvel more and more at the art and inge- ject of the first.“ Rain upon the Mown nuity now brought to bear upon juvenile Grass" is a most apt emblem of the whole literature. Here we have pretty stories manner and matter of the preacher of about live things in very simple words, Westminster chapel. We hardly know almost all of one syllable; and to make what Mr. Matthew Arnold means by these go down with the very young sweetness and light,” but when we hear folks we have a superabundance of en- the words we always think of Mr. Martin. gravings, some of them most deliciously His is a sort of vigorous tenderness, a coloured. The demand for children's manly childlikeness, a transparent depth, books must surely be great when a a lowly height. To know the man and house like that of Messrs. Nelson gives not to love him would argue a hideous so much attention to the supply. We distortion of heart. You do not love almost wish we were boys again.
him because some one noble quality reThe Hive; a Storehouse of Material for him for all in all, you see a balanced
deems obvious faults, but because, take Working Sunday School Teachers. Volume II. Elliot Stock.
graciousness in him which you discover
in very few even of the best of the AFTER carefully looking through the brotherhood. The sermons before us years' issue of this magazine, we are are fresh, sparkling, living, clear; and bound to award it much commendation. they drop into the soul softly and Working Teachers, and we hope all sweetly as rain upon the grass which those Teachers who read the Sword and is newly shorn. A master's touch is Trowel are such, will derive great help visible on every page, but there is no from this work, but as it is not designed trace of art, pretentiousness, or strainto relieve readers from the necessity of ing for effect. The themes are most of thinking, it is probable that lazy per- them the elementary truths of the gossons will be dissatisfied with it. The pel, and these are not elaborated into Hive occupies an important position in obscurity, nor philosophised in to unimthe literature of Sunday Schools.
importance, but simply and honestly The Students' Manual of Oriental His handled after the natural manner of a
tory. A manual of the ancient history refined and spiritual mind. There is no of the East to the commencement hurricane, or flood, but there is a dew of the Median Wars. By François from the Lord, and a clear, calm LENORMANT and E. CHEVALLIER. Vol. shining. Softness and strength bere II. Asher & Co., 13, Bedford Street, melt into each other, and lend a mutual Covent Garden.
adornment. · Perhaps not to the uneduWe have shown our appreciation of Vol. cated, but certainly to persons in whom II. by sending an order to the publisher piety and taste are united, this halffor Vol. I. This is a most learned work, guinea volume will prove a welcome
sermon literature. Our and at the same time very readable. addition to The French appear to excel in these space does not admit of our saying more. researches, though we believe that their The Spanish Brothers ; a Tale of the precise accuracy is not always unchal
Sixteenth Century. By the Author lenged.
of “ The Dark Year of Dundee." Rain upon the Mown Grass, and other Nelson & Sons.
Sermons, 1842—1870. By SAMUEL This is one of the Schönberg-Cotta Martin, Minister of Westminster series of historical stories, which is of
Chapel. Hodder & Stoughton. itself a sufficient passport to the confiThe practice of giving to a volume of dence of readers of that class of literasermons a name borrowed from the title ture. If we must have religious and of one of the discourses contained in it, historical novels let them be such as may plead many precedents ; but for all these. The subject is full of holy inthat it is often misleading, and is seldom terest, and the treatment of it is devout other than absurd. For once, as a rare and inspiring.
Sources of Joy in Seasons of Sorrow ; | mend it to our readers.
The great with other help on the heuvenward assistance such translations as Messrs. way. By JANES Grant. William Clarke lay before their subscribers must Macintosh.
be to all expounders of the sacred To tried believers this work will answer Scriptures, makes us wish to see the to its title, and prove a source of joy. circulation of this excellent series If the Sacred Comforter shall bless the greatly increased. perusal, the matter is so rich and choice The Sunday School World. Edited by that sad hearts must be encouraged.
JAMES COWPER GRAY. Elliot Stock. It is well in nights of grief to be re- A cyclopædia of useful information minded that afflictions come from God, upon every matter pertaining to the and answer gracious purposes, and to Sabbath School Teacher’s holy labour. be pointed to prayer, to the sufferings The Heart and its Inmates: or, Plain and sympathy of Jesus, to special promises, and to the great eternal re
Truths Taught from Pictures. Edu
cational Trading Company, Limited, ward, as reasons for consolation. Mr. Grant has now produced some fifty If the person who issues this book as a
9 & 10, Bride's Avenue, Fleet Street. volumes, mostly of divinity; but among lecture by himself had honestly said that them all we question if there is one which excels this
, his last and ripest the engravings, and the whole idea of fruit. May the book be a Barnabas to
his work, were taken from an old and thousands. The more spiritual the highly instructive engraving, we should reader, the higher will be his estimate have commended both him and his of the mighty truths compressed into
work: but as we can find no such this volume.
acknowledgment, we feel bound to de
nounce such literary larceny as Clarke's Foreign Theological Library. worthy of a professing Christian. The Edinburgh.
famous engraving represeating the heart Two more volumes equal to the others in its various stages came, we believe, in value to all Bible students. “De originally from Germany, and it may be litzch on the Hebrews" is full of scho- procured or ordered at almost any print larship and practical thoughts. John shop; we marvel, therefore, that any Owen's ponderous tomes will always
one should copy parts of the engraving, occupy a foremost rank, in our judg- alter them to their disadvantage, and ment; but this work adds the result then palm them off as his own. It is of modern thought and investigation, as barefaced a proceeding as it a man and is a very useful addition to any
should deliver portions of Bunyan's library. The work by Professor Schmid Pilgrim as his own original conception. has amply paid us for its perusal. The The Wesleyan Methodist Year Book. theology of the New Testament is ably
Elliot Stock. evolved, and without endorsing all the Will no doubt be found on every Wesviews of the author, we are glad to com- ' leyan's table.
THE Watchnight Service at the Tabernacle, despite the intense cold and the deep snow,
Into the coming year
March ye with banners high ;
Nought in the future need ye fear,
For Israel's God is nigh.
But march with voice of praise,
Let music lead your way ;
To God the Lord your voices raise,
On this the new-year's day.