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Natal Journal

386
Neale's (Rev. J. m.) Theodora
Phranza

290
Newman's (Dr.) Office and Work
of Universities.

104
New Zealand Quarterly Review

. 386

Nisbet's (Mr.) The Comforter 47

Nisbet's (Mr.) Jesus Revealing the

Heart of God

47

Northcote's (Rev. J. S.) Roman Ca-

tacombs, or some account of the
Burial Places of the Early Chris-
tians in Rome

113

Notes on Confirmation, by a Priest 386

Observateur Catholique

44

Observations d'un Théologien sur

la Bulle de Pie IX. relative à la

Conception de la Sainte Vierge 90

Oldknow's (Mr.) Tract on the Va-

lidity of English Orders

48

Our Doctor's" Note Book 289

Owen's (Rev. Edward) Turkey and
the Crimea

192
Parsonography

434

Perry's (Mr.) Lawful Church Orna.

ments

192, 195

Phillips' (Mr. A. L.) Pamphlet on

the future Unity of the Church 337

Phipps' (Mr.) Visitation Sermon . 337

Pictures of the Heavens

. 386

Pigot's (Mr.) Blessed Life · 193
Plain Commentary on the Psalms , 568
Plain Parochial Sermons
Plea for Religious Societies in
Parishes

483
Poems on Subjects in the Old Tes:
tament, Part II.

193
Presbyterian Clergyman looking
for the Church

567
Prospectus of the Medieval Society 531
Prynne's (Rev. G. R.) Second
Series of Sermons

45
Purchas's (Rev. J.) Poem, The
Priest's Dream.

42

Pusey's (Dr.) Councils of the

Church, from the Council of Je-

rusalem to the Council of Con.

stantinople

387

Pusey (Dr.) on the Real Presence

the Doctrine of the English

Church

337, 417

Pusey's (Dr.) Translation of S. An.

selm's Meditations and Prayers . 44
Read me a story

47
Reade's (Mr. Charles) It is never
too late to mend

242
Reboul's (Jean) Les Traditionelles 260
Reconciliations of Geological Phe.

nomena with Divine Revelation. 47

Reichel's (C. P.) Six Lectures on

the Book of Common Prayer 97

Revue Théologique

44

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Richards' (Maria T.) Life in Israel ;

or Portraitures of Hebrew Cha.

racter

482

Rockstro's (W. S.) Abbey Lands 464

Sacramentarium Ecclesiæ Catho-

licæ.

144

Scott's (G. G.) Lecture delivered

at Doncaster on the Present

Position and Future Prospects

of the Revival of Gothic Arcbi.

tecture

531

Scriver's (c.) Godbold's Emblems 241
Second Adam, the

194
Selections from the Poetical Works
of Bishop Ken.

434
Seymour's (Mr.) Speech on the In.
troduction of the Laity into Con.

290

Shipley's (Rev. Orby) Purgatory of

Prisoners

549

Short Devotions from the Book of

Common Prayer, chiefly for the
use of Sick Persons

193

Simple Prayers for Village Schools

and Children

337

Skinner's (Mr.) Warnings and Con-

solations spoken in S. Barnabas'

Church

242

Smith's (Alexander) City Poems 499
Snow's (W. P.) Two Years' Cruise

off Tierra del Fuego, the Falkland
Islands, Patagonia, &c.

516

Spirit of the Church

530

Stanley's (Rev. A. P.) Three Intro.

ductory Lectures on Ecclesiastical

History

288

Steere's (Dr.) Historical Sketch of

the English Brotherhoods which

existed at the beginning of the

Eighteenth Century

483

Stories for Young Servants

337

Stuart's (Rev. H. C.) Sermon, the

Presence of Christ realised by

love.

568

Summerleigh Manor ; or Brothers

and Sisters

530

Swainson's (G. A.) Essay on the

History of Article XXIX. and

of the 13th Eliz. cap. 12.

65

Tholuck's (Dr. A.) Light from the

Cross ; Sermons on the Passion

of our LORD

481

Thompson's (R. A.) Principles of

Natural Theology

242

Thoughts on the Resurrection 194

Todd's (Mr.) Pamphlet on the Deni-

son Case

144

Tom Brown's School Days

Days

324

Tracts on the Increase of the Epis-

copate-More Bishops; how shall

we choose them ?

337

Treasure in Heaven

434

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Violet, or the Tithe Barn

. 47
Voice from the People

193

Warning to the Evangelicals of Li.

verpool

48

White's (Rev. G.) Six Sermons on

the True Nature of the Church 482

Why are Infants Baptized ?

482

Williams' (Rev. Thomas) Catechet-

ical Notes on the Prayer Book 46
Woodgate's (Mr.) Pamphlet on the

Abnormal Condition of the Church 337
Wordsworth's (Dr.) Greek Testa-

ment, with Notes 221, 253, 337, 372

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THE ECCLESIASTIC

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THEOLOGIAN.

FRIEDRICH PERTHES.

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Life of Friedrich Perthes. Translated from the German. Hamilton

& Co., Edinburgh. This is a work of great interest, containing the history of the interior rather than of the exterior life of a man of some note in Northern Germany, during the earlier part of this century. The workings of his mind are given in full detail from infancy to death, and they form a valuable contribution to the intellectual phenomena of the day. We will briefly sketch the leading features of his life.

Perthes' relations were ultra-Calvinists, and by them he was apprenticed at an early age to a publisher of considerable eminence, who held him under an iron rule for several years, and thereby saved him from the temptations to dissipation and folly which beset his companions. He was however himself singularly pureminded, and whilst still a mere youth he was busied in endeavouring to form a theological system for himself, upon which to found both his line of conduct for the present, and his hopes for the future of another life. He seems to have thought it neither necessary nor desirable that he should adhere to the narrow Protestantism of his early associations,—but practically adopted a sort of refined Deism, in which the great principle was the possibility of man attaining unaided to absolute perfection on this earth. Perthes not only believed this, but with an energy and resolution which showed how noble and right-minded he was, even in error, he set himself steadily to accomplish it in his own person,—the result was, as might have been expected, that he fell from time to time into great despondency, and was soon constrained to seek some better hope for his fallen nature. About tbis time he commenced business as a publisher on his own account, and settled in Hamburgh. Throughout

VOL. XIX.—JANUARY, 1857.

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his whole life he ennobled his trade by the high principle with which he conducted it : he absolutely refused to publish books which he thought likely to be injurious, and gave every encouragement to authors who wrote what was likely to further the cause of religion -such as he regarded religion to be. His high character, as well as his intellectual powers, soon gained him friends amongst the celebrated men of his own country, Schlegel, Stolberg, Fouqué, &c., concerning whom many deeply interesting details are given in his memoirs. · Soon after Perthes established himself at Hamburgh he married a person of ardent piety, and of a devout and contemplative mind. Had she been a Roman Catholic she would certainly have been a nun of the most secluded order, and even out of the barren elements of her Protestantism she drew the materials for a very holy and self-denying life.

Madame Perthes did much in leading her husband to the Foot of that Cross, where ultimately his whole being was flung; and perhaps the most interesting part of the book is the description of the gnawing want that made itself felt within his soul for One to stand between him and his God, who should be sinless as that God and yet man as he was himself. That One he found at last, and from that moment his faith in CHRIST never faltered. Surrounded though he was by all the rapidly growing rationalism of the day,-Kant, Strauss, and their multifarious followers assailing him on all sides, he calmly analyzed and refuted their theories.

Now his family increased around him, and sorrow and trial fell to his lot. Germany was convulsed by the political storms which Napoleon's career brought upon Europe. Much blood was shed, , and many families ruined. Perthes threw himself into the cause of his country with ardour, risking his life and totally destroying his domestic comfort, -yet acting throughout as a man who has weighed the interests of this life against those of eternity, and counts them but dust in the balance. When tranquillity was restored, his mind began to be agitated by another question, which tried him greatly, viz., the claims of the Roman Catholic Church. Stolberg, and others of his friends pressed him sorely on this point. He was too earnest a Christian not to have comprehended that CHRIST designed to save His people through the Church, and through that alone; and he saw that the efforts of the German Protestants to organise a sort of unity had failed completely: yet it was to his conscientious mind an impossibility to believe in all that Rome taught, or even in her claim to universal supremacy; he felt that he could not in sincerity and truth accept her as she stood. It would be impossible to describe all the variations of his mind on this point; but ultimately he seems to have settled into the belief that the Great Head of the Church would at last so purify Rome, and purge her of all false and presumptuous claims, that she would be reunited to the other Branches of the Church, and gather into her fold all those

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who wandered homeless in the world. For this blessed hope of future unity he deemed that men should wait in patience, and he explicitly stated his belief that individuals, by changing their communion singly and without authority, did actually mar and cause to be delayed the realization of this glorious plan.

Finally, but a few years since, so long was his life, Perthes was laid

upon his death-bed, where a protracted sickness kept him lingering several months; and many of the words which fell from

; his lips during this period are worthy of record. On one part of his experience he especially loved to dwell— he said, that whatever men might say of sudden conversions at a given period or inward assurance of faith, he had learnt in the many years of his life that the renewing of man's nature can only be a slow and gradual process, hastened or deferred according to use made of the grace imparted, and that no sudden emotion or fancied illumination could really effect the work which must be carried on, God aiding, from day to day and hour to hour.

During the last weeks of his life Perthes’ mind was a good deal occupied with considering the conditions of the world beyond the grave, on which mysterious subject he spoke well and wisely; and into that world he passed at length-calm but not presumptuous, and with the name of his Lord almost on his lips.

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THE PRIEST IN HIS INNER LIFE.

(Continued from Vol. XVIII. page 564.)

. ) II. It may be safely asserted, that generally speaking no one practice of the Religious Life can exist alone. In dogmatic theology, we know, that each separate article of the Faith implies, with more or less distinctness, that whole cycle of teaching of which it is a part. In morals, a single defect is held sufficient to vitiate an action or a life, and excellence must be complete “if it is to exist, in any true sense, at all.” Bonum ex causâ integrâ, malum ex quolibet defectu. So the religious life is a whole, and to its continued existence the integrity of its essential elements is absolutely necessary. A solitary religious practice, isolated from the other acts and temper of which it is at once the expression, and complement, will dwindle first of all into a formalism, and at length be abandoned in disgust.

Compare S. Thom. Aq. prim. sec. qu. 18. art. 4. 3; or Sanderson, serm. i. ad pop. 15.- De obb. consc. prælect. ii. $ 9

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