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LONDON CHRISTIAN INSTRUCToR,
THE London Christian Instructor is a new periodical Miscellany, of a re
ligious character, conducted upon purely Scriptural principles, devoted to
the cause of Evangelical Religion in general, and adapted to the circumstances of the Congregational Denomination in particular.
This publication is not intended in any way to interfere, and its conductors beiieve it has been found not to interfere, with the circulation of those valuable and useful works of a similar character, which have long been in existence. It is intended rather to co-operate with them, by labouring in its own peculiar sphere, to support the cause of primitive and orthodox Christianity, to excite and judiciously direct the zeal of Christians in the cause of the Gospel, and to contribute, as effectively as its resources admit, and as extensively as its influence may be felt, to illustrate and enforce the contents of the holy volume of inspiration. With these leading principles for its prominent characteristics, the work aims to be the temperate and candid advocate of those sentiments which distinguish the great body of the Evangelical Dissenicrs. It seeks not, on the one hand, to provoke unnecessary controversy; nor does it, on the other, timidly shrink from the duty of “contending earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints.” While the Congregational Magazine proposes to unite, and not to divide good men of hostile opinions, it does so, not by blinking the truth, or sacrificing the principles of the Dissenter, but by manifesting candour and fairness in the statement of those sentiments, and by maintaining the utmost charity and respect for conscientious adversaries. The Conductors of this work feel confident that it is practicable to show a decided and enlightened attachment to the principies of the denomination to which they belong, without violating that unity of faiuh and love, which does not necessarily involve uniformity of mode; and which, if it exist at all in the present imperfect state of man, must be compatible with a certain kind and degree of circumstantial diversity. f The Ministers and Gentlemen with whom the proposal originated, are - anxious that the work should continue to be distinguished hy the spirit of genuine Christian piety, and that it should embody the sentiments of the most eminent, the most active, and the most pious of the Dissenters, whether lay or clerical; and that, while the members of the denomination at large are confessedly distinguished for their decided attachment to evangelical truth, and their readiness to unite with good men of all professions in every laudable enterprise of charity, this work may contribute to justify and strengthen that attachment to the truth, and to support and extend that spirit of diffusive benevolence and liberal co-operation. - On those points upon which Congregational Dissenters exercise among themselves diversity of practice and freedom of debate, this work is, to a certain extent, open to free discussion, but not so far as to endanger what the Proprietors may consider essential and fundamental truths. It is their undissembled purpose to give currency and effect only to those principles which may appear scriptural in their authority and beneficial in their practical tendency. . N9 partialities or private ends are allowed to control the work, and no political discussions are admitted into its pages; yet it does not overlook those great constitutional principles of civil and religious liberty, which are intimately connected with everything great in the interests, and noble in the character of man. As the Conductors are conscious of the best intentions, in their formation and execution of their plan, so far as it has hitherto been carried into effect, they are anxious neither to make great professions, nor strong declarations, but are willing to let the tree be judged of by its fruits. The great success which has already attended the undertaking, induces the Con‘luctors to pledge themselves, that no effort shall be wanting on their part, tonder the work deserving of the patronage of the religious public. . . The profits of the work will he devoted, inequal proportions, to the support of aged and infirm Ministers, and to the Academical Institutions of the Dissenters. Contributions are solicited by the Editors on all subjects connected with
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JANUARY 1. - No. 1. Bloer APHY.-Menoir of the Life and Writings of w. Tyndale, one of the earliest Translators of the Scriptures into the English Language. SHORT DISCOURSES, &c.—No. 1. To Young People, tor the first Sabbath of the Year; on Heb. x1 24–27. ORIGINAL ESSAYS, COMMUNICATIONS, &c.Cn Adult Schools.-Translation from Pictet on sanctific tign-on the Worship of Idols. The Christian's Retrospect for the past Year-Om the Present State of the Ruins of Babel. REVIEW OF BOOKS.-Sernions on the Death of the Princess Charlotte, by Doctors Collyer, Smith, Styles; and by the Rev. Messrs. Cunningham, Lacey, G. Clayton, Morell, Beachcroft, Watkins, Churchill, Snelgai, Chaplin, Reed, Lewis, Harris, &c.-pheian on the Bible Society.—Franks's ESsay on Revelation.—Newman's Sermon on NonConformity. MISSION '# EPITOME.-Introduction to a Quar. terly survey of the Proceedings and Successes of all Protestant Moo Societies in the World. RELIGIOUS INTF1, 16 ENCE.-Statistical View of Dissenters in England and Wales.—Bedfordshire, &c. &c. LITERARY NOTICES, &c.
FEBRUARY 1.--No. II. BIOGRAPHY.- Memoir of the late Rev. Samuel Lavington, of Bideford, Devon. - - SHORT DiscOURSES, &c.—No. II. On Christian Hope: irom Romans, v3.5. ORIGINAL ESS MYS, COMMUNICATIONS, &c.On the Reformation.—on Sinful Anger-On Adult Schools.-Original Letter from the Mother of John wesley, to her Son Samuel.-The Spirit of the Christján Martyr contrasted, with that of the suffering Indian, and the Stoic.–On DissentTyndalò's New Testament—Instances of Popish Ignorance at the time of the Reformation.—Remarkable Judgment. REVIEW of BÖokS.-Ward's Sermon on the Re; formation.—Hooper's Remains of Clack, and Morison's Semon.—Hall's Sermon on the Death of the Princess on” rotest, and Damiel Wilson's Reply: No. Articles of ios intelliGENce. LITERARY NOTICES, &c.
On the Imposition of Hands in Ordination.—The Advantages of Extemporary Prayer.—The Joys of a Peaceful Conscience.—On the Resurrection. —On Infidelity.—The Vestiges of the Patriarchal Religion, preserved in the Heathen World (concluded.)—Sir Thomas More on Capital Punishments.-Satan the Serpent.—Ode to the Memory of the late Dr. Simpson. REVIEW OF BOOKS.—Ward's Hindoo History.— Lacey's Life of King David.—Hall's Reply to Kinghorn.—Thornton's §§§ &c. RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.-Statistical View of Dissenters in Berkshire, (continued) &c. &c. LITERARY NOT ICES, &c.
JUNE 1.--No. VI. BIOGRAPHY.—Memoir of the Rev. W. Kingsbury, of Southampton, (concluded.) '. SHORT DISCOURSES, &c.—No. VI. The Design of the Divine Promises ; from 2 Peter, i. 4. ORIGINAL ESSAYS, COMMUNICATIONS, &c.— On the Imposition of Hands in Ordination, (concluded).-On the Delivery of Sermons.—On Humility—The Bishop's Bible.—On the Resurrection, No. IV. (concluded.)—The Duty of Church Fellowship.–Miscellanea. REVIEW OF BOOKS.—Convincing Confutation of Calvinism.—Durant’s Sermon on Barnabas.Hall's Reply to Kinghorn, (concluded.)-The Principles of Lord Bacon's Philosophy. RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.-Statistical View of Dissenters in Berkshire (continued...) &c. &c. J LITERARY NOTICES, &c.
JULY 1.--No. VII. BIOGRAPHY-Memoir of the Rev. J. Griffiths, late of Aston, Berks. SHORT DISCOURSES, &c.—No. VII. Increase of Faith; from Luke, xvii. 5. ORIGINAL ESSAYS, coys MUNICATIONS, &c.— Reflections on Negro Slavery, and on War, by Mr. Montgomery.—Remarks on an Article in the Christian Observer of April.—On the Writings of Wolfo on Worldly Policy in Religion — the Religious instruction of Merchant Seamen. REVIEW OF BOOKS.—Henderson's Travels in Iceland.— On Capital Punishment for Forgery.— Gisborne's Natural Theology.-Wardlaw's Sermon ior the Scotch Congregational Union. MISSIONARY F. PITOME-Moravian Missions.-Wesleyan Methodist Missions. RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. 1.I TERARY NO I ICES, &c.
AUGUST 1.--No. VIII. BiographY-Memoir of the late Rev. Mr. Ralph, of Maidstone, Kent. SHORT DISCOURSES, &c.—No. VIII. On the arren Fig Tree. ORIGINAL ESSAYS, COMMUNICATIONS, &c. —on the Phrase The Mother Church.-On King James's Bible.—Jeremy Rentham on Capital Pu. mishments.-On Ordination among I)issenters.Anecdotes of the Usefulness of Religious Tracts. —On the l-eligio is Instruction of Seamen (continued. }–Anecdotes of the Effects of Papal Preferment.—Curious Anecdotes of Calvin.-On the Commemoration of Bartholomew Day. REVIEW OF BOOKS.–Gisborne's Testimony of Natural Theology to Revelation (concluded.)— Dr. Henderson's Travels in Iceland, in the Service of the Bible Society (concluded. J–Millar's Catechism on the Nature of a Church.-Brookes's Question, Why are you a Dissenter?—Chalmers's Sermon for the Hibermian Society. RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.-I, Statistical View of Dissenters in Berkshire, &c. (concluded.)— II. Mistellanea.—British & Foreigu School Society.— Presbyterian Marriage in India.-Incorporated Society for propagating the Gospel in Foreign Parts.-Annual Baptist Meetings.-Congregational School.—Pembrokeshire, &c. Sunday School Union.—Formation of Beds. and Huuts. Sunday School Union.—Hoxton Academy Anniversaly.—Association of Ministers educated at Hoxton, Conversion of two Mungoiian Princes, --Gaelic Schools in Scotland.—SOCIETY FOR RELi EF OF A GED AND INFIRM i ISSENT. ING MINISTERS.—Resolution of the Board of Congregational Ministers on the Wolverhampton Case—Natives of Owyhee at an American University translating the Scriptures.—Berks Association.—British and Foreign Bible Society.—Yearly Epistle of The Friends—Mrs. Houston's Bequests. —Abolition of the Slave Trade in Genoa.-Sect of Christians in Persia.-Mr. Pearce's letter on the Baptist Translation in India. LITERARY NOTICES, &c.
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