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s stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath us made free, and be not entangled agaiu with the ruke of
bondage.”—Gal. v. 1.
ROBERT THEOBALD, 26 PATERNOSTER ROW, LONDON.
J. R. MACNAIR & CO., 19 GLASSFORD STREET, GLASGOW.
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THE DISRUPTION, AS VIEWED AT ROME. | reasoning here is peculiarly Papal. Substituting
Popery for Christianity, or the pope for Christ, it is T
has been published a collection of the dif- | assumed that ruin must be the final portion of all ferent addresses sent to the Free Church of Scotland,
who are not adherents of Rome. after she had, by the grace of God, emancipated her- ! But without adverting to the Vice-rector's reasonsolf from the trammels which Erastianism sought to | ings, let us attend to his statement of facts. He is throw around her. It is not too much to say, that careful to quote Dr. Johnson's words regarding Knox congratulations poured in from all within reach of -“ the Ruffian of the Reformation”-and dwells with us that love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity and a hankering wish that it may be true, on the noted with we conld expect none from the effete Es- discovery of Tytler (whom he calls “a Presbyterian tablishment of our own land, and the Establishment | historian ") regarding the Reformer's complicity in of England has no organ through which to address | the death of Rizzio. With a partiality to Rome that
hough it had been disposed. But, with these can easily be explained, he gives a glimpse of our us
options, addresses from all bodies, commonly first Reformation, and the ecclesiastical system then
Christian, were sent or brought to the Free set up. The Confession of Faith, the Books of Dishof Scotland. Van Diemen's Land, America, cipline, the Treaty of Union-are next adverted to,
and the Continent of Europe, all combined | briefly, but on the whole intelligently; while the Tre to offer their sympathies, their congratulations, and benefits conferred on Scotland by its Reformed approval.
Church are reluctantly confessed, and violently exwe have heard little of the estimate in plained away. These, however, are only glanced at, herto we
e are beld by Rome. From time to time, and the Rector hastens to the topic he had underher advocates and allies have joined issue taken to discuss,“ la scelta de' ministri per le parantagonists, and by sneers from one, and rochie"_“the election of ministers to parishes" -as
m another,* have indicated plainly how the origin of the Disruption. It is sufficiently amusing d us. But we have never yet learned now to see ourselves Italianized into Non-Intrusionisti,
som Rome what sentiments are cherished or the men who argued that after the patron had prethere what constructions are put on our move
sented,"la congregazione ha un illimitato potere di opma b at anticipations entertained regarding our | porvisi e di rigettarlo per qualsivoglia motivo”-white position, by the men who cluster round the Vatican, the Intrusionisti, or Moderati, in like manner euphoand crowd the levees of the pope. We are now able | nized, have their views also set before the citizens of to gratify our readers on the subject.
Rome, that a judgment may be pronounced between before us a pamphlet" Sullo Scisma us. The Veto, Auchterarder, The Court of Session, Strath
1943. nella Chiesa Presbyteriana di Scozia, bogie, The House of Lords, and other noms de guerre, are i one "_"A Dissertation on the Schism which all introduced like uncouth foreigners into the Rec
in 1843 in the Presbyterian Church of tor's gentle Italian; and he sums up his allusions to I n The author is“ Vice-rector of the Scottish | them by remarking, with obvious satisfaction, that Cueces at Roine, and his dissertation bears to be the Government, when appealed to, stood firm,
od from the Annals of Religious Knowledge reckoning the patron's rights “one of the conditions asi
w e may therefore regard it as embody- | in virtue of which the Presbyterian Church was
ass entertained regarding us in what the placed under the patronage and protection of the Pusevite, Froude, called “Christ's holy home," &c. civil power.” His language regarding the actual Let us for a moment inquire what they are.
disruption is as follows: “ The Non-Intrusionist onthor, who, judging from his name (Peter | ministers, perceiving that there was no hope of obGrant), is a Scotsman, regards it as inevitable that taining a'
taining a dominant Church according to their ideas, co on increasing indefinitely among us, declared in the General Assembly of 1843 that they sehism mast go on increasing indefinitely
could no longer continue united with the legal Church,
could no longer because we are-cut off from the centre of unity, Rome
Wino substituted for Christ-and, this done, with the sacrifice of their own opinions and their own or treated as hopeless schismatics. Founded on conscience.” “ This declaration,” he adds," was the
nd he says, and not upon the rock, we are sub- signal for the breaking up of the Presbyterian jest only to change and disgrace; and, along with the | Church.” countless sects that already exist, our doom, he deter It is at this point that the author first begins to
to be dissipated for ever, by a process of manifest his strong Moderate leanings regarding the oshaastion. It will be noticed, that the principles at stake and the parties contending. In
See Free Church Magazine for May 1847, p. 155. explaining the intensity of the struggle, he is careful No. XLIX.