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No. IX. - OCTOBER, 1853.
THE EXTENT AND THE RESTRICTIONS OF i
IN REFERENCE PARTICULARLY TO THIS JOURNAL.
AN ADDRESS BY THE EDITOR.
CIRCUMSTANCES having led to a change in the Editorship of this JOURNAL, it appears convenient and desirable, in this place, to say something of the distinctive character it aims at possessing, and of the principles on which it will be conducted.
The expression, “SACRED LITERATURE,' is sufficiently generic to include all that can possibly be written on Christian topics at large, such as the criticism and the interpretation of the Old and New Testaments; the history of the Church under all its external manifestations and changes; and the phenomena of Christian, or, more extensively, of the divine life in individuals; to embrace, in fact, everything which is now treated of in the very numerous publications of the religious world. But as this large sense is not that in which the objects of the JOURNAL are to be understood, the inquiry is originated, What are the restrictions proposed—what the boundaries of the information we are anxious to collect and to communicate ?
Generally, then, the department of our labours may be defined as contained in an orbit having the Bible for its centre, in distinc
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