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ItcuiCllil1. THE WELSH PERIODICALS FOR MARCH. WE are glad to find that the Welsh Baptist churches are nobly responding to the appeals of the conductors of the Bedyddiwr, by increasing its circulation. Some churches have done, and are still doing nobly. Let those who con- tinue indifferent to the claims of their own literature speedily follow their example. In this number we have a second article on the "I halical Principles1 of Christianity." The principles are treated in the order in which they are found in Heb. vi. 1,2,3. The present article treats" Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands." The style and method of the writer make his article thoroughly readable, even to those who, like ourselves, cannot fall in with all his views. Mr. Williams, of Newtown, commences a series of articles on The Church of Christ." The subject is one that needs to be dwelt upon at the present time. We would recommend our ministers to give a more prominent place to the con- stitution of the Church, and the duties resulting from Church Fellowship, in their ordinary pulpit ministrations. In our opinion, the subject has been too much considered as a necessary part (and by many a very unprofitable one) of ordination services. In the article now under considera- tion, Mr. W. examines the New Testament usage of the word "church." The latter part of the article seems to be an unnecessary digression from the subject. The less of such departures to cognate subjects, especially from the press, the better will the subject itself ensure intelligent attention. Our laborious and esteemed fellow-countryman, Mr. D. ap Rhys Stephen, furnishes an interesting and instructive paper on Catwg, o Lancarfan." There is a valuable article on The League of Universal Brotherhood." Extracts from Mr. Noel's work are given. The historical part is well got up, and furnishes a condensed account of passing affairs at home and abroad. From the Bedyddiwr we turn to the Tyst Apostolaidd, published at the Baptise printing-office," Llangollen. Although we are not Baptists, we unfeignedly rejoice in the promising state of their denominational printing-office, and we doubt not but it will be followed with complete success if carried on with the taste and spirit with which it appears to be conducted at present. But to the Tyat itself. It com- mences with a short biographical notice of the celebrated Robinson, of Cambridge. In an article on Church Officers, Mr. Roberts, Pontesbury, strongly insists on pastoral autho- rity. We confess we dislike the phrase. The pastor's authority may be simply stated as all the influence he can gain by the utmost display of self-denying and ardent piety, accompanied with intelligence and wisdom." The pastor should be such in character, in talents, and in devotedness to his work as to secure that influence over a church of saints; and that influence which is merely official, is, we fear, too often the plea of indolence, incapacity, or immorality. We think Mr. Roberts uses the phrase too often in his paper, and trust he will keep clear of resigning the authority of the church to receive members and administer discipline to any pastor or other officer. There are other articles on "Prayer," Election," &c., and the Tjst cannot fail to tell well on the churches. The Ynwfynydd opens with an article on The relation between Metaphysics and Christianity." We entirely con- cur with the writer's views of the necessity of inculcating truth intelligently in the pulpit, and we have no sympathy with those who love a ministry which to them is nothing more than a very-lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice and can play well on an instrument." It is followed by no moral reform, no devotedness to Christ, and cannot therefore be that pure and religloii which is ac- ceptable before God and the Father. We hope the day will soon arrive when religionists of every creed will judge for themselves, and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh them a reason of the hope that is in them with meekness and fear." There is an article on the ques- tion, "Whether human nature or divine revelation be the foundation of religion ?" The writer is one ardently at- tached to the Bible, and we consider the closing portion one so appropriate to the present time, when Dissenting State educationists talk of religious truth antecedent to divine re- velation, that we shall give the benefit of it to our readers :— To the Bible I am indebted for instruction in morality. It toadies me to see in God my Father, and attracts my heart to love him; it teaches me to see in man my brother, and to love him, though an enemy. It shows me one object of worship, but a worthy one it shows me that the grave has opened in a word, it is the only foundation of my religion. Outside I see nothing but m'n bringing nature to plead in favour of poly- theism, and every uncieanness and error, and even calling those things religion. Look to the learned Greeks, or the ignorant masses for religion, and you will find your work vain. Look to the Romans, the masters of the world, an I you will be disap- pointed. But look to the Bible, and your work is no longer vain. This, then, and not human nature, is the foundation. Everywhere else there is nothing but wise men becoming fools, without hope and without God in the world." ::> We have only space further to notice a very attractive and useful article on botany, in which is most naturally blended together that secular and religious instruction which we think should be so united in the school-house as well as in the periodical. Our friend Mr. Evans in writing on botany thinks it necessary to give a very prominent place to the wisdom and goodness of the Creator, as revealed in plants and leaves. This is one evidence more in corroboration of the fact that the neWlxlrtv among Dissenters do not love secular education per s, but advocate it as a sine qua non to receiving State aid with any show of consistency. In taking leave of the Yniofynydd we congratulate the editor on the improvements which he has introduced into it, and we are ,is especially pleased with the non-appearance of the bivbach I'w barhau," although some of his correspondents sadly com;>lain of the annoyance it gives them. We find from the Haul for this month that Mr. Noel's Essay has told upon the apprehensions of our Church friends, and they are consoling themselves with the last contest for the representation of the West Riding, giving a majority of 3,000 in favour of the State Church. The writer seems to be anxious to prove that the separation of Church and State is an evil which cannot take place for a long time to come. L'-t him iTlihlge himself and his friends in his views. For ourselves, we consider these cries of the wounded the best possible proof of the keenness of the weapon. We trust this testim my of the Haul will materially increase the cir- culation of the Essay in Wales. The Haul has several por- tions of articles, and about the average quantity of abuse of Dissenters. The Djtj'edydd opens with an article by Mr. Parry, of Llandovery, on The influence of scientific discoveries and improvements on the morals of society," which has previously appeared in the Diwjjiiwr and Drt/sorfa. Then follows a snort and succinct account of the Judges and Kings, of Judah and Israel. We would recommend our Sunday-school teachers especially to obtain a complete view of the facts and principles of Scripture history. Such articles as these serve to create a taste for such studies, and in a measure to gratify it. There is also a paper endeavouring to prove that our Saviour is meant by Michael and the Archangel in Scripture. Our friend "Icuan Gwynedd" has an article oil the present state of Independency in Wales, occasioned bv the appearance of a letter on the subject in the Dysye- for last November, under the signature "Scorpion." It seems that Scorpion's letter has called forth a vast amount of complaints, and even threatenings to cease to support the Mr. Jones defends Scorpion," and urges the conductors of the Dysgedydd and Diwyyiwr to lift their voices against abuses in the Independent body. We sin- cerely thank Mr. Jones for his manliness in writing this telling article—telling because containing much truth, which has been left too exclusively for the conductors of the Haul and Ci/niro to proclaim. If our own magazines were really fearless and independent, they would be a legitimate moral magistracy, acting as a terror to evil doers," and praising those that do well." The blame which should rest on the evil doer is too often the lot of him who exposes evil, while the vehicle through which unpalatable though salutary truths are conveyed is despised and opposed by those whose deeds of darkness are brought to light. The Diwij<jiior has an eloquent article on Judea, from the pen of Mr. Jones, Herniou. There are two chaste, pointed, and useful articles, one on Looking back," the other on Hidden disciples." An article is devoted to the missionary cause; The editor in a leading article gives us a short his- tory of his opinion on State education, and his reasons for opposing in toto all State interference. In all these periodicals we find that ecclesiastical ques- tions are becoming prominent. Abuses are pointed out in Dissenting churches. Old established systems of error quake, and truth advances. May the leaders of public opi- nion in our beloved Wales be men of wisdom and ability, having understanding of the times to know what Israel ought to do." 0 We should have noticed all the Welsh magazines had the publishers sent us copies.





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