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'I THE FORTRESS OF CHRISTIANITY. 0- (From Eraser's Magazine.) At this inomeutous crisis, it is of great importance to have a few publications, ot' sterlitiz character and impressive eloquence, to place befure "lIeh of the constituencies as are honest and yet undecided, We have no hesitation in pniutiti £ out one of this description-The Fortress of Christianity, by the Rev. George Croly; a tract which, if it could be placed, within the next fortnight, in the hands of every elector of the United Kingdom, could hardly fail to render the result of the coming strng-rrle a glorious one. A part of this tract consists of that splendid preface to the Reverend Author's work on the Apocalypse, which has been already circulated, by many private persons issuing- editions, to the' extent of hundreds of thousands. But Dr. Croly has himself added to the authorised edition, lately published, a continuation of the retrospect, up to the present time. VY'e add a passage, that uo one of our reader's may be ignorant of its value: "These remarks were originally written on the eve of the year 1829. The Bill of that calamitous year replaced the Roman CatIclio in the Parliament, from which he had been expelled a century before, by the united necessities of religion, freedom, alldllatiollal safety. Tiie whole experience of our Protestant history had pronounced that evil must follow. And it has followed. From that hour all hn« been changed. British le,wistaiioii,has lost its stiil)'.Iity. England has lost alike her pre-eminence abroad, and her confidence at home. Every great institution of the state has tottered. Her Governments have risen, and passed away like shadows. The church in Ireland, bound hand and foot, has been flung into the furnace, and is disappearing from the eye. The church in England is haughtily threatened with her share of the fiery trial. Every remonstrance of the nation is insolently answered by pointing- to rebellion, ready to seize its arms in Ireland. Democracy is openly proclaimed as a principle of the state. Popery is" triumphantly predicted as the universal religion. To guide and embody all,-a new shape of power has started up in the IcgisJature,a nvw element at once of control and confusion; a central faction, which has both sides at its mercy; holding the country in contempt, while it fixes its heel on a cabinet trembling for existence; possessing all the influence of office with- out iis responsibility; and engrossing- unlimited patronaye for the purposes of unlimited domination. Yet these maybe 'but the beginning of sorrows.' But, if we give way to Popery, we ara.not with- out the most solemn warnings of Scripture. We have the apostolic declaration Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that MAN OF SIN be revealed, the son of perdition, who opposeth and t'xhaltelh himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped so that he, as God, sitteth in the tempteof Go,i, shewing himself that he is God. Aud then shall that wicked one be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming; even him whose coming is after the working of Satan, with all power, and signs, and lying wonders, with all deceivableuess of unrighteousness in them that perisli tiecause they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.' (2 Thessalo- nians, ii.) This gives the portraiture of the great deluder of the European world in his external and imposing- aspect. Another portraiture displays his internal eviI: — Now, the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times, some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducting spirits, and docirines of devils. Speaking lies in hypocrisy having their conscience seared with a hot iron forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving, of them which believe alld know the truth.' Ending with the solemn injunction to all teachers of Christianity, If thou put the brethren in rememberance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith, and of good doctrine.' (I Timothy, iv. 1.) "Finally, we have the denunciation of the prophet, declaring tlie Divine judgttients: 'And Isawauother angel come down front heaven, having great power; and tile earth was lightpned with his glory, And he cried mightily, with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils; the old of every foul spirit. And 1 heard another voice from heaven, saying. Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, (wd that ye receive not of her plaques. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered heriuiquities.' (Revelation, xviii.) *#*#» "But whatever may be the lot of those to whom error has been all inheritance, wo be to the man and the people to whom it is an adoption. If England, Iree above all other nations, sustained atuidst the trials which have covered Europe before her eyes with burning and slaughter, and enlightened by the fullest know ledge of Divine truth, shall refuse fidelity to the compact by which those matchless privileges have been given, her condemnation will not linger. She has already made one step full of danger. She has committed the capital error of mistaking that for a purely political question, which was a purely religious one. Her foot already hangs over the edge of the precipice. It must be retracted, or the empire is but a name. III the clouds and darkness which seem to be deepening upon all human policy, in the gathèrillg tumults of Europe, and the feverish discontents at home, it may even be difficult to discern where the power yet lies to erect the fallen majesty of the constitution once more. But there are mighty means in sincerity. And, if no miracle was ever wrought for the faith- less the country that will help itself—the generous, the high-hearted, and the pure, will never be left destitute of the help of heaven." One of our contemporaries has an elaborate

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