[Review of A Series of Discourses on the Christian Revelation, by Thomas Chalmers]
Astronomy, Piety, Biblical Authority, Genius, Political Economy, Natural Theology, Infidelity
Robert Boyle , Isaac Newton
Begins: 'One of the worst features of the present times is the separation that has taken place between science and religion'. Observes that earlier in the history of English literature, 'great talents' were combined with 'sublime piety'. Contrasts this with the present situation, when 'the profound reverence for sacred things' is not 'characteristic of those by whom science is promoted, and knowledge extended'. Considers that the separation of science and religion means that the 'sacred system of revelation' is 'in danger of being considered as fitted only to be the creed of less enlightened minds'. Argues that the work under review is 'well calculated' to counteract this. Praises Chalmers's 'genius', but bemoans his lapses of taste and sentiment. (73) Gives an account, 'for the sake of our readers in the south', of Chalmers's life and his claims to fame. Declines to summarize the contents of the work under review, but strongly urges its value and utility.
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