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THE

PLAIN ENGLISHMAN:

COMPREHENDING

Original Compositions,

AND

SELECTIONS FROM THE BEST WRITERS,

UNDER THE HEADS OF

THE CHRISTIAN MONITOR; THE BRITISH PATRIOT;

THE FIRESIDE COMPANION.

"Fear God. Honour the King.”—1st PETER, c. ii. v. 17.

VOL. I.

London:

HATCHARD AND SON, 187, PICCADILLY;

AND

KNIGHT AND DREDGE, CASTLE-STREET, WINDSOR,

1820.

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CONTENTS.

Character of a Plain Englishman. --His advantages, from his Government and his
Religion, p. i.-feelings of the Plain Englishman of the Working Classes, ii.-evils
of the abuse of knowledge, ib.-proper object of National Education, to enable
all people to read the Holy Scriptures, ib.-other knowledge may be communi-
cated with advantage to the Christian and the good subject, iii.-the object of
this Publication to communicate such useful, innocent, and necessary knowledge
to those who have not access to bulky and expensive Books, and particularly to
those whose desire for information has been called into action by the system of
National Instruction, iv.

The Christian Monitor.

No. I.

Reflections on New Year's Day.-Introduction, p. 1-New Year's Day a season of
congratulation and festivity, -ought also to be a season of thanksgiving, ib.-men
more apt to give themselves up to temporal than spiritual pursuits, 3-religion the
true business of life, ib.-general neglect thereof, 4-importance of marking time
by religious improvement, ib. temptation common to all ranks, ib.-resignation,
piety, and saving of time recommende to the poor, 5-necessity of immediate pre-
paration for eternity, ib.-worldly affairs no excuse for neglect, 6-situation of an
English labourer contrasted with that of others, 7-gratitude to Heaven recom-
mended to him, ib.-immediate necessity of improving time, ib.
Atheism and Infidelity Refuted, by Bishop Watson.-Notice of the author, 8-atheism
hostile to the very existence of civil society, ib.-Bacon's opinion of Christianity,
ib.-both nature and reason prove the existence of a Creator, 9-anecdote of
Newton, ib.-Cotes, 16-Boyle, ib.-belief of a Creator appears from the
annals of all nations, ib.-history of the Jews in the Bible evidence against atheism
and deism, 11-causes of infidelity, ih.-data of Christianity, 12-carry conviction
to the mind in the decline of life, ib.-conclusion, ib.

Ogden on Prayer.-Notice of Dr. Ogden, 13—ancient fable, ib.-prayer commanded
by God, ib.-success thereof exemplified at siege of Jericho, ib.-testimonies of the
Apostles in favour of prayer, arguments in favour of prayer drawn from the
Scriptures, 15-authenticity of miracles upheld, ib.—superintendence of Provi-
dence an encouragement to devotion, ib.

Life of Martin Luther. Introduction, 61-parentage, birth, and education of Luther,

62-sale of indulgences by Leo X. 63-opposition thereof by Luther, ib.-his

doctrines condemned by Leo, 64-Luther publicly burns the Pope's Bull, ib.-
defends his doctrines before the General Assembly of the German empire, ib.—
condemned by the Council, but protected by the Elector of Saxony, ib.-abjures
the papal authority, quits the monastic habit and marries, ib.-his doctrines again
condemned, 65-Confession of Augsburg published, ib.-Luther translates the
Bible into German, ib.-his death and character, ib.

No. IV.

Lectures on the Bible.-Prophecy.-Purpose of prophecy, 153-Christianity foretold

thereby, 154-captivity of the Jews, 155-their after relinquishment of idols ren-

dered the continuance of prophecy unnecessary, ib.-prophetical more difficult to

be understood than historical books of the Old Testament, ib.-eastern style full

of comparison, 156-greater and lesser prophets enumerated, ib.-prophecies of

Isaiah, ib.-Jeremiah, 157-Ezekiel, ib.-Daniel, ib.-Hosea, 158-Joel, ib.-

Amos, ib,-Obadiah, ib.-Jonah, ib.-Micah, ib.-Nahum, 159-Habakkuk, ib.

-Zephaniah, ib.-Haggai, ib.-Zechariah, ib.-Malachi, ib.-conclusion, 160.

Life of Cranmer. His birth and education, 162-is introduced to Henry VIII. 163–

appointed Archbishop of Canterbury, ib.--joins Lord Cromwell in opposing the

interests of papacy, ib.-Henry suppresses the monasteries, and confiscates their

revenues, ib.-Cranmer suspected of having advised these proceedings. ib.-Henry

returns to the Romish doctrines, ib.-Cranmer cited before the council for con-

tempt, but protected by the King, ib.-attends Henry on his death-bed, 164-his

religious publications, ib.-character of Edward VI. 165—he alters the succession

in favour of Lady Jane Grey, ib.-prevaiis on Cranmer to accede thereto, ib.—

accession of Queen Mary, 166-her anger against Cranmer, ib.-increased by his

public declaration of abhorrence of popish creed, ib.-is brought to trial for contu-

macy, ib.-is degraded, 167-persuaded to recant his opinions, ib.-is ordered for

execution, ib.-his behaviour at his funeral sermon, ib.-at the place of execution,

168.

No. VII.

Lectures on the Bible.-Lecture VI.-Retrospect of previous lectures, 311-Bible the

word of God revealed by degrees, ib.-promises of the Saviour contained in the

Old Testament, 312-connexion betwixt Old and New Testament, ib.-Gospel his-

tory confirmed by the writings of cotemporary Greek, Roman, and Jewish histo-

rians, 313 ancient copies of New Testament, ib.-zeal of primitive Chris-

tians, 314-nothing but divine authority could have preserved Christianity in its

earliest ages, ib.-state of the world at the dawning of Christianity, 315-difference

betwixt Christianity and Mahometanism, 316-rise of Mahometanism, ib.-Christ's

divine mission acknowledged by Mahomet, 317-Mahometanism only prevails

amongst the most ignorant nations of the earth, ib.-Christianity amongst the most

enlightened, ib.-undoubting belief in Christianity encouraged, 318.

Dialogues between Eusebius and Alciphron.-Dialogue III.-The Christian dispensa-

tion only the completion of a systematic plan of God, 318-belief of the divine in-

terposition in favour of the Jews leads to belief in the doctrines of Christianity,

319-miracles of Jesus witnessed by a whole nation, 320-ignorance a main cause

of infidelity, 321-study of the Gospels recommended to unbelievers, 922-also the

works of Porteus, Doddridge, and Paley, 323.

On Drunkenness, from Archdeacon Paley.-Bad effects of drunkenness, 924-danger

and mischief of the example, ib.-drunkenness censured by St. Paul, 325-appetite

for, not natural but acquired, ib.-arises from drunken company or idleness, ib.-

the habit once acquired different to be conquered, ib.-importance of laying down

rules for the avoiding of intemperance, 326.

On the Fall of Jerusalem.-Interest felt in the destruction of Jerusalem, and subsequent
state of the Jews, 373-predictions of Christ thereby fulfilled, 374-cause of war
betwixt Romans and Jews, ib.-Romans lay waste Judea, but compelled to return
from before Jerusalem, with defeat, ib.-Vespasian assumes the command of the
Roman army and advances against Jerusalem, 376-is elected emperor, and the

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