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made to you of presenting 2000 volumes and punishments.
The usual passages of the “True Christian Religion” free cited in relation to this question are in. amongst clergymen and ministers of troduced and remarked upon, and the
conclusion drawn from them is thus any denomination on their application, summarized:as I think that would be likely to pro- “ Thus the witness of the Old Testa. duce a very good effect; and even if ment, when taken in a purely sciensome few of such volumes should tific manner, clearly taught: 1. That happen to fall into the hands of second. the human soul continued to live when hand booksellers, they would not be death went into Sheol or the invisible
2. That the soul at
the body died. entirely lost there, for the people who world, the descriptions given of this buy books of second-hand booksellers world being generally suggestive of are always readers of books, and the gloom and terror. 3. That it was well reading of that one work would in many the character of their earthly life. 4.
or ill with men after death according to cases cause a demand by purchase for That obedience to God's commands was other works of the author, and some of tantamount to immortality. 5. That the seed sown in that way would fall God would eventually bring both the upon good ground and bring forth much quick and the dead into judgment
before Him. 6. That the terminus of good fruit in due season. -- Believe me, human history would be the absolute my dear sir, yours very faithfully,
catastrophe of evil, the complete triumph “B. ATTWOOD.
and ascendancy of the moral govern.
ment of God, and the perfect and ever"J. J. G. WILKINSON, Esq., M.D., lasting bliss of all holy creatures." “76 Wimpole St., Cavendish Sq. We refer to this lecture, however, not
with the intention of tracing the argu“P.S.-I should much desire that ment for man's immortality from the any money I may contribute for the use critical examination of the Old Testaof the Society should be entered in any able remarks of the lecturer on the
ment, but to present the just and Falupublication of their proceedings as nature of this earlier portion of the received anonymously, and not in my Word when read and interpreted in the
light of the Gospel.
" The Old Testament," said the RELATION OF THE OLD TO THE NEW lecturer, “was not a book of purely TESTAMENT.–One of the recent insti. human character. How did Christ and tutions of Wesleyan Methodism is an his Apostle regard it! With them it annual Theological Lecture, called the was a supernatural book, having a super" Fernley Lecture.” The last of these natural significance, comprehensibleonly Lectures was by the Rev. J. D. Geden. through supernatural organs and instru. The subject selected by the lecturer was ments. Not only was it all true, as any “The Doctrine of a Future Life as con- simply human composition might be: tained in the Old Testament Scriptures.” its writers spake as they were moved by
“The importance of the subject,” said the Holy Ghost. Its fácts were parable the lecturer, “was heightened at the and allegory. Its personages were empresent moment by the general agree- blems, types and symbols. Its instiment and positive assertion on the part tutions were sermons; its prophecy of contemporary Biblical criticism, that wrapped up in the everlasting counsels the Old Testament either did not con- of God. Who had not remarked again tain the doctrine of a future life at all, and again how the New Testament found or that that doctrine was only found Christ in the Old where He was not there under pitiful proportions, and with obvious ?-how after a fashion of its infinite haziness and uncertainty of own it recast and beautified the ancient outline."
record ? . . . On this assumption that The aim of the lecture is to adduce the Old Testament was an inspired book, evidences from the Old Testament Scrip- written for spiritual ends, the New tures of the immortality of the soul and Testament was at once intelligible ; and the existence of a future life of rewards might not Christ and the whole system
of Christian verity follow as a necessary writer we have cited, “unfeignedly sequence? Now it was on this very honour Mr. Johnson for holding these principle that the New Testament pro sentiments, but we are not quite sure ceeded in its interpretation of the Old. that he is on the right tack. The Its authors claimed, on irrefragable patriarchal relation between masters and evidence, to speak by inspiration of the men is, we fear, somewhat out of date. same Spirit who dictated the ancient So far as it can be naturally and unconScripture. They declared authoritatively strainedly cultivated, let it, by all what that Scripture meant. And this means, be so. But we cannot profess to put a new aspect upon the doctrine of a hope much from it. A modern workfuture life as well as upon other teach- man, who has learned to read, who has ings of the Old Testament. The doc- his Carlyle, his Mill, and his daily trine might be present where it was not newspaper, who takes part in electing conspicuous, nay, where we should not one House of the Legislature, does not expect to find it. 'I am the God of want to be patted on the head, or taken Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob:' by the hand, by a patriarchal employer. did this teach the resurrection of the We fancy that Perthes felt the way in dead? Yes. "God is not the God of which, as a bookseller, he could best the dead, but of the living.' Thus the discharge his duties as citizen and as doctrine swelled to new and almost man to be simply this,-to sell good indefinitely large proportions. The words books. If he did that, he might keep of the documents became the index of a his mind easy as to other things, for a broader, clearer, and more spiritual good book has manifold and priceless knowledge of the life to come than any virtues, Cotton goods for the clothing which a strictly scientific exposition of the body are not such precious, would determine.”
miracle-working things as true books ;
but yet we have a strong persuasion that DUTIES OF TRADE.--The Christian the Manchester manufacturers will strike World, in commenting on a talk in the more practically into the road of duty Manchester Chamber of Commerce, says: by making it their ambition to produce "Mr. Johnson dwelt principally upon supremely excellent cotton goods than the duties of trade. Selecting as his by attempting to realise patriarchal exemplar--a better could not be found ideals in their intercourse with their -the German bookseller Perthes, he men. Mr. Johnson, we are glad to say, called upon the manufacturers of Man. does not overlook this important part of chester to consider the standard which the subject. • Whatever,' he said, 'was he had set up for himself. How can sold or manufactured must be not merely I,' Perthes asked himself in his youth, of apparently sufficient goodness ; it
a bookseller, as a bookseller, promote must be really fit for the purpose for in every best way the independence, the which it was intended.' There is a progress, the well-being of Germany ? terrible misgiving in some quarters that How can I, a bookseller, as a bookseller, the thoroughness, the workmanlike promote to the utmost the cause of true finish and strength, which used to be art, of true literature, of true religion ? the characteristics of English manuHow can I, not in addition to, but by facturers, distinguish them less than virtue of my profession, be in my own formerly. If every master and every measure perfect as a citizen and as a man took for his motto, “Good work or mian?'” Mr. Johnson, in the estimation death,' each would, in his proportion, of the writer, does not appreciate the do for England what Perthes did for simple means whereby Perthes was to Germany. accomplish his noble purpose. He (Mr. Johnson) speaks of English manu- Rev. J. E. BRUCE. --The following facturers becoming “captains of an in- letter, which we extract from the Mesdustrial movement which had taken the senger, gives a picture of the state of place of the warlike energy of their fore- mind of many of the preachers and fathers,” and of establishing a kind leaders in the large religious comof patriarchal relation, according to munities. Th old is departing from which the employer was bound to look their minds, and the new is not disclosed after the comfort and morals and intelli- to their mental perception. They linger gence of the employed.” “We,” says the amid old and valued associations, striving with more or less success to adapt them and Shadow' and 'Secret of Sweden. to their wants, and in the end quietly borg.'. I have tried faithfully, as many submit to the inevitable or break the co-workers will testify, to build, in each bonds in which they are held. The of the liberal bodies, the Church on this letter is addressed to the Committee on ground. But in both instances my Fellowship of the Massachusetts Univer- work ended in the most signal failures. salist Convention, and is first published And perhaps the saddest feature of the in the Universalist :
whole affair is the fact that the failures “Brethren,--I have seen many sad in both instances are due to the fidelity days of late, but this, on which I lay of the people with whom I had to deal. down at onco my ministerial fellowship The event proved that they had well. and my membership in the Universalist defined opinions with which it was not Church, is the saddest of them all. I possible for them to part. And their have been a Universalist from my child- faith, such as it is, I have to testify hood, and a preacher of that faith for that they stood unswervingly by that. thirty years. I entertain a lively hope, That settled it. I do not make, and and have not the slightest doubt, that I have never made, any pretence of holdshall die as I have lived, in that faith. ing that motley mixture of ancient Of existing churches the Universalist is Pelagianism and modern Rationalism the only one with which, as an honest (of the Priestly and Paleyan type) man, I could have an hour's connection ; which, with a slight veneer of Scripture yet to-day, honesty with myself and texts, makes up the stock belief of the truth towards you, both alike require average Unitarian and Universalist lay. me to lay down my fellowship as a min- man. I say layman, for I am quite ister and to cease at the same time to well aware of the various phases of be, in any ecclesiastical sense, a Uni- divergence between the clerical and the versalist. The pain of this hour is not lay mind in this respect. Well, as I sudden. Seven years ago I wrote a said, this settled it. The people would letter, and had it ready to send, separat. have none of my notions. My methods ing myself, as I do now, from the startled them. One poor man set the Church and the ministry, but was in- whole truth in a phrase when, without duced to withhold it. Later, after any conception of the sweep or force of several conferences with Dr. Patterson his words, he gave as the reason why and a few other brethren, I decided to my Unitarian parish turned back, that take service again in the Unitarian or praying was not the Unitarian thing.' Universalist communions, and it seemed It is a homely saying, but it goes home to me at the time nearly indifferent to the heart of the whole matter. It which body I worked in. Providence lays bare the stone of stumbling and opened me a door among the Unitarians, the rock of offence in the path of all and I entered it. Six months sufficed modern men. John Tyndall, and not to show me that there was no place Jesus Christ, is the pattern of faith in for me, my opinions, my faith, or my the nineteenth century. Science and methods, in that body. I then took à not philosophy, physics and not faithparish in the Universalist communion, this is the rising cry which is borne in and two years have brought me round upon us by the winds which blow from to to-day, wherein I stand convinced that every quarter of the globe. On this I have, if possible, less place in the angry sea of doubt the Church has Church of my childhood than perhaps parted into fragments. The ark of God in any other. But, in quitting the ark, is nowhere found save in the broken I face only the flood. I have profound bits of the wreck. And still the storm faith in the Church. I believe in the increases, and the sea runs higher and Lord Jesus Christ. With certain modi. wilder as the days and nights go over fications, inevitable to modern men, I us. It is a limitless expanse, with the accept Swedenborg's doctrine of the darkness about us, and the hungry sea Lord.' My body of divinity is in- for our only resting-place. The Catholic timated, if not outlined, in the books of Church is drifted far down the tide, Edmund H. Sears. The ground of my and only the music which the ages have doctrine of the Church I find very fairly breathed through its mighty soul, laid down in the writings of Mr. Henry touched and intensified by the savour of James, and notably in his 'Substance its sounds, is left. Every hope of Pro
testantism is hopelessly lost. The liberal first Sunday of this year, it is intended laity have long ago deliberately decided to hold regular Sabbath services. Thus to quit the ship and entrust themselves it is hoped he may succeed in forming and their all to the long boat' of an “ Italian New Church Society," the much money-getting, a little religion nucleus of which exists already in the for a Sunday decency, and just enough little band of English and American conventional morality to make up the receivers of the New Church under the sham respectability required to pass Rev. Mr. Ford's ministry. The subcurrent in the shoddy social life of the scription to the Nuova Epoca is 8s. times. For myself, I have no faith in a year, and for this the Magazine will be any of the fragments of the Catholic sent post free to any address in the or orthodox wreck that are yet afloat, United Kingdom. The undersigned and I do not think it worth the trouble will be happy to receive subscriptions any longer to help to man the liberal and donations, being empowered to do so long boat. So, unless the Lord comes by Professor Scocia.-JOSEPH Gallico, miraculously to the rescue in the raising 4 Lawford Road, Kentish Town, London. up of some new free Christian Church, I have decided, like Peter, to entrust my- SWEDENBORG SOCIETY.-On the 14th self to waves, and, if faith fail, to go February, the number of copies of the down alone. So please accept my letter True Christian Religion supplied to of fellowship as a minister, and my ministers was 3009. The following is membership in the Universalist Church, an analysis of 19 applications made on both which I now lay down together.- the 4th of the same month, viz, :J. E. Bruce.”
Independents, 11; Methodists, 2; Bap
tists, 1; Church of England, 2; Church ITALY.— With the present year the of Scotland, 1; unknown, 2. This, Nuova Epoca enters on the fourth year however, must not be taken as repre. of its existence. Whilst gratefully ac- senting the actual proportions of the knowledging the favourable reception issue, which gives the Wesleyans the which, under Divine Providence, it has highest place. The steady continuance 80 far received, all lovers of the New of the demand for this important work Church are reminded that this excellent has determined the Committee to extend Magazine is still in its “ day of small the offer to the end of the Society's things.” It has many difficulties to year in June next. By that time there contend with, and, consequently, assist- will have been few ministers in the ance is much needed. The Nuova United Kingdom but will have seen the Epoca, as stated on a former occasion, advertisement in one or other of the is an eloquent expositor of the grand newspapers. One clergyman saw the teachings of the New Church. Pro- advertisement in the Church Times, in fessor Scocia, its able editor, and trans. Australia, and made application for a lator of several of Swedenborg's works copy. The rapid growth of public free into Italian, has set to himself the task libraries in important towns is matter of unfolding therein the Truths in a for congratulation in all respects. “Readmanner most suited to the Italian mind, ing," says Lord Bacon, “ makes the full interspersing not unfrequently the philo- man," and if John Wesley was right in sophical and theological essays with saying, that, having the theology of historical sketches illustrating the teach. Swedenborg we may burn all other ings of the former, besides giving short works on that subject, it is clear that no notices of such events of general in- public free library should be without terest to the New Church readers which a set of the Theological Works. A circular might otherwise escape their attention. offering them has been sent to all the reIt is therefore earnestly hoped that the cently established libraries, with the friends in England will not withhold their following satisfactory results:-Manchessupport to the work. It may be inter- ter, with its seven institutions, has apesting to the New Church in England plied for 283 volumes to complete the to learn that Professor Scocia has just list in each of them, with the addition of hired a suitable hall in a central part of all the works in Latin for the chief or reFlorence, which he is converting into a ference library,—the librarian adding, "New Church Reading and Lecture “The English editions would be useful in Room,” wherein, commencing from the the six branch Lending Libraries, where the few volumes we already have are much ance of a wide circulation of the Theoloused and appreciated." The Committee gical works was strongly evidenced in of the Ramsbottom Free Library has the letters which came before the accepted “with great pleasure" a selec- Society. A similar movement, which tion of the works. The Committee of the gift of Mr. Attwood enabled the the Cambridge Free Library accepted Committee to effect in England, the offer “with thanks.” Birmingham has been commenced in Italy. The has had a set of the Theological Works, Rev. A. E. Ford and Professor Scocia and a selection of the Philosophical for have been authorized to offer gratui. the Central Library, and the same for tously to the clergy of Italy, both each of the branches at Deritend and Catholic and Protestant, copies of the Gosta Green. Wolverhampton has re- Italian translations of the Heaven and ceived a similar grant, and the Literary Hell, Divine Providence, and the New Institute at Scarborough, and the Tod- Jerusalem and its Heavenly Doctrine, morden Industrial and Co-operative on application or on payment of postage. Society-Educational department-se- Attention to the offer will be called by lections from both the Theological and advertisements in the public papers. Philosophical Works. With such Dr. John Jackson of Oregon is liberally liberal responses, it seems a pity to have aiding the work in this country. In to record anything to darken this fair December last the Secretary received a picture, but the Committees of the Free second donation of £10 towards the exLibrary in the cathedral city of Here. penses of translating and publishing & ford, and the Christian Young Men's pocket edition of the Athanasian Creed, Association, London, declined the offers. which is being prepared,-a portion During the late visit of Bishop Colenso of which will be sewed and sold at a low to this country, the Rev. Mr. Marsden price, to enable subscribers and purhad an opportunity of asking his Lord. Chasers to use it extensively, now that ship whether an offer of some of the the Creed is so prominently before the works of Swedenborg would be accept- public mind. able to him. His Lordship replied in the affirmative, and promised to care- SWEDENBORG READING SOCIETY (36 fully study them, and in particular the Bloomsbury Street, London). - At the Conjugial Love, with the view of obtain. meetings of this Society in November ing some assistance in dealing with the and December 1874, Dr. Tafel read two difficult question of marriage among papers on the Inspiration of Swedenconverted Caffres. With his usual borg. The subject was treated in so liberality the Rev. A. Clissold gave elaborate a manner, and the works of permission to the Secretary to offer Swedenborg were so extensively quoted copies of all his works to his Lordship in support of the lecturer's views, that in addition. These were supplemented the papers exceeded the usual lengths to by a grant from the London Missionary such an extent as to leave time for but and Tract Society of its most important very few remarks from the members publications, so that his Lordship left present. Dr. Tafel therefore kindly England with ample means to become consented to give a brief résumé of the acquainted with the new and brighter main points of his arguments at the light of the New Church upon the letter meeting which took place on the 21st of the Sacred Scriptures, which to him January last, and thus allow time for is in some respects clouded with doubts discussion. His abstract, which was and difficulties. Much is to be hoped brief, recapitulated the principal points from the Christian spirit shown by the for which he contended ; and the dis. Bishop under trying circumstances while cussion upon them was interesting and in this country-for good ground is animated. The majority-in fact all always fruitful. The generous donor of but one speaker - demurred to the the £1000, who was no other than extreme views which the lecturer ap: Benjamin Attwood, Esq., of Cheshunt, peared to take of the character of died rather suddenly in November Swedenborg's inspiration, and which he last. His intention to supplement his briefly expressed in these words, after handsome gist was well known, but quoting several passages from leaving no will, any further expectations Writings