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harmed; thus, when air ceases ether is denomination, that too few young men found ; when the red blood dies its ani- of culture and good social position mal spirits survive ; and though death offered themselves as candidates for the destroys the body the soul escapes un- ministry. Men were admitted into the scathed.' It would be wasting time to colleges whom the Committees would prolong this allusion to him whom Mr. not pass had they more eligible candiEmerson calls one of the mastodons of dates.” The question, therefore, naturliterature,' or specially to enlarge on his ally arises to this as to other Christian superficially mystic but intrinsically communities, “How might a larger scientific conceptions of the spiritual number of competent and well-furnished body. Nor must we for a moment be men be supplied ?” Mr. Bruce's answer understood as preaching Swedenborgian- 'to this question is briefly the followism. We are only suggesting that Dr. ing : -“The first requisite was a higher Tyndall's sneer at Swedenborg was un- spiritual life in the churches. Then the instructed, and that there are some few position of the ministers inight be made quasi-scientific suggestions of the Swed- much more comfortable and the office ish seer which may, after all, come as more attractive. It was necessary that close to a solution of the secret of or something should be done immediately ganic life as an explanation which at- to raise the salaries of ministers all over, tempts to connect organic life with cry. but especially in the rural and weak stallization, and spiritual life with the churches. Not only was this desirable, phenomenon of molecular force." but also that the ministerial office should
be held in higher esteem amongst the THE CONGREGATIONAL MINISTRY.- members of wealthy and educated The Congregational body, besides their families.” Some of these suggestions general Union, which combines the may be usefully pondered by members churches of this communion throughout of the New Church. The esteem of the the kingdom, is divided into a number ministers will depend on the degree in of local Unions in the several coun. which the ministers make themselves ties, or conveniently situated districts estimable, and is very much in their own throughout the country. The meetings hands. But the increase of their incomes, of these associations afford convenient which is necessary to secure them against opportunities to discuss important or the depressing influence of worldly anpressing questions of a religious or xiety and care, and the introduction to ecclesiastical character. These are in- the ministry of the sons of our wealthy troduced in the address of the chair- families, are matters in the hands of the man, or in written papers read by lead. laity of the church, and may be strongly ing ministers and discussed by the commended to their attention. assembly. At a recent meeting of the Yorkshire Union, the subject of the CREEDS.–At the meeting of the Conministry was introduced by the Rev. R. gregational Union of Lancashire, the Bruce of Huddersfield. The Congrega- chairman, the Rev. T. Green of Ashton, tionalists believed in an educated, re- in discussing the question of “Christian cognized, stated and paid ministry, but Unity,” introduced the creeds of Chrisdid not think it wrong for a man to tendom as one barrier in the way of this leave the ministry if he were not fitted unity of the spirit. “Unity,” he said, for it. It was fitness for the work which would be increasingly secured, as made a man a true minister. - The Christians endeavour to promote the churches, however, must be more wise study of the Word of God. The age of and reasonable in their expectations. creeds had fled; no creed had taken hold They lived in a sensational age, and of the Church, or had a chance of doing shared_too much in the spirit of the so, since the invention of printing putthe age. Their churches would be more Scriptures in the hands of all. Creeds peaceful and prosperous, and the mini. were the products of darkness, and the sters more comfortably settled and positiveness of ignorance, and could only better appreciated, were it more gener- take root where there had been a positive ally understood that ministers were to ignorance of Scripture. The Church be mainly faithful teachers and diligent had not yet taught the world that there pastors. It was a matter of complaint, was one God and Father of us all, hating and one not confined to their own nothing that He had made, for His ten
der mercies are over all His works, lov- Philadelphia, “Him that overcometh ing all, leading all, and reconciling the will I make a pillar,'” &c., Rev. iii. 12; world unto Himself
. The first step was “The angel standing in the sun, and not yet taken. The Christian Church proclaiming the invitation to the supper might be said to be almost unanimous of the great God," Rev. xix. 17; "The on salvation and eternal life by Christ. woman clothed with the sun,” &c., Rev. And how tremendous was this fact as xii.; “The great red Dragon, with seven compared with the various doctrines that leads, and ten horns," Rev. xii. The spring out of it; but it was often a statements of Luther, Dr. Adam Clarke, matter of greater anxiety to convert those Dr. Arnold, Dean Wodehouse, Swedenwho held some supposed erroneous view borg, and others, respecting this won. of the Atonement, than those who had derful book, "The Revelation of John,' never felt the power of Christ's sacrifice were cited, and questions on the subat all. It had been no love of Christ jects of the lectures were invited at that had made men fight with the sword the close. Tracts were also circulated over Christian doctrine, but love of self, gratuitously, and books explanatory of secular ambition and political considera- the Doctrines of the New Church sold, tions; and the unhappy possession of after the services and lectures. the power to persecute. They lived in The Grimsby News gives a report of the dispensation of the Holy Spirit, who the lectures, from which we make the had promised to guide them into all following extract :-“Under the title of truth. The body of Christ would The Principles of Christianity from the exist without schism. Diversity in Word of God, Mr. R. Gunton, of Lonunity was a Divine idea which God don, one of the appointed lecturers of would work out."
the New Jerusalem Church,' has deThis address has been severely criti. livered three discourses and two lectures cised by the Bishop of Manchester, and in the Temperance Hall, Cleethorpe is undoubtedly open to objection. It Road, during the past week. Conproves, however, that the orthodox sidering the state of the weather, the creeds are fast losing their hold on the attendance was fair, and the lecturer minds of the popular teachers of the was honoured by the presence of several Church. The remedy for the darkness persons occupying good social positions in which they have involved the Church in Grimsby, On Tuesday night Mr. is not the rejection of all creeds, but the Councillor Wm. Mudd occupied the more excellent way of a sounder doctrine chair. Marked attention was given and more enlightened faith. Doctrine both at the Sunday services and on is a generalization of the individual facts Tuesday night.
The burden of Mr. and truths of revelation. When true, it Gunton's mission seems to be, to imis not a product of ignorance, but of the press the minds of his hearers with the highest intelligence. It is indeed the importance of reading the writings of intellectual discernment of the mutual Swedenborg; arguing most emphatically relation of apparently diverse truths, that no books in the world, in his and the manifestation of the resplendent opinion, so perfectly enable a man to light shed by them, when seen in har- understand the Bible. He said, and no mony, on the great Source of all truth doubt truly, that there is a marvellous -the Saviour who is the truth itself. upheaving in the religious world, that
many leaders of the people, ministers of NATIONAL MISSIONARY INSTITUTION— the various denominations, are GRIMSBY.—A course of public lectures, fessing that they know not what they on the “Principles of Christianity from believe; and that a belief in the inspirthe Word of God,” were given in the ation of the Word of God, and in what Temperance Hall, Grimsby, by Mr. that inspiration consists, is fast losing Gunton, from that mysterious portion its power over the mind, especially the of the Word, “The Revelation of John.” minds of the rising generation. This The lectures were given on Sunday, state of things, the lecturer said, was March 19th, and on the following deplorable, and the cure he prescribed Tuesday and Thursday evenings. They is the knowledge of the spiritual sense embraced the following subjects—"The of the Holy Word, so lucidly presented Address to the Seven Churches," Rev. in the writings of Swedenborg. In rei. 4 ; “The promise to the Church at ference to the Apocalypse, from which
his subjects were taken, he read extracts on Great Subjects,' by the Rev. Dr. from Dr. Adam Clarke, Martin Luther, Bayley ; 4. The Spiritual World and Dr. Lees, Dr. Arnold, and others, the our Children there,' by the Rev. quotations showing, that these learned Chauncey Giles. The Rev. F. S. Attenmen confessed their entire ignorance of borough remarked that it was evident the meaning of the symbols in this the secretary of that society followed the book. From Dr. Adam Clarke he gave movements of this committee closely. the following extract :-'My readers He had no doubt this application arose may naturally expect that I should out of what was done at the last nieeting either give a decided preference to some with regard to the papers of another one of the opinions stated above, or pro- society. In reply to the Chairman, he duce one of my own. I can do neither. further stated that he had a copy of the Nor can I pretend to explain the book. book, "The Spiritual World and our I do not understand it, and in the Children there,' and it was an interesting things which concern so sublime and work. Mr. Grainger thought they would awful a subject, I dare not, as my only be consistent in accepting the books. predecessors, indulge in conjectures. There could be no harm done by accepting From Dr. Lees he also read as follows: them. The Rev. W. J. Woods spoke -After the inquiries of many cen- in favour of the work, “Great Truths on turies, we can ascertain of its meaning Great Subjects.' Mr. Grainger proposed -absolutely nothing.' From Dr. Ar- that they should be accepted. Mr. nold :-'I answer that the real subject Attenborough seconded the motion, but of the prophecy in its highest sense is at the same time admitted that he not the historical, but the spiritual should have liked the Committee to Babylon, and it will be found, I think, have refused all gifts of this kind. a general rule in all the prophecies of However, as the Committee accepted the Scripture that they contain expres- works of a similar kind at the last meetsions which will only be adequately ing, he did not see how they could confulfilled in their last and spiritual fulfil. sistently refuse the present application. ment.' Our space does not permit us He thought it should be all or none. to say much about the special utter- The Chairman-I think you are quite
the lecturer, but we may say right. The voting was then taken, and that the impression upon the minds of there voted in its favour,-namely, Mr. his hearers on Tuesday evening was Grainger, the Rev. F. S. Attenborougb, evidently a favourable one, and many and the Chairman. On asking for the of the books, which are marvels of show of hands to the contrary, not one cheapness, were sold at the close." was held up. At this there was con:
siderable laughter, and one of the memPRESENTATIONS OF NEW Church bers of the Committee expressed a hope WORKS.–Following the example of the that the names of those who did not Swedenborg Society, the New Church vote would go forth to the public. Missionary and Tract Society have determined to offer to the public free libraries SCANDINAVIAN MISSIONS (From the copies of certain New Church works. Messenger of April 5th).—After having The list and the result of their application returned from a missionary visit to to the Leamington Library is given in Sweden, in the month of May, I went to the following notice which we extract Aalborg, in Jyllance, and delivered some from the Leamington Chronicle :- lectures on different leading doctrines of
"The Chairman read the letter referred the New Church. The attendance was to from the 'New Church Missionary pretty good, but not so good as it used and Tract Society.' It stated that the to be, because Methodist and Lovingian Committee had much pleasure in offering missionaries, who are paid by their the following works, explanatory of the American brethren, try with all their doctrines of Emanuel Swedenborg, on power to hinder the spreading of the condition that they were permitted to New Church. So do, of course, both appear in the library catalogue. 1. 'An the ministers and the missionaries also Appeal in defence of Swedenborg and of the Lutheran Church, and they suchis Writings,' by Rev. Samuel Noble ; ceed quite well, for lately the pietists 2. 'The Antediluvian History,' by the have found out a doctrine which tastes Rev. E. D. Rendell ; 3. “Great Truths sweet to the natural man, namely, that
“it is sweet to sin, in order to experi. When I think of the deadening influence ence the over-flowing grace of the sacri- of the clergy and of the colporteurs, it fice of Christ,” and “the more sin the seems to me that church buildings, with more grace. To those who are mad their churchyards around them, may but enough to believe such things, the doc- too properly, at the present time, be trine of the New Church must be a likened to large monuments over the horror. I was in Aalborg about three dead bodies of those souls that the clergy weeks, during which time three lectures have slain. were delivered each week. The small
We will hope that the first volume of society celebrated the Holy Supper, and "True Christian Religion” which is now a couple of the working classes were in the book stores, will cause some change married.
in the minds of earnest seeking people, Here, in Copenhagen, we have had but as such are few, the sale of this excellectures on the doctrines of the Church lent work will certainly go very slowly. every Thursday evening in the week, According to a letter from our zealous and worship every Sunday. Two couples and dear friend Mr. Marston Niles, the have been married, and two children and American Printing and Publishing So. two adults have been baptized. It must ciety will kindly send the “True Chrisbe noticed the adults were baptized be- tian Religion” to public libraries in Norcause they expressly wished it, notwith- way, Denmark, and Sweden, standing their knowing that the doctrines When I was in Sweden this fall, I of the Church do not distinctly demand took the work with me, and sent it to re-baptism of adults.
the Royal Libraries at Stockholm, Lund, I am glad to mention that this year and Upsala, and to the New Church we have got five receivers of the doctrines Libraries in Stockholm, but having as of the New Church, but I am sorry to yet not got the addresses of the librarians say that they are all poor workmen, who of the other libraries, and besides, hav. can do nothing as yet to assist us with ing no money to pay the postage, I have means to subsist. I am convinced that not yet sent them. the New Church would make great pro- The above work is long ago sent to gress among the Scandinavians, especially the Royal and the University Libraries among the middle classes, if the Luthe- in Copenhagen. ran and Methodist ministers did not On behalf of the New Church in Scanterrify those who read the doctrines of dinavia, I thank all those New Church the Church, by telling them that they friends in America and England who in are the most horrible doctrines that ever any way have contributed to the spreadhave been taught. The French Re. ing of the heavenly doctrines of the New formed minister said to one of the New Church in the north. The half of the Church members that they were from number of the first volume of “True the deepest hell. As to the more culti- Christian Religion” to which the trusvated class of the people, they in general tees of the Rice Legacy are entitled by treat the New Church and the name of virtue of their subscription, or by virtue Swedenborg with the utmost indifference, of such of it as is used for printing, shall either because of the counteracting influ- be sent to the address of Mr. E. H. ences of the ministers, or because they Swinney as soon as possible. are confirmed naturalists or atheists. Wishing all dear friends a happy New Some time ago I spoke with a very in- Year, and begging them kindly to retelligent lawyer, who asked me if Swe- member a humble worker in the New denborgians were Christians. He had, Church, and who is often left in a very for many years, known as well the New disagreeable situation,-I am, yours Church by name, as some persons of the truly,
A. BOYESEN. New Church, but nevertheless he has never tried to learn anything about it, SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION.-It is the although I have offered him some of the custom of the members of this instituwritings.
tion to hold an annual meeting on the So it is with the most part of the so- afternoon of Good Friday. This year called respectable and intelligent people. the meeting was held at Salford, and The ministers and missionaries spiritually was attended by a large number of kill them, and when they are spiritually friends and teachers in the Sunday killed, then they are “true Christians.” School. After a short devotional ser. vice an essay is read by some one pre- the Church. The Rev. E. Whitehead, viously appointed to prepare it. This the chairman of the Union, was in the year the essay was prepared by Mr. chair, and addresses were made by the James Robson Rendell, B.A., of Brad- secretary, Mr. Potts, Revs. J. Boys and ford. The essayist pointed out the P. Ramage, and others who had not backward state of our Sunday School spoken during the afternoon. education when compared with that of the day schools. The latter had be- BACUP.-A Wesleyan minister of this come a science. It was reduced to town, the Rev. W. Brooks, delivered system, and conducted with remarkable a lecture on Emanuel Swedenborg, in efficiency. The Sunday Schools lacked one of the Methodist schools, on the system, more efficiency, better arrange. 13th of March. The lecture was rement of teachers, and a wiser classifica- ported at considerable length in the tion of scholars. Dwelling upon this Bacup Times of the following Saturday. latter want of Sunday Schools, Mr. Mr. Brooks believes Swedenborg to be Rendell suggested a five-fold arrange- "a religious dreamer, and a spiritual ment of the scholars. This arrange- enthusiast ; and yet, remarkably ment would begin with the infants who enough, he told his hearers that “there should be interested with pictures, and is nothing like incoherence, no want of placed under the care of matrons who order, and nothing fitful in his writings, were attracted to the work by a strong for their style is regular.” The present love of children. From this lowest day representatives of Swedenborg are, class the school would rise by gradations according to Mr. Brooks, the modern to the highest, in which the Word and spiritists. The doctrines of Swedenthe writings of the Church would be borg, it was said, contain errors that are taught under well-instructed and able “positively dangerous.” In the Bacup teachers. In the lower classes, hymns, Times of March 25, a letter was inserted passages of Scripture, and other appro. from Mr. Boyle of Melbourne, pointing priate matter should be carefully come out Mr. Brooks' errors and
misrepresentamitted to memory.
Efforts should be tions, and challenging that gentleman made to bring the system and science to prove some of his statements. This, of the day chool into the Sunday however, he has not attempted to do; Schools, and to render them more effi and, we think, the fact that no reply cient means of religious and theological has been made to Mr. Boyle's letter teaching. The essay was well received must be regarded as significant by by the meeting and led to a length. thinking people in the extensive district ened conversation. The general feel. where the Bacup Times circulates. ing seemed to be that Sunday Schools were less efficient than is desirable, and BIRMINGHAM.—We have received a beset with difficulties of no ordinary copy of the Report of the Society, its magnitude. The growth of our day officers and institutions, for the year school system has improved the educa- 1875. The report of the Committee is tion of the children and made it difficult chiefly occupied with particulars reto find a sufficiently numerous supply of specting the progress of the New Church properly prepared teachers. Those also in course of erection in Wretham Road, who engage in the work are mostly a subject which necessarily enters also young people, who are exposed to all into other reports. The several reports the attractions of pleasure, and are fre- present abundant evidence of useful quently absent from their places. This work, and many valuable suggestions was one great complaint of the super- for wisely continued efforts. One intendents, and is felt to be one of their source of important Christian labour, chief difficulties. Nor is it probable involving considerable difficulty, parthat this difficulty will be overcome ticularly in large towns, is the peri. until some means are adopted for the odical visitation of those connected training of teachers, and a deeper interest with the Church, particularly the sick excited in the Sunday School on the and afflicted. Few churches fully acpart of the Church. At the close of complished this important and useful the meeting, tea was served in the upper work. This society seeks to grapple schoolroom, which was well filled, and with it, and the report of a Committee after tea a public meeting was held in appointed for its organization, offers the