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Church, the sermons are fully imbued with New Church sentiment. The two sermons sent us are on the Christian Life, and are in complete agreement with Swedenborg's "Doctrine of Life for the New Jerusalem." In the introduction of the first of these, on "Growth in Grace," Mr. Edgar says: "There is an unconscious logic in the human mind which necessitates some measure of harmony among all the leading conceptions of religion which we intelligently and honestly entertain. The whole of our religious belief and practice is moulded by the convictionso eminently scriptural-that the only possible heaven here or elsewhere is goodness, and the only possible hell badness. It has been finely said that the reward of virtue is more virtue; the punishment of vice more vice. This truth appears in a forcible light when we reflect that heaven is where God is, because He is perfectly good; that the supreme blessedness is of the pure in heart, because being in His likeness, they see God; and that the supreme command is to be perfect as God is perfect, because in that way alone can the command of duty coincide with the promise and hope of blessedness."
INDIA.-The Morning Light of February 15th publishes some particulars from a letter of Rao Bahadur Dadoba Pandurung to the secretary of the Swedenborg Society. The writer expresses his gratification at hearing of the response in money contributions for the publishing of the "Heaven and Hell;" and though personally inclined to the Marathi as a more cultivated language than the others, yet recommends the selection of "the Hindi language, which is the vernacular of the Hindus, who form the predominating population even in those northern provinces of India, and which is more or less understood even by the Mahommedans themselves." In connection with this recommendation he makes the following statement respecting himself: "For several years past I have continued to be the examiner in Hindustani as well as in Marathi at the matriculation examination of the Bombay University." And referring to the great expense of translation and printing, he says, "I sincerely wish I had my own means and younger days to enable me to render this kind of service to the Society
without subjecting it thereby to any amount of expenditure whatever." Referring to the circulation of his “Reflections" among the missionaries in India, he says, "From what we know of the missionaries in India, I have reason to apprehend that your hope is somewhat misconceived, or perhaps too sanguinely conceived, when you say that the copies sent to them will lead to more than a passing interest in the doctrines set forth in them. These doctrines, on the contrary, I fear, may lead them to try to suppress rather than any way to bring them to light, as new intruders in a field which they have enjoyed undisturbed for years and years; for, so far as I am aware, I have not seen any notices of my book taken either by the missionaries or by their journals on this side of India. They may have been taken, perhaps, in Calcutta or Madras, but I cannot assure myself even of this fact.”
The following will not fail to interest our readers : Your Society will, I trust, be exceedingly glad to learn that a very large meeting [of the Theistic Association], perhaps the largest, as one of my friends informed me last evening, that was ever held in that Maudir (a temple dedicated to the service of one God alone), consisting chiefly of the alumni, new and old, of our schools and colleges, was held to hear a lecture delivered by a learned and influential Brahman, Rao Bahadur M. G. Renade, a very able English scholar, and a native judge, on the subject of my 'Reflections on the Works of Swedenborg.' trary to my own expectation (I was not present), and that of the whole audience, who purposely gathered there in the expectation of hearing some unfavourable criticism on the book, which sets forth a new and favourable view of Christianity according to the doctrines of the New Church, of which they had perhaps never heard even the name, the lecturer spoke, I am told, eulogistically of the book and of the doctrines set forth therein, assuring the whole audience that the book was confirmed by his own conclusions which he had previously formed on the several points, which he briefly enumerated from it. Such an unexpected proceeding, which took place only on the evening of Friday last (January 3rd), will, I trust, have the effect of creating an additional interest in our cause. detailed report of the proceedings of this
meeting is to appear in a vernacular gradually accumulate all that exists paper devoted to the cause of this temple in the way of translation by Swedenon Sunday next." borg, and thus possess an important help towards a New Church version of the Holy Scriptures. H. BATEMAN.
Mr. Dadoba Pandurung finally announces his intention of inaugurating the year 1879 by the foundation of a SWEDENBORG LIBRARY in Bombay, and looks forward to the members of the NEW CHURCH COLLEGE CHAPEL.Swedenborg Society and of the New A short course of five lectures has been Church generally to aid in the shape of given here by Cuthbert Collingwood, contributions of books and periodicals M.A. Oxon., which have deserved far for the replenishing of such an institu- larger audiences than have attended tion, "which bids fair, in my opinion," them. he says, "to create a demand for such publications, and thereby to create an interest in India in the doctrines of the New Church." The Swedenborg Society and the Missionary and Tract Society of the New Church have already responded to this praiseworthy effort by granting a set of their various publications. Mr. Speirs will be glad to receive and forward any donations which the liberality of private persons may make.
MANCHESTER AND SALFORD MISSION ARY SOCIETY.-Week-evening lectures have been continued by this Society in some of the churches in the immediate neighbourhood of Manchester. The ministers employed have been Revs. P. Ramage, C. W. Wilkins, and I. Tansley. Some of the lectures have been reported in the local papers. One by Mr. Tansley at Rhodes, on "Science and the Bible," was given at considerable length in the Middleton Guardian. Short notices of other lectures were also given, so that the attention of the public was drawn to them. The subjects discussed were such as are usually presented in New Church missionary services; and the attendance, though varying, was on the whole good. The Societies visited were doubtless strengthened by the service.
NEW CHURCH BIBLE SOCIETY.-As a preparation for a translation of the Divine Word in the light of the New Church, it has been judged important to collect all the passages cited by Swedenborg in his Writings. To this end our friend Mr. Beilby of Nottingham has kindly contributed the texts rendered by Swedenborg in the "De Coelo et Inferno" from the Gospels and the Apocalypse. If other New Church scholars would devote a part of their time to this work we should
The first-"What think ye of Christ ?"-was delivered on Sunday evening, January 19th. It was an admirable exposition of the fundamental truth of Christianity, the unity of the Godhead in the person of the Saviour. Dr. Collingwood's lecture possessed the very great merits of being at once brief and comprehensive, deep and lucid, scholarly and popular. The second lecture-"On what Principles. are the Sacred Scriptures written ?"was a clever and conscientious account of the wonders of the Word. It clearly displayed the great truth that the Bible differs from all other books, not only in having God for its author and salvation for its end, but also in containing a word within a word, a spiritual sense within the letter, united to it by correspondence. The third lecture, delivered on the 2nd February, on "What must I do to be saved?" demonstrated the duty of combining charity and good works with faith, and showed the utter worthlessness of faith alone in the matter of salvation. The fourth lecture, entitled "How many Bodies have we? was an excellent discourse on the resurrection from the dead and the natural and spiritual bodies. It not only gave the New Jerusalem doctrine of man as a spiritual being as well as a mortal creature, but gave it in a new manner. Socrates and Plato amongst ancient sages, as well as George Eliot amongst modern writers, were laid under contribution as furnishers-forth of human notions about man and immortality. The Divine Word and the apostolic teachers were, however, shown to supply the real feast of reason-the appropriate mental pabulum to the soul hungering and thirsting after righteous judgment in this matter. On Sunday evening the 16th of February Dr. Collingwood considered "What is meant by the New Jerusalem in the Apocalypse?” Trac
ing the spiritual course of man from the most ancient times to the present, he showed that a long, sad, falling off from pristine purity terminated when Jehovah came into the world to save His people from their sins. At the time of the Lord's Advent a new state commenced. Degeneration of the race was stayed; regeneration began. Beginning with a few, the new influences from the glorified body of the Redeemer extended gradually to the many. Jerusalem, which had become ruined by sin, was being rebuilt by righteousness. The Jerusalem which was in bondage with her children had been the city of the solemnities of that typical Church, which was all that remained as a medium of spiritual life upon the earth when Jehovah visited it to redeem His people. Jerusalem had become the symbol of the Church as to doctrine and as to worship long before her fall. Therefore a new Church as to doctrine and as to worship was to be symbolized by the New Jerusalem seen by St. John as coming down from God out of heaven. A divinely-constructed habitation for God upon earth was to take the place of that traditional system of doctrine and worship erected by human builders. Jerusalem the Golden" was gradually to supersede that carnal Jerusalem of which not one stone was left upon another which had not been thrown down. Dr. Collingwood handled his glorious theme with consummate skill, and concluded his short course of New Church theology in a discourse full of beauty and eloquence.
ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE.-Mr. J. Robinson of Manchester preached two sermons here on Sunday 22nd December 1878. The occasion being the completion of a new wing which has been added to the original building, and which comprises two large class-rooms, with cellaring underneath. The rooms will accomodate 150 more scholars. The lower room is intended for infant classes, while the upper room has been specially fitted for meetings and lectures, being supplied with backed-seats, desks, chemical-table, blackboard, etc. The structure is similar in design to the main building. The erection, which is in every way substantial and convenient, will prove of eminent value to the Society. Along with this addition it
was found necessary to make other changes and improvements, and not the least has been, heating all the rooms with hot water, which has proved a great boon during the severe weather. It has also been found necessary to put the church in thorough repair, to have it painted and otherwise improved. To meet some of the liabilities which had been thus incurred Mr. Robinson preached a sermon in the afternoon on "The Higher Education of Man ;" and in the evening on "Christmas Offerings.' Collections were made amounting to £20.
BARNSLEY.-The Barnsley's Chronicle of February 1st gives, from a correspondent, the following report of a visit to this town by Mr. Gunton: "R. Gunton, Esq., of London, delivered two lectures in the Temperance Hall on Thursday and Friday evenings to good and very attentive audiences; and on Sunday last he preached two sermons, which were better attended than even the lectures. The subject for the morning service-'The Sin against the Holy Ghost'-was very highly spoken of, every one whose opinion was asked giving it the most unqualified praise. Though the explanation of this solemn textMatt. xii. 13—was entirely new to most of the hearers, it was felt to be the true one, they said. The lecturer said this fearful sin which cannot be forgiven is not any isolated act, but that it consists of such a state of engrained indurated wickedness against light and knowledge as renders it impossible for the good and the evil to be separated without the destruction of the man himself. Corresponding, as their state does, to a virulent cancer which has struck its fibres so deep into the body, and even to the very vitals, that cure is impossible save by death only. True, and it remains true that all sin can be forgiven if repented of, but that is exactly the condition which it is impossible now to perform. The man cannot repent, and therefore cannot be forgiven. The lights of heaven within the soul only go out one by one, but if we persist in wrongdoing the time comes when the last goes out, and evil finally triumphs over the very life of good. There is then no friend of God to open the door. He knocks, but there is no response, save an inward hissing of hate and a certain fearful looking for of judgment. This
is a state not due to errors and mistakes, but a hatred of the very inward character of religion. It is not against the letter; it is against the Holy Spirit. It is the soul it hates, not the form. It hates it until it mocks and blasphemes. Many are astonished at the revealings of their. interior evils as their regeneration proceeds. They accuse themselves continually, and sometimes accuse Divine Providence of giving them a harder lot than others; then will come the dark suspicion—have I sinned against the Holy Spirit? Is it all over with me? That thought I cannot bear. As long as a person complains the better nature is present, and really in the ascendant. Evils are in the external man. When we mourn about them, condemn them, condemn ourselves for suffering them, there is a better state within that sees and judges the worse. There is a living man as well as a dead one. Persevere; through the life within the Lord will restore the dead. The sins we hate are with us, but not in us. The soul that is in the sin against the Holy Spirit no longer mourns, it blasphemes.-The above are only sentences caught at intervals, and isolated often from their context. To be appreciated the discourse must have been heard. At the urgent request of many hearers Mr. Gunton promised to come again in about four months."
BESSES. -On February 8th the annual meeting of the Society was held. A tea was provided, to which a fair number of friends sat down. The chief business of the meeting after tea was the election of officers for the year and the discussion of measures for the improvement and advancement of the church and school. Mr. Robert Taylor occupied the chair. The reports of the Secretary and Treasurer were read, and gave much encouragement for future success. Since the Society entered upon the important step of securing a minister the members have shown their earnestness in a substantial manner. The Secretary's report showed that since the Rev. I. Tansley entered upon his pastoral duties twenty-six niembers have been added to the church, many of them from the Sunday school. Formerly service at this church was held morning and afternoon, but evening service has been now held for some time.
The result of the change has been highly satisfactory; the average attendance in the evening having been more than a hundred. A series of lectures was given by the minister, ending with the year. A second series is now in course of delivery. The report of the booksteward showed that nearly 2000 books and periodicals had been sold during the year. The report of the party committee showed that very useful work had been performed in that direction during the year. All the tea-parties had been highly successful, especially the congregational party, at which over two hundred sat down to tea, and the audience which assembled after tea to see the drama performed numbered more than five hundred. The business of the meeting was gone through with perfect good feeling on all hands. The proceedings of the evening were enlivened by several glees, well sung by the choir. After a few encouraging remarks by the minister the meeting was brought to a close in the usual way.
BLACKBURN.-The Rev. H. Cameron, the minister, has recently been delivering a course of popular Sunday evening lectures on the "Days of the Creation ;' and it was a very pleasing fact to observe that these interesting discourses were well attended by the members of the Society, as well as by several strangers. Mr. Cameron treated the respective work of each day's creation in a manner which will not be forgotten by those who had the pleasure of hearing them—bringing scientific facts to elucidate and confirm the New Church teachings on this very important and highly instructive subject. The annual New Year's tea-party of the members and friends of the church was attended by about 250 persons. After tea the Rev. H. Cameron took the chair and delivered a short address. There was an interesting programme of song and dialogue gone through by the young people, every one doing their part well, so that the evening passed agreeably and profitably. A very pleasing part of the evening's proceedings was the presentation of an elegant black marble timepiece to Mr. J. H. Riley, the organist and leader of the choir. It bore the inscription, on a silver plate, "Presented to Mr. J. H. Riley by the members and friends of the New Jerusalem Church, Blackburn, as a token of their apprecia
tion of his services as organist and choir leader. January 1st, 1879." Short addresses were delivered by Messrs. Porter, Astley, Pemberton, Drake, and Aspin, and the meeting broke up about ten o'clock.
the miseries that follow in their train, and in their stead possessors of the glorious liberty of the children of light and the true happiness which ever flows from a life spent in doing good.”
LONGTON.-The annual meeting of this Society was held on the 22nd of January. During the evening addresses were delivered by Mr. Henshall, the colporteur of the Manchester Missionary Society, and by Messrs. Platt and Brough. The long-continued and faithful services of Mr. and Mrs. Brookhouse were cordially acknowledged, and a pleasant and interesting evening was
HORNCASTLE.-The sixth anniversary of this Society was held from the 9th to the 18th of February. Mr. Gunton, whose services had been secured for the occasion, preached on the 9th and 16th, and lectured on the 12th and 18th. The subject of the first of these lectures was, "Did Swedenborg converse with Angels?" of the second, "Where do the millions who have died now spent. The Society, though called to dwell, and what do they do?" It will struggle with adverse circumstances, yet be seen from these subjects that the labours on in faith and constancy. national missionary does not keep in the is it without some gleam of hope. We background the source of his informa- have been shown an interesting letter tion. The name and office of Sweden- from an inquirer in a neighbouring town, borg are prominently presented, and his from which we make the following exWritings freely sold at the close of the tract: "I have of late been trying to lectures. The members of this "little obtain light on several subjects, and am flock" still continue few in numbers, more than ever convinced of the darkness but persevering in their efforts to make in which both myself and many others known the truth and extend the influ- are at present groping; in fact, we are ence of the Church. 'blind leaders of the blind,' whilst the light of the New Church shines out so clear and brilliant as to be at times well nigh overpowering. My feeling is, and especially when in the sacred desk,' that I grasp well nigh nothing of the truths I may be attempting to deal with. My mind has been much exercised of late through pondering over a page or two in T. C. R., No. 647, which shows plainly that the faith and imputation of the New Church cannot be together with the faith and imputation of the former Church;' and I can assure you that should I become sufficiently imbued with New Church doctrine, I would at once relinquish my connection with the body to which I am now joined, and thus avoid having, to some extent, to enunciate that which I feel is not compatible with the faith I now most certainly hold."
LONDON (Dalston).-This Society, which now meets at Albion Hall, continues to progress under the ministry of Mr. Dicks. The Hackney Gazette favours the Society with occasional reports of the sermons preached at the hall. Three of Mr. Dicks' discourses have been reported, and one by Dr. Bayley. The last of these reports is a sermon by Mr. Dicks on "Babylon's Recompense (Psalm cxxvii. 8, 9), which occupies nearly two columns of the paper. An extended exposition is closed with a brief recapitulation, from which we give the closing words: "We have all within us these conflicting elements of spiritual strife. The truths we acquire from the Word are our children of Israel;' the desire for self-aggrandizement at the expense of others constitutes our daughter of Babylon,' which, while it holds its sway unchecked, keeps Israel in captivity; while the false ideas of self-importance are the 'little' ones that defile. What is our duty at the time that our true state is made clear to us? To lead captivity captive; to live for others, not for self alone, and the truth will make us free.' Free from evil, free from error, with all
PRESTON (from the Preston Guardian of February 8th).-"The lectures announced for delivery by R. Gunton, Esq., London, and referred to in our last issue, were continued in the schoolroom under the church on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. We can only give a brief report, and may say that the majority of those