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are always "without note or comment." No creed governs its conduct except the Divinity of the Bible. Men of all shades of religious thought are welcomed to aid in its work. I know that New Churchmen would be most welcome on its local platforms as speakers and on its committees as workers. And who of all the world should or could be more appropriately there? I trust the time may not be far distant when Exeter Hall may ring with the eloquent voice of a New Church minister at one of the famous anniversaries of the Bible Society! Full liberty is given to speakers to advocate its claims from their own views; and how delighted would such an audience be to hear the heavenly doctrine of the New Church on the Divinity of the Word popularly advanced as a new argument for the Society! Its printed reports are nearly verbatim and are circulated by the hundred thousand. But we must first show that we believe in its work. It is, in fact, the only grand religious work of Christendom in which we as New Churchmen can heartily and unreservedly unite. Let us at once begin.
4. New Churchmen point to this Society and its magnificent operations as one of the most striking proofs of the commencement of the new age. And justly so. Three-quarters of a century ago it sprang into existence, and see what it has done! Or rather, who can conceive what it has effected? Could Sunday-schools, could universal education, could religious toleration and freedom, could the myriad religious activities of modern times have existed without it? The gigantic machinery of Foreign and Home Missions have been chiefly useful as the means of carrying the Bible and giving the power to read it over the whole earth. Nor could these missions have existed but for its help. Pages might be filled with details of the illustration afforded by the activities of this grand Society, that now is the time of the Lord's second coming, viz. "in the clouds of heaven." And should not we who see the meaning of this expression proudly enrol ourselves as supporters of such a Society? Here are Christians outside the knowledges of the distinctive doctrines of the New Church erecting the most gigantic monument to its descent-the base of which is coextensive with the reading population of the globe; the height equal to the loftiest understanding of the Holy Word; the sides emblazoned with texts of Scripture in all languages; its summit to be crowned with the unquenchable light of the Lord's last revelation of Himself, and yet New Churchmen, who better than all others know its full significance and prophetic glory, stand aloof, silent, and inactive! Not individually, but as a body, this is true.
And lastly, I am convinced that so far from causing any diminution in any one of our distinctive funds, whenever the New Church as a body acknowledges and supports this grandest of all public religious societies, our own resources for all church uses will swell and increase exactly in the ratio of our zeal to promote the ends of the Bible Society. To commence with one penny per month from every member of the New Church sent in as Society contributions from each of our sixty Societies would be a good beginning. Every county association
would then see what we mean, and every minister and leader would soon be entitled to a seat on local Bible Society committees. Every New Church Society should in fact become a Bible Society auxiliary! Great good in many ways could not fail to result from such conduct on the part of our ministers and their Societies.
And is it possible for one moment to suppose that by such an effort of ministers and people throughout the Church, our own noble "Swedenborg Society," "Augmentation Fund," "Building Fund," "Missions," ‚" "Conference," "College," or any local and Society finances could be injured? On the contrary, they would all be blessed and benefited! The Lord's sunshine warms and His showers fertilize every plant in His garden equally.
May it then soon be thus seen that the "New Church" claims its rightful place and takes its proper share in the work side by side with good men in all denominations as allies in this noblest common religious work of the new age-the British and Foreign Bible Society.
THE CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWSPAPER AND THE NEW
(To the Editor of the Intellectual Repository.)
DEAR SIR,-At the request of the Manchester and Salford branch of the Auxiliary Missionary and Tract Society I write to ask you to permit me to call the attention of your readers to a means of serving the Church which has not been used at all by many of our Societies, and which has been fully used by none.
The Christian World is a penny weekly religious newspaper which has an immense circulation amongst English-speaking Protestant Christians in all parts of the world. Very many of its columns are filled week by week with news of the doings of all the denominations. Episcopal, Congregational, Baptist, Presbyterian, Wesleyan, Primitive Methodist, Methodist Free Church, Methodist New Connection, Bible Christian, and Unitarian movements are all impartially reported under the heading of the "Chronicle of the Churches." The Editor has been asked to open these columns to the New Church. He has, in the handsomest manner, consented to do so. He wants only facts, and facts stated in the fewest and the simplest words, but as many of these as he can obtain. And for such facts about the New Church so stated he is ready to give us as much space as we can use. The Church has been for some time informed of this generous offer, but the response to this offer has been very poor. Perhaps our Societies are uncertain as to how they are to get their news into the hands of the Editor of the Christian World; in that case they should write at once to Mr. T. H. Elliott, jun., 122 Englefield Road, London, N., the kindly, intelligent, and energetic secretary
of the London Society. Perhaps they are uncertain as to the kind of news that will be regarded by the Editor as suitable for his columns. In that case they should look at the next number of the Christian World and see what it is that the Editor accepts from other sections of the Christian Church. Annual meetings, anniversary services, missionary efforts of all kinds, ministerial removals, ministerial exchanges, the establishment of classes; in fact, everything that tends to keep us before the eye of the world, especially everything that tends to show that we believe that God has given us a great and distinctive work to do, and a great and distinctive word to speak, should be promptly and briefly but clearly noticed in the Christian World. Every Society would surely find it easy to appoint some one who would be able and willing to send up every week immediate notice of every movement small or great that is taking place within its borders. Anything that is welcomed by the Editor of Morning Light for insertion under the heading of "News of the New Church" would be as warmly welcomed by the Editor of the Christian World for insertion, of course in a very condensed form, under the heading of the "Chronicle of the Churches."
I cannot believe that any of our Societies can be blind or indifferent to the great importance of keeping open continually so immensely and so deservedly popular a religious paper as the Christian World, as an unrivalled channel for the conveyance of news of that Church which, though small, is the very brain and heart of Christendom.
Thanking you for the space which you have permitted me to occupy, I remain, dear sir, your faithful and obedient servant, CHARLES H. WILKINS.
MANCHESTER, July 12, 1879.
LINES TO EMANUEL SWEDENBORG.
DEAR FRIEND,-I cannot ever hope to pay
For thou hast given me vast, unbounded wealth,
From the deep mine of God's own precious Word
O man of matchless mind and purest heart,
When thy disciple humbly I became,
And learnt of Christ and Truth and Heaven from thee.
Into what fields of knowledge unsurpassed
By sparkling waters I have sat me down
Fatigued and wearied, heart and mind oppressed, Have quenched my thirst at those celestial streams, Then felt a sense of sweet and perfect rest.
Amid the mansions of my Father's house
With noiseless steps my reverent feet have trod, I've heard the softly-swelling harmonies
Of those blest souls made kings and priests to God.
What landscapes glorious have met my gaze
Of mountain, valley, hill, or wooded plain, Containing each within its beauteous self
Some meaning for the seeking soul to gain!
And thou didst cleanse the tablet of my mind
Most righteous truths by the great Master taught.
For thou hast led me ever to adore
Suffering no other God to share His throne.
So when I kneel before the Infinite,
The Lord of heaven, and earth, and air, and sea, Acknowledging His rich and varied gifts,
I thank Him more especially for thee.
It may be that in those celestial climes
I shall be introduced, dear friend, to thee, Then will I offer my heart's most fervent thanks For all the joy that thou hast been to me.
Meantime within my mind and in my life
sumed was logically that of the Papacy; and the movement had in it, therefore, a strong and natural tendency to Rome. "A pamphlet recently printed enumerates about three thousand. Of these several hundreds were clergymen, and persons of title are also numerous.' The converts to Romanism are not all from the Tractarian party. "Some are from the Evangelical party, others from Presbyterianism, and the merest handful from Nonconformity." It is a remarkable circumstance that three out of the four sons of Mr. Wilberforce should have gone over to the Church of Rome.
Into Mr. Gladstone's discussion of the causes which have led to these results we cannot enter. The causes enumerated do not reach to the interior spiritual causes which are active in all religious movements. In Mr. Gladstone's conclusion members of the New Church will heartily unite: "It is a blessed thing to think that behind the blurred aspect of that cause, which we see as in a glass darkly, there is the eye of One to whom all is light, and who subdues to His own high and comprehensive, and perhaps for that reason remote, purposes all the partial and transitory phenomena with which we are so sorely perplexed."
EVANGELICALISM; ITS TENDENCY AND ISSUES.-The origin and progress of what is called the Evangelical revival in England have of late engaged considerable attention. The Reformation was a protest against the intolerable corruptions of the Papacy. It gave a temporary earnestness to religious thought, but its sun went down ere it was day. The Puritanism which succeeded the first efforts of the Reformation was overshadowed by the widespread scepticism which gave rise to the well-known words of Bishop Butler, inserted in the advertisement of his "Analogy." The state of deadness in the Church continued with little change until the rise of Methodism, and in still more recent times the Evangelical and Tractarian movements. The Evangelical revival was distinguished by its Calvinism, the Tractarian by the setting up of the Church, which has led the way to Rome. An exaggerated estimate of the extent and influence of the Evangelical movement, made by Mr. Lecky in his "History of England in the Eighteenth Century," has led Mr. Gladstone to devote a paper in the British Quarterly to the Evangelical Movement; its Parentage, Progress, and Issue." Until the close of the reign of George III. the Evangelical clergy probably did not exceed one in twenty of the whole clerical body. They were distinguished by their zeal and fer- DOUBT IN THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND.— vour, and, says Mr. Gladstone, "far out- One of the most recent conversions to weighed the heroes of the ballroom and the Church of Rome is that of the the hunting-field, or the inert, half-ani- Rev. Orby Shipley, M.A., who, at mated minds and perfunctory performers the request of the editor of the Nineof a minimum of stipulated duty, who teenth Century, has given some supplied so considerable a number of the his reasons for change of ecclesiastical clerical host. On the other hand, it must obedience in a paper under the title of be remembered that the massive learning, an Apology for Doubt in the Church which never wholly deserted the Church, of England.' The reasons assigned for and the prepondering share of purely change of community are various, but in intellectual force were never theirs, and Mr. Shipley's opinion the change results perhaps were not in all cases adequately from two principal causes. The first of valued by them." It is a singular circum- these is the objections and difficulties which stance that the Tractarian movement, exist in the ecclesiastical position of the which has exerted so powerful an influ- Church of England; and the second ence on the most recent history of the the manifold ways and means by which Church, is clearly traceable in some of God's Holy Spirit is pleased to influence its beginnings to the Evangelicals. This the human mind, to perceive these diffiwas confessedly the case with Dr., culties, and to realize these objections. now Cardinal, Newman. The distinctive The measure of these difficulties and speech of the Tractarians was of Church objections is their relation to the Church and Priesthood, of Sacraments and Services, of Rome. The infallibility of the Papacy as "the vesture under the varied folds of is quietly assumed throughout the paper. which the form of the Divine Redeemer The Church is an inspired community, the was to be exhibited to the world, in a way infallible expounder of the truth; and her capable of, and suited for, transmission members having relinquished all claim to by a collective body, from generation to the exercise of their own judgment, or to generation." The ground they thus as- the guidance of the Word apart from the