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be entered upon or not, THE NEXT YEAR (1853) WILL ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY TO THE QUESTION OF MODERN INFIDELITY; and will, therefore, have additional claims upon all classes of Christians.

In order that this object may be more effectually accomplished other topics will, for a time, be laid aside, and “Christ's Religion” be the leading argument, whilst “ Infidels' Religion” will be examined along side it: this will enable us to reduce the size and price one-half; so that next year

« THE BIBLE AND THE PEOPLE” will be THREE-PENCE MONTHLY, so as to bring it within the reach of the poorest working

man.

The Editor is especially anxious that the generous supporter of this Magazine, may be fully compensated for his noble conduct, in bearing the pecuniary risks of a difficult undertaking; especially as all this has been done with no commercial aims, but solely to do good; whilst the Editor himself neither receives nor expects any pecuniary recompense for these labours of love: he, nevertheless, looks forward to the next year with confidence for a vast increase of circulation, the almost certain result of late events: and this will render the Periodical a more advantageous medium of Advertisements, by which all past deficiencies in the commencement) and all future requirements will be adequately met.

He appeals then with hopefulness to the friends of the Gospel, to aid in this enterprize, first, by purchasing the two volumes now ready, either for their private library, or for Sabbath Schools, Bible Classes, Town Mission Agents, Mechanics’ Institutes, and Public Libraries generally, but especially for “ Free-thinkers” Libraries. This will do good in several ways: secondly, friends may help by sending accounts (not necessarily for publication) of all Infidel movements, lectures, &c., in various towns : and thirdly, by young men organizing themselves for study or defence, and communicating with the Editor for information, and the method of action: the combination of our forces, and wise direction of them could greatly aid if not fully accomplish the objects of a mission to the doubters or deniers of Revelation. Shall we appeal in vain for all available help in this holy enterprize?

BREWIN GRANT.

Birmingham, Nov., 1852.

N.B.—The circulation of a series of two-penny pamphlets, jnst commenced, entitled, “ FINGER-POST for Cross Roads : or, Hints on Fair Thinking: dedicated to Doubters,” will be very useful to the cause of Religion. Published by Ward and Co.

CONTENTS.

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Is the Bible from God ?

1

The Oxford Dialogue

16, 56, 155

Signs of the Times : or, the coming of Christ in the Shaking of Nations.

29

“There is something good in all religions."

The Battle of Life and how to win it; or, the Moral of our Lord's Temp-

tation

49, 97, 145, 193

The Sham Prophet, the American Mahomet: or, Mormonism a base Forgery, and

the claims of Joseph Smith to be a Prophet of the Lord, destitute of all

credibility

68

“ Social Statics”

73

Shakspere-his Comed

83

Protestantism and Despotism on the Continent .........

93

Hildebrand; Gregory VII.

104

The Maynooth Grant and the Policy of Dissenters

116

“The Last Days of Mrs. Emma Martin, Advocate of Free Thought. By George

Jacob Holyoake"

129

“ Divine Socialism; or, the Man Christ Jesus”

140

Newman's Phases of Faith

160

Passages in the Life of an Enquirer

..167, 273, 366

The Nature of the Soul

176

The Science of Correspondencies; or, Swedenborgian Methods of Interpreting

the Scriptures

200

The Clergy silenced by the Church; being a Law Argument to the Court of

Arches; and an Appeal to the Common Sense of the People 215, 261, 306

The Worth of the Soul

226

The Parish Priest's Annual Circular

238

The Doctrine of Inspiration, as maintained in the Scriptures themselves

241

The Expelled Students, and their Doctrine of Inspiration

252

“ The Eclipse of Faith; or, a Visit to a Religious Sceptic”

267

Howbeit our God turned the Curse into a Blessing

280, 374

Thcodore Parker's Natural Inspiration ; versus, Divine Wisdom in the Gospel 289

The Use of the Bible, by Fenelon

The Danger of the Soul

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On some of the Writings of Oliver Goldsmith

332, 371

The Doctrine of Creeds; or the importance of Fixed Principles of Religious Belief 337

The Wrongs of Ireland, and the Rights of France

351

A Moderate Churchman's Objections to Anti-State-Churchism

On a Special Providence

376

The Love of God, as manifested in the Gift of his Son

379

The Relation of Christianity to other Systems, in the age in which it originated 385

Achilli versus Newman: the Verdict Vindicated

396

Understanding and Memory, an Essay on Sabbath School Instruction

415

Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Negro Life in the Slave States of America

422

The Inventions of Rome

Intended Discussion. Atheism, or Secularism versus Christianity

432

How and why Christ was made like unto his Brethren

The Wof in the Fold; or, Pius IX., the Blinder of the Faithful

439

G. J. Holyoake's Atheistic Secularism

445

Atheistic Controversy : Townley and Holyoake

452

An Address on Laying the Corner-Stone of a Primitive Methodist Chapel and

Schools, Gooch-street, Bromsgrove-street, Birmingham, August 23rd, 1852... 460

Regulations for Persons employed in Repairing Churches

463

The Proposed Discussion, between G. J. Holyoake and Brewin Grant

465

The Destruction or Expulsion of the Canaanites

481

Church's Primitive Missionary Anecdotes

491

Mr. Holyoake's “Logic of Death”

507

Mr. G. J. Holyoake and the Proposed Discussion

513

Finger Posts for Cross Roads; or, Hints on Fair Thinking

516

The Jewish Land Scheme; or, Jehovah's Freehold Land Society

521

"Atheism versus Christianity”

529

The Dean and Chapter of Rochester, and the Rev. R. Whiston. Re-instatement

of the Appellant

ib.

Christianity the only True Secularism

531

Secular Discussion

545

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