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of religious instructors. His remarks
upon the Bible are not pleasant reading, One of the questions at present occu- but they are founded upon a total mispying a large amount of public atten- conception of its true meaning. The tion is the institution and proper institution of the Sabbath under the observance of the Sabbath. The severe Judaic dispensation was an act of conceptions and harsh laws of the mercy, and intended to promote, not Puritans have lost their hold on the gloom, but serenity and peace. The public mind, and many who assume to Sabbath was to be to all its observers be leaders are discussing the best mode “a delight, ” and even the eunuchs, of employing the seventh day's rest. whose social ostracism was so opposed It is a feature in the controversy that to the true enjoyment of life, were to most, if not all, who take part in it be made “joyful in the house of are in favour of maintaining the Sab- prayer. Under the Christian dispenbath as a day of rest from toil, and a sation it is to be an occasion of kindly period of instruction and recreation. social intercourse, of acts of mercy, of Those who contend for change, how- social worship, and religious meditation ever, are outspoken in their utterances, and teaching. Its observance is not and boldly invade what not long inconsistent with healthful relaxation, since might have been regarded as the although its devotion to mere indulgence least likely places to promulgate their and pleasure must ever be repulsive to opinions. Scotland has been dis- Christian feeling and sentiment. tinguished by its observance of the Sabbath, and its religious literature REV. ISAIAH TANSLEY. — We see by abounds with denunciations against its the lists of candidates who have passed violation or lax observance. There is the last examinations of the London now established in its midst a Sunday University that this esteemed minister Society which aims to revolutionize its of the Society of the New Church at practice. The president of this society Besses, near Manchester, has passed the is Professor Tyndall, one of the most final B. A. examination, in the first eminent of modern scientists, and his division. Mr. Tansley since his enpresidential address is published in the trance on the work of the ministry has November number of the Nineteenth with commendable diligence applied Century. The utility of the Sabbath himself to the course of study necessary as a social institution is cheerfully ad- to enable him to graduate at this mitted. “Most of those who object to university. He has now secured the end the Judaic observance of the Sabbath,' of his endeavours, and will be enabled writes Dr. Tyndall, “recognise not in the future to give a more efficient and only the wisdom, but the necessity of undivided attention to the work of the some such institution, not the ministry, in which we hope he may be ground of a Divine edict, but of com- permitted to enjoy a long course of use
They contend, however, ful and successful labour. that it ought to be as far as possible a day of cheerful renovation both of body
LONDON ASSOCIATION OF THE NEW and spirit, and not a day of penal
CHURCH. gloom. There is nothing that I should withstand more strenuously than the The quarterly meeting of this Associaconversion of the first day of the week tion was held at Palace Gardens Church, into a common working day. Quite as Kensington, on Monday evening the strenuously, however, should I oppose 25th October, the Rev. W. C. Barlow, its being employed as a day for the ex- M.A., president of the Association, in ercise of sacerdotal rigour.
the chair. The meeting having been The stronghold of Ďr. Tyndall in his opened with prayer by the Rev. J. hostile attitude against the abbath as Presland, the secretary call attention popularly observed, is the mistaken and to the fact that the London Sundayunscriptural teachings of a bygone age School Union had ceased to exist as an
active organization. After some discus. sionary Institution. These services were sion as to the advisability of reorganize at Wigan, Congleton, York, and Leeds. ing the Union, it was resolved to take At all these places, except Congleton, a steps to unite with the Lancashire Union. Sabbath's services were conducted as well
The president reported that the New as a week-night lecture. At Congleton, Church Year-Book would shortly be where no previous New Church services issued, and exhibited a proof-copy to have been held, two lectures were given, the meeting, explaining the nature of one on the 11th, the other on the 12th its contents. After some suggestions of October. Considerable interest was as to certain additions to the book, it excited, the audiences were large, and was resolved— That a few copies be issued lengthened reports of the lectures apin cloth covers.
peared in one of the local papers. It In reference to the movement for was very evident that the audiences week-night lectures in the churches, were in sympathy with the lecturer. Mr. Higham stated that arrangements The expression of a hope that he might had been made for the first of a series be able to meet them again was received of such lectures to be given at Camber- with general applause. From all the well by the Rev. J. Presland on the 2nd places visited we hear the most satisNovember.
factory accounts of Mr. Griffiths' serOn the adjourned discussion on the vices, such, indeed, as lead to the most question of a missionary fund for the confident hopes of a career of usefulness London district being brought on, Mr. in the ministry, on the duties of which Horton moved and Mr. Higham seconded, he has now entered. “That the fund to be applied to the missionary work of the New Church AUCKLAND (New Zealand) (From within the limits of the metropolis a letter of Rev. J. J. Thornton of recommended at the meeting of the Melbourne to a friend in England). Association on the 26th April last be “Mr. Batty of Auckland desires me to now instituted.”
correct a statement made in the Intel. The Rev. J. Presland moved and Mr. lectual Repository, to the effect that Tonks seconded the following amend- there has been a Society of the New
“That this Association, while re. Church in that city for some years. garding the maintenance of a New Church Such is not the case. Indeed, if I missionary to labour in the London understand rightly, there does not yet district as a most desirable object, con- exist a Society of this kind. There are siders that the present season is not New Churchmen both in the congregaopportune for the initiation of a fund tion of the Rev. Samuel Edger, B. A., for this purpose.'
and outside of it, but they have never The Rev. J. Presland urged as a yet been brought together and organized reason for his amendment the present as a Society. It is most desirable that condition of the Missionary and Tract this step be taken, and my wish, had Society, whose funds were in such a I been permitted, was to have visited state that they were compelled to ap- Auckland and been of some assistance. peal to the Church for help. An ani. But the losses recently sustained in mated discussion followed, in which the Victoria, and other untoward conditions, Rev. W. C. Barlow, who vacated the have hitherto prevented. I live in hope chair for the purpose, warmly supported that next year may be more favourable.” the resolution, Messrs. Brown, Appleyard, Orme, Woodford, and Billings BURY (Lancashire). --Thesmall Society took part, and on the amendment being at this town, encouraged by the generous put it was lost, four voting for and ten assistance of friends in their neighbouragainst it.
hood, have elected Mr. Charles Griffiths
as their minister. Mr. Griffiths comMISSIONARY SERVICES BY MR. C.
menced his ministry on Sunday, NovemGRIFFITHS.
ber 7, preaching in the morning from
Luke xxii. 27, “I am among you as he Prior to his settlement at Bury, Mr. that serveth," and in the evening from Griffiths was engaged in a course of Psalm cxxxiii., “Behold, how good missionary services under the direction and how pleasant it is for brethren to of the Committee of the National Mis- dwell together in unity!” The attend
ance at the services was good and he did his duty at college and prepared encouraging. On the preceding evening himself for the work the Lord would a pleasant reception-meeting was held, open a door of usefulness in some quiet. which was attended by the members corner to labour in. This He had now and a number of friends of the Society. done, and there was every reason to A report of this meeting was given in believe that the chosen sphere would the Bury Times, from which we extract prove to be the right one. He had the following:
never felt so comfortable and so much “After tea, at which there was a good at home in any pulpit as in the one at attendance, Mr. T. Isherwood of Hey- Bury, and what was especially gratifying wood presided, and there were present to him was that their election of him the Rev. C. Griffiths, the Rev. R. Storry, was thoroughly unanimous. Personally the Rev. I.Tansley, the Rev.T. Mackereth, he felt his position and the responsible Mr. Peak, etc. During the evening the duties that would devolve upon him, choir sang a number of musical pieces. but as in the past so in the future he After singing and prayer the chairman felt sure that the Lord would be with him. said it afforded him much pleasure to be Let them all look to the Lord, and He present to welcome their new pastor, would not fail to guide and bless them whom he had previously met, and who he with all necessary good. Although poor, thought had some sterling worth in him. there was a sense in which they were He hoped the choice they had made rich. Their church was out of debt, they would never regret. He asked for and that was a very important conconsideration for the minister, and a sideration. They also possessed ground regular attendance on behalf of the con- near the church on which to build a gregation.
school, and that was another important “The Rev. I. Tansley delivered a consideration. He therefore wanted short address prior to leaving for a them to co-operate with him with a meeting at Besses.
view to the erection of a school, to “The Rev. R. Storry said the Bury So which they could invite strangers to ciety was about to inaugurate a new con
come and hear their New Church dition of things. There were many classes doctrines set forth, to prove that those of mind, and many different kinds of char- doctrines were not merely the declaraacter. Some were very sanguine, others tions of Emanuel Swedenborg, but that very distrustful. In undertaking works they were in accordance with the Word of labour they should have faith in God of God. and faith in their work, and be deter- “Mr. R. J. Tilson (of Liverpool) also mined to succeed. If they and Mr. addressed the meeting, as did Mr. E. Griffiths worked heartily together, he Seddon (Oldham), and Messrs. S. Hensaw no reason why they should not shall (Manchester), E. Rudd (Wigan), succeed. The real success of any min- T. Peak (Bury), R. Sunderland (Bacup), istry was in the improvement of the and the Rev. T. Mackereth (Bolton) characters of the people.
also delivered brief addresses." “Mr. Griffiths said he felt that he could not find words adequately to ex- HULL. —The Hull Express follows the press his gratitude for the cordial recep- ke of other local papers in publishtion they had given him. Everying occasional notices of the Christian young
needed encouragement. communities in the town, and reports of They all knew that their honoured and the services at their several churches. A beloved friend, the Rev. R. Storry, had recent issue gives an account of the New been the means principally in the hands Church, derived apparently from White's of Providence of bringing all that about; “Swedenborg, his Life and Writings. he, however, was only the means-let The writer says : "No man who runs and them remember that the work was the reads can understand this theology. Lord's. When he finished his training The New Church doctrine of God is that at college last July the prospect of an Christ alone is very God—that Jehovah appointment was apparently a very assumed human nature, glorified that gloomy one, and he had noť the least nature, and made it Divine. The Lord idea of where he should be permanently Jesus Christ has in Himself the Trinity located. That, however, caused him - the Father, or Divine Love, being no anxiety, for he felt confident that if the essential Divinity; the Son, or
Divine Wisdom, being the Divine human- careful perusal of his books. The ity; and the Holy Spirit being the lecturer affirmed that the student who Divine Life, which proceeds from the would undertake such study of unity of the Father and the Son--these Swedenborg's books would find three essentials being now united in the difficulty in allowing the claim he makes person of the Lord Jesus Christ.' The to an open intercourse with the spiritual science of all sciences with Church- world, and said that it was only to the men is the science of Correspond- superficial reader that this claim seems
Without a knowledge of this either extraordinary or inadmissible.” science the doctrines of the New Church are unsolvable problems or unintelli- RAMSBOTTOM.-On Wednesday morngible riddles. This science is the key ing, October 26th, Mr. W. Agnew, which unlocks the treasury of New M.P., opened a bazaar which was held Church doctrine. By it we learn that to help towards liquidating the debt the material world is the outbirth or the on the church and school of the New reflection of the spiritual world. Man Church in this place. Those buildings is a summary of nature; nature is man were opened in 1875. The cost of their in diffusion; all things, therefore, in erection, and some unavoidable exnature, in fire, air, earth, water-every penses incurred since the opening, beast, bird, fish, insect, reptile-every amounted to about £3300. Of that tree, herb, fruit and flower, represent sum £2030 had been cleared off, so that and express unseen things in the mind there still remained a debt on the of man.
The Scriptures, or those parts buildings of £1270. In order to lessen of them which are inspired, are written the debt, if not to liquidate it altoaccording to this science, and by this gether, an appeal was made to the science only can man get the true mean- friends of the cause to contribute ing of Scripture. According to this articles for sale, and met with conscience of Correspondences, the Bible is a siderable success, a collection of ornasymbolic book; the letter of the Word mental and fancy goods being the reis the material symbol of spiritual truth. sult of the appeal. These articles, This science applied to man's nature many of them of an expensive as well makes clear to New Churchmen that as tasteful character, were arranged to man has a spiritual form, of which the the best advantage. physical body is the mere temporary At the opening ceremony, Rev. S. form and expression. There is no death. Pilkington, who presided, stated the What we call death is simply the spirit- circumstances in which the bazaar oriual, actual man parted from the physical ginated, and explained the need of body. There is, therefore, no cold river assistance to relieve the Society from to pass through to reach the heavens. the incubus of a heavy debt. He was To be absent from the body is to be in succeeded by Rev. J. E. Shepherd, Spirit-land. There friends and dear ones who as a minister in another Christian meet and look into the old familiar faces, community spoke with marked symalways getting younger by truth and pathy of the New Church.
" Since he goodness. This statement is followed had been there, ” he said, “ he had by a brief notice of “the modest little been pleased
meet with the minister New Jerusalem Church in Springbank,” of their church again and again, as well Hull, which leads to a very eulogistic as the ministers of most other Churches. account of its minister, Mr. J. R. Boyle, It was always a pleasing feature to and a brief notice of two lectures given by him to be able to meet with and frahim on Swedenborg. Of this notice our ternize with people belonging to other space forbids more than the following Churches. The older he grew the concluding sentences : “No student of broader became his creed and the the theological works of Swedenborg can larger his heart. As members of the well afford to ignore his scientific and Church of Christ, it was his convicphilosophical works. To attain an tion that they ought to shake hands intelligent appreciation of his views, with each other by whatever name a knowledge of the mental history they might be called. Every year the of the man, from his birth to his spirit of the New Church was entering death, is absolutely necessary,
This the creeds of other Churches, and they knowledge can only be attained by the were doing a great deal to level down
the mountains which had existed for a from danger. Men were free who were long time in the creeds of other people. not environed by the shackles and He stated that he had always found disabilities that debt involved. They warm sympathy from the ministers of would be happier if from the proceeds that Church, and wished them God- of that effort they were enabled to respeed in their undertaking.”
move the debt from off their shoulders. Mr. S. Knowles, as a lay member of In charity and love they had done it, another community, also briefly, ad. and he thought all New Churchmen dressed the meeting, and said he fully knew that charity and love ought to indorsed all that had been said by the be the moving principles of Christian last speaker. He thought by a more life. Most sincerely did he hope that frequent interchange of sentiments of their labours would not have been in that kind it would be far better for vain ; and that in those hours of them all. They had a broad platform thought which they had devoted to the in that Church, and he sympathized particular business they had to transwith the object of the bazaar, and ex- act, and the time they had sacrificed, pressed the fervent hope that they ladies and gentlemen, young and old, would realize all they desired.
had been animated by the feeling that Mr. Agnew, M.P., in opening the they had been doing good, useful work. bazaar, said, when he received the in- The total receipts of sales, etc., at vitation to open the bazaar he felt that the close amounted to the handsome those who had honoured him with that sum of £828. invitation had probably been prompted A gentleman has promised that in by some feeling that in some sort he case £900 would be raised, he would was connected with that denomina- make up the amount to £1000; and tion, for he was born and bred in its another gentleman has promised that community. It was well known to all should this latter sum be raised, he of them that there existed in this would give £20 more. The members country-nay, in all civilized countries of the Society having thoroughly ex-a great number of persons who ac- hausted all their resources, and urged knowledged, nay, who believed in, the by these incentives, venture respectmission of Emanuel Swedenborg; that fully to appeal to the wealthy friends of there were thousands who believed and the New Church to make up the dereceived at least a large portion of ficiency, and then they will be able to Swedenborg's religious dogmas, if he reduce the debt to £250, which after might use the term, who were not a little rest they would be able to comseen-perhaps never seen-to take a pletely remove. special
part in the denomination known The committee return their sincerest by the name of the New Church. It thanks to all who have in any way might be that he was indebted to the done something to make their bazaar a teaching of that denomination-he was, success; and they beg to acknowledge he thought-for the particular colour their special obligations to the ladies and complexion of his opinions upon of Accrington and Heywood, who propolitical, social, and religious matters, vided many beautiful and valuable and if it were so he was proud to ad- articles for the stalls, over which they mit it; if it were so he was none the kindly and ably presided. worse for it, for he felt and acknowledged on that platform, with thank
CORRESPONDENCE. fulness and with all humility, that his early education-he might say the At the last session of the General whole of his school education-was Conference the following resolution under the charge, was under the bene- relating to the Miscellaneous departficent care of a man than whom none ment of the Magazine, recommended had been a more distinguished orna- by the Magazine Council, was unaniment to the New Church, his revered mously adopted : “ Resolved master, John Henry Smithson. In That the Sub-Editor open the columns charity and love they had conceived of his portion of the Magazine for a free that enterprise. It was a noble thing to and temperate discussion of subjects of seek to overthrow the incubus of debt; interest to the Church : inserting the for freedom from debt was freedom usual notice, that 'the Editor does not