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their religious festivals ; and in the parable of the prodigal son we are told,“ As the elder son came, and drew nigh to the house, he heard the sound of music and dancing.
Solomon says, there is a time to dance; but as the wise monarch does not say there is a time to refrain from dancing, we would humbly suggest that it should be discontinued at an early and seasonable hour.
Bradshaw's Little Magazine of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge. Vol. I.
New series. London: S. Gilbert. Pp. 188. We have occasionally noticed this unpretending, but most interesting and instructive juvenile magazine. The articles in the present volume, as in the preceding ones, are judiciously chosen, combining entertainment with useful information. We regret to learn that this volume, the first of the new series, is to be the last of the publication -the proprietor has not received the encouragement which might have been expected, and to which his work so well entitled him. We believe that a considerable number of copies is still on hand, and as each volume, and indeed each monthly number, is complete in itself, they will be found most suitable for Sunday-school rewards and children's presents. There are six volumes, of which the first three are sold in volumes at 14d. each, the latter ones at 18d. There is seldom any article of merely local or temporary interest, and we therefore heartily recommend them to our friends, hoping for the proprietor's sake, and still more for sake of the young, that they may be widely circulated.
UNITARIAN CONVENTION AT NEW and of the Rationalistic theory on the YORK,
other, A CONVENTION of Unitarians was Resolved, That while we adopt our held in the city of New York on Tues- theology on account of its scriptural day, Wednesday, and Thursday, Oct. truth, we hold it pre-eminently va21, 22, and 23.There were present luable for the influences it is suited to from Massachusetts 52 ministers, and exert upon the personal character. 21 lay delegates, and various minis- Resolved, That it is worthy of conters and laymen from other States. sideration, whether the changes which The proceedings seem to have been of have been adopted by some of our a most interesting kind, full of life and congregations in the mode of conductlove, boldness, fervency, and zeal. Our ing public worship be expedient. limits will not permit us to give even Resolved, That the recent death of an outline of the several discussions a venerable teacher of theology to as we find them reported in the many of the members of the convenChristian World, but we shall present tion, Dr. HENRY WARE, Senior, and to our readers the resolutions on which also, of one of the former Presidents the discussions were founded, and give of the Unitarian Association, Mr. such a notice as our space will allow Justice STORY, and one of the former of the most important speeches. Vice-presidents of the Association,
The Business Committee reported Hon. LEVERETT SALTONSTALL, calls the following resolutions :
for solemn and affectionate commeResolved,That Unitarian Chris- moration of their Christian worth, tianity being derived solely and wholly and valuable services in the cause of from the Scriptures, avoids alike the truth. errors of hierarchical and traditionary Resolved, That whilst we steadfastfaith and discipline on the one hand, ly maintain the independence of the
individual congregations, we cordially fluence which our preaching produces favour such modes of association and upon the heart. How tritling, how organization, as may quicken the life insignificant—is it not so ? But ip and secure the purity of our churches. the main, perhaps, we may be said to
The following remarks were made be in advance of many other Chrisupon the adoption of the first resolu- tian bodies. Is not the great error of
the Protestant world our adherence Mr. OsGOOD, of Providence, re- to the ancient Lutheran idea of the marked that he hoped to hear the office of preaching? Are we not still first resolution discussed upon the too obedient to the idea that the great ground of the great principles of work of the pulpit is to disseminate Unitarianism. He wished to have truth for the intellect? Mr. Muzzey them explained, illustrated, and de- here spoke of the mighty power of the fined, so that they might be under- Unitarian pulpit, as he had seen it, in stood by those among whom the con- some cases now in his mind. He vention was now assembled, to whom could tell of its influence in the hands nothing was more familiar than the of God in regenerating the hard and great hierarchical system of “ the careless heart of the mere man of the Church,” and to whose apprehension world, whose hopes and interests were we are only infidels and deists.
all of the earth alone. Mr. BELLOWES hoped the discussion Rev. Alonzo Hill, of Worcester, would take that turn. He deprecated Mass. mentioned a remark made by a discussion of the “rationalistic Mrs. Dana, of Charleston, S.C. in theory," and desired that it inight be her recently published letters on the avoided. They in New York were Trinity. She said that the character, not concerned in that subject. They which as a Calvinist had been thought knew nothing and thought nothing sufficiently good, she found, as a Uniof Rationalism, technically so called"; tarian, had to be greatly reformed. and though it might be a useful sub- That is doubtless the truth; for Uniject sometimes in the East, where the tarianism does aim at the highest topic was agitated by those who had order of character. Men feel it to be arisen among the brethren to contend so. Where are the men and who were for it, it would be utterly unwelcome they, who have been at the bottom of there. He could not tell his brethren our modern reforms ? Who are they how much good they had done their who have given the great impulse to New York friends by their mere pre- Temperance, Peace, and general phisence, by the encouragement of a bold lanthropy, and who do most to susand numerous group of sympathizing tain these movements and keep them fellow-labourers. Nor could the in- growing ? Mr. Hill here described fluence of the preaching they had the adaptation of our simple faith to heard be estimated. Everything, so the wants of men in their utmost need. far, had inspired and rejoiced them; He had gone to the prisoner ; be had and it only remained to continue the lately been called to visit two or three same united, harmonious course of under the condemnation of death; and proceeding to produce what he hoped had there seen its power to reach the would be the one united and har- hardest, corruptest heart, to comfort monious influence and impression of and to bless. It told of a Father's their meeting upon New York. love. It came with the outstretched
The following reinarks were made arms of love and mercy to welcome in support of the second resolution home the poor, heart-stricken, and re
The second resolution being in or- pentant prodigal. Go, said 'he, and der, Rev. A. B. MUZZEY, of Cam- preach this gospel in the haunts of bridgeport, Mass. said, that Uni- vice and sin-preach it to the inmates tarianism is capable of producing a in their utmost vileness, and you can greater effect upou character, than melt them into tears. any other form of religious belief-not Rev. GEORGE W. Briggs, of Plythat it had produced its proper effect, mouth, Mass. said, the great question for it had been left to fall below it. is—How shall we best carry ChristiWe have something more to do than anity to men so that they may appreto oppose error. We have, as yet, ciate and feel it? Why don't we only faintly conceived of what the better succeed in carrying forward preaching of the gospel might do. what we all say is so beautiful and For look around and observe the in- true? In my judgment, we have got to alter our mode somewhat we have his early disciples ;-there would be got to take the great spiritual truths no limits to the prevalence of our of Christ's gospel and make them views. Nothing had struck him so the doctrines. The doctrines of the- forcibly, as the adaptation of Univlogy are too prominent with us every- tarian Christianity to the spiritnal where. And we have never sufficiently necessities of the poor, and he cited trusted and believed in the spirit of several cases within his own knowChristianity. Christ preached re- ledge, to show how the most beautiful pentance, forgiveness, reconciliation. and sustaining piety had been fosDoing as he did, we shall reform all tered under its benign influences. He the theology of Christendom. The urged the ministers of the Gospel to difficulty in men's minds in relation deal with men as sinners, who needed to Unitarians is not, I think, so much to repent of their sins, that they might about the doctrines we teach, as in the obtain forgiveness and everlasting doubt they entertain whether we are life. He took for his text,—“Except a really in earnest about these spiritual man be born again, he cannot see the things. Look at the great influence Kingdom of God." and growth of the Christian con- Mr. Channing then offered some nexion. They are in doctrines almost interesting statistical calculations recoincident with ourselves.
Let us specting our denomination, which grow in the spiritual life and cultivate were of a most encouraging character, the spiritual life ; and where that life considering the few years that had is, the true doctrines will be sure to elapsed since Unitarians had assumed be.
to act for themselves in relation to G. G. CHANNING said, if in his religious matters. From what Mr, power, he would like to correct those Channing stated, we gather that there mistakes into which other sects had are 240 churches belonging to our fallen in respect to what they so fre- body, having a stated ministry.quently style as shallow, unscriptural, Average attendance at these, 75 to unphilosophical, and unsatisfactory, 80,000. Our Sunday Schools are in the Unitarian faith. He insisted, yielding instruction to 24,000 scholars, that its exactions were more severe, having 4800 teachers. and its hopes more inspiring, when Rev. CHARLES Briggs, the Genefaithfully, presented, than any other ral Agent of the Amer. Un. Asso. form of faith with which he was ac- referred to the great fear among our quainted, and that nothing more was people of being too sectarian. Many required of them, to whom was com- will give more money to help others mitted the preaching of scriptural than they will to aid the movements truth, if the increase of our body was of their own body.
He urged a desirable, than to present with all warmer interest in the missions as a possible earnestness, the simple truths want of the denomination. The outof religion, for the diffusion of which ward growth of our views was enso many of our brethren, like good couraging. There were some two or soldiers of the cross, had successfully la- three thousand societies now in the boured. For want of this earnestness country who reject the doctrine of the many, very many, thousands, nay, tens Trinity and its kindred errors. But of thousands, who entertain similar the growth in grace was still more & views to our own, have been prevented matter of interest and hope. The from uniting with us; preferring to spiritual growth of the denomination remain with those, who, notwithstand- was now really great. ing their peculiar dogmas, always
Rev. S. K. LOTHROP, of Boston, manifest a devoted interest towards pointed to the contrast between the all who unite with them, irrespective efforts and sacrifices which will be of class or condition. Let us once made in all secular matters, and those permit the social and sympathetic in- which we make for the cause of Christ. fluence, which so beautifully charac- How sad and gloomy, he exclaimed, terized the primitive Church, to enter is the picture! He wanted to have our churches ;-and once let all who more stress laid upon the “ begiuning.” have made a good profession of of the Christian life. We must preach Christ, see to it, that, whilst sin repentance. Improvement was for abounds, and godless men and wo- those who had repented already-men are about them, that they have who could point to some time when a work to do, as truly as Christ and they felt that they had given them.
selves to God. It was not for the Christ, caring for us with more than impenitent man.
It would mislead a parent's love, so loving the world as him, to leave him thinking that im- to give his own Son, that the world, provement was all he needed. This through him, might be saved. Such
beginning", is what we urge too a ground of devotion, and also of little; and this lack of onrs is our faith, must needs be accompanied great or one of our great defects. with true views of duty. What Ånd we want more religious union morals in the Gospel our free Gosand sympathy, he continued, binding pel--not merely an ideal of duty, but us together and making us one in in- a living exemplar, clothed with spiriterest and effort, though not to the tual power.
Heathen sages may sacrifice of the independence of have dreamed of an excellence like churches or of individuals. We have that of Christ. Passages of Socrates preached liberty of thought and free- or Confucius, Plato, or Epictetus, dom of action until we have been may remind us of the sublime ethics near driving sympathy and union out of the Gospel. But Christ's word of doors.
was with power-he has established Rev. Mr. OsgooD, of Providence, among men the principles which he said, Upon the positive Christianity exemplified. Their teachings moved of the New Testament we stand, and not the mass, nor converted their ask no favours of men, fear no denun- little circle of hearers. He was comciations, no anathemas. Enough missioned to pour out a new spirit are, and have been with us, to save among men—not to paint a saintly us from feeling alone, or desolate. picture, but to kindle a saintly life. Enough has been done by us to urge His name stands alone among the us to still better achievements. Hum. teachers of duty, unapproached and bly we should feel, but not despond- unapproachable. Imperfect, erring ingly. On to the work, and do cheer- though we be, who of us is so recreant fully what God has committed to our to Christian privilege, as to have charge. Let us carry out our positive known nothing of the power of our Christianity, and prove its pre-emi. heavenly Saviour, in bringing the nent influence upon personal cha- spirit of truth and consolation to our racter. Faith is a great element in souls, and acting upon the character character. What am I without it? A with a might not of this world ? To frail, ignorant, sinful man ; I need to his name, to God, through him, be all trust in something beyond myself. the praise ! My unaided reason and conscience Dr. GANNETT said, He thought suffice not either for my purity, ener- there must be somewhat more than gy, or peace. Who does not pray doctrinal opinions, pre-eminently to with the disciples, Lord increase our influence character. There must be faith? Who of us will not bless God submission of soul to God-habitual for giving us such a foundation of nearness of soul to God--that comfaith-the Christ of the New Testa- munion with him that should strengthment, thus living, speaking, suffering, en, and shield, and guide nzs, as we go dying, rising, inspiring—the Saviour, forth to the scenes of daily life and divine in spirit, human in affections duty. And when we return to our and sympathies—the Saviour, sent to homes, and to our closets, there should reveal to us the Father, and win us to still be that nearness to God, that reconciliation, to peace, and heaven? should lead us to seek his forgiveness What an element is such a faith, in wherein we may have fallen, and a acting upon personal character! We return to newness of life and new obe. need to worship. What is character dience. He spoke in demonstration without devotion ? What are we, of the spirit, and with power, on the unless we look upward? What an great point of the constant thought of object of devotion in the Gospel-how the presence and will of God ;-that free from perplexing dogmas - God in it should be the first thought that Christ, the Father, through the Son; should come to us with morning the New Testament God, not some light, and the latest upon our pillows, vague spirit of nature, like the God even as the thoughts of mammon are of Lucretius, nor some awful Deity, ever present to the worldly-minded, indifferent to human concerns, caring and the lovers of pleasure and gain, for races, and not for the individual, more than the lovers of God. like the God of Zeno-but the God of The following remarks were made
upon the adoption of the fifth resolu- apostles, but every new
convert took a tion:
part in the diffusion of Christianity. G. G. CAANNING felt so grateful to Every Christian, as such, was enthe committee for their recognition of gaged in leading others, by his conthe advantage of meetings for Chris- versation and exhortations, to become tian effort, other than the stated followers of Christ. Have we any ministry of the Sabbath, that he felt more wisdom on this subject, than called upon to say a few words in fur- the primitive believers and the Master therance of plans of operation, com- himself? We lose much of the effect mon in Boston and neighbourhood, of our preaching, I think, by the neand constantly spreading more and glect of those social influences which more over the land. If the Sunday might be employed to increase and School was the primary school of the confirm it. Let' the sermon which church, to train up the young for has produced a serious impression, heaven, there was no less a felt neces- be followed by a meeting on the Sabsity of providing a primary religious bath evening, in which all who symschool for adults, where warm and pathize in such impressions, shall'extrue hearts may unite together for press their views and feelings to one mutual edification, and into which another, and who can doubt the hapmultitudes of men and women may piest results would follow it? I speak gather, to receive of the grace of God on this point, from experience, having in their hearts, whose circumstances seen, in my own society, many inwould not permit of more costly wor- stances of great good from such ship. Mr. C. did not feel that he had meetings. We desire every soul to be control of language sufficiently strong converted to God. I fear we are not to convey to the members of the Con- employing all the instrumentalities vention his warm interest in prayer essential to that end. Let us not reand conference meetings, Sunday. ject any one whatever, merely because school teachers' meetings, and Bible it has been abused by other sects. classes. The first of these proposes The preacher should welcome every to hold out attractions, through the aid within his reach, to do good to his interest which each church shall people. manifest towards them, that shall On the Wednesday the members draw into them young persons parti- of the Convention were entercularly, who come from the country, tained at a collation by the Unitarians and who need the sympathy of Chris- of New York and Brooklyn,-about tian hearts to keep them from falling six hundred persons were present. into temptations, that nothing but religious principle can certainly resist. They are also calculated to bind toge- DEDICATION OF A UNITARIAN CHURCH ther the members of the church, by a tie, holier and more indissoluble than
On Wednesday, October 22, the any tie of earth. They tend, also, to new church in New York, erected by break down the barriers, that so the congregation of the Rev. W. divide into classes the members of H. Bellowes, and called The our religious societies, and which so Church of the Divine Unity," was dreadfully interfere with that social dedicated to the worship of the intercourse and warm companionship One God, the Father. Its front is which so marked the primitive church. upon Broadway, running back to
On this resolution, Mr. MUZZEY Crosby-street. The entrance from spoke as follows:-Mr. President, I Broadway to the church is very imam glad we have an opportunity to posing, and the interior is exceedingly discuss the subject of increasing our beautiful. The style, we were told, associated influence as Christians. I is the florid Gothic, with oak-coloured am in favour of the union of all in our panelling. The house was filled, exsocieties, in the great work of promot- cepting reserved seats, at an early ing personal piety: This should not honr. The introductory prayer was be confined, I think, to the pulpit. offered by the Rev. F. A. Farley, How was it when the Saviour was reading of the Scriptures, by the upon eartb? We find he associated Rev. 11. Furness,—dedicatory prayer twelve with him at first, then seventy, by the Rev. Dr. Kendal. The sermon as aids in his ministry. After his
was preached by the Rev. H. W. death, it would seem that not only his Bellowes, the pastor of the congrega
IN NEW YORK,