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has determined to publish them at the of religious life, which is still increasing, smallest possible cost-one shilling per sometimes in spite of, and sometimes dozen. Taking the members and friends as the effect of, Ritualism. The Parker of the New Church at 4200, if each can Society has given us loads of books from be induced to take a dozen copies this the Reformation period, that we may work is accomplished. In a commun- have the means of judging of the charication respecting this publication, Mr. acter of the Protestant Reformation, Pitman gives a number of facts relating which was good in its time, but could to the biographical notices of Sweden- not be considered final. And now Dr. borg, and reflections on the preparation Colenso, and Chunder Sen, and a nummaking for the reception of his doctrines, erous and influential following, have which, as they will doubtless interest shaken from thoughtful religious minds our readers, we transfer to our pages:- the principal doctrines that are com

“Foraboutseventy years, that is, from prised in the creed of what is called the time of Swedenborg's death in 1772 modern Evangelical Christianity. But to the publication of the article ‘Swed- Colenso and his school can make no enborg' in the ‘Penny Cyclopædia,' impression on the conviction of the about 1840, the name of Swedenborg bulk of Christians that somehow the was loaded with more obloquy by the Lord Jesus Christ is Divine. Yet even compilers of cyclopædias and biograph- their own convictions on this subject ical dictionaries, and also by the reli- are so weak that they seldom pray to gious world, than perhaps the name of Him, but pray to another Divine Perany other person who could not be son or Being to extend mercy to them accused of crimes against society. The • for Christ's sake, phrase and an Penny Cyclopædia' first set the idea that is not to be found in the laudable example, now generally fol

Bible. It is true that the words occur lowed, of inviting contributions on the once, and only once, namely in Ephevarious religious denominations and sians iv. 32. As every, educated man their founders, from competent persons knows, it is a mistranslation of the who belong to those communions. It Greek θεός εν Χριστώ, which should is strange that this just rule should be rendered 'God in Christ,' and have been neglected so long, From not ‘for Christ's sake.' The writings the time of the publication of the of Swedenborg place the Lord Jesus Penny Cyclopædia,' whose article Christ in the true scriptural light, as

Swedenborg' was contributed by Dr. the Ruler of the Universe, in whose J. J. Garth Wilkinson, (an eminent Divine Person exists the Trinity, the writer, and translator of Swedenborg's Father being in Him, as the soul is in philosophical works,) to the present the body, according to His own words day, nearly every article in such pub- in John xiv. 8-14, and the Holy Spirit lications has been favourable. Before -His own Holy Spirit-proceeding that time the encyclopædias set forth from Him. the character of his writings in so repulsive a manner that people were frightened, and very few people took A correspondent has sent us a copy the trouble to procure one of his books, of the Sword and Shield, a Christian and read and judge for themselves. It magazine of weapons for attack and deis in connection with the righteously fence. This magazine is the organ of restored character of this eminent man the “Christian Evidence Society," that I now wish to engage your atten- which has been formed under the tion a few minutes.

auspices of the Bishop of London to To my own mind it appears that all oppose infidelity. We give below an the commotions in the religious world extract from the statement of “Great are tending to the establishment of a facts with regard to Christianity,” by RATIONAL faith in the Lord Jesus Christ Mr. Barker, one of the Society's lecas the Divine Being. The Bridgewater turers. If this extract expresses the Treatises prepared the way for a rational general sentiment of the managers of consideration of Christianity, but they the Society, it is, in the language of our did nothing to expound, and reconcile correspondent, “a striking

proof of the to reason, the standard creeds. The advance and spread of New Church Oxford Tracts awakened a large amount views, and appears to be a tacit admis

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MADAGASCAR. met, much less vanquished, by the old creeds, but requires a new agency and One of the marvels of modern mis. a new theology.” The paper from sionary labour is presented in this iswhich we quote gives a number of land. Twelve months have elapsed since "Facts” relating to Christianity. We the public burningof the Malagasy idols, give the statement respecting God and and the work of the missionaries seems Christ :

to have gone forward with uninterrupted “Its leading doctrines respecting

“ Three years ago only the God and His Providence, Christ and larger and more important villages had redemption, retribution and a future a Christian congregation ; now almost life, are the grandest and worthiest con- every village has its assembly of worceivable. God is set forth as our Father shipping people. In some of these —the best, the kindest of fathers. He places large brick churches, equal to is so good that no other goodness, com- some of those in the capital, are being pared with His, deserves the name. He erected.” The capital is being reconis love itself. He is good even to the structed under the impulse given to the unthankful and the unholy. He would social life of the people by the teaching have all to be saved. His providence

of the gospel.

Houses have been extends over all. A sparrow cannot

demolished, and new ones on the models fall to the ground without His notice. of civilization and comfort are fast risHe numbers the hairs of our head. He ing to supply their places, so that the orders all with a view to the welfare of city which was recently all wood will His creatures. He makes all things speedily be bricks and stone. The dework together for good to those who sire for instruction, and the facilities for love Him. And His grand aim is to imparting it, have greatly augmented. make all the nations of the earth one This desire has induced larger purchases happy family in Christ.

of the Scriptures, hymn-books, and "Jesus is presented as God's image issues from the press than heretofore. and likeness; the visible revelation of There is also a more earnest manner in the invisible Jehovah ; God manifest in worship, while the attendance keeps up the flesh. So that when we look on with considerable regularity. Some of Christ we see unfolded the eternal at- the buildings put up are of considerable tributes of the Deity. In Christ's pretensions. The churches erected are words we have the wisdom of God; in large and ornate. This is particularly His disposition we see the heart of God; the case with the chapel royal, which in His life and works we see in substance is now approaching completion, and is and spirit the principles and history of said to reflect great credit on the taste God's eternal providence. He that sees and skill of Mr. Pool, who has designed Christ, sees God; he that knows Him, and superintended the whole, and hardly knows God. Thus through Christ we less so on the native masons who have come to God; we come to know Him, carried on the work. Mr. Pool has to love Him, to trust Him, to be one shown the people in this work the capawith Him in spirit and in life. This is bilities of their own materials. The one of the most wonderful, important, religious body which has been instruand beneficent doctrines possible. mental in effecting this great change

“Christ is more than God's image ; in the social and religious habits of the He is God incarnate; the one great Malagasy is the Independents. Others mediator between God and man; and have entered, or are now entering the He gives Himself for us, to redeem us island to share their labours and enter from all iniquity, and purify unto Him. into their rewards. Of these the misself a peculiar people zealous of good sionaries sent out by the Society of works.

Friends seem to work very cordially “The Christian doctrine of retribu- with them. Two others are looked tion is, that whatsoever a man soweth upon in a less favourable light, and that shall he reap ; that as a man their presence makes manifest the lives so shall he fare. That every one divisions of the Christian Church. shall receive according to what he hath These are the Roman Catholics, who done. But no man will be called to seem to have obtained a considerable answer for what he has not received.” hold on the people, and the Church of

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England, which has just appointed a awful question of the destiny of the Bishop of Madagascar to superintend, heathen world.' He also said that he and, we suppose, extend the mission held the Confession of Faith as honestly they have established near the coast. as any thoughtful individual in the Two systems of ecclesiastical polity are nineteenth century could be expected thus being introduced, and are setting to hold a document produced in the sevenup their rival claims among these teenth, but that our views are not to simple converts to the Christian faith ; be finally shut up and sealed in it. If and strongly contending with the influ- so we should be spirits in prison,' ences of this faith to promote their sadly in want of emancipation. This moral, their social, and their spiritual explanation was not considered to be elevation, are the “old habits," which sufficient, and he was accordingly subhave been completely thrust aside. “It jected to a running fire of questions, is like a life-work with the people, so very until, as one of the members said, he deeply, nay, so riveted to their

very exist- was put into the confessional, and asked ence some of these habits are. Easy as it to state what he believed and not what was to destroy their fetish, it is another he had said on the occasion referred to. thing to destroy that which seems part " It seems,” concludes the English Inand parcel of themselves, in order that dependent, incredible that while there their social well-being may be pro- are so many real heresies to be combated moted.” The success of the work has these Scotchmen should set up an Inthus far been wonderful, and we can only quisition about such matters. If it is hope that the dangers which threatened wrong to speculate on this text, St.

and prosperity may be avoided, Peter ought not to have put it in his and that it may go forward into a stilí Epistle." richer and more abundant fruitage of Christian faith and life.

SYMPATHY WITH THE POPE.

A public meeting of sympathizers THE SPIRITS IN PRISON.

with the Pope has been held in St. We are indebted to the English In- James' Hall. Archbishop Manning, dependent for the following, "The who presided, delivered a lengthened Rev. Fergus Ferguson, one of the min- address in opening the proceedings, isters of the Edinburgh Presbytery, in The Pope was a prisoner, not confined the course of his Sabbath lectures on by bolts and bars, but by moral wrong, the Epistle of St Peter, came upon the which rendered it impossible for the knotty passage which says that Christ Vicar of our Divine Lord to set his feet preached unto the spirits in prison.' in the streets of Rome. The streets of In his endeavours to explain it, one of the city were deluged with evil and his elders named Dodds thought he could impiety of every kind; and the Cardidistinctly scent heresy, and he com- nal Vicar of Rome had been compelled plained to the presbytery that his pas- to issue an order that the Blessed tor appeared to be propounding the Sacrament should be no longer carried dogma of the existence of a middle openly to the sick. The meeting was state, in which infants and the heathen not, said Dr. Manning, a voice, but the had the gospel preached to them. Mr. echo of a voice from all the Catholic Ferguson was called upon to make his countries of the world; and he referred defence, and generally stated, that in with marked satisfaction to the exhis opinion Christ addressed ‘spirits in pression of sympathy for the Pope in prison’ in a 'department of the invis- America and England. Divine Proriible world,' 'between His death and dence had given the solution of Italian His resurrection,' on the subject of unity and of the relation in all earthly ‘Himself and His finished work,' and governments of the state to the Church, with a view 'apparently to set before by establishing the temporal power of them such a knowledge of salvation as the Pope in a neutral kingdom ; and they had not when upon the earth.' this solution was rejected by the violent Assuming that this had been done to removal of the Pope from his Roman the 'antediluvians,' he suggested the territory. possibility that the course might not The meeting, consisting of Catholics be exceptional, and that the thought and addressed by Catholic noblemen, ‘is fitted to cast a ray of hope upon the was quite unaminous in its conclusions.

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But what now are the facts of the LONDON.-From our correspondent case. These can scarcely be better ex- we learn several items of information. pressed than by a correspondent of the The Notting Hill lectures and Sunday Times, who writes over the signature of services have been brought to a close. “ An Italian”:

They were doubtless useful, although “The English Catholics take it for not attended by such numbers as might granted that the Italians are Catholics, have been reasonably expected. The and so they certainly are, although Sunday services were felt by some to they are by no means bound to be so. be pervaded by a true spirit of heavenly But they are Catholics in their own devotion. They terminated for the way, and they claim to be Catholics in

present on Sunday evening, Dec. 4, by their own way.

In England itself, a lecture, from our friend Mr. Bull, on among Dr. Manning's congregation, the Resurrection. Mr. Ramage has there are Catholics that admit the officiated, principally at Buttesland St., Pope's infallibility and Catholics who with unabated success. He has also deny it ; there are Catholics who accept visited Snodland and Northampton; the temporal power as a dogma and the Rev. T. L. Marsden taking his Catholics who look on that power as place at Buttesland St. on the day he the bane of the papacy. In Italy, in was at Snodland—the exchange being the same manner there are Catholics

highly appreciated by all concerned. and there are Papists. There are those Mr. Gunton has conducted two addithat believe all that the Pope teaches tional Sunday services at Ladbroke and there are those who allow them- Hall, and given one additional lecture. selves the free use of their reason and He has also lectured at Spalding and discretion. But there are none who Peterborough: at both places the atthink that the Pope, by the .exercise of tendance was good, varying from 150 his temporal power, should possess the to 250. The audiences listened attenmeans of enforcing his spiritual rule tively, several questions were asked, against all reason and discretion.” and over 25 copies of the Brighton

It is useless, however, to argue Lectures were sold during the lectures. against accomplished facts. The tem- At Spalding the chair was occupied poral power of the Pope has departed. each evening by Henry Watkinson, Henceforward increased liberty of Esq., the proprietor and publisher of thought will be claimed by the members the Spalding Free Press. Mr. Watkinof the Catholic Church, and even his son kindly entertained the lecturers, spiritual authority will become more both Dr. Bayley and Mr. Gunton, and and more dependent upon his com- inserted in his paper a somewhat pliance with this great requirement of lengthy report of the lectures, which the new age on which the world has would doubtless be read by many who entered. Will the papacy be able to did not attend. Both Mr. and Mrs. adapt itself to the great changes which Watkinson are favourably impressed are in progress? We shall see.

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ture thus presented to their minds, and NEW CHURCH COLLEGE.-Devonshire are continuing their examination of St., Dec. 7, 1870.-I have this day them with great delight and earnestgiven a whole day to the examination At Peterborough, too, the lecof the pupils of the College, and am turers and committee found themselves very happy to say that, in English greatly aided, in every way, by our Grammar, Geography, History, and esteemed friend Mr. Barton; and Latin Grammar, and Latin Reading altogether the proceedings, at both and Translation, &c., I was completely places, were encouraging for missionary satisfied with their attainments. The labours. Mr. Gunton has also again boys had applied themselves well and visited Brightlingsea, and attended had been well taught. The elder their annual meeting, on which ocstudents were examined separately in casion he urged the members to conEnglish, Theology, Latin, and the tinued perseverance in promoting the rudiments of Greek, and, considering general uses of the Church ; especially the short period they had been under addressing the young men, of whom training, their attainments were very there are a great number, to unite satisfactory.–J.BAYLEY, Pres. of Conf. themselves with the Society by becom

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ing members, and prepare themselves for filling useful offices in the Church. Mr. Gunton is at present at Horncastle, where he will give two lectures, and conduct two services in the Corn Exchange. This little Society grows stronger ; the attendance in their own meeting-room having increased since Mr. Hyde's visit in October. We learn also that a gentleman in Salisbury, the proprietor of the Assembly Rooms, has intimated his readiness to give the use of the rooms, and pay the local expenses, if the committee could send a lecturer. This is a noble act, and arrangements are already made for the National Missionary to go down and give four lectures, and hold two services on the Sunday, the first lecture to be given on Dec. 15th. We learn also that a friend is vigorously proclaiming the doctrines at Tunbridge Wells. Fifty copies of the small Hymn Book, referred to below, have been sent him. After the Christmas recess it is intended to prosecute missionary work in several districts, some new, some old.

The Swedenborg Society's Committee, at its last meeting, passed a resolution that Dr. Tafel be engaged to translate the documents as a first step: this seems, to some extent, receding from their original resolution two months before, that Dr. Tafel should translate the documents and write the life. By some members this recession will be regretted : in the opinion of some the commitee would have consulted the best interests of the Church by keeping to their original proposition, and getting what may be called a foundation biography of Swedenborg from the pen of Dr. Tafel, which would furnish materials for any number of smaller biographies, suited to the great. public, from other pens. Every one who knows Dr. Tafel admits his painstaking industry, his untiring perseverance, his correctness and exactness, and a biography from his hand as the completion of his labours would indeed be the crown of the whole. The committee also decided to send to each of the following ministers, viz., Rev. C. Vosey and Rev. Fergus Ferguson, a copy of the True Christian Religion. “Mr. Ferguson is accused with teaching that the passage in 1 Peter iii. 19, * By which also He (Christ) went and preached unto the spirits in prison,'

infers the existence of a middle state, in which infants and the heathen may have the gospel preached to them.”

The missionary committee has performed an important use by printing 52 hymns in a neat paper cover, containing the creed of the Church, to be sold for id. These hymns, with the exception of two, “Sun of my Soul" and “ Abide with Me,” are selected from the “Conference Hymn Book.” There are no peculiar metres, and they are some of the sweetest to be found in the book ; for missionary Sabbath services they will be very useful. A most satisfactory account of Mr. Moss's labours in Jersey, both at St. Aubin and St. Heliers, has reached us, and there seems reason to conclude that Mr. Moss's sojourn will be accompanied with very satisfactory results.

South LONDON.--The third festival of the South London New Church Mutual Improvement Society was held on 1st December at the Gresham Institute, Angell Town. The president, Mr. E. Austin, opened the meeting with a brief address, and then introduced various ladies and gentlemen, whose musical abilities afforded very great gratification. Appropriate speeches were also made during the evening by Dr. Bayley, and Messrs. Dicks and Higham. The elegant hall was well filled by an appreciative audience, which represented all the churches in the metropolis, and at the close of the proceedings, it was universally acknowledged that, thanks to the kind aid rendered by various non-members (including Mrs. Tafel and Mrs. Lindley of Cross Street), the gathering had been the most successful which the society has yet organized. As intimated in last month's Intellectual Repository, a course of week-night lectures has recently been delivered under the auspices of the Missionary and Tract Society in Gloster Hall, Brixton, by Messrs. Bayley, R. Gunton, Austin, and Ramage. On the whole, the attendance was satisfactory, and judging from the interest awakened, and the number of books and tracts disposed of, it is hoped that some good will have been effected by the effort.

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