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compares the bread of life to the manna eaten in the wilderness, and teaches His disciples that He is the bread of life.” An infant baptism followed the reading of the Word. This is particularly described, after which the writer proceeds :—“Without selecting any passage of Scripture as his text, Mr. Gunton stated that the subject announced for their consideration was THE BREAD OF LIFE.
He commenced by observing that his hearers were possessed of both a natural and spiritual being, and that as they could not have the natural life sustained without partaking of material food, so neither could the spiritual life be sustained unless they partook of the bread of life. Bread and water are the material elements which maintain the natural life of man, and they are used in the Word to represent the spiritual elements which feed the spiritual life of man.
The great thing needed was a new birth—a regeneration, which is recreation. The preacher from this proceeded to expound the doctrine of regeneration, and the soul's growth in righteousness, by the reception and appropriation of the bread of life ; and the service was concluded by the administration of the sacrament of the holy supper, at which members of other denominations were also invited to join.”
of these lectures were, " The worship, of Jehovah and the worship of Baal; “The prophecies relating to the Second Coming of the Lord;” and “Modern speculations respecting the Future Life.' In the first of these lectures Mr. Storry pointed out the distinction between & true and a perverted worship, and traced the connection between all genuine worship and a life of obedience to the laws of God. In the second lecture the preacher showed, by a review and exposition of several of the prophecies of the Old Testament, that the language employed in announcing the second advent of our Lord had been already employed in predicting His first advent, and that the fulfilment of these prophecies yielded, therefore, a key to the prophecies relating to the second coming. From this exposition was pointed out the time of His appearing as indicated in “the latter days ” of Daniel, i.e. the end of the former dispensation; and the nature of His advent as predicted in His appearance as the Son of Man in the clouds of heaven, His coming to the Ancient of days, and the dominion, and glory, and kingdom, and people, and nations and languages, that “should serve Him.” The concluding lecture reviewed some of the recent speculations that have appeared respecting the future life, and compared them with the higher and more important and trustworthy disclosures of Swedenborg. The attendance at these lectures was not so numerous as the friends had hoped. The largest congregation was not less than 200 persons, the smallest not quite half that number. Many of those who were present seemed interested in the subjects and instructed by them; and we may reasonably hope that some use has been accomplished in extending the knowledge of the truth and building up the Church in this large town. The lectures would be fol. lowed on succeeding Sabbath and weekday evenings by other ministers. Mr. Deans of Bolton, who was next in succession, discussed some of the leading phases of thought arising out of the Voysey controversy and persecution. The attendance was similar to that at the opening services.
LONDON.—Just as we are going to press, a correspondent sends us the fol. lowing, in which our readers will be much interested. It is a munificent
LEEDS.—To keep pace with the times is one of the means of useful and solid progress.
The Society at this town, though labouring under great disadvantages, has endeavoured to do this. Its large and commodious chapel has been kept in good repair, and from time to time improved in its appearance and comfort. During the present spring it has undergone a thorough repair, and the front and interior have been improved and beautified. During these improvements the church was necessarily closed, and the public worship of the Society for a short time suspended. On Sunday, Jnne 4, the Church was re-opened, and it was determined to combine with the re-opening a short mission service. The services were commenced by a dis
on the religious instruction involved in the call of Elisha (1 Kings xix. 19 to 21), by the Rev. R. Storry, who followed this discourse with a series of three lectures. The subjects
effort to promote the cause of truth by providing the means of its public announcement to the world, and will be, we hope, crowned with an abundant
*To do good and to communicate, forget not; for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.' The members of the New Church will rejoice to know that another munificent gift to the Conference is in course of arrangement.
A gentleman, whose name is connected with large benevolences, expressed a desire that a church should be built or purchased in one of the western districts of London ; and, the ‘Palace Garden's Church' (Presbyterian) having been offered for sale by auction at the Mart on Wednesday last, the subject with all its appendages having been duly considered previously, the same was purchased at a cost of £5250. It is capable of seating about 1000 persons, is admirably arranged for light and sound, and has a schoolroom on the same level, which will accommodate 200 children, and, in a ldition, a commodious vestry. The nature of the locality and the suitability of the building seem to be all that coulă be desired ; and the earnest effort of those who have promoted this proceeding will be, not only to establish a Society and Sunday school, but also to carry on extensive missionary operations in this populous and important district, that the sincere desire of the donor-an extended knowledge of the foundationprinciples of Christianity, may be realized, and mankind be thereby rendered wise and happy..
From the communication of another correspondent, we have reason to conclude that the zeal and earnestness of our brethren in London are equal to the employment in the cause of righteousness and truth of the increased means so providentially supplied. Our correspondent writes : “I hope we shall have a useful and happy Conference. We have churches in London, and I have never known so much unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, combined—with righteousness of life, prevailing amongst us. Our own little society has had many removals to endure, but it has been enabled to rejoice that it has thereby strengthened the Church elsewhere. Our own congregation has been partially made up by accessions from without. It also shows evidences of
internal growth. Still we lack the thorough earnestness which we ought to have, and pray to the Lord for.'
NORTHAMPTON.-At the quarterly meeting of the society in this town, held March 28th, the members availed themselves of the opportunity of presenting a token of esteem to their respected leader, Mr. Berry, on his removal to London. The testimonial consisted of Bagster's Polyglot Bible (English version, with index, references, and maps), in chaste bindling and gilt-edged. The inscription is as follows :-“ Affectionately presented to John Paxton Berry, by the members and friends of the New Jerusalem Church, Northampton, as a parting expression of their love, gratitude, and esteem, for his long and valuable services as leader of the church. Signed, on behalf of the church, Sam. T. Negus.-- March 28, 1871." With this were also presented a few dozen carte-de-visite portraits of Mr. Berry, admirably executed, which the friends were desirous of possessing. The presentation was made by Mr. Negu, in an appropriate address, in which he expressed the regret of the members at the departure of Mr. Berry and their affection and gratitude to him as a loving friend and faithful pastor. The little flock under his guidance had been strengthened and renewed and led forward in the path of eternal life. They were unwilling, therefore, to part with him without some expression of their grateful recollection of his services; and desired that their offering might not be regarded as a formal act, but as affection's offering from a beloved people to a faithful pastor. Mr. Berry, in reply, expressed his high appreciation of the “Divine Word,” and assured the kind friends who had chosen this beautiful copy of it as an expression of their love to him --that nothing else could have given him greater satisfaction, and that he should ever be reminded of them when perusing its sacred pages, and especially in his efforts to disseminate its blessed truths--as seen in the light of New Church doctrine.
Wilton.— Wilton is a small town, long celebrated for its carpet manufacture, situated three miles to the west from Salisbury, with which city it is
now most conveniently connected by of Moss Lane, Whitefield, passed from two lines of railway. During Mr. the present to a higher state of being. Gunton's visit to Salisbury, advan- Cradled in the bosom of the New Jertage was taken of his presence in usalem, his life was as spotless as his the neighbourhood to have a lecture demeanour was meek and unaffected. illustrative of the doctrines of the Ever since he was able to render his New Church delivered by him in loving Master any service, he has been this ancient borough town. This
constant and faithful in its discharge, lecture, which was on “The expected having filled the office of superintenEnd of the World, and the Coming of dent of the Besses Sunday school for nine the Son of Man in the Clouds of years, during which time he was unHeaven," was given on the evening of avoidably absent only three times. To Friday, April 21st, at the Temperance the various institutions of the church he Hall, and was listened to by about 150 was a liberal supporter, and especially attentive hearers, amongst whom were so to its periodical literature. Many several local preachers of various deno- of the weavers in their mill will miss minations. Some questions were asked, finding in their “pin boxes,” placed and, we believe, satisfactorily answered, there by an unseen hand, their accusand several copies of Dr. Bayley's tomed Juvenile Magazine or other pubBrighton Lectures were sold to the lication intended to disseminate a audience, who manifested a great desire knowledge of the heavenly doctrines of to learn more respecting the doctrines. love and duty taught by the Church. Indeed, we know that there are now April 17th.–Very suddenly, of heart several persons resident in this town disease, Mr. Thomas Douglas, of 1 Kenreading various publications of the sington Place, Bath. He was a mem. Church, some of whom have already ber
of the Bath Society for many years ; expressed themselves as surprised at the during the greater part of which time knowledge they have gained by their he made himself useful to the Church, perusal.
by discharging the duties successively Marriages.
of treasurer and secretary, to the satis
faction of all with whom he came in conAt St. Cuthbert's Church, Gateshead,
tact. He also occasionally read the seron May 24, 1870, Arthur Herbert Wal
vices for the Rev. J. Keene, and in many pole, Esq., Surgeon, Newcastle, to Evangeline, eldest daughter of Mr.
ways proved himself to be a sincere and
consistent meniber of the church. Henry Piper, 9 St. Cuthbert Terrace,
On the 24th of May, at Farnworth, Gateshead. June 1. At the New Church College
aged twenty-four, Edward Partington
passed into the spiritual world. Born Chapel, Islington, by Rev. D. G. Goyder, Mr. Richard Wisedill, to Miss Marion
of New Church parents, and educated
under New Church influences in the Sarah Parsons, daughter of the late Mr.
Sabbath school connected with the Samuel Parsons, and eldest grand
Kearsley Society, he grew up in the daughter of the late Mr. James Shirley
doctrines, to which he became sincerely Hodson, many years the efficient
attached, as also to the interests of the secretary of the General Conference. June 1st. At the New Jerusalem
Sunday school. He was an affectionate
and dutiful son, having been the main Church, Heywood, by the Rev. R. Storry, Mr. Alfred Fairbrother, to
support of his parents during a pro.
tracted illness of his father. The seeds Miss Mary Ann Frazer. June 22. At 109 Sauchiehall Street,
of consumption, however, manifested
themselves, and has added one more to Glasgow, by the Rev. John F. Potts, B.A., Mr. John M‘Clure to Miss Lizzie
the many victims which have fallen
beneath its ravages. C. Speirs.
At the house of his brother, Mr. J. Obituary.
T. Bates, Melbourne, June 9th, Mr. On March 11, aged 37 years, Mr. George William Bates, late of Derby, Samuel Taylor, son of Mr. John Taylor, aged 37 years.
The miscarriage of a corrected proof left an article in the last number with several typographical errors, chiefly these-p. 271, 1. 10, simply should be finitely; p. 272, 1. 30, trained should be framed ; p. 273, 1. 24, invisible should be visible; and p. 274, l. 4, visible shoull be invisible.
The statements of Swedenborg cited in the last article will well reward careful study. The lines of distinction between man and the animals are clear, precise, definite : not less clearly shown are the grounds of similarity between them.
While Swedenborg nowhere explicitly declares that the first existence of man was the result of a special act of creation, the whole tenor of his teaching leads to this conclusion. It is in fact plainly implied in every one of his statements, as being beyond all controversy. The primary distinction between man and all animals consists in man's possessing in addition to the natural, a spiritual and a celestial plane of existence, each capable of being opened to his consciousness, and of an unlimited development in love and wisdom. These interior planes animals do not possess. Because of possessing these planes, man is capable of an eternal existence: animals are not. Hence man survives the death of his material body: animals do not. But these interior planes are created and substantial forms, consisting of spiritual substance, and they are planted in every human child. Without them, the child not only would not be human, but could not exist. The first man possessed them as truly and completely as the present generation of human beings. They formed the impassable barrier, the unalterable distinction between the highest ape and the first man, equally as much as they now differentiate the two creatures. Hence to think of the ape "developing," by "natural or sexual selection," into the man is mani
festly unreasonable. There were no “germs” of these higher planes in the ape, there was nothing from which they could be developed, and, consequently, there could have been no development of them. Development necessarily implies the previous existence of something to be developed, and so made as to be capable of such development: it thus implies the previous existence of what may be styled "germs” of that which was to be developed. But unless animals possessed these interior degrees, or planes, in a germinal, or rudimentary state, the “development” of these degrees, by any process whatever, would be impossible. According to Swedenborg, animals did not, and do not, possess such planes in any state at all ; and therefore, according to Swedenborg, such a development is impossible. Hence the existence of these interior planes in man is alone to be accounted for on the hypothesis of a special act of creation !
So far as Swedenborg's teachings are concerned, this disposes of the attempt to deduce the existence of man, by a process of “ natural and sexual selection," from the animal kingdom. It brings the Creator upon the theatre of the world, and renders man, in a special sense, the created of God. The existence of man is thus a testimony to the existence and operation of the Lord.
Yet it must be evident that this particular objection cannot be urged against the notion of the development of the various species of animals, the higher from the lower, and the lower from the lowest. Existing on the same natural plane, formed after the pattern of one general type, composed of the same natural substance alone, subsisting by reason of a similar “ general influx" from the spiritual world, equally the creatures of time, and all alike annihilated at death, the similarities between animals are far greater than any differences between them. The question as regards animals has consequently to be debated on other grounds. Yet even on those grounds, the most enthusiastic evolutionist will not venture to maintain that the facts already ascertained are sufficient to demonstrate his theory. It is possible that the real ground of prejudice against the speculations of evolutionists is to be found in the fact that their hypothesis includes man. I am only here and now concerned to show that this theory does not and cannot embrace man, and we may calmly leave the rest for the further discoveries of continued research. Man is discreted from the animals by the possession of planes of life which animals do not in any sense or state possess; and the creation of these planes or degrees was a special act of the Creator.
How, then, are we to account for the similarities between the animals and man?