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INTENDED TO UPHOLD
THE GREAT DOCTRINES
THE SUFFICIENCY OF SCRIPTURE,
THE RIGHT OF INDIVIDUAL JUDGMENT,
AND OF FEARLESS FREE INQUIRY.
"Every plant which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be
"The night is far spent, the day is at hand; let us therefore cast off the
SEPTEMBER, 1827-AUGUST, 1928.
PRINTED BY JAMES HEDDERWICK AND SON:
AND SOLD BY THE BOOKSELLERS IN GLASGOW AND EDINBURGH;
R. HUNTER, AND TEULON AND FOX, LONDON;
JOHN HODGSON, BELFAST; KING AND RIDINGS, CORK;
THE Completion of the Second Volume of "THE CHRISTIAN PIONEER," calls upon the Editor to renew his acknowledgments to his various and esteemed Correspondents for their communications. He sincerely and cordially thanks them. He would indulge the persuasion, that the good their contributions have been the means of effecting, will be a sufficient inducement to them to continue their valuable assistance.
It must be evident, that the interest necessary to give effect and importance to a work like "The Christian Pioneer," must mainly depend on the combined efforts of many minds. In this undertaking, as well as in other labours for the improvement and welfare of mankind, it is also true, that union is strength. Here, likewise, the division of labour may be made eminently efficient. Some minds may prefer the highly important department of Critical and Scriptural illustration, whilst others may excel in Essays on subjects affecting the advancement and happiness of the human race; one may place on record the review of thoughts arising on the perusal of interesting works on Theology, History, Biography, Travels, or General Literature; while, by another, articles of intelligence may be more willingly sketched; the pertinent ques tion or apt suggestion may lead to useful and instructive information; the devotional feelings may clothe themselves in harmonious numbers; and even the humblest may contribute the gift of Newspapers or Pamphlets, in which important local controversies, or notices of religious meetings, may be contained. By these varied means, a fund of knowledge may be collected in the Editorial treasury, from which may be brought forth, for the improvement and gratification of the readers, things both old and new. Such aid we earnestly and respectfully solicit; and past experience and present possession lead us to hope, that our anticipations of assistance will be fully realised.