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this day not a single one, even of those by Mr. Sutton; Burnley, Clayton-lewho have signed a declaration of sub- Moors, and Embsay, by Rev. R. Storry ; mission, has said to me that he is Wigan, Bolton, and Haslingden, by really convinced of the truth of them. Rev. E. D. Rendell; Besses-o'-th-Barn, All my friends and acquaintances con- by Mr. Seddon; Rhodes and Failsfirm me in this experience; 'not a worth, by the Rev. W. Westall; Liversingle person believes in it,' is what I pool and Oldham, by Rev. J. Hyde ; hear day by day from all lips."
Ramsbottom, by Mr. Gunton and Mr. And what is the answer to this Seddon; and Salford, by Rev. J. Presdeclaration ? "The Times correspon
land. Social meetings are also andent at Vienna states that the Arch- nounced at Oswaldtwistle, Bolton, bishop has published a pastoral letter, Salford, Oldham, Blackburn, and Manin which he asserts that there was no chester. Announcements are also made question at all at issue, for the question of several annual meetings which will has been decided by an Ecumenical be held during the quarter. Of these Council ; and that historical criticism one of the longest established is the cannot be placed above the authority annual meeting of the members and of the Church.". The boasted unity of friends of the New Church in Lancathe Church is thus again broken. On shire. Of this meeting we have rethe one side the Archbishop is urged
ceived the following account from a by his imperious master at Rome to correspondent:— “The meeting was proceed with the utmost severity against held this year at Oldham, on Easter Dr. Döllinger, on the other addresses Monday. The attendance was not so of sympathy and evidences of deepest numerous as on some former occasions; interest in the Doctor's proceedings are the proceedings, however, did not manifested by learned bodies, by the appear to lack the usual interest of King of Bavaria, and by numbers of the this assembly. The Rev. W. Westall people, who regard it as the signal for was appointed to_the chair. The a great intellectual movement in Ger- speakers were the Revs. W. Westall, mary. The end of this movement it is Boys, and J. Hyde, and Messrs. S. impossible to foresee. With the Henshall, J. Larkin, G. Wilson, W. example before them of the divisions, Oxley, T. Robinson. The subject for enmities, and contentions of Protestant consideration was Matt. xxv. 31, to communities, they may naturally shrink the end of the chapter. The summary from attempting the establishment of of the remarks was to the effect, that another Christian community ; but the this parable, and those which precede love of truth and the liberty of its it, treat of the Lord's coming and of investigation which is dawning upon the judgment to be then effected ; the mind cannot be extinguished. that the judgment does not take place Spiritual freedom is the great law of the in this world, but in the world of new order of things on which the Church spirits, or the intermediate state be. has entered, and it cannot be entirely tween heaven and hell; that it takes excluded from even the papacy itself. place upon those connected with the
Church, and who are either in the in. MANCHESTER AND SALFORD Mis- ternal love of goodness and truth, and SIONARY SOCIETY.
thence in its outward practice, or arrangement” of missionary services by merely in the persuasion of the truths this Society contains the usual amount of the Church, and the external proof active labour by the several mis- fession of religion without its internal sionary preachers. Thirty-four so
life. Those connected with the Church cieties are ministered to on the Sabbath are they who have lamps and oil, by eight ministers, seven leaders, and
illumination of intellect upon spiritual nineteen missionary preachers and things, joined with love and charity; auxiliaries. In addition to these or they have lamps without oil, an services, special services, chiefly Sun- understanding enlightened on religious day school sermons, are announced dur- subjects, but a will uninfluenced by ing the quarter at Oswaldtwistle, love and charity: of those who had
talents of which they made use, and of * Since the above was written, the papers those who had a talent of which they have announced that sentence of excommunication has been pronounced by the Archbishop
made no use: also of those who did the against Dr. Dollinger.
works of charity, and of those who did
them not. The characteristics of sheep Deptford, Hammersmith, South Lonwere described, and they were shown don, and Buttesland St. ; Mr. Bateman to be emblems of charity, or of those at Argyle Square, Cross St., and South influenced by charity; especially they London (twice); Mr. Austin, Argyle were types of those who were internally Square, Cross St., Islington (twice), as well as externally charitable. Goats Deptford, Hammersmith, and Snod. were shown to be the proper types of land; Mr. Rhodes, South London, faith, or of those who were principled Snodland, and Hammersmith (thrice); in faith. In the parable under con- Mr. Madeley, Islington, South London, sideration they represented those who Snodland, and Deptford (thrice); Mr. had the knowledges of faith, and trusted Ramage, Snodland. Among the subin those alone for salvation, accounting jects discussed as opening the way for the works of charity as of no avail. The increased usefulness may be mentioned setting of the sheep on the right hand a recommendation to each minister or and the goats on the left, denoted the leader to forward handbills of all separating of the good from the wicked, lectures to be delivered by him at his after their characters had been made own place of worship to every minister manifest. In the world of spirits the or leader of the association.
It was right hand of the Lord signified Heaven, thought by some that a simultaneous and the left hand Hell; but in the course of lectures might possibly be heavens His right hand denoted the useful, but no action in such line has celestial kingdom, and the left His yet been taken. The various styles spiritual kingdom, and that this signi- and designations under which our fication was illustrated in the request places of worship have appeared in the of the mother of Zebedee's children.” Post Office Directory came under disAt the close of the meeting tea was cussion, and one uniform title was provided, and some time spent in social adopted and recommended to each intercourse and profitable conversation. society : " New Jerusalem Church
(Swedenborgian).”, A complete list of LONDON NEW CHURCH ASSOCIA- our London churches, with ministers' TION.—The usual quarterly meeting of names and addresses, was inserted in this association was held on the 29th the Post Office Directory, and much March at Argyle Square, Mr. E. fuller accounts appeared in the ProAustin, in the absence of Dr. Bayley, testant Dissenters' Almanac, and the the president, being called to the chair. Clerical Year Book. These latter From the report of the executive com- articles were prepared at the express mittee for the past year, it appeared request of the respective editors, and that the formidable obstacles to perfect cannot but be useful. The subject of union and combined operation which at
the attacks on the New Church which first seemed to exist, have been found have appeared from time to time in the in experience to possess the slightest columns of the newspaper press was possible weight, and to effectually dis- also discussed at one of the meetings, appear before the warm and kindly together with the best means of counspirit which has animated all sub- teracting them, when it was decided sequent proceedings. In reviewing that all members of the different the work actually accomplished, the societies meeting any such in future be first and most important part is that requested to forward a copy to the connected with the interchange of secretary of the association, who was ministers-important, not as gratify- charged either to reply or to forward ing the curiosity of our societies, but as for purpose of reply to one of the a means of building up a warm and ap
members of the executive committee. preciative friendship among us.
This Another subject which has been has been the result with every society, brought before the association is the and the visits have not only been establishment of a weekly or bi-weekly cheering to them, but of essential use newspaper. While there was the utto the niinisters who have engaged in most unanimity as to the desirableness
The following is a detail of of possessing such an organ, very conthe interchanges:
Dr. Bayley has siderable difference of opinion existed officiated at Islington and South Lon- as to the possibility of realizing it. don ; Dr. Tafel also at Islington and Eventually a sub-committee of those South London; Rev. T. L. Marsden at most active in bringing forward the
subject, and most sanguine of its suc- earthly coming in the clouds, or a cess, was appointed to consider and higher revelation of love and wisdom report thereon.
The first general to the souls of men ? and 4. The Remeeting of the association was held on surrection and Judgment. On each the 16th January, at Argyle Square, occasion the hall was very well filled and as stated in the March number by a large and attentive audience who of the Intellectual Repository, was a listened apparently with the greatest complete success. The names of the interest to four very clear and eloquent representatives for the ensuing year discourses. At the close of each were announced, after which the fol- lecture questions on the subject of the lowing officers were elected: President, evening were permitted, a privilege Mr. E. Austin, 45 Wiltshire Road, which was at once taken advantage of Brixton ; Secretary, Mr E. Madeley, by many present, to offer difficulties New Road, Shepherd's Bush ; Trea- and receive explanations, which were surer, Mr. Elliott, 24 Calford Road, given in a very satisfactory manner. Islington ; Exeeutive Committee, the There were several clergymen present, President, Dr. Bayley, Dr. Tafel, Mr. but only in one instance was exception Bateman, and the secretary and trea- taken to the views advanced. At the The newspaper question was closing lecture
a very hearty and again discussed at much length, and it unanimous vote of thanks was passed was eventually decided to further con- by acclamation to Dr. Bayley, and the sider it at the next meeting in June. hope expressed that he would ere long Meanwhile additional information as favour Shoreditch with another visit. to cost, &c., will be procured, and the A large number of tracts were dissecretary of the sub-committee, Mr. F. tributed, and about four pounds worth Skelton, 192 Blackfriar's Road, London, of books were sold at the doors. will be glad to receive suggestions from Another good result from these lectures any friends interested in the dseign. has been the publicity they have given
to strangers of the existence of the PUBLIC MEETINGS IN LONDON.
Buttesland St. Church. The attendMissionary and Tract Society.—The ence there has largely increased, and annual meeting of this institution is we are also glad to state that this inappointed to be held in Argyle Square crease is owing, to a great extent, to Church on Wednesday, the 10th of May. the able and efficient manner in which The report of the year's labours will be Mr. Ramage officiates as leader. On presented ; and several friends of New the whole Dr. Bayley's visit to Shore. Church missions will take part in the ditch has been very welcome to the proceedings.
friends of the North-East of London, Swedenborg Society.-- The sixty-first and the results equally satisfactory. anniversary of this society is fixed to be held at the Society's house, 36 TESTIMONIAL TO MRS. PITMAN FROM Bloomsbury Street, on Tuesday, June THE ARGYLE SQUARE SOCIETY.— The 20th-the Rev. A. Clissold in the chair. usual social meeting of the Argyle The report will, as usual, contain much Square Society was held on Good nteresting information, and will shew Friday the 7th of April. It was well that the Committee have been actively attended by a large number of the engaged in extending the sphere of the members of the New Church in London. Society's operations.
The subject for consideration was the
22d Psalm, which was spoken to by SHOREDITCH. - A course of four Dr. Bayley, the chairman, and other lectures, under the auspices of the friends. On this occasion the Society Missionary and Tract Society, was de- presented to Mrs. Pitman a testimonial livered by the Rev. Dr. Bayley in the of their affectionate esteem and regard Town Hall here during the month of for her valuable services. Mr. Watson March. The subjects were as follows: presented the testimonial, which con. -1. What is meant by the Flood in sisted of a silver salver and a gold the Bible ? was it a deluge of earthly bracelet, with a short address, which waters, a torrent of iniquity ? was supported by the chairman and Mr. 2. The Ark, its Storeys, its Pitch, and Gunton. Mr. Pitman returned thanks the Animals that entered it; 3. The for his wife in a kind and appropriate Second Coming of Christ, is it an speech. On the salver was the follow
ing inscription:-“Presented, together with a gold bracelet, to Margaret M'Lean Pitman, by members and friends of the New Jerusalem Church, Argyle Square, London, as a token of their affectionate regard and esteem, and in recognition of her valued services to the Church and schools.Good Friday, 7th April, 1871."
BOLTON.-Our last number contained a notice of a lecture on Swedenborg given in the Unitarian Chapel in this town by a minister of that denomination. To keep alive the interest thus excited, and to enable the public to judge of the character and writings of our great author from the stand-point of the New Church, another lecture was given in the hall of the Mechanics Institution, by the Rev. Mr. Hyde, on the evening of March 30th. The attendance at this lecture, notwithstanding charges of admission varying from a shilling to threepence, was good, amounting to not less than four hundred persons. The gentleman who presided was a member of another religious community, and in his opening remarks said that his object would be
not to see how many things he should disagree with, but to find out how many things he could agree with. It seemed to him the time had arrived for contention amongst the various sections of religionists to be as far as possible done away with. He thought it was not a seemly thing for individuals always to be finding fault with each other, and seeing how they could throw stones at each other's religion. The lecture was delivered with Mr. Hyde's well-known ability, and received by his audience with strong marks of approbation, breaking out at its close with loud applause. A vote of thanks was proposed by a member of the congregational body and cordially adopted by the meeting. On the evening of Easter Monday the society held a public teameeting in the school-room. The attendance, though not so numerous as expected, was encouraging, and the proceedings pleasant and useful. Mr. Deans, the leader of the society, who was in the chair, explained that the object of the meeting was to afford the members and friends of the society the opportunity of spending an evening together in a social manner, accompanied with religious conversation and
instruction. Social meetings of an attractive and popular kind were from time to time held in the society, chiefly by its younger members. It was fest that a Christian Church ought to have some social meetings of a more distinctively religious character, and it had been determined, therefore, to hold a meeting of this kind once every three months. At the close of the chairman's address, the Rev. R. Storry, who was present by invitation, addressed the meeting on the mission of the New Church as a separate Christian community. Thirty years ago the popular theology, and the current religious teaching, were so far removed from all correct apprehension of the tru Christian religion, that there could be no hesitation as to the duty of instituting a worship and teaching in harmony with the truth made known for the restoration of the Church, and needed for the spiritual well-being of the world. Since that time a great change has taken place in the public teaching of all religious communities, and an approach made to the doctrines of the New Church. Where this is the case, however, the teaching of the pulpit is not in harmony with the doctrines enbodied in the chapel deeds. So palpably was this case that the fact had been intimated in a leading article in one of our most influential local papers. There was no danger, however, of the preachers being brought into trouble on this account as, happily for them, the more intelligent of their flocks had kept pace with them, if they had not outstripped them in increased freedom of thought. Still the fact remained of this discrepancy between the standards of faith and the teaching ofthe preachers, causing disquiet and needing adjustment. It was one part of the mission of the New Church to makeknown the system of doctrine that by an enlightened exposition of the Word of God, should give assurance, strength, and consistency to Christian teaching, and bring it into harmony with the wisest thought and the most certain elements of human progress. From this point the speaker was led to remark on some of the features of what is regarded as the advanced teaching of the day, pointing out its frequent tendency to undermine all true conception of the divinity and divine inspiration of the Word, and of the Deity of the Saviour ; and commenting on the description of the Lord in some recent discourses as our elder brother. It was true that the Lord in His infinite condescension had described His disciples as “brethren,” as when He said to Mary, “Go tell my brethren,” &c; but it was equally true, that on no occasion had they spoken of Him as their “brother.” He Himself had said “Ye call me master and Lord, and ye say well, for so I am.” Thomas, when his doubts were removed, called Him-“My Lord and my God.” By this title • Lord,” He was frequently designated by the apostles and by early Christian writers. But this title was equivalent to the title “Jehovah” in the Old Testament. Of this the speaker gave proofs and illustrations from eminent theological writers ; thus showing that the Lord is Jehovah manifest in the flesh, and, therefore, as He Himself declares, “the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the ending, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.
The meeting was afterwards addressed on the general subject thus introduced by Messrs. W. Graham, W. Wylde, T. Peake, and the chairman, who in conclusion, took occasion to refer to the presence of Ronianism and the importance attached to mere questions of ritual, as additional proofs that the New Church has a great mission before her. He also combated the idea that some people put forward as a reason for not striving to promote the growth of the Church, that the world is not yet prepared for her doctrines. Truth cannot be developed prematurely, and where we do not find the ground ready to receive it, we should strive to improve the ground.
HASLINGDEN. -A public lecture was given in this town, March 13th, by the Rev. W. Woodman, on The Relation of Christ to the Church.' We extract the following notice from the Bury Times of March 18:-“A lecture on the subject of “The Relation of Christ to the Church' was delivered by the Rev. W. Woodman of Kersley, in the New Jerusalem Church, Blackburn-road, on Monday evening There was a good attendance. The lecturer at the outset enlarged upon the importance of the question, What think ye of Christ,' and remarked that its importance might be inferred from the fact that
the Church had not yet arrived at a settled conclusion. Reference was made to those who regarded Jesus as a mere man, to those who believed Him to be the first-created being, to those who thought of Him as divine, and to the New Church view of the questionthat He was the only God. Mr. Woodman adverted to the objections which might present themselves to some men against the last-named view, and said he had no disposition to overlook them. The Lord's experience on earth would appear to favour the idea that He was either a mere man or a distinct existence from the Father. The Bible explained this by showing that Christ had a double parentage. Every man had a disposition which he received from his father and his mother, and Mr. Woodman argued that Christ had also two natures from two sources—the one divine and the other human-the one received from the Father, and the other from the mother. Christ, whilst on earth, had two planes upon which His consciousness rested—the nature received from the Father and the nature received from the mother. When His consciousness rested upon that received from His mother He was in a state of humiliation, but when upon that received from the Father He was in a state of glorification. This . explained the apparent incongruities recorded in the gospels, and showed why He prayed to the Father; for the nature received from the mother was a means by which He could be tempted, and become a pattern for us to follow. The lecturer went on to show that the terms 'Father' and 'Son' did not involve a personal distinction, and referred to the passage in Isaiah declaring that the child born and Son given was yet the everlasting Father. The Father was the divinity and the Son the humanity. 'In Christ dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Other points were touched upon, and the lecturer illustrated his argument by the physiological fact of the brain being the first recipient of physical life in man, and communicating by nerves to every fibre in the human body. If the body were deprived of its head it would become lifeless, and so would the Church become lifeless if deprived of its Head, which was the Lord Jesus. The lecturer argued that the essential Divine reached man through the