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hopes to receive no injury from this MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES. effort to excite prejudice against them. -The Messenger of December 20th From the report of the committee on gives from a local paper the following missions of this Association, we find account of the organization of a Society that a larger amount of missionary of the New Church at this place :- work has been done during the past
“NEW JERUSALEM CHURCH. — The year than in any former year. Some Meeting of Friends of the Swedenbor- of this work has been performed outgian or New Jerusalem Church on side the limits of the Association. Rev. Sunday, at the United States Court Mr. Day reports particulars of a misRoom, was attended by forty persons, sionary journey in which he travelled and organized by calling on Judge about nine thousand miles, and preached Trigg to preside. In a brief address
or lectured thirty-nine times. In this Judge Trigg, in admirably chosen terms, journey he visited societies and small gave a concise statement of the peculi- bodies of receivers of the doctrines in arities that distinguish the New Church. the States of Virginia, Tennessee, The proceedings were very interesting, Georgia, South Carolina, Delaware, and and a warm feeling was expressed in Maryland. “Although my travelling favour of forming a permanent congre- expenses, ” he says, “have been large, gation in this city. As a beginning, it on account of the great distances bewas unanimously resolved to form a tween the places where there are New society, and to hold meetings every Churchmen, still the contributions Sunday. Messrs. Judge Pierce, J. M. from the missionary field itself have Tomeny, and Alfred Matthias were ap- been nearly sufficient to pay the expointed a committee to make arrange- penses, which, considering the impoverments for organization. The meeting ished condition of the southern country, adjourned until Sunday next, when it is all that can be afforded by the New will again assemble at the same place Church Friends in that region at preat three o'clock in the afternoon.
We commend this fact to the SOUTHERN STATES. — We extract the attention of the Church in this counfollowing account of the Southern States try. Hitherto it has been the practice from the report of the Warminster So- of our missionary institutions to prociety to the Maryland Association :- vide all the expenses of missionary
We cannot leave this portion of our labour, and to invite no contributions report without calling your attention, towards meeting the expenses of these and that of the Church generally, to labours from the congregations bene. the singularly receptive state of the fited by them. We are convinced southern mind at the present crisis. that many persons who attend our It is a field where an hundred mis- missionary services would gladly consionaries could be well employed. The tribute towards their expenses, and political convulsions through which this would be benefited by having the section has recently passed, were, no opportunity of doing so.
This subject doubt, the result of a partial judgment has already, we believe, received the in the spiritual world, immediately ad- thoughtful attention of the ministers jacent; and such times are eminently in Lancashire, and we hope ere long to favourable for the introduction of new see it generally adopted. religious ideas. An extended and well Another feature which is becoming sustained effort inaugurated now,
be- manifest in America, might be usefully fore the public mind shall begin to adopted in England. “The Church harden into a new state of externals, in Abingdon, Va., has been without a might establish the Church in these pastor or ministerial service of almost States to such a degree, that it would any kind for a number of years, and soon take a powerful hold of the affec- has not made much progress externally, tional and emotional nature of our although the society itself may be said people."
to have the best elements of success, if From this report we also learn that properly employed. The friends and Pike's slanderous pamphlet against the members of the Church in that locality New Church has been published in are now endeavouring, with the coopposition to this society. The reply operation of the Society in Nelson
County, Va., and the New Church The Index Biblicus-a portion of friends in Knoxville, Tenn., to pro- which was published by the late Dr. cure the services of some experienced Tafel, has been completed by Dr Kahl, minister of the church, who can be who kindly undertook the labour. He settled at Abingdon, and divide his declined to accept any remuneration, time between the three places, Nor- saying he had much enjoyed the work, wood, Abingdon, and Knoxville.” How and had been paid during its performmany societies in England might pro
He, however, expressed a wish fitably combine their energies for the that some assistance should be afforded same purpose ?
to the Swedish Society ; the committee
therefore made it a present of £10. SWEDENBORG SOCIETY. — We have Further portions of the Index Biblicus received the following account of the have since been discovered by Professor doings of the committee, and of inter- Tafel among the MSS. at Stockholm. esting and important events in connec- The fifth volume of the Arcana tion with the Society.
Coelestia, in Swedish, has been pubThere have occurred two gratifying lished, the Society making its usual evidences of zeal and attachment to the contribution towards the expense.
The late Mr. B. Bucknall, The introductory matter which is formerly of Stroud, bequeathed to the prefixed to the “Four Leading DocSociety £50, free of duty; this has now trines," when issued in one volume, been received, and Mr. Dean, one of the has been revised and printed ; so that trustees, has testified his good wishes the work can now be had in that form. towards the objects of the Society by a As usual, several grants of works donation of £100. These examples will, have been made. To the Exeter Free it is hoped, stimulate others to do like- Library, to the Public Library, Graaf wise; there is every prospect that the Reinett, South Africa. To the Manclaims on the funds will soon be very chester Free Library, to complete the large and urgent.
set; also to the Royal Library, StockIn the Lord's good providence new holm, to assist in completing their openings for introducing the doctrines already large collection in various lanof the New Church to foreign nations guages.
A few works have also been occasionally present themselves. As presented to two zealous New Churchstated in our January number, this has men, sergeants at Aldershott, who have recently occurred in reference to Italy, for some years been circulating the where freedom of religion is now fairly works among their comrades. established. Our friend, the Rev. A. The periodical, “Good Words" is E. Ford of Florence, has come into cor- universally known, having a circularespondence with a zealous and intelli- tion of upwards 100,000, especially gent native, who, having quitted the among men of enlarged views. PreRoman Catholic religion, in which he suming on the liberality of the pubwas born, embraced Methodism, and lisher, inquiry was made with a view was actively and successfully engaged of stitching in it a complete list of as a missionary in that cause. Subse- Swedenborg's works, with an introducquently he became dissatisfied with tory address. Finding it would be those views and gave them up; and, admitted, the Rev. T. M. Gorman and aster awhile he met with the doctrines the Secretary were appointed to carry the of the New Church, which satisfied his measure out. It consequently appeared utmost longings. He now wishes to in the number for November. As this devote his talents to the cause he has document has been placed in the copies of so heartily embraced. The Committee the Repository, the readers are enabled to have therefore deemed it right to em- judge of the importance of thus bringploy him to translate into Italian “The ing the works to the notice of residents Heavenly Doctrines of the New Jeru- in every part of the globe. Copies of salem,” to be printed and published at it are in progress of being sent to the Florence, under the inspection of Mr. clergy of the Established Church in Ford. It is expected our American London and elsewhere; and friends brethren will supply means for him to
who desire to circulate them in their be engaged in missionary labour among own sphere can have copies for that his now emancipated countrymen. purpose. The expense has been large;
but the committee felt justified in incurring it, in the hope of subserving a useful object not hitherto attained.
The advertising of the Heaven and Hell has been resumed ; and the committee intend to advertise the Rev. A. Clissold's new work, “Transition,” which contains the address he delivered at the Society's last Anniversary.
Agency of the Swedenborg Society. In response to the advertisements in the last numbers of the Repository, many applications were received. Several of the candidates possessed the requisite qualifications, and had testimonials of a very high character. The committee, therefore, had some difficulty in selecting the right one. This they have done to the best of their ability, and have fixed upon Mr. James Speirs of Glasgow. He is a prominent and active member of the Society there, has had considerable experience in the book trade, and willthrow all his energies into the work. He is expected to enter upon his duties in May.
Preparing for Publication.—“Christian Psychology: the soul and the body viewed in correlation and contrast ; being a new translation of Swedenborg's tractate, ‘De Commercio, Animce et Corporis, &e.,' Londini, 1769. With preface, introduction, and explanatory notes, by Th. Murray Gorman, A.M., curate of Kensington.
NEWCHURCH SPIRITUAL PHILOSOPHY. -Under this title Mr. Drysdale of Alloa has, for the last two years, inserted as an advertisement in their two weekly papers a brief exposition of a portion of the Apocalypse. These advertisements form à connected series of short chapters, giving a brief exposition of the Apocalypse according to its spiritual
They appear to have been well received, and have excited no opposition from those who abide in the letter. Now that the work is approaching the close of the book, several have expressed a desire to have the whole collected and printed in a convenient form. The author is not unwilling to undertake the labour of revision and slight condensation, but hesitates to subject himself to the entire risk of publication. We insert specimens of the work, from which our readers will be able to judge of its probable utility :
necessary to reflect on the constitution of the human mind and its capabilities. Man possesses a will and an understanding. The will is the most interior, or the faculty first in importance. The ruling love in the will controls every other faculty of the mind ; if it is evil the man cherishing it will become a devil of the worst kind ; if good he will become an angel of the first or highest order.
“Every man is not regenerated by the Lord up to this highest degree of regeneration, because every man does not co-operate with the Lord by exercising self-denial from love to Him to the extent that enables the Lord to create a new heart or new will principle in his nature. Those that were beheaded for the testimony of Jesus, that is, who were rejected and cast out by the Dragonists, or those who are principled in all the perversities of faith alone, and who live and reign with Christ a thousand years, are those who by self-denial attained this first and holiest state of regeneration. It is because of this that their ascension to heaven is called the first, the highest resurrection into life from the Lord. These occupy the third, the highest heaven. It is said of them Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection, on such the second death hath no power.' They are so fully on the affirmative principle, being in the love principle of the mind, that they cannot be tempted by the negations of doubt, living as they do in the sunshine of love. To them the Devil and Satan, the eviland the false principle, is bound and restrained from operating on them. We call the goodness of this state the good of love.
“The second degree of regeneration is that of truth from the Lord, producing the faith of truth, which is truth loved for its own pure excellence. forms a conscientious principle, and flows down and governs the life; the goodness of this state is called the good of faith, that is, faith producing goodness from the Lord in man in every relation of life. This class is purified by temptation. If really receptive in freedom of the good of faith from the Lord, all the influence of the dragon loosed for a little season, with the profusion of false reasoning, Gog and Magog, cannot injure them."
"" At the end of the thousand years
“To form a correct idea of what is meant by the first resurrection, it is
Satan is loosed out of his prison, and fernal love, and the brimstone their own it is said he shall go out to deceive infernal false. Take, for example, envy the nations that are in the four cor- at another's good fortune, and suppose ners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to that this infernal fire has scorched to gather them together to battle. Satan death every feeling of goodwill to others. is a name of all who are in false princi. Can there be a worse lake of tormenting ples; the dragon, as Satan, are all those fire? The fallacies of this state are the who make a profession of faith but in- suffocating fumes of their own spiritual teriorly love what is false.
brimstone. comes from what is false against what “ It would be a terrible idea to be is true. Truth is not aggressive ; its cast into hell by an angry God, but it intrinsic nature is to enlighten and dis- is a far more terrible idea, and a more pel all darkness. The four corners of true one, that the wicked cast themthe earth are what are extreme or outer- selves into hell when the arms of the most; hence, by those that dwell there Divine mercy are stretched out to save are meant those who are in mere exter- them. nal worship without any internal per. “ Those who have written learnedly ceptions—these are Gog and Magog- on this Book have justly pointed out and the dragon as Satan or those under that the judgment is of two kinds, the mere cloak of external sanctity_is "The Judgment of Separation,' including the appropriate leader of those who are minute classification. This is the judgin external worship without any inter- ment which has hitherto been treated nal holy principle. The character of of; and thero now remains The Judg. those in this state is manifested even ment of Condemnation, which is the here on earth. Such were called in my disposition of each individual into his young days 'out-door saints and in- own place, the place he has prepared door devils,' and many a neglected wife himself for by his love and life.” could reveal the evils of this state. So true is the reflection of our own spiritual TRACTS.—We briefly noticed in our states cast in the bosom of our families January number a series of “ Tract that no cloak can hide their nature Sermons,” each containing a perspichere, and it will always be true that uous and instructive exposition of some the sunshine of heaven's purest influ- striking text of Holy Scripture. ences cannot shine in their native Another series of eight-paged tracts brightness where the father and mother is being issued by the Tract Society, are not united in the love of the interior under the title of “Leaves from the and holy principles of the Lord's Church. Tree of Life.” The series begins with
“It is the characteristic quality of four tracts on the Word, the nature of the false principle to oppose truth, and its composition, and the law of its the fallacious terms of securing heaven, interpretation. The style is clear and offered to the merely external thinking forcible ; the arguments for the exisclass, draws together a vast crowd, not tence of a spiritual sense are cogent, animated by a love of God's truth, but and the illustrative explanations beauto oppose its extension.
tiful. The tracts which follow are on They besiege the camp of the saints the nature, person, and character of the and the beloved city—that is, they are Lord, and on his Divine works of stirred up by the dragonists to reject redemption and salvation. The doc. practical truth and the pure spiritual trines are clearly stated, and sustained Îife which the Lord taught.
by numerous Scripture proofs. The came down from God out of heaven and passages cited in all these tracts are devoured them'--that is, they were largely supplied by the apostolic epistles, destroyed by the concupiscences of their which, being dogmatic writings, may be own infernal love. No evil love comes usefully employed for the confirmation from heaven; but those who change the of true doctrine. There is, however, a truth of God into a lie change also the feature in doctrine which has scarcely love of God in themselves into hatred. yet received from New Church writers
“The dragon, as the devil that de- the attention its importance demands. ceived them, together with the false The doctrines of popular Christianity, prophet, is cast into the lake of fire and though drawn from the Word, have brimstone. This lake is their own in, been framed without a sufficient dis
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crimination between its genuine and glad to notice many hymns which, apparent truths, and hence are to a although their beauty of sentiment and great extent based on a misapprehen- music has won them a very general sion of its true teaching; and instead acceptance in our schools, have hitherto of aiding the simple in their endeavours been absent from New Church collecto understand the Word, mislead and tions. " Abide with me,'
Sun of mystify them There is no remedy fo soul,”
rocessic of Palms," this but a rational exposition of these “Thy will be done,” “I would be like appearances of the letter. The natural an angel,” and many similarly admirman, as is stated in one of these tracts, able and popular productions, are now, “is a child of wrath working iniquity ; for the first time, gathered together in and salvation is deliverance from wrath a form adapted for the use of New because it is deliverance from those Church Sunday scholars. Besides these evils of the will and consequent per- we also welcome several perfect gems, versities of the understanding whence which, to us at least, are entirely new. arise the mistaken apprehensions of truth As the authors' names are not attached, which are thus described in the Word. for reasons explained in the preface,
At the small charge at which they we are unable to say whether any of are published, these series of tracts these are among the “ original hymns" ought to secure an extensive circulation. for which the compiler acknowledges Both societies and individuals might his obligation to the Rev. John Hyde. aid in this good work. Some time ago The book is of a form convenient for we were visiting at the house of a the pocket, and is neatly and strongly friend who had purchased the Tract bound in leather. Accompanied by the Sermons by thousands, and employed a Tune Book, which the Sunday School person to leave them at every house in Union contemplate publishing, it will his neighbourhood. We commend the form a collection of children's hymns practice as worthy of imitation.
and music of very high and varied
excellence. We warmly recommend it THE SUNDAY SCHOOL HYMN BOOK.- to the notice and adoption of all our
Manchester : published by the New Sunday schools. Jerusalem Church Sunday School Union. Hon. Sec., T. Potts, Egre- Rev. W. WOODMAN.-We extract mont Terrace, Hulton Street, Moss- from the Farnworth Observer, of Febside. London : Swedenborg House, ruary 6, the following account of a Bloomsbury Street ; F. Pitman, Pa- Reunion Festival at the New Jerusaternoster Row.
lem School, Kersley :This work, compiled by Mr. John “One of the most interesting tea Bragg of Birmingham, and produced meetings we ever remember to have under the joint editorship of himself attended in this neighbourhood was and the Rev. John Hyde, was adopted held on Saturday evening last, in the by the Sunday School Union at its last New Jerusalem School-room, Kersley, meeting, held at Heywood, June 22, the occasion being that of a re-union of 1868. We learn from the preface that the Rev. Woodville Woodman's former “it has been the desire and effort of day school pupils. It will be rememthe compiler to present only such hymns bered by some of the older inhabitants as embody true thoughts and good as- that Mr. Woodman's day school was pirations, in forms simple enough to be commenced October 1839— nearly 30 understood, attractive enough to be years ago, and was continued to the loved and learned, and at the same time end of 1857. This embraced a period really well adapted to be sung.' The when day schools were not so numerous result satisfactorily fulfils these condi- in the district as at present; indeed, Mr. tions. Things, new and old, are here Woodman's was the only school then pleasantly and appropriately mingled. existing where the higher branches of Among the 264 hymns before us we an ordinary English education were recognize with pleasure all our old taught. At first it was opened as a favourites from the well-known collec- school for boys only, but at the solicition of the Rev. E. Madeley, and the tation of parents, girls were afterwards other smaller compilations by which it received. To show the humble nature has been supplemented. We are also of its origin, it may be noticed that on