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a rasil and an increasing and active two men could never identically agree desire and disposition to know the upon any other subject, so certainly truth, and likewise a growing capacity the opinions of two men could never for the reception of higher views. He quite agree upon religious subjects. believed it could be traced in the very The Divine, the Infinite, never repeats doubts which agitate men's minds, Himself in anything that He makes, traced in the very discussions—often never allows such a thing to occur as a negative in form, but perhaps affirma- pure repetition; we cannot see two tive in spirit-in the very discussions faces that are alike, much more we which had recently been so rife. Other could not find two minds alike. If, indications of the fact had already been then, difference was essential, and essenpointed out in that meeting. Now, if tial because of individuality; and if the those things did indicate a growing essentiality of that difference and indicapacity of receiving something, if they viduality grew out of, and was the very did indicate a growing desire to receive and the necessary consequence of the that which their enlarged capacity Divine Infinity, it followed that there would enable them to receive, then they never would be perfect unity nor idencould understand the use of the writ- tity in the Church. True unity is not ings of the New Church : they were identity ; indeed, perhaps the word intended, under the Divine Providence, unity necessarily implied diversity. to supply in the future the religious Identity might imply oneness, a perwants of the future. In his opinion it fect oneness, but unity implied diverwas very true that the class of minds, sity. In order that things might be or the number of persons, who had united they must be diverse ; but if passed through such spiritual states as diversity were thus implied in unity; would prepare them for the full accept- notwithstanding difference of opinion, ance of the teachings of Swedenborg, it was evident that there could be a that that class of minds at the present real unity existing in their midst. time was very small indeed. They Thus unity is the unity of love ; and sought on the right hand and on the believing that, he was very happy to left, but they found only a few. They support the resolution. did not find many who could accom- The resolution was put and passed pany them even some part of the jour- unaminously. ney, who were willing to accept some Dr. BAYLEY briefly submitted the thought, and call it truth, and feel next Resolution,-“ 'That it is highly that it was good ; who were willing to gratifying to the members of this be helped to some new light, to an Society to witness the vigorous efforts appreciation of some passage of Scrip- made by kindred Societies in other ture before dark, but unable or unwill- countries, especially by their brethren ing to go any further than this. It in America, to spread a knowledge of seemed to him that the capacity for this the great principles contained in the was certainly growing, and with the writings of Swedenborg, and which they growth of the capacity the Divine Pro- can have no doubt will be constituents vidence had furnished the food for the of the grand Universal Church of the enlarged power of mental digestion, and future age, the Church of love, light, had likewise furnished the instruction justice, and peace. for the growing desire to know. But Mr. BARNES, formerly of Bath, he read in Swedenborg that even when seconded the resolution, remarking, the Church, the Lord's New Jerusalem, with reference to the general feeling should be established—not fully, per- prevalent amongst all classes of religious haps ; it could never be fully estab- people, that charity is the chief conlished, for the true idea, it seemed to stituent of character, that he had lately him, was that the Lord's Church would heard the celebrated preacher, Mr. always be establishing, never be a Spurgeon, after a very excellent sermon, finality—but even when the Lord's use the phrase, “The best man and the Church should be largely established, happiest man among the numerous he believed there would always be dif- flock that is now presented before me, ference of opinion. There were a variety is he who loveth most, and who is most of uses to be performed in the world, ready to do good,”—an expression and he thought that as the opinions of which he considered to be a sign of the
engraftment which the whole of the Churches have received from the beautiful system of the New Church, and which he believed would in due time bring about that unity which had been so excellently illustrated in the speeches of that evening. The resolution was put and passed unanimously
The Rev. W. BRUCE moved the last Resolution, observing that he need not do more than propose it, for he was sure it would be adopted,—“That, as next year will be the 60th Anniversary of the Society, the Committee be requested to make arrangements for giving a more public character to the meeting ; for which purpose they shall engage some suitable hall, and send invitations to several prominent characters in the religious world.”.
Mr. BUTTER seconded the resolution. The object proposed was that they should have a larger meeting than the one then assembled. Of course it would be necessary to take suitable measures in due time; but with this understanding, he felt assured that the object would be successfully attained, and with an especial fitness on the occasion of their holding the 60th Anniversary of the Society.
The resolution was supported by Mr. Jobson, and passed unanimously.
The Chairman made a few concluding remarks, and the meeting was terminated by Dr. Bayley offering up the Lord's Prayer.
The Society in Christianstad* for publishing the theological works of Emanuel Swedenborg in Swedish, began its labours in the autumn of 1858. The following year the Society formally constituted itself, and in 1860 adopted its statutes, drawn up by Councillor Hagerman, after the statutes of the Old Stockholm Society--Pro Fide et Caritate. Since that time the following works have been published by the society :1. An answer to the pseudonyme“Ernst
Ludvig,” in the Swedish Gazette, and Professor Malmstrom, respecting Swedenborg. By Semper Invitus.
1858.+ 2. An Exhortation to the Christian
Priesthood honestly to examine the
Swedenborg. By J. Clowes. 1858. 3. The Fundamental Doctrines of the
New Church, or the Promised New Jerusalem, with an explanation addressed to Mankind. Two works.
By Dr. J. T. J. Tafel. 1859. 4. Swedenborg, His Life and Writings.
By W. White. 1859. 5. The Book of Revelation as to its
spiritual sense, after Swedenborg.
By Le Boys des Guays. 1359. 6. Angelic Wisdom concerning the
Divine Love and the Divine Wisdom.
By E. Swedenborg. 1860. 7. A Brief Exposition of the doctrines
of the New Church. 1862. 8-12. Arcana Cælestia. In new Swed
ish translation from the original language by the undersigned Volumes, I. II. III. IV. V. Volume VI. is now in the press.
It has been the object of the Society to publish yearly one volume of the Arcana Cælestia but the resources for translation and printing are insufficient, so that it is greatly to be feared the work will be arrested, if no further annual support can be obtained. In Sweden further contributions scarcely be looked for, as the avowed members of the Church residing in
THE SWEDISH PRINTING SOCIETY.
The following document explains the efforts at present making to diffuse the writings of our great author in his native country.
A few earnest and devoted men are seeking, amid difficulties and manifold discouragements, to publish acceptable translations of his theological writings in the Swedish language. Such an effort is deserving of encouragement and assistance. If the influence of Swedenborg, is to be extended in Sweden, it must be by the publication of his works in the popular language. The accomplishment of this work, however, involves considerable outlay, and we hope that many of the members of the New Church in our own country will render assistance to this good work.
* A town in the south of Sweden, the seat of the Governor of the Province, and of one of the three superior courts of law of the kingdom.
| Professor C. G. Malmstrom had lectured on Swedenborg at the University at Upsala, and his lectures had been reviewed in the Swedish Gazette by Ernst Ludvig, both treating the subject in a manner to cause pain to believers in Swedenborg's divine mission.
Sweden, are comparatively few, and the Councillor of Commerce, Schonhert, in general not much gifted with this and celebrated every Sunday God's world's goods.
service after a very simple ritual of our What the state of things in Sweden
When Mr. Schonherr removed with regard to the New Church was from Stockholm, the meetings of the sixty years ago, and what it partly is friends ceased. Many of these friends still, may be judged of by à letter are still living, and occupy some of the received about eight years ago by our highest offices in the State. Even here then newly-formed Society, from the in the country one sometimes meets a Dean and Rector of Enköping, Arvid friend, and I think then of the words August Afzelius, who had been elected of Atterbom :- How few and scattered an honorary member of our Society. they may be on this earth, yet a This venerable man, eighty-four years heavenly union connects them all.' of age, is still occupied in writing and “From the intercourse with friends in publishing to the continuation of his great England and America much advantage work, A History of Sweden, founded is to be expected; may the strifes which upon the ballads and traditions still have arisen from modern mysticism not living in the memory of the people,
The Evangelical revival and is doubtless the oldest New Church- has in this diocese caught many of the man in the country. The letter is as younger clergy, and I have noticed that follows:
these shake their heads when any one “It had long seemed to me as if I mentions the name of Swedenborg. had felt a breath of the spirit of the This prevents many from the wise word foretelling the dawn of the day course first to read and ponder, and when the treasures of divine truth, the then judge. The strangest of all is, hidden mine of which the spiritual that they have been imbued with the treasure-seeker Emanuel Swedenborg opinion, that the new doctrine denies discovered, would be spread around the the Divinity of Christ. But the Lord world, when the society in Christian- will in His time let the Spirit shine stad, honouring me with their invita- forth from the literal sense. It is tion, strengthened me in these joyful the Spirit that quickeneth ; the flesh hopes. The liberty of religion pro- profiteth nothing claimed in our time causes certainly “A merchant in this town has been great unrest, but visibly shows it to be particularly active in circulating the the will of Providence that the friends published works concerning the New of truth shall now be able to make Congregations, and although the greater themselves known to each other, and number of my hearers do not know the unite in spreading the knowledge of name, they have under my teaching the true Christian religion. It aston- during 40 years acquired the grounds ishes me that any minister of religion for the right understanding of the Word can be found who still entertains and a purified faith. What further I scruples about openly confessing him. can do in the interest of the Society self a disciple of the great seer Sweden- shall not be neglected. Wishing this borg. The time is now arrived when heginning of a purified Temple of the such an acknowledgment will more Lord the North grace and blessing promote than prevent general confidence from the Lord, I have the honour to be, and advancement. I for my part shall
“ A. A. AFZELIUS." consider it an honour to see my naine Last year the first formal Council of in the rolls of the Society.
the Swedish Church was gathered in “So long ago as 1809 I was a member Stockholm, and to its 60 members (30 of the Society Pro F'ide et Caritate in clergymen and 30 laymen) were preStockholm. All who at the time sented by our Society 60 copies of believed in anything, were divided into Clowes' Address. The distributor said two Churches, the Moravians and the he believed that not more than 3 of the Swedenborgians. To the former belonged 60 would read the book. It may be most of the mercantile and manufactur- so, but the time will come when New ing classes, to the latter the highest Church laymen will, at the Church officers of State and the representatives Council, defeat the
clergy with arguments of the higher culture and learning. drawn from Swedenborg's Theological We had our meetings in the house of works. Before, however, this can be
done, the works must be accessible to the members and others from about the public in correct translations and 5.30 to 7 P.M. when the Rev. Dr. in à diction that does not deter Bayley took the chair. A hymn educated readers from making them- having been sung, and a special blessselves acquainted with the Divine ing asked by the chairman, the secretruths to be found in Swedenborg's tary's and treasurer's reports were read. writings, as the case has been with the Dr. Bayley then prefaced the coming old translations by Deleen, the vulgar work of the society, and exhorted the diction and many and serious mistakes members to press forward with energy of which caused the lately deceased and determination. At a subsequent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, part of the meeting the Dr. gave some Baron Bernhard von Beskow, to state, affectionate, earnest, and practical ad“that the carelessness and bad Swedish vice to the members of the society, of the nineteen century's New Church which they will not forget. Mr. Hiller writings have brought them into dis- next addressed the meeting. .Our credit. To counteract this unhappy opponents,” said he, are hard at work circumstance, by gradually publishing in all directions, and should the New Swedenborg's own Theological works in Church be behindhand in such correct translations in modern Swedish, efforts ?” He hoped most earnestly as written and spoken by educated that success would attend the labours people, endeavouring, at the same time, of the society. Mr. Ramage, president constantly to reproduce the pure and of the society, spoke in advocacy of simple language of the originals, is the the time and character of its efforts. practical aim of our Society.
He described the state of the general
church as one peculiarly adapted to NEW CHURCH COLLEGE.
the reception of New Church' truth, desired by the Secretary of this insti
and said that there were none in the tution to inform our readers that the
New Church-thus none in the society council has arranged to hold its meet
so feeble, but that they might hold up ings in the future, on the first Wed
the torch of truth and shed abroad the nesday in each month, at 8 p.m. Dr Bogg, whose health we are happy to
rays of spiritual light which might fall
with deepening effect upon many a learn has considerably improved since his residence in the country, is suc
heart. Mr. Ozanne warmly advocated
the strengthening influences of mutual ceeded by Mr. Bielby, who brings with
affection and goodwill, and remarked him an experience of twenty-five years
that if people were not yet ready for the as a teacher of youth, and is sustained
teachings of the New Church, we must by Mrs. Bielby, who has been accus
labour to make them ready. Mr. John tomed to look after the comfort of
Smith spoke in terms of strong approboarders. Expectations are strongly
val of the doings of the society, and entertained that the College will now work well and satisfactorily. “It is
referring to its debt of £12, which had certainly, writes the Secretary, being
been spoken of by the treasurer, showed
how, with a little effort, that might be placed by Divine Providence in the
got rid of.
Mr. Jobson congratulated very position as to its mode of working
the friends upon the advance which that was originally designed. A hearty
they had already effected, and alluded New Church schoolmaster, of extensive
to the efforts which were making in experience at its head, and a looking
Dalston. forward to a race of students growing
The proceedings were en
livened from time to time by anthems, out of its school, rather than the func
sung by a number of members and tion of a theological college at once, and independent of any school.”
friends of the society, who constituted a choir.
A hymn and a benediction LONDON NEW CHURCH PROPAGA- from the chair concluded the proceedTION SOCIETY.-Since our last notice ings. On Sunday the 30th, the chapel in the Repository, our building in was open for public service, morning Holloway has been completed and and evening. The pulpit was filled by
The opening meeting took Mr. P. Ramage and the Rev. W. C. place on May 24. A large number of Barlow, B.A. The subjects were, resfriends attended, and the proceedings pectively, the Path of Life" and "The were in every way satisfactory to those Triune God.” The attendance upon concerned in them. Tea was taken by both occasions was very good. The
society is indebted to the amount of about £12; and, now that its expenses have fairly begun, would thankfully receive the assistance of its friends. The treasurer is C. E. Waddington Esq., 20 Oxford Road, Islington, N.
In the notice of this society in our May number, the sum of £14, 8s. was inaccurately printed £148.
MISSIONARY LECTURES. SHOREDITCH.— The Rev. Dr. Bayley delivered a course of four lectures at the Town Hall here last month. The subjects were, “ The Spiritual Sense of the Bible, the Glory of the Word of God,” “The Days of Creation mentioned in Genesis, not days of earthly time, but States of Spiritual Creation,' “ The Garden of Eden, with its trees, its fountain, and its Serpent, is meant by the end of the World, and a New Heaven, and a New Earth ;" all these subjects were treated in a clear and happy manner. The first lecture proved, on the sceptic's own ground of rationality, that a Divine revelation was a necessity of man's nature, and when that revelation was given, it would be in wisdom, worthy the mind that gave it, and just as we see the ignorance or intelligence of a writer in his book, so we ought to look for God's wisdom and intelligence in the book He would write, and as God's thoughts are as far above man's thoughts as heaven is above the earth, so God's wisdom in His revelation would be equally superior to man's. This was very clearly proved by many beautiful illustrations of the Spiritual Sense of the Word. We greatly regret no detailed report of this lecture was taken. On the following evenings it was much asked for. The attendance was very numerous. The first lecture was attended by about 1200 persons, and on the last night the place was densely crowded, there being over 2000 present, many having left who could not obtain seats.
This is particularly gratifying, as this is the first course of New Church lectures given in the north-east of London. The arrangements for the lectures were admirably carried out, and the great body of those present went away delighted with what they heard. At these and the Luxembourg Hall lectures, over 8000 tracts were distributed, and £7 worth of books sold. On the last evening a
voluntary collection was made, realizing £7, 15s. On the whole, therefore, the friends of the cause have every reason to be satisfied with the results. Did space permit we could give many pleasing incidents, showing how ripe the minds of the people are for the reception of New Church truths, and how surely that ignorance and prejudice formerly entertained upon them are fast giving, way.
It would be well then for New Churchmen, in every town and village of the country, to band themselves together to carry on the noble work of Missionary effort.
Since writing the above, another meeting has been held in one of the Comimittee Rooms of the Town Hall, kindly lent, free of charge, for the occasion, the subject of forming a Society for the north-east of London was discussed, and several friends and strangers have given in their names as desirous of assisting in the work.
The lectures are already beginning to tell. The Rev. Dr. Adams will deliver a series of discourses at Albion Chapel, City Road, on Spiritualism, and “Is Swedenborgianism Christianity ?"
EDINBURGH.-About twelve months ago Mr. Henry Cameron was appointed to conduct the services in the church here, and since that time he has delivered a number of discourses on many of the subjects which engage the attention of the leading thinkers of the day. He has just concluded a course of six Sabbath evening lectures—three on the Sacred Scriptures, one on the Trinity, one on the Atonement, and one on Death and Resurrection, which were well attended, and excited very great interest. In those on the Scriptures he sought to show their authority both by external and internal evidence, and proved their divinity by exhibiting the law of analogy, or the mutual relation which exists between natural and spiritual things, according to which they are written. The third lecture was the application of this law to various parts of the Word. Through the whole course Mr. Cameron displayed great ability and aptitude to teach.
Hull.—The sixth anniversary Ser. vices was held in the Temperance Hall, St. Luke Street, Hull, when two ser. mons were preached by Mr. J. Presland of Derby. The subject of discourse in