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ductory. The necessity for presenting new views of religious truth. 2. The Di. vine Unity and Trinity. 3. Redemption and Atonement. . 4. The Sacred Scriptures--the Word of God. 5. Justifica tion and Salvation. 6. Resurrection and
the Life after Death. 7. The Second Coming of the Lord. 8. Future Pros. pects of Religion. They have been announced by large posting bills and by hand bills-the latter containing a copy of the “ Creed," as given in the Catechism.
AMERICA.-Middle Convention. We sent a communication to our General have received four numbers of the “ Pro. Conference, also to Dr. Tafel, from ceedings of the Middle Convention,” whom it has received a long and consisting altogether of nearly 200 closely highly interesting letter, detailing the printed pages. The first two are of state of opinion, and the prospects of the • Preparatory Meetings,” which were church, in Germany, and how he is enchiefly occupied in considering and fra- gaged. The American friends have conming a “ Constitution." The appen- tributed liberally towards defraying the dixes contain many extracts from letters expense of publishing Swedenborg's received from individuals and societies, MSS. In No. 4, is a “ circular to the generally approving of the formation of members and friends of the Middle Con. a “ Middle Convention." No. 3 relates vention ;'-an elaborate and powerful the proceedings at the first General appeal to every individual to do his part Meeting, held in New York, 1841. Four as a member of the general body, and so ministers and twenty other persons were to assist according to his ability, whatever present. At this meeting, the “ Con- may be the talent entrusted to him, tostitution" was further discussed and wards building up the Lord's Church in agreed to : it was then engrossed and himself, in his own immediate sphere, signed by those present. It is founded and universally. on a broad and liberal basis, and is very simple and general in its provisions. It BIRMINGHAM.—When men choose for disclaims all controul or dominion over themselves high principles of conduct, the members; and declares, “The end of and eminent success accompanies their this association is the extension of the efforts, then a scene truly paradisiacal Lord's New Church, and the promotion is presented to our view, and we contemof his heavenly kingdom, by the per- plate its beauties with inward delight. formance of use in all its degrees.” This delight, this exalted feeling of joy,
This Convention, different from the rejoicing in the joy of others, was exGeneral Convention, but like the West- perienced to a very great degree by the ern, consists, not of representatives of members of the Birmingham Society, at societies, but of individual members, and one of the most numerously attended and is intended, as far as possible, to extend interesting quarterly meetings the society its influence even to the most isolated ever held; when, after the usual busireceivers, of whom, there are great num- ness of admitting several candidates into bers in the United States. It proposes church fellowship, and the nomination of to effect its objects by procuring the visits five probationers, the society proceeded of a missionary minister wherever re- to bear public testimony to the unwearied quired; establishing a store for New and disinterested labours, together with Church works; publishing a periodical, the important uses of one of the oldest the New Churchman; and keeping up a members. As this gentleman is well correspondence with societies and indi. known to many in different societies in viduals in all parts of the world. It has the kingdom, the insertion of the follow
ing testimonial will be highly gratifying. BRIGHTLINGSEA SUNDAY SCHOOL AN. May every one who reads it, renew his NIVERSARY.--- The anniversary of the determination to live the life of true Brightlingsea New Jerusalem Church religion--active usefulness!
Sunday School, took place on Monday, J. SIDNEY. the 29th of August; on which occasion New Jerusalem Church, between eighty and ninety of the children,
Summer Lane, Birmingham. accompanied by their teachers and other To Mr. John BENTON,
friends, bearing banners, went in procesDear Sir;--The society meeting in this sion from the school to a spacious booth, place, having received your resignation erected for the purpose, on the lower as leader of the choir, are desirous of green, and were plentifully regaled with expressing their sentiments in reference roast meat and plum pudding. to your past services.
After the dismissal of the children, a When they reflect on the regularity, most excellent tea was served up in the punctuality, and unwearied zeal, with booth, of which the teachers and other which, for nearly fifty years, you have friends, to the number of a hundred, parperformed the duties of your office; took. The arrangements throughout the when they call to mind the many pecu- day were excellent, and reflected great niary sacrifices you made for the society credit on the teachers, under whose man. during the infancy of its existence, that agement, assisted by a few of our active you remained firm under its many trials friends, the whole of the proceedings of the and difficulties; and that thus, under day were conducted : and in the evening, Divine Providence, you have been one of although the whole of this spacious booth the principal instruments by which the (sixty feet by twenty-five) was filled to society has been firmly established; we overflowing, the greatest order prevailed, trust, you will allow us the pleasure and and the different speakers were listened delight of expressing our high sense of to with breathless silence. Several of such principles and conduct; and, with our beautiful hymns were sung, accomfeelings of lively gratitude and affection, 'panied by our instrumental music, and we sincerely and ardently pray that your the effect was delightful. But one feeling declining years may find you more and seemed to animate the whole that of more preparing for an introduction into contributing to the order of the day, and the Lord's new heaven, where spiritual the comfort of each other : all appeared songs and celestial chants, arising from like one happy family, joying under the the love of use, fill the soul with holy joy. benign influence of one heavenly Father. Signed, on behalf of the society, The meeting was closed a few minutes
J. SIDNEY. before nine, and the assembly departed
J. HASELER. delighted to their homes. Oct. 1842. R. B. COOPER. We regret to add, that several of our Accompanied by the above, the society friends were prevented from attending by presented to Mr. Benton a royal quarto sickness.
J. F. W. Bible, beautifully bound, and containing the following inscription :
New BRUNSWICK.-A letter appear“ Presented as a token of sincere re. ed in the Repository some months ago, spect and affection, by the members of inviting emigrants to this colony. Cirthe New Jerusalem Church, Birming- cumstances have changed there so greatly ham, at a quarterly meeting, held Oct. that the friend who was then anxious for 9, 1842, to Mr. John Benton, who, for New-Churchmen to join him, feels it his a period of fifty years, performed emi. duty to warn them not to think of doing nent uses to the society, and who, in the so at present. infancy of its existence, was one of its chief supporters.”
CONSECRATION OF THE REV. E. MADELEY, AND ORDINATION OF MR. J. F. WYNN.We have now (Oct. 29) He is to leave London on Thursday, Nov. the pleasure to state, that the ceremony 3, and to lecture on Friday at Colchester; of consecrating the Rev. E. Madeley an on Sunday, the 6th, he is to ordain Mr. Ordaining Minister of the New Church, Wynninto the ministry of the New Church, will, by the divine permission, be per. at Brightlingsea ; to lecture on Monday; formed to-morrow (Sunday) at the Church and on Wednesday to return to Colchesin Friar-street, by the Rev. T. Goyder, ter and lecture. On Thursday, the 10th, --those gentlemen having met in London he is to go to Ipswich, and lecture there for the purpose.
on the Friday, and provided his society It is also arranged that Mr. Madeley can spare him--to perform divine service shall proceed on a missionary visit to there on the sabbath, and also to give a Colchester, Brightlingsea, Ipswich, &c. lecture or two prior to his return home.
DIED, on the 15th of July, aged se- pronounced bim to be indeed “a good venty-three, Mr. THOMAS MELLING, of man." Upholland, near Wigan. This excellent The minister of the parish, when man was a devout and most exemplary asked by some respecting the new docreceiver of the doctrines of the New doctrines, replied, “They can do no harm : Church for nearly half a century. Often look at Thomas Melling." has he walked to Wigan, nearly six miles, on all occasions our friend exhorted on the Lord's day, for the purpose of the professors of the doctrines continually meeting his brethren in public worship, to keep a consistent life in view. and enjoying the consolations and or. When under affliction-and he sufferdinances of the Church.
ed much latterly-he displayed a patience His commodious house, in Pembow rarely met with. As was his life, so was Lane, was opened several years for his death. Resignation, peace, and conpublic worship in his own neighbour fidence in his only Lord and Saviour, hood, where the Rev. D. G. Goyder, marked his latter end, as it did the whole myself, and other of the Manchester course of his life.
R. G. S. Missionaries attended to conduct the service. Much good was done at these Died, at Brightlingsea, on Sunday, the meetings, as appears from the Reports 17th of July, 1842, in the forty-first year of the Manchester Missionary Society. of her age, SARAH, the beloved wife of
No trouble or expense was spared by Mr. George MARCH, of that place, after our dear departed friend to second the a long and painful illness, borne with exviews of the missionaries, or to make emplary patience. She had been for them comfortable during their stay at his many years an affectionate receiver of hospitable home.
the truths of our heavenly Jerusalem, He was always ready to assist the in, and experienced, in a supereminent dequiring mind, and willing to lend books degree, their mighty power, when joined and distribute tracts wherever opportu- with love, in sustaining the mind under nity occurred.
the most trying dispensations. Ever In life and conversation he shewed calm, ever tranquil, the Divine Word was in an eminent degree the powerful her delight, and its precepts and its doc. and blessed effects resulting from a trines dwelt upon her lips, until, like the genuine reception of the soul - exalting summer's sun calmly sinking in the west, truths of the New-Church. Mild in his without a murmur or a sigh, she sunk to temper, affectionate in his disposition, rest, and closed her eyes on all the fleetand useful in his life, to friend and foe, ing things of earth, to enter that bright he was universally beloved : even those world where all is lasting and eternal. who most objected to his sentiments,
J. F. W.
New Jerusalem Magazine.
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N° 36.-DECEMBER, 1842.
CANONES, SEU INTEGRA THEOLOGIA NOVÆ
ECCLESIÆ. [CANONS, OR THE ENTIRE THEOLOGY OF THE NEW CHURCH.]
To the Editors of the Intellectual Repository. GENTLEMEN, A SMALL work, with the above title, was published in 1840, by the London Printing Society. It appears to be but a fragment of a larger work, which Swedenborg probably intended to draw up as a summary of propositions, containing principles of theological science, or announcing fundamental and essential truths on the different subjects to be treated on. The work contains fifty-six pages, and is full of these important propositions, containing the canons, or principles, of many weighty subjects, which however are, for the most part, clearly explained and demonstrated in his other works, particularly in the
True Christian Religion and the Divine Love and Wisdom. I am not aware that this little work has yet been translated; but as many persons have inquired about its contents, I have thought it might be satisfactory to them, if, for this purpose, an extract or two were inserted in your periodical. I will only observe that the word "canon" is here employed in the same sense in which it is used in the T. C. R., 50, 330, and in other parts of Swedenborg's writings, viz., as a rule, or law of truth and thought concerning the subject in question.
I am yours respectfully, Liverpool.
CHAPTER I.-Concerning the Unity of God; or, that there is One God.
1. That the supreme and inmost of all the doctrinals of the church, and hence the most universal principle of them all, is the knowledge and acknowledgment that there is ONE GOD. NEW SERIES, No. 36.---VOL. 3.
2. That unless there was ONE GOD, the universe could not be created and preserved.
3. That in the man who does not acknowledge God, there is no church, and consequently no heaven.
4. That in the inan who does not acknowledge one God, but several, nothing of the church coheres together.
5. That there is a universal influx from God, and from the angelic heaven into the souls of men, that there is a God, and that he is one.
6. That human reason, if it will, can perceive from many things in the world that there is a God, and also that he is ONE.
7. Hence it is, that in the whole world, there are no people, who have religion and sound reason, that do not acknowledge and confess that there is ONE GOD.
8. That the Sacred Scriptures, and hence the doctrines of the churches in the Christian world, teach that there is ONE GOD.
9. But as to the nature of that ONE GOD, people and nations have differed, and do still differ.
10. That they have differed, and do still differ, concerning God and his unity, arises from many causes.
CHAPTER II.—That that One God is Esse ITSELF, which is Jehovah;
hence the Essence and Existence of God in Himself. 1. That that one God is called Jehovah from Esse, thus from this circumstance, that it is he “ Who is, was, and is to come;" or, what is the same thing, that he is “the First and the Last, the Beginning and the Ending, the Alpha and the Omega. (Apoc. ch. 1, ver. 3, 11; ch. 22, ver. 13; Isaiah, ch. 14, ver. 6.)
2. Thence that the one only God is Essence, Substance, and Form, and that men and angels are spiritual essences, substances, and forms, or images and likenesses, inasmuch as they derive it from the one only Divine Essence, Substance, and Form.
3. That the divine Esse is Esse in Itself.
4. That the divine Esse in Itself is, at the same time, the divine Existere in Itself.
5. That the divine Esse and Existere in Itself, cannot produce any other divine, which is Esse and Existere in Itself.
6. Consequently, that another God of the same Essence with one God is not possible.
7. That a plurality of Gods in ancient times, and, for the most part, in modern times, is derived from no other origin than that of not understanding the divine Essence.