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and Worcester, in America. Mr. Hiller has added another to the number. To give us a series of discourses on the Lord's Prayer, did not require the apology that Clowes's Sermons are out of print, and Worcester's are little known among us. A better reason is, that different minds shed different lights upon the same subject.

The author of these Sermons presents the subject in a light sufficiently his own to render his volume an addition to our literature on the Lord's Prayer. If we judge rightly, Mr. Hiller’s forte is in simplification. A most important and useful faculty is this, and requires for its highest condition, not only talent, but a mastery of the subject. No one can make a subject clear to others, but he who sees it clearly himself. It is true that one may seem to be clear by merely being shallow, as, on the other hand, one may seem to be profound by merely being unintelligible. Mr. Hiller does not belong to either class; but presents high truths in such a way as to enable the simplest to understand them. The present volume is another evidence and instance of his talent. Those who desire to see the internal truths of the Lord's Prayer set forth in a pleasing form and in mild lucidity, should read these discourses. We have no doubt they will do much to render this Divine Prayer still more luminous and precious to the Lord's church upon earth, and be the means, under Providence, of bringing it into nearer sympathy with the church in heaven.

MISCELLANEOUS.

GENERAL CHURCH INTELLIGENCE. there are apparent discrepancies between

science and the Bible. For instance, HARMONY OF REVELATION AND THE Moses seems to teach one thing about the SCIENCES.-An address was delivered to creation, and geology teaches entirely the members of the Edinburgh Philoso- another. On this subject the bishop phical Institution, on November 4th, by says—“No one, I think, will be much the Bishop of London. Knowing the discomposed by any supposed difficulties bishop to be one of the most liberal- in reconciling revelation with geological minded of the hierarchy of the Church discovery, who calls to mind how quietly of England, we felt desirous to know his similar difficulties have arranged themopinion on the subject of the harmony selves in the once equally famous conflict between religion and science. It is with astronomy.” We think, however, singular indeed that on this subject there that the cases are not exactly parallel. should be room for two opinions; for the In speaking as if the sun rose and set, harmony of religion and science is but and the earth remained at rest, the another name for the harmony of the Scriptures speak according to the appearWord and the works of God; and to ance which they present to human sense ; imagine it possible that there could be but in Genesis we have an apparently any disagreement between what is God- historical account of what human sense revealed and what is God-made, seems never beheld—the creation of the world, very much the same as to suppose that which both in manner and date is now God can contradict Himself. It is true found to be entirely irreconcilable with

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what the world itself in unmistakeable approval, and is likely to advance the language declares. If the Mosaic account cause of liberal opinion and free inquiry. of the genesis of the world is not in ac- He is disposed to admit the testimony cordance with science, how is the narra both of reason and science, without the tive to be accounted for, and what is to least fear of injury to the cause of be done with it, when its historical sense revealed religion. Nay, he contends for is entirely set aside? Will it be sufficient the necessity of testing truth by reason. to say with the bishop, though his asser- “Conviction of truth (he says) may be tion is not made with reference to this wrought in the mind by spiritual influsubject" As God employed human in- ences, but truth must always be capable struments to be, in a secondary sense at of being subjected to the test of reason; least, the authors of the sacred books, and that system, whatever it be, which so He left them free to show their own claims to be independent of reason, to characters and habits of observation and say the least, incurs very grave suspicions of thought, in matters which were that it has nothing to do with truth." clearly beside the great Divine message Speaking of such principles of theology which it was their honoured office to as are intuitively perceived, he says, communicate or transmit.” Supposing “But shall we say that the reason has the difficulties could quietly “arrange nothing to do with them? If any of themselves” on this principle, the ques- them were contradictory to the sure tion still remains, what is to be done principles of reason, the man who perwith the beginning of Genesis? Is it ceived them so to be could, from the very become simply obsolete and useless, re- constitution of his nature, no more maining in the Divine Book as a result believe them than he could believe that and a memorial of “the habits of thought two and two make six.” Speaking next and observation" of the sacred writers? of principles of theology not referable to It is here where all loose theories of intuition, but truths which God has inspiration fail. The testimony of the revealed objectively, the bishop introWord of God is allowed, on some points, duces the great doctrine of the blessed to be less trustworthy than that of His Trinity, and observes that some minds works, and to be set aside by it. But at first revolt against it, as if it this is the unavoidable result of the contained assertions not only above single-sense theory of Revelation- but irreconcilable with and contradicwhen the letter is gone all is gone. tory to reason. He maintains, howThe bishop further remarks, in con- ever, that well-instructed theologians nection with the disclosures of geology, know that it is not so; and proceeds to “ God used the vehicle of revelation for say that “even those most opposed to the this purpose, that He might communicate doctrine, if they understood how transsuch new religious truth as man could cendental, how vastly above the range not gain for himself ; deepen and purify of man's thought, are the subjects with his conviction of such old truths as which that doctrine is occupied, whatformed part of natural religion ; elevate ever else they may say against it, would his moral perceptions, and surround him no longer contend that it is liable to that by the safeguards of a law of life, thus objection. No one blames for inquiring leading him to heaven. But it is not on in limine whether it does or does not geology, astrology, geography, mechanics, contain a contradiction in terms. If it or any other human science, that the did, reasonable human beings could not soul is dependent for its spiritual believe it if they would ; and the God of life.” This is substantially true. But truth, who has given them their reason, as revelation was given to minsiter to never would require a belief which, by the spiritual life of the soul, it would the very constitution of their minds, seem a natural if not a necessary conclu. He has made impossible." We know it sion that that revelation is everywhere has been and is maintained by many in spiritual, and that its very histories are the church that the doctrine of the the vehicles of such enlightening truth. Trinity is not to be understood as the This is, however, a view of the subject vulgar conceive of it that the term of which the bishop's discourse says Persons, when applied to the Divine nothing, and which it is evident he does Trinity, is not to be understood in the not take. Nevertheless, there is much same sense as when used in reference to in the discourse that is worthy of our men. But this refinement leaves the

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England ; Selections from Shakespere's could such be made known to each other “ Merchant of Venice ;” “Monmouth's through the instrumentality of the ReRebellion, and the Battle of Sedgemoor," pository. I know, sir, from experience, from Macaulay. After this, the evening that without some attendance at worship; is spent in the reading of amusing pieces, “where two or three are gathered tofrom Dickens, Waugh, and others, inter- gether," and without the support and spersed with glees and songs by the assistance derived from the meeting of church choir. The superintendents of friends who are of a similar faith, it is the Sunday-chool, Mr. Fairbrother and very difficult to stand steadfast and proMr. Isherwood, preside at these meetings claim one's religious opinions to be alternately. The attendance, so far, has different from those of the remainder of not equalled the expectations of the pro- the town in which one resides. If it moters of these meetings.

would not be giving you too much A course of lectures is now being trouble, I thought that if some of the delivered on Sunday evenings, on isolated receivers in different towns “ Heaven.” The attendance has been would forward their names to you for large, and the interest fully shown by the publication in the Repository, as decontinued presence of many strangers. sirous of receiving communications from

other receivers in their district, many ISOLATED RECEIVERS.—To the Editor. little New Church societies might be Rev. Sir,-About fifteen years ago I formed, which cannot now be done, as was residing at Bath, and being at the isolated ones, who would thus bethat time very sceptical as to the truths come pioneers, are not now aware, and of Revelation, I went, from mere curi- have no means of knowing, how many osity, as I thought, to hear the Rev. receivers there may be in their immediJames Keene preach at the New ate neighbourhood. Begging to apoloChurch in Henry-street, and was so gise for troubling you at such a length, much impressed with the reasonableness I remain, Rev. Sir, yours faithfully, of what I heard that I was induced to

R. H. go again, and, in fact, attended regu- [In the list of “Isolated Receivers," larly during the remainder of my stay, in printed in the Appendix to the Minutes Bath, as did also my wife and family, of Conference, " Mr. Gethen, druggist, Therefore, to Mr. Keene and his coHereford, occurs.” Perhaps it might be workers I shall ever feel grateful. On useful to reprint this list in the Repository, my removal to London, I was located at as few unconnected with societies see the such a distance from any New Church Minutes.] place of worship, that it was but seldom I had an opportunity of attending one, IPSWICH.-On Sunday, November 20th, and not feeling satisfied or edified by an Mr. Spilling, of Norwich, again paid a attendance at any of the old churches or missionary visit to this society. He delidissenting chapels, I usually remained vered two discourses; attended the Sunat home, and read such New Church day-school in the afternoon; examined works as I had in my possession. I and addressed the children; and expressed have now been resident in Hereford himself well pleased with the progress several years, and am sorry that there they had made. Of the Monday evening is no New Church place of worship in lecture, the following brief notice apthis city, neither do I know any re- peared in the Suffolk Chronicle :ceivers of the doctrines here, although I * “On Monday evening, a lecture was have lately heard that there is one, and delivered in the New Church, High-street, another residing about eight miles dis- by Mr. James Spilling, of Norwich, upon tant. Since hearing Mr. Keene, I have "The Sacrifices not typical of the Vicarious regularly taken in the Intellectual Re Death of Christ. It appeared that the pository, and that I think has been very lecture was in reply to a letter from instrumental in supporting me in the 'H. H.,' which appeared in the Suffolk faith. From reading this, I occasionally Chronicle, October 29th, in which the find that there are many isolated re-writer held that the Bible taught the ceivers scattered through the kingdom, doctrine of vicarious sacrifices. The lecand the thought struck me that (if com- turer began by alluding to the sacrifices patible with your views) it would be of the Jewish Church, to show from promoting the interests of the church various passages of Scripture-1st. That

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the altar at which the sacrifices were if I continue to give such close applicaoffered did not represent the cross; but tion to my translations ; but the poor in relation to the Lord, His divine love, doctor does not know either the imporand in relation to men, the purified will tance or the beauty of these discourses or heart, on which the spiritual sacrifices in the original English, for if he did, he of well-doing are to be daily offered. would think with me that the translation 2nd. That the priests represented the which makes them known would be Lord, who offered His whole Humanity cheaply bought with the sacrifice of one & living sacrifice,' and every good man, human life. who is to follow the Saviour's example, “I know very well that I am very and offer his body a living sacrifice.' fatigued, that my strength is nearly 3rd. That the various animals offered spent, but never mind, I have nearly typified the good and holy affections that finished the task I set myself, and are to be devoted to God's service. 4th. another week's work and I hope it will That the sacrificing of these animals be accomplished. I shall then have signified the consecration of all the prin- translated into French twelve of Mr. ciples of the heart and mind, and their Bayley's beautiful discourses, namely, active exercise in the worship of God. Genesis and Geology,' On the Crea5th. That the blood of the Lord, by tion,' The Garden of Eden,' 'The which man is cleansed, is the holy truth Fall, The Deluge,' The Ark," "The of the Word, by which only the soul can Tower of Babel,'' The Trinity,' The be sanctified. In conclusion, the lecturer Redemption,'1st part, • The Redemption,' declared that the doctrine of the vicarious 2nd part, The Blood of the Lamb,' sacrifice, as usually held by the orthodox, The Descent of the New Jerusalem.' was altogether irrational, absurd, and I am now finishing the discourse, "Jeutterly opposed to the plain declarations sus, the First and the Last. I hope contained in the Word of God. Christ I may be permitted to finish this long did not suffer and die the death of the work, for certainly there is not a single cross instead of us, but for us, in order person here able to help me in the least. that we might take up our cross, and “Nov. 14th, 1864.” “WOOLFF. follow Him in the regeneration. At the close of the lecture, one of the audience MEETING IN LONDON ON BEHALF OF THE asked a series of questions, which were STUDENTS AND MINISTERS' Aid FUND. kindly replied to by the lecturer, and the On Wednesday, December 14th, 1864, a meeting separated.”

meeting of the friends of this excellent The secretary desires to acknowledge institution took place in the School-room with thanks a favourable reply from the of the Church in Argyle-square. The esteemed secretary to the Swedenborg Rev. Dr. Bayley was called to the chair. Society, to his application for a grant of Present also the Revs. Messrs. Bruce and Swedenborg's works, to be deposited in Hiller. the library of the Ipswich Working Men's The CHAIRMAN introduced the subject College.

by observing that it could not be doubted

that they who felt deeply the value of the ISLINGTON.-On Tuesday evening, 6th great principles of the New Church must December, Mrs. Newbery gave an “Even- feel also the necessity of an institution ing with the Poets,” in the schoolroom such as the one they met that evening to belonging to the Society, which, besides advocate. The world laboured yet under the pleasure it afforded a numerous wide-spread darkness and wide-spread audience, resulted in an addition to the misery. Truths from heaven are given funds of the Ladies' Benevolent Society to dispel that darkness, and to remove of £1. 12s.

that misery; surely upon those to whom

such truths are given the responsibility DR. BAYLEY'S SERMONS.— Interesting must rest to do all in their power to make extract from a General's lady in Algeria those truths known. The light has not respecting an intended translation of these been given to be kept under a bushel, but sermons and disourses into French :- to be placed upon a candlestick, that it

“My dear aunt Ann,-I am subject to may enlighten all that are within the very famous (severe) headaches, but I house. We must not suppose that the know the cause of them, and our doctor truth has been given to us because we are threatens me with all sorts of illnesses a peculiar people more prepared to receive

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