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Sixth Edition, 632 pages, post Aro, 38.,

An Appeal to the Reflecting of all De

nominations in behalf of the views of the Eternal World and State, and the Doctrines of Faith and Life, held by the Body of Christians called the New Jerusalem Church; embracing Answers to all Principal Objections. By the Rev. S. NOBLE.

TO THE CLERGY AND CHRISTIAN MINISTERS OP ALL DENOMINATIONS.There is an extensive yearning for fixed and clear riews of the life after death; agitation, too, on doctrinal subjects are affecting the Christian world on all sides. In order to assist ministers fully to supply the wants of their people, a member of the Church of England, believing that the above work is admirably adapted for the purpose, hereby offers to give 500 copies of the work. Any minister may obtain a copy from Mr. Alvey, on application, either personally or through his bookseller, on giving his name and address. If required to be sent by post, the applicant's card and seven stamps must be enclosed.

London: Alver, 36, Bloomsbury-street, W.C.

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FREE CHURCHMAN.

JANUARY, 1868.

THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH.

IT is a part of the creed

of Christendom that there is a Holy Catholic Church. To a large number of persons who are supposed to hold this belief, these words must of necessity convey a very vague and ill-defined meaning. They are probably not connected in the mind of many churchmen with any definite ideas, and when used by them express only a sort of half belief. The explanations of preachers and of writers on the Creed effect very little in the way of giving precision or substance to the dogma. Few persons ever ask themselves what is meant by a corporation that is holy, or how a church which is localised in space, and limited in the number of its members, can be said to be universal. If we might venture to put into words the actual belief of the average churchman, it would be something like this: I believe in the Holy Catholic Church. He means to say that the church to which he belongs is a very venerable and august institution, that in some sense it is divine, more so than any of the institutions of civil society: that it had a divine origin, and is sustained by a divine power; that it is intended to be universal, and is called Catholic, partly from that cause, and

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