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clouds;" they were the clouds which Advent of the Lord consisted in new implied Divine truth, in the literal knowledge respecting the nature of the sense of the Divine Word. Thus a way Lord and the Divine Word. One of the of the Second Coming is by enabling manifestations of the Second Coming men to perceive new truth, new power, was the establishment of churches, and new glory in the written statements of was especially in the persons who con. the Word; to inspire them with new stituted those churches, who by all life, with new energies for doing good, means in their power should make known which could bring happiness within the the blessed truths they believed in, that heart, where only happiness could be others might be benefited as well as established.
The speaker went on to The Rev. P. Ramage said that one of urge that all of them should esteem it the most blessed and one of the most an honour to work in Christ's vine. beneficent results of the Second Advent yard. he took to be the establishment of Rev. W. O'Mant said–The Advent Sunday Schools. When the Sabbath of the Lord will manifest itself in all School was established it was frowned the outward forms of human life-in upon, it was suspected, it was openly the political and social states of society, denounced. It had passed through and in the revolutions and improve. many changes, it had had to fight many ments that have taken place, and are great battles ; but to-day it stood one of still proceeding. When Swedenborg the greatest powers in the country. tells us that the Lord came the second There had been an idea abroad, and the time in the year 1757, he did not idea was not yet eradicated from the mean that that event was momentary, churches, that he who worked for chil- but that it was the beginning of a grand dren did a childish work; but new ideas advent that should march down the resulting from the Second Advent were ages, and gather volume on its way, spreading abroad upon the great subject This Second Advent is therefore still of education, and it was seen that just going on, and, inasmuch as it affects as a true mark of genius was a simple- man in all his states and relationships minded, child-like soul, so it was the of life, it should be recognized as the essentially noble who could devote inward cause of all the political and themselves to the young, and who alone social reforms which have taken place could be successful in winning them to since its commencement. It is also of a high, a noble, a sweet, and beneficent great importance that we know the life. These treasures they all more or less state of darkness, sin, and degradation experienced. It would perhaps be diffi- that existed just before that advent comcult to name any modern institution menced ; and that the political and which had done so much to improve the social institutions were in strict correcondition of the people. Adam Smith, spondence therewith. Many writers of in his Wealth of Nations,” said they fiction and history set forth the utter had “altered the manners of the people debasement of society in the first half in a way so simple and beautiful that and the middle of the eighteenth cennothing had been seen like it since the tury. Carlyle, in his “Life of Frederick days of the apostles.” Sunday Schools the Great,” sums up the case in a few were only beginning their real work ; words :-“It was an age of universal the spelling book was passing out of the infidelity to heaven, when the heavenly Sunday School, and pure religious sun was sunk.” Mr. O'Mant traced the instruction was becoming the one great progress of society from this state of object.
affliction and sorrow, and concluded that Mr. Gunton said—the Lord came in it therefore follows, that each man who the flesh, but His essential Coming receives the Lord, is bound to put His even then consisted in the reception shoulder to the work. And whatsoever of His principles by the people. platform of action he may choose, he is The Second Advent was a more perfect bound to do his utmost to secure the and fuller Coming of the Lord, who fuller development of this glorious was not only the Son of God, but was Advent. We look forward to still the Father and Son in One Person— grander results than any yet received. the essentially Divine, and the Divine The future is full of prophecy. “The Human in One Person; and so the Second tabernacle of God is with men, and He
will dwell anong them, and they shall not matter how many particular lines of be His people, and He will be their God.” descent a man came through; his man
The Rev. Joseph Deans said that they hood did not depend upon something were not to imagine that when the Lord external, but something internal. The came a second time that the light would speaker next dwelt on the revelation of burst upon them with the surprising the spiritual sense in the Divine Word, brilliancy of a transformation scene. He and the correspondence thereof to the should speak of the manifestation of the things in nature as revealed by SwedenSecond Coming in literature. One hun. borg. dred years ago books were out of the The President, in closing the proceedreach of the masses of the people, and ings, asked the audience not to forget those which were in existence were only the most important manifestation of the for the learned; besides which, an idea Second Advent, which was in a pure and prevailed that the instruction of the holy life. masses would ruin the country. He During the evening some choice seleccontrasted this with the abounding liter- tions of sacred music were performed ature of the present day, and said that in a very superior manner by the choir, experience had shown that light was the hymns being joined in with great wonderfully purifying and elevating in spirit and remarkable precision by the its tendency. Of course, the agency large congregation assembled on the which had been instrumental in pro- occasion. moting the spread of truth and defending Christianity had been made an SWEDENBORG : THE MAN, SEEP, AND agency of speading infidel teaching of INTERPRETER OF RELIGION. various kinds; but what of that? Chris- this title the Weekly News, a widelytianity had nothing to fear in its combat circulated paper published at Auckland with error.
If based on Divine truth, in New Zealand, gives a report of more what niattered it who spoke against it, than two columns length, of a lecture by or how often?
Rev. S. Edgar. Mr. Edgar, we are inThe Rev. W. C. Barlow spoke of the formed by a correspondent, went out manifestation of the Second Advent in from England some years since. He is, the sciences. He pointed out that, or was, a Unitariao minister, and was although the science of astronomy had supplied before his departure with the been studied by the Chaldeans in long writings of Swedenborg by the Swedenages past, it was not until after the year borg Society. The lecture before us is 1757 that it began to make progress with the fruit of his reading and study of the wonderful steps. Progress in chernistry writings and biography of our great was also traced from the discovery of author. The lecturer is careful to assert oxygen in 1772. Then how had geology an undenominational character, and grown? It was so little understood at speaks with scant courtesy of the the beginning of this century, that theo- "Sweden borgians as a religious comries were bolstered up that it was con- munity. “Swedenborgian ministers are tradictory to God's Word, and to make few and far between. Swedenborgian it fit with the first chapter of Genesis, Churches are in a very miserable state. which was a recitation of the progress Men rarely acknowledge themselves as which takes place in the spiritual life of Swedenborgians ; but there is scarcely a
One of the most dreaded of the liberal-minded Christian in this day sciences-ethnology and anthropology, who is not more or less directly or inwhich was seemingly so contradictory to directly indebted to Swedenborg.' inuch of the popular theology, was a The lecture is a eulogium of the charthing that was growing, and becoming acter and writings of Swedenborg. truer and more trustworthy every day. Some of the leading features of his life With regard to dreading the growth of are given, and stress is laid on the science, he dared not dread the growth uniform excellence of his character. The of any good and perfect gift that came massive and enlightened character of from the Father of Light. Supposing his writings is recognized, and his meit was true that there were not two first morabilia treated as facts not to be parents of mankind, but 20,000 first ridiculed, but wisely interpreted. We parents, would they not be the wiser for give, very much abbreviated, the conknowing it, and for knowing that it did cluding portion of this very able dis
A few lines can say all that is mental, spiritual faculties of the mannecessary or useful respecting his out- call it what you may. There was with ward life. His inward spiritual life Paul. He saw things suddenly that he whole volumes could not exhaust. His had never seen before, and they changed life is divided into two great epochs, his life. Explain it how you will, the the first to his 54th year, the second to fact is so. I know but one reasonable his 84th, and death. During the first explanation ; God showed them to him, he was devoted to severe scientific and and he knew it. So it was with Sweden. mathematical subjects, and was one of the borg ; God showed him things he had very foremost men of his age; during the not seen, things no other man saw; he second he was equally devoted to theo- knew it was so; that, as that only logy, and with equally astonishing results. could, changed the whole current of his In his very early years he was deeply thought and life, and remained with impressed with the being and presence him an inspiration to his dying day. of God, and, as is generally the case Then came to him the curious and scornwith such early impressions, in sincere ful to ridicule his visions. They never minds like his, they remained with him, ridiculed, they never smiled at them, a deep under-current of his life and when they talked to him, conquered by character, though for some years lost to the sincere goodness and the holy seriousthe outward view. I have said enoughness of the man, who through all this to lead you to wish to know more of the thirty years of converse with angels singular and astouishing sides of the always wore a benignant smile upon his man in his later years—of the prophet countenance. It is also well known or seer, and the unknown interpreter. that many have sat down deliberately to But I would ask you to bring this view answer his books, but have always ended of the man to the elucidation, in part, as converts to, or defenders of, them. at least, of that remarkable crisis in the One word more only. If nothing else 54th year of his life, which changed him were good or great about Swedenborg, quite suddenly from a foremost man of he has made God nearer to man than mathematical, engineering, and specula. any other interpreter of Christianity in tive science into a most devoted and in- these two thousand years has dared to do. cessant student and teacher of theology, That is what Christ did. In these days, as well as a seer into the world of spirits when God is apt to be put at such a and the unknown of this world. Such distance that no mental eye ventures to changes, far on in life, are not unknown look for Him, and humanity is left in the among remarkable men ; but this can cold region of imperious law, there seems scarcely be paralleled.
That a man need to revere the memory of so great who, for thirty years, has been one of a man, and so eminent a Christian." the few scientific scholars, engineers, practical mathematicians-a man with- ITALIAN Mission.—The following out one spark of enthusiasm—clear, cool, letter from Professor Scocia was received almost cold—in the prime of his life and and read to the General Conference :intellect, should all at once become “ To the General Conference of the completely absorbed in theology and Ministers and Delegates of the New the world, which most people think be- Church in England. Rev. Sirs. — Allow longs only to the imagination, and spend me to bring to your notice the fact that thirty years of hard toil at it, is a pheno- an Italian Committee has been organized menon in our history not to be set aside for the diffusion of the light of the New by such glib phrases as “insane, mad, Jerusalem, consisting of seven Italians. wild, visionary, illusions mistaken for This fact will prove to you that my realities.' If Swedenborg was insane, missionary labours and exertions for the it is a sad pity that any should be sane. last six years have not been without The moral goodness of the man, his practical results, for seven intelligent sincere religion, the robustness of his and zealous Italians have agreed to cocharacter, the ripeness of his great in- operate with me for the propagation tellect—all go to show that there is of the doctrines of the New Church. but one explanation of this remarkable During these six years of missionary crisis, just similar to that you have in labour, I have translated from the Latin Paul's life. There was some quite extra- four works of Swedenborg, which are, ordinary illumination-opening of the Heaven and Hell, Divine Providence, New Jerusalem Doctrine, Divine Love Italian Mission would have long since and Wisdom. The translation of this last ceased. work is now being printed.
In accord. “Now I hope, rev. sirs, that your ance with the permission of the Sweden- meeting together in General Conference borg Society, the first three works al- for the interests and progress of our ready published have been presented to Church will provide the means to help 75 public libraries and to 177 Ronian and encourage me as our brethren in Catholic priests, and both the public America have done, who, in the General libraries and the priests have thank- Convention held this year, have adopted fully received these works. One of the the following resolution :—'
:-Resolved, 177 priests, a short time since, wrote That the sum of 100 dollars each be me the following letter of thanks :- devoted the present year to the support *18th June 1876. Dear Professor.—Al- of the Foreign New Church ministers, though late, I send you my grateful namely, the Scandinavian Mission and thanks for having transmitted to me the Italian Mission, the same to be drawn three works of Swedenborg which I have from the mission funds of the General both read and studied, and from which Convention, and to be forwarded reI have derived the solution of various spectively to the Rev. Adolph Boyesen problems which had suggested them- of Copenhagen, and Professor Loreto selves to me whilst studying theology Scocia at Florence, was taken up, and it and the various systems of philosophy, was voted, that it be referred to the which studies not only did not satisfy board of Managers of the work of Church me, but gave rise to many doubts tend. extension, with full powers.' —Believe ing to materialism, atheism, etc., etc. me to remain, rev. sirs, your faithfully, Swedenborg alone has given me a com
“LORETO Scocia." plete solution by which to arrange my ideas, in a systematic order, and therefore
HAND-BILL TRACTS.-As the lecture I have unwittingly become a Sweden- season is approaching, we call the attention borgian, and for this last result I also of our readers to a series of pertinent render you my thanks. I beg you not to selections on New Church doctrines and mention my name and address for the life, published by Milton, Smith & Co., of present, as I fear that otherwise my 279 Upper Street, Islington, N. These superior might punish me, for my social tracts are stereotyped, and designed for position and limited means do not publication at the back of announcements enable me to emancipate myself from of New Church lectures and services. The them.'.
publication is in two series, one of which “ This is not the only priest who has (D), to three. The latter series is adapted
(C) extends to twelve subjects, the other declared himself a receiver of the doc- to publication on cards for general circulatrines of our Church, there are three tion. other priests who are subscribers to my journal, and who have several times sent YORKSHIRE MISSIONARY AND COLPORme small offerings towards the mission. TAGE ASSOCIATION.—The annual meeting My periodical, “La Nuova Epoca,' has of this Association was this year held in 150 subscribers, 100 in Italy and 50 the New Church Meeting Rooin, Bradford, in England and America. By means of The friends, many of whom had met for this periodical our doctrines have been social converse in one of the public parks widely diffused, for I have subscribers in and at an early hour in the evening, the
in the afternoon, took tea together at five, all the provinces. 'La Nuova Epoca' public meeting was held. The room, which penetrates far and wide, where my voice is very neatly fitted up, and forms a cannot reach, and its teachings are per- pleasant and commodious chapel, was
All this work hitherto, by comfortably filled. The chair was occuGod's help, I have been enabled to per. pied by the President of the Association, form by my own unassisted labours. David Goyder, Esq. M.D., who opened the “ It is now fifteen months since I have proceedings in a speech of great ability.
În this address he intimated the growing received any fund from England towards the support of the Italian Mission, and jects, and wise guidance in the various
desire for increased light on religious subin the course of this year I have fre- benevolent movements of the age-movequently found myself almost without the ments which for want of a correct doctrine means of subsistence, and but for the of life, often ended in failure and dishelp of our American brethren the appointment. The doctrines of the New
Church supply these necessities of the age, England and America, some of the and the Missionary and Colportage Associa- principal works, such as the Arcana tion is well adapted to promote their Cælestia, have not yet been entirely ditfusion. The objection to the institution rendered into Swedish. The Swedes are that it stood in the way
of the appoint- however proud of Swedenborg, from the ment of ministers, was removed by the recent appointinent of ministers at Leeds reputation he enjoys in other countries; and Bradford. Every home must have a and the Academy of Sciences and the guiding head, and every larger home or Swedish Academy of Belles Lettres church must, for its own peace and pro- have both struck medals, and published gress, have a suitable minister at its head. eulogies in his honour within the last In such a Society worship is conducted in twenty years. In the publie libraries of an orderly manner, the sacraments regu- Sweden there is likewise an anxiety to larly administered, and the Word faithfully possess all the different editions and preached. Societies who, having the translations of Swedenborg's works. An means of providing such a minister, neglect attempt to form a separate church has the duty of so doing, doom themselves to a sickly and lingering life, depriving not been made till quite lately. The themselves of spiritual food, and neglect- Swedes, in that respect resembling most ing their stewardship of the goods and continental nations, do not appear to truths they have accepted. It is our duty have that power or aptitude for orto do all we can, and in the best way ganizing churches or religious societies, we are able, to offer the doctrines of the which seems inherent in the English New Church to those who need them, and race at home and abroad. The State we shall find that books distributed by Church lies heavily over Sweden, and men and women with kind hearts, and no one brought up in a country where accompanied with kind words and deeds, the State Church is supreme, and where will have a thousandfold more influence than books and tracts given with a mecha- people have not acquired the power nical coldness, or a supercilious air of thinking for themselves in spiritual superior knowledge.
matters, can have any idea of the social The Report presented a cheerful and difficulties in the way for the formation hopeful prospect of the institution. Some of a separate church. And we know of its particulars we hope to give in a that even in Englaud the question as to future issue. The meeting was addressed the desirability of a separate church in earnest, and appropriate speeches by organization is debated. The civil laws Revs. R. Storry, E. Whitehead, and W. of Sweden have also, until lately, put O'Mant, and Messrs. Aspinal, Stephenson, almost insurmountable obstacles in the the newly appointed colporteur, and others. The proceedings were throughout way of such an object. Notwithstandanimated and interesting. We regret that ing these discouraging circumstances, a our space prevents our publishing more few believers began to meet some years fully in our present number the Report we ago in Stockholm at the house of Mr. O. have received of this assembly.
Tyboni for the purpose of worship, and
this little band has kept together, we SWEDEN.–That a prophet has no believe, and become the first beginning honour in his own country, cannot of a church. The stay of our esteemed exactly be said of Emanuel Swedenborg, friend Dr. Tafel in Stockholm gave a for there have always been a select few, new impetus to the friends of the New a remnant, in Swedenborg's native land Church, and now the missionary labours who have believed in his Divine mission, of Mr. Boyesen seem to have caused quite and who, by the reading of his works, an awakening. In the month of May have arrived at that high spiritual state, last year, a meeting of the friends of the which is only attainable in the Lord's New Church was called at Stockholm, New Church. These readers have, how the result of which was the formation of ever, been few and scattered, and since a Society calling itself the Confessors of the dissolution of the Society called the New Church, a Committee was “Pro Fide et Caritate,” which existed in elected, rules drawn up and printed, etc. Stockholin early in this century, there The Society has now existed upwards of has been no external bond of union a year, and the report of its activity among the receivers of the New Church which we have just received is very doctrines. Thus, while Swedenborg's encouraging. We find that the Society theological works have been translated on the 1st July last counted 104 memin Germany and France, not to mention bers, of which four were clergymien of