ARROWS IN THE AIR.
TO THE EDITOB. Sir,—This is the title of a practical course of discourses by the Rev. H. R. Hawcis, a Broad Church clergyman, of London. He is a voluminous, popular, and practical teacher. In all inquiries we are compelled to place mind or God at the outset, instead of at the end. God is " the one stable thing out upon this great flood ' of being. A wilful resisting of self-evident goodness and love is the actual sin against the Holy Ghost, according to Haweis. There is a freshness in all his illustrations of the Bible, and in his expositions of the daily duties of men in their respective callings and avocationß. Hence the great popularity of his numerous books. He follows reason, and bases all hisobservationß ongoodcommon sense. This is the end of good writing. "Christianity stands as the revelation of those ultimate principles by which alone human society can be held together and be continually developed and purified. Love, self-sacrifice, inexhaustible energy, indomitable aspiration, immortal hope are ultimate principles. It is seen in the pure administration of justice, in the new and expansive type of life, in the wakeful eagerness of modern philanthropy, in the reform of manners, and in the spread of religious influences. The qualities moßt admired are still the qualities of Christ ceaseless energy, dauntless courage, keen and pure sensitiveness to friendship, clear sincerity, unfaltering truth, open unbarredness of soul, giving access to all and making all welcome, natural spontaneous self-sacrifice and faithfulness unto death. What other ideals of life can compare with this? What other maxims are applauded in our assemblies? The Kingdom of God is in the soul. It is an earnest of future bliss. He would abolish the poor relief system—which Chalmers sixty years ago denounced and fought against in Glasgow. He had anticipated in his own parish the Etberfield syßtem. He provided for the poor of his
own parish by voluntary offerings, and had his advice prevailed Scotland shonld never have had a poor law Byatem. In a city of " 117 square miles, or nearly 75,000 acres, 10,009 streets, and 3,000 miles in length, lined with 400,000 houses into which are crowded 4.000,000 of people, paying a rental ot L 19,000,000 per annum, and supplied by vast cattle markets, one only of which, at Camden Town, yields up its 4,000,000 of beasts annually "—air, parks, and recreation are greatly and urgently needed.
The cecret of England's greatness is to be found in the fact that England is 'generous, true, and religious." She possesses "goodness of heart, integrity, intelligence, piety." England's clear mission is "to promote by example, precept, and authority the good government of Europe and every other continent with which she comes in contact." She has "won by a long and painful experiment of discipline the secret of commercial prosperity, freedom, and good government, and stands in the midst of the world ready to give freely what she has so abundantly received." All great questions have hitherto been decided by war, " from the battle of Marathon to Waterloo." We cannot account "forthe universe and men without the introduction of Divine mind," whatever Materialists may say to the contrary. Mr Haweis tells us that "at the beginning of this century there were 250,000 landed proprietors in the United Kingdom, and now there are only about 30,000." Wealth accumulates in the hands of & few; hence the importance that they should " realise the divine chief good, which is to promote the highest desirable consciousness of all sentient beings," which, according to Haweis, is the chief good. This b the law of love. Christianity is the seed of love, of eternal life. It alone can leaven the world and regenerate society. Happiness '' is the divinest fruit of love, the very ground of right conduct—not mere pleasure in any restricted sense, but must turn upon such a due subordination of all our various desires, the lower to the higher, as will involve that upward strain called sacrifice. Mr Haweis Is a practical preacher—a censor morum— a public benefactor and philanthropist, fle applies the principles of religion to common life, with the happiest results. He discourses eloquently, forcibly, and plausibly upon popular topics, such as money and morals, Shakespeare and the stage, war, colonies, air, alms, dinners, doctors, and Sunday recreations for the people of London.—l am, etc., J. G. S. Gbast. Dunedin, June 29.
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ARROWS IN THE AIR., Evening Star, Issue 7952, 6 July 1889, Supplement
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