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THE RELIGIOUS WOULD

NOX-RELIGIOUS CURIOSITY ABOUT REUNION. A great writer has said that ignorance is tact so damnable as humbug, but when it takes to prescribing pills it may do more harm ; and the danger is not lessened when the pills taken are compounded of theologieal elements and labelled “ Theosophy and Spiritualism,” We link these two together, for, although they profess to be different, they spring from the same root and lead to the same gosh Nothing is more surprising than the readiness with which people gulp down these fantastic theologies. What is the reason of it ? One reason lies in their empty capacities. They are deplorably ignorant of the first principles of Christian truth. They swallow caricatures oi it r.s if they were a new gospel, and not stale falsehoods to serve fresh men. Another reason is doubtless that suggested by St. Paul. Writing to the Th sssalonians, who were face to face with these very caricatures of Divine truth, he accounts for the falling away of men and women from higher things on the ground that they did not love the truth. The Nemesis of that is not only to lose the truth itself at last, but actually to come to believe a lie.

It would be ungenerous to charge the devotees of these fantastic faiths with insincerity or a lack of love for the truth. Many of them are no doubt earnest seekers for what is the good and the true. But many as certainly are not. They are merely curious about these things. They are idlers in society —dilettanti speculators, having no more than a light intellectual interest—if even that is in the great problems discussed. Bub the attainment of truth is not a mental exercise only. It depends on the moral nature. It depends on sympathy—on a spiritual community between us and Christ. And in multitudes of cases this is absent, and men mistake a non-religious curiosity about {religion and truth for an interest in religion and truth themselves. St. Paul warned his .converts against that. Because men did not give heed to it they became the plaything of the Enemy of Souls. For we must never forgot that we have to do battle not with an abstract law and airy tribunals of a phantom wn-ld. We have to do battle for our lives with hosts of evil spirits leagued under one supreme head. And it is our growing conviction that the systems of Spiritualism and Theosophy are masterly pieces of the subtleties of the Evil One. For those who believe in the divine authority of the Lord Jesus Christ it is enough to condemn them that they degrade Him. St. John, writing to his converts, told them that the test oi the true and the false spirits was this : Did they exalt Christ? Spiritualism and Theosophy do not. They reduce him to the level of a medium and a mahatma. It is true they bolh profess to be the allies of Christianity. They are its most subtle foes—they betray it, as Judas did its founders, with a kiss. They eviscerate it of every distinctive doctrine that makes it a gospel of salvation for the world.— ‘ Christian Outlook.’

GLEANINGS.

The Oamaru Presbytery resolved by nine votes to four to oppose the union of the Presbyterian Church of Otago and Southland with the Northern Church on the basis sent down by the Synod. The Rev. C. H. Bradbury received a cordial reception at his induction to the pastorate of the Prahran (Victoria) Congregational Church. Among those present were Professor Gossman and the Rev. J. Hoataon. Miss Mary Louisa Hawtrey, cousin of Mr Charles Hawtrey, the actor, and more remotely of Dr Hawtrey, tire head-master of Eton, has (says the ‘lrish Times’) abjured Protestantism, and has been received into the Catholic Church at Lourdes. Father Metcalf, to whom her conversion is mainly due, has already been instrumental in converting 123 Protestants. The Rev. T. Neave has resigned Riverton Presbyterian pastorate. It is said that one of the chief features of the special report on the growth of Roman Catholicism in England which M. Sambucetti has taken to the Pope is the astonishing conclusion that the decrease of Methodism is largely due to a transference of membership from that faith to the faith of Rome. At the Catholic Conference at Hanley, Cardinal Vaughan said the Catholic effort would in future be mainly directed towards proselytising among Nonconformists. The Rev. W. L. Watkinsou was elected president of the Wesleyan Conference for the current term. The voting was—Watkinson 427, Price-Hughes 160. The election was a very popular one. The new president, who is nearly sixty years of age, was in his youth a physical weakling, and was able to spend only three months at the theological college. This drawback he set himself to overcome by strenuous private reading, and is to-day the official editor for the Wesleyan communion. He is one of the wittiest clones in England, and his caustic humor, more than any other circumstance, has laughed out of Methodism the faddist radicalism that for a time flourished under the stimulus of the apostle of St. James’s Hal). One of his most-quoted apothegms was his description of an opulent Methodist vendor of boluses as “ one of the chief pillers of the church.”

A new sect, known as “ The Reorganised Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,” baptised thirteen converts the other Sunday in the Hunter River, New South Wales.

The threepenny piece is nob the popular coin it used to be with church-goers. An analysis of a recent collection of St. Paul’s, London, showed that there were 594 sixpences as against 219 threepenny-bits. There was an extraordinary scene at the London Common Council table on July 15. It arose over the receipt of a communication from the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury Cathedral asking the Council to make a grant of £I,OOO towards the restoration of Canterbury Cathedral. In the letter it was pointed out that the thirteenth hundredth anniversary had just been celebrated, and the claim of Canterbury Cathedral to consideration was beyond dispute. There was a motion that the matter bo referred to committee for consideration, and just as this was being put Mr Alpheus C. Morton raised a question of privilege. Such a request was not one to be treated lightly. If the Court had any guarantee that the money would be devoted to the good of the Reformed Protestant Church, established by law, and which the Queen had sworn to defend, he for one would raise no objection to its being granted. But they had no such guarantee. He was an English Churchman, and he did not hesitate to say that the church was going right over to Rome.— (“Order!” and “Hear, hear.”) If they were going to support anything it must be the Protestant Reformed Church and not a mock-turtle bastard of Rome which Here the honorable member’s remarks were lost in uproar, and, as he did not attempt to spaak after the disorder had subsided, the motion to refer the matter to committee was adopted.

The Rev. John Sinclair, for several years past the pastor of a Presbyterian church at Redwood Falls, Minn. (U.S.), is by right a Scottish nobleman, being the sixteenth Earl of Caithness. He expects soon to come into his title. The estate yields a revenue of £15,000 annually, and comprises the finest castle in Scotland. Mr Sinclair is forty years of age, a newspaper writer, and a gentleman of very high and varied attainmeats.

A work recently published in Paris gives some statistics of the morphine habit. From these it appears that morphinomania is most_ prevalent in Germany, France, and the United States, although it has victims in Russia, Sweden, Turkey, and the remote East. The medical profession supplies 40 per cent, of the male morphanists, which is the largest proportion; after which follow men of leisure, 15 per cent. ; merchants, 8 per cent.; while peasants, clergymen, and politicians occupy the lowest positions numerically on the list. Among the females addicted to the habit, the largest number, 43 perj {cent., are women gj of means, and these are followed in number by the wives of medical men, who make up 10 per cent, of the list. It is said that there are entire villages in Germany whose inhabitants are all addicted to the use of the drug. “ Why do so many modem writers seem to prefer notoriety to fame ? ” “ Because a man has to climb for fame, but he can get potoriety by an easy tumble.”

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THE RELIGIOUS WOULD, Issue 10417, 11 September 1897, Supplement

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THE RELIGIOUS WOULD Issue 10417, 11 September 1897, Supplement

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