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THE BLOOD OF ABEL.
represent as characteristic of nity. The salvation of the soul Christianity, Then there is is that which enables it to attain street preaching. When we see its end and fulfil its destiny. some of the highest dignitaries These principles are not set forth of the Church, and some of in revival addresses so promithe foremost ministers of dissent, nently as they ought. Fear of standing bare-headed in
the greatest of all evils which can highways, to proclaim the ever- befal the human being, should be lasting gospel to the crowds awakened, if possible, in the around them ; when we see the creatures of sensual pleasure, or indefatigable exertions which are sordid worldliness; but that evil made to carry the dayspring from should be represented in its true on high to every garret and cel- character, as the destruction of lar; while some defying the warn- the man, the withering of all joy, ings of prudence, are trying to the blighting of hope. bring the outcasts of society to
M.A. the feet of their Redeemer; the
CHILDREN'S COLLECTING BOXES. question of V. et 0. becomes
REPLICANT. In answer to QUERabsolutely inexplicable; and we
Ist No. 28, p. 533. To allow of, can only congratulate ourselves at the thought that the “Homilist”
and encourage, their help, as far
as it can be intelligently rendered, has penetrated some outlying
seems to us legitimate and wise; quarter, whither the other members of the religious press, and
to wring money from uninformed
or needy or unwilling infants, is the daily journals, have not yet
unutterable abomination. reached.
E. J. J.
REPLICANT. In answer to Quer
IST, No. 46, p. 637, Vol. viii. REPLICANT. In answer to QUER
Each of these interpretations has IST No. 27, p. 533. The definition
the support of men distinguished of religion which you adopt,
by learning and piety. The undiffers from that given in scrip
dersigned ventures to think that
the blood here referred to is that ture. “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father,
of Abel's_sacrifices. (see Heb. is this, - to visit the fatherless
xi. 4.). The sacred writer is and widows in their affliction,
plainly instituting a comparison and to keep himself unspotted
between “ the blood of sprinkling” from the world.” The love of
—the atoning blood of Christ, to God is the first law of our being ;
which Christian believers “come" but the second, which is like unto
—and " that of Abel." Both are it in ground and obligation, is the
said to have a voice, which love of our neighbor. The near
," " better things”; not neighborhood of a person is recog.
crieth,” for vengeance. The term pised as a reason for our love. If,
employed is one of comparison then, nearness to himself be a
and not of contrast (κρείττων reason for his love to another, a (κρατέω, κράτος, power) It OCfortoiri, a man is bound to love curs thirteen times in this epistle. himself. To love himself, not his The meaning here seems to be animal propensities, or his earthly “ speaketh more effectually." life as a whole, but himself, with
H. J. H. inestimable possibilities, immea
(A previous answer to this query apsurable value, and bound for eter- peared on page 53 of this volume.)
that, but to all men, in all times and places ?”
CARLYLE. “ Moral cowardice is the source of every mean and pitiful thing,
FAITH AND LOVE: THEIR VITAL renders a man afraid of duty, afraid of death ; so that when the moment for action arrives, he
What seeds of hatred, what equivocates, intreats, fears. Mo
germs of murder, still exist even ral courage is religion in action,
within that heart which has moral cowardice is religion in
received Christ ! How much of defeat. Oh brother, exclaims a
Cain still lingers in the heart strenuous thinker, never strike
that longs to be Abel! And what sail to a fear, come gently into
matters it that we believe much port or sail with God over the seas.
if we love little, or that we even Without courage, the courage of have faith at all if we have no the heart, no one can be truly love? What indeed have we begreat. This is a courage that lieved, in whom have we believed, does not depend on thews or
if we do not love ? In Jesus, do sinews, but on the soul. It ani. mated the patriots and martyrs Not assuredly in the Jesus of
you reply ? In what Jesus ? of old, as it animates the patriots and martyrs of to-day.
Bethlehem, of Bethany, of Sychar,
of Gethsemane, of Calvary, but Moral courage makes the man, the absence of it the knave,
in an imaginary Jesus, one who the driveller, and the fool. It
has nothing of the true Jesus
but the name ; in a Jesus who is to the age's dishonor that
has not loved, who has not prayed, its intellectual tendencies are
who has not died ; in a name not marked with the characters
in a living being, in a phantom of fear. Yet courage must be
not in a man and a God. In our guided by purity and truth ;
haste to be saved we have emsince divested of these, it is shorn
braced a shadow. O God, restore to of half its strength.”
us the real and living Jesus. He H. McCORMAC. alone can
save, for He alone teaches and inspires love. O God, unite more and more closely not
our understandings to a name, “All that mankind has thought, but our spirits to a spirit, to that done, gained, or been, is lying spirit of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, as in magic preservation in the and the Son of Man, our God and pages of books.
Do not books our Brother. And grant that still accomplish miracles ? What in the intimate and living union, built St. Paul's Cathedral ? Look His spirit may gradually become at the heart of the matter, it was our spirit, and that we may learn that Divine Hebrew book! The from Him, by living in His prewriter of a book, is not he a sence, to love as He loved, to preacher, preaching not to this bless as He blessed, to pray as parish, or that, on this day or He prayed. Amen. H, M. C.
(We hold it to be the duty of an Editor either to give an early notice of the books sent to him for remark, or to return them at once to the Publisher. It is unjust to praise worthless books; it is robbery to retain unnoticed ones.)
STAR AND DIAL; MORNING AND EVENING. THE DIAL, WEEKLY.
The propriety of calling attention to these JOURNALS in the Homilist, if not obvious at once to all our readers, will soon appear so. The vast influence which they are exerting, and are destined, we opine to exert for ages, with increasing area and depth upon the mind of the nation, is certainly of itself sufficient to justify this notice in our pages. Asone has a circulation per day scarcely surpassed by any daily Journal and the other of several thousands a week, and both aim, and by the arrangements of their vast proprietary, are bound for ever to aim, at the promotion of political purity, social progress, and above all, of unsectarian Christianity, their existence, will, we are sure, awaken the devout gratitude of every noble-hearted Christian philanthropist. They have all the conditions of an incorruptible, independent, and thoroughly national, Newspaper Press. May gracious Heaven ever preserve those conditions from the violating hand of the political schemer, the canting patriot, and, what is worse than either, the religious bigot! Another reason for thus noticing these JOURNALS in this place is, the connexion of the Homilist with their existence. The Homilist some six or seven years ago, first announced the Dial idea, and urged it on its readers. It has met, we are grateful, we are proud to say, with their support. In every town we have visited, " Homilist men,'
as they are called, have met us with their hearty greetings, rendered us their honest co-operation, and cheered us on our hilly, and with emphasis, our thorny road. Our hotel rooms have, in some of the towns we have visited, been not unfrequently filled with Clergymen, Wesleyan, Primitive Methodist, Baptist, and Independent, ministers, all readers of the Homilist, and all ready with their co-operation. In every town too, which the agents of the company have visited alone, they have found the readers of the Homilist their hearty allies. Honor to whom honor is due. The Dial owes its existence to our readers, and gratitude swells our heart as we write the acknowledgment.
Another reason why we mention these JOURNALS here is, the misrepresentations, — harder words such as malicious calumny and slander, we will not use,—which have been zealously circulated concerning ourselves in connexion with this movement. We have found the truth of what our great dramatist has said, that
Explanations elsewhere we would not condescend to offer, but it is due to our friends to understand the matter, when they meet our traducers;—whom they will generally find amongst newspaper scribblers and religious sectaries. Some of the ministers that live exclusively in their denomination, and by their denomination, especially such as are influential enough to have access to their sect journals, have, from the beginning, used their influence, by inuendos, and onesided statements, to damage and destroy the Dial movement. A history of the Dial enterprize, when written, will throw light upon the dark deeds of some who profess to walk in the true light. We have been charged, for instance, with having given up some principle in the prospectus. This is false. Every principle announced at first remains intact. A modification in the form in which one was expressed was effected, not by us, but by a unanimous vote of two meetings of the shareholders, convened by circular. We have been charged with the endeavor to create the Dial for ourselves. We have never dreamt of becoming the editor of a newspaper, or having any literary connexion whatever with one.' We have always had too much to do and too much pleasure in doing it—in our own sphere of labor, to think of newspaper editorship. All that we have done for the Dial has been purely gratuitous; the only reward we ever expected was to see the work accomplished, which, thank God! we now enjoy. We have been charged with selling the company to the STAR, and entailing on the National Newspaper League Company its liabilities. This, we think, is the last allegation; but as groundless as the most groundless. The Star financially was too prosperous to require an alliance, and only joined us on other and higher considerations.
The Star and Dial is, in fact, all that the Dial, from the first, aimed to be, so far as principles are concerned; the only deviation being in price, which circumstances have determined, and which is decidedly an advantage. It is pledged to the Dial prospectus ; consecrated to the Dial work; has Dial directors on the Board of Management; and a just proportion of its profits—which when the repeal of the paper duty takes place, will be large-goes to the Dial proprietors. The Star and Dial is not the organ of any particular party in church or state, but is managed by Directors composed of an equal number of Churchmen and Dissenters. What more could be desired? You might have created an entirely new paper, but then you would have had the Star as a powerful competitor, and would have risked the capital, and nullified the influence of both.
Another reason for noticing these journals here, is to urge on our friends, who have thus nobly helped to create, to do all they can to support, them. The Daily, of course, all who live in large towns will see; and the Weekly, which will be continued and greatly improved, will be found, we are bold to aver, the best, and the cheapest of newspapers, worthy the support of a cultivated, thoughtful, catholic, Christian minister.
On the whole, notwithstanding the opposition of enemies, and the misrepresentations of detractors, the enterprize so far, has been 110 failure. Perhaps a greater public work has never been accomplished, within such a short period of time, with such economical regard to the funds of the shareholders, and with such prospects of ultimately reaching the expectations of all concerned in its accomplishment. If the papers created, progress, as they are likely to do, and shareholders continue to increase at the present rate, the National Newspaper League Company, instead of having two journals consecrated to its Christian principles, may have a dozen or more at no very distant day.
We are buoyant with the prospects before us. Soli Deo Gloria!
Our work in connexion with the enterprize is at an end, all but attending occasional committee meetings. We rejoice in being able to give now undivided attention to our ministerial and Homilistic labors. Our six years hard and inexpressibly anxious labor for the Dial, has given us an experience of human nature which we never had before, and which we pray. may be rendered useful to us as editor of this work. It has painfully lowered our opinions of some who occupy the pulpits of England. It has discovered to us the ignoble type of the men who are often found in connexion with the provincial, and the so-called religious, press. It has deepened our conviction of the wickedness of religious sectarianism. He who, in this country, seeks to work out a truly Christian idea for the good of man as man, independently of sects and creeds, will, we predict, find religious denominationalism his greatest devil at every step.
We trust that these remarks will justify what will be most likely our final reference in the Homilist to the subject. We commend this Dial cause to the support of the true in all communities, and to the benign guardianship of Almighty God.