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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
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 no 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.
THE LIFE OF THE REVEREND THOMAS COKE, D.C.L. By J. W.
ETHERIDGE, M.A. London : Mason and Co. WILLIAM GRIMSHAW, Incumbent of Haworth, 1742–63. Ву
SPENCER HARDY. London: Mason and Co. The rise of Methodism, and the revival of religion, in the Church and out of it, with which it was associated, is not only one of the most interesting chapters of Ecclesiastical History, but also furnishes an important species of evidence, analagous to that arising from Luther's Reformation, of the indestructible vitality of Christianity, and God's lasting providence over His Church. With this Methodist revival, Dr. Coke was intimately connected. He was originally & clergyman of the establishment, had been created a Doctor of Common Law in the University of Oxford, had entered into Priests' orders, and undertaken the care of successive parishes. Beginning, however, to appreciate more profoundly the spiritual character of Christianity, and being at the same time brought into contact with John Wesley, he became associated with him in some of the earlier and more important Methodist movements. He was appointed by John Wesley, superintendent, or what is now called bishop, in the American Methodist Episcopal Church. As Manager of the Methodist Foreign Missions he crossed the Atlantic nine times. He originated a mission to the West Indian negroes. He wrote, at the request of Conference, a Commentary on the Bible, in six quarto volumes. In his old age he started at the head of a company of missionaries for Ceylon; but he died on the voyage, and his body was committed to the Indian
This is the best life of Coke which has appeared, and will repay perusal, not only by Methodists, but by Christians of every denomination.
The Yorkshire village of Haworth, destined in the present generation to be associated with the gifted authors of the Bell novels, was in the last century the scene of the life and labors of William Grimshaw, one of that illustrious band of clergymen, who successfully endeavored, in an age of darkness, to hold forth the light of truth, and to redeem their Church from the reproval of undevout supineness. He co-operated with the Wesleys, and with Whitfield, for the highest welfare of their race; and the glorious results of his life will only be known when the Book of Life is unfolded. O si sic omnes !
H O M I L Y
The Crucifixion of Christ, an Ever
“ They crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh.”—Heb. vi. 6.
N exposition of the terribly significant
context, with a remark or two upon the
apostle, it must be remembered, is here speaking of the impossibility of apostates from Christianity being ever again restored ; and the grand reason he assigns for this impossibility is, that they have "crucified to themselves the Son of God afresh.” The expression “to themselves” is variously rendered. Some express it, as concerning themselves, that is, as far as they themselves are concerned : and others, as meaning that the persons referred to make that dreadful crime of the Jews, that crowning act of the world's depravity, their own, by the spirit of their conduct. This last seems to me the most natural idea, the one most in harmony with the structure of the language and the spirit of the passage.*
Now, although the apostle uses the language to designate the fearful criminality of the apostates in question, it is, I fear, capable of a far more extensive application. I intend looking upon it in two aspects :
6. Truly, if these men had it in their power, they would do to Christ what the Jews did under Pontius Pilate.”- Bengel.
I. AS INDICATING THE METHOD BY WHICH HEAVEN ESTIMATES THE CHARACTER OF MAN. Paul wrote these words long after Christ had died upon the cross, and departed from the earth. Thirty long years had rolled away since Jesus had ascended “far above all principalities and powers,” &c. He was beyond the reach of touch. How then could he speak of men, who had never seen Him, and who never would see Him, until they passed into the great eternity, as crucifying Him ? Is it a mere figure of speech, a poetic flash of ambitious rhetoric ? By no means. The A postle is touching the gravest of themes, and he is evidently in the gravest mood. It is a veritable, not a figurative act, which he represents as the crucifying of Christ. The truth is, Paul did not consider the essence of a moral act, to lie in the muscular exertion, but in the mental volition. “ As a man thinketh in his heart so is he.” This is Heaven's idea of moral conduct. · With what clearness, force, and constancy, did the Heavenly Teacher insist on this ! According to Him, a man might be a thief, who had never taken a fraction of another's property ; a liar who had never uttered a word of falsehood ; a blasphemer who had never giveŋ utterance to a profane expression ; a murderer who had never struck a blow. Real moral actions are performed, battles are fought, victories are won and defeats endured, crimes perpetrated and virtues displayed, upon those hidden fields of the soul, into which no eye penetrates but God's. In this way the apostle regarded men as being guilty of perpetrating the dreadful act of crucifying Christ who had never seen Him.
This is Heaven's method of estimating moral character, and on it I offer three remarks :
First: This method of judging character commends itself to our sense of justice as obviously right. Suppose the contrary ; suppose that our character was determined only by our overt acts, without any reference to the motive that prompted them ; would not the verdict upon our conduct clash with our sense of what is reasonable and