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THE

HALCYON LUMINARY,

AND

THEOLOGICAL REPOSITORY,

A MONTHLY MAGAZINE,

DEVOTED TO RELIGION AND POLITE LITERATURE.

CONDUCTED

BY A SOCIETY OF GENTLEMEN.

VOL. I.

NEW-YORK:

PUBLISHED BY SAMUEL WOODWOKTII & CO. AND E. RILEY;

J. W. BURDETT Sc CO. BOSTON J AND ANTHONY

MILTENBERGER, BALTIMORE.

1812.

S. Wwdvmrth & Co. Printers.

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PREFACE TO VOL. I.

BELIEVING that a New Dis/iensation of Divine Truth has commenced in this age, (in a more clear, rational, and open Revelation, than the world has ever witnessed) under the name of the New Jerusalem Church, foretold by John in the Apocalypse, we feel it a duty, while announcing this glorious event, to offer our humble services in preparing the human mind for its reception. And conceiving that no medium can be better adapted to this end than that of a periodical publication, a Monthly Magazine was projected, and is now ushered to the world, under the title of the HalCyon Luminary.

The editors are well aware, however, that such a publication ought to be conducted on a plan adapted to readers of every class and description. They believe that Natural and Scientific truths, so far from being incompatible with genuine theology, are absolutely necessary to constitute a well-informed mind ; and that their attainment, (at least in oumc ilogreej is so csaumial, iVi»t no man can possibly become spiritual or religious without them. They are therefore determined, at the repeated solicitations of many intelligent and respectable characters, as well as an internal conviction of their duty as members of the Lord's New Church, to step forward with an entire new plan of rational entertainment, adapted to readers of every description whatever, which they now offer to the public with the most lively confidence of its being approved.

The grand object of this Periodical Publication is to take into consideration the Nature, Character, and Attributes of God; and the fundamental doctrines of the New and glorious Dispensation of Divine truth which he has, in these latter days, vouchsafed 10 his fallen creatures: To prove the spirituality, beauty, and excellency of His Divine Word, as contained in the Holy Scriptures : to explain the Wonderful Science of Correspondences, by which the Scriptures were written, and by which we are taught, that every thing in the Sfiiritual World is represented by something in the Natural World; or as St. Paul expresses it, " The invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead."* By which we are furnished with a key to unlock the

• Rom. i. 20.

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