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METHODIST

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QUARTERLY REVIEW.

1866.

VOLUME XLVIII.-FOURTH SERIES, VOLUME XVIII.

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THE

METHODIST QUARTERLY REVIEW.

JANUARY, 1866.

ART. I.-OUR HISTORICAL POSITION AS INDICATED BY NATURE AND PHILOSOPHY.*

ALL the progressive stages of creation were but preparatory to its last and crowning act, the creation of man. To make ready his habitation for him, and adapt it to his physical, his intellectual, and his moral development, God patiently labored through countless ages in the mineral, the vegetable, and the animal kingdoms-in the sea and on the land; and has left, written on the pages of the great "stone-book" of nature, the hieroglyphic records of the magnitude of his labors. All the phenomena of matter, as well as the higher wonders of life, have their only significance as they contribute to man's advancement, and are subservient to his immortal destiny. On him all nature waits; for him the winds blow and the sun shines; for him the rain falls, and the grass grows, the flowers bloom, and the birds sing. It is but natural, then, to suppose that in the laws which guide the movements of these subordinate forms of creation, we might look for indications of the uniform course and higher tendencies of humanity, that the grand choral harmony of the spheres should be attuned in unison with the grander and more harmonious movement of human progress. Science is rapidly confirming these suggestions of intuition, and conclusively demonstrating the complete harmony between

* It will be seen by several allusions it contains that the present article was written while the late rebellion was in full vigor. The lamented young author did not live to witness how well his predictions of the result would be verified.-ED. FOURTH SERIES, VOL. XVIII.—1

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