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the Lord's Household, by the Rev. James Smith, 680; Asleep in Jesus; or,
Catholicism, the Trials of a Mind in its Progress to,.......
Fathers, the Church, .........................
GENERAL INTELLIGENCE, ........
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Judson, Adoniram, D.D., Memoir of the Life and Labors of the late,........ 579
Trinity, the, in the Light of the Old Testament and of the Gospels, ......... 635
CONTENTS OF No. I.
II. M. Hoffman's Treatise on the Law of the Protestant
XI. Rev. Edward Litton's Church of Christ.
XVII. Sermon on the Duty and Responsibility of Private
Judgment in Religion. By Dr. S. H. Tyng.
It has been questioned whether periodical papers, devoted to the discussion of religious topics, ought to be encouraged. The disadvantages or mischiefs of them in the controversies which they either give rise to or inflame, the party spirit and virulence which they are supposed to engender or nurture, are presumed to outweigh all the good that can be expected. If we have a mind to regard the matter theoretically, we may continue to question which of the two results of them, the good or the bad, predominate. One thing, in fact, is settled, we must have them. All efforts to prevent them, or even by direct law, to control them, must, in this country at least, be fruitless. Whether they shape public sentiment, or are shaped by it, in either case they represent it. In a free country, this sentiment is not the creature, but the maker of law. As we must have the free use of the tongue and of the pen, whether for good or ill, so also of the press. The mighty current of freedom of discussion cannot be stopped. Labitur et labetur. The moving
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force, which cannot be stopped, may be directed. Freedom of mind, freedom of speech and freedom of printing are all in the same category. This freedom, which must be endured, we may love. However difficult and apparently hopeless the undertaktry to influence and direct by reason and subject to truth and ing, we can at least try it.
Though for most of the purposes of the periodical press, the weekly and the monthly sheet, or pamphlet, may suffice, yet, in our times, the Quarterly has become an important form of publication. There are topics to be treated which require more of study and more of extension than are deemed needful or allowable in the proper newspaper. A publication on the plan of this present one has been matter of private conversation and counsel among brethren for years. The project, though matured within a year, is by no means new, nor the growth of any special or accidental occasion. We are sure that those who concerted it had nothing in view but the advancement of the gospel and the proper interests of the Protestant Episcopal Church. They sought counsel of the Lord, and now would commit it, in faith, into His hands...
Of late years important questions in religion, and in science as related to religion, have arisen, requiring careful consideration. Some of these are of such kind, and have been pressed in such way, as to make it impossible to hold the ground of neutrality or indifference. It will be expected, of course, that so far as these questions come within the scope of this publication, there should be a clear enunciation of the position to be taken.
The title assumed may indicate, to some extent, the character of this periodical. It is Protestant Episcopal. The Church in which a gracious Providence has given us a place, is the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States of America. This title, as indicating the ground we occupy, is most agreeable to us. To say simply we are churchmen, or of the Church, would not be distinctive. If we would conform our vocabulary to the only law which governs language, (usus est norma loquendi,) we must consent to the use of a title which will answer the purpose in the common mind of a denomination. There are various Christian bodies bearing the name in common usage, of