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Birmingham New Meeting, Testimonial to Rev. S. Bache 476
Dr. Raphall, of Birmingham
The Lord's Supper..
Death of D. C. Baird, Esq., of Ingalba
Rev. W. Jillard Hort, of Cork....
Farewell Soiree to the Messrs. Catcheside & Hedley
B. Bailey's Day and Sunday Primer ......
W. Vidler's First Book for Sunday Schools
Travers Madge's Sunday School Penny Magazine
Maclellan on Temperance..
Bury Total Abstinence Society Report
Green on Death Punishment
J. C. Woods on Religious Meditation
Howorth on Our Older Sunday Scholars
Henry Ware, Jun., Prose Works......
Wright's Popular Introduction to the Bible....
Mrs. Couper's Beechwood Farm
Recapitulation of the Evidences of Christianity
Southern Unitarian Fund
Science, Natural and Revealed Religion, Christian Unitarianism,
Newcastle and North of England Tract and Missionary
Opening of Carmarthen Chapel
Woods, J. C., on Religious Meditation, Review
Ware, Henry Jun., Prose Works, Review of..
WHAT is Christianity; Christianity as taught by Christ, Christianity as inculcated in the history and instructions of Jesus of Nazareth; in precept and example, in spirit and act, in prayer and performance, in the life, death, and resurrection of the Author and Finisher of our faith? What is Christianity as therein taught? Not the commandment of Man; not the tradition of Elders; not the elaborated philosophy of human wisdom, or the inspiration of mere human genius, or the promptings of human intuition, or the condensation of the byegone experiences of the world; not a cumbersome Formula of ceremonial observance, bowings and crossings, sprinkling and incense, procession and invocation, melancholy and moping, sadness and sackcloth; not bodily genuflections, fleshly mortifications, penance, maceration, and prostration, whether internal or external, of mind or form; not subserviency to sacerdotal craft, or blind obeisance to sacerdotal authority; not the utterance of vain repetitions in the worship of we know not what, as if echoing sound would extort accordance with human entreaties; not darkness, confusion, vindictiveness, anathema, hatred, malice, and all uncharitableness. All these, and more, much more of a similar character may have been, yea actually have been called, say rather miscalled Christianity, and enforced on human belief and practice by dint of human authority, in place of the holy, wise, benevolent, and divine original, which they counterfeited and carricatured, travestied and profaned; but they are its perversions, its corruptions, not its sanctifying and life-giving truths. Why? Because they curse where Christianity would bless, they distort