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The preface by Mr. Savage gives the reasons, clearly and concisely, why a book like this is needed. It answers a great demand, and it will supply a serious deficiency. Having had the privilege of reading the contents very thoroughly, I gladly record my satisfaction in the character of the work, my hope of its wide acceptance and use, my appreciation of the author's motives in preparing it. The questions and answers allow of supplementing, of individual handling, of personal direction. It is not a hard-andfast production. There is a large liberty of detail, explanation, and unfolding. The doctrinal positions are in accord with rational religion and liberal Christianity, the criti. cal judgments are based on modern scholarship, and the great aim throughout is to assist an inquirer or pupil to a positive, permanent faith. If any one finds comments and criticisms which at first sight seem needless, let it be remembered that a Unitarian cat. echism must give reasons, point out errors, and trace causes: it cannot simply dogmatize. I am sure that in the true use of this book great gains will come to our Sunday. schools, to searchers after truth, to our cause.

EDWARD A. HORTON.

AUTHOR'S PREFACE,

This little Catechism has grown out of the needs of my own work. Fathers and mothers have said to me, "Our children are constantly asking us questions that we can. not answer.” Perfectly natural! Their reading and study have not been such as to make them familiar with the results of critical scholarship. The great modern revolu. tion of thought is bewildering. This is an attempt to make the path of ascertained truth a little plainer.

This is the call for help in the home. Besides this, a similar call has come from the Sunday-school. Multitudes of teachers have little time to ransack libraries and study large works. This is an attempt, then, to help them, by putting in their hands, in brief compass, the principal things believed by Unitarians concerning the greatest subject.

The list of reference books that follows the questions and answers will enable those who wish to do so to go more deeply into the topics suggested.

It is believed that this Catechism will be found adapted to any grade of scholars above the infant class, provided the teacher has ome skill in the matter of interpretation.

GEO. H. ELLIS, Publisher, 141 Franklin St, Boston, Mass.

Published weekly.

Price $1.50 a year, or 5 cents single copy

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II. THE MEANING OF A MAN: A SOUL

BOSTON

GEORGE H. ELLIS, 141 FRANKLIN STREET

1893

Entered at the Post-office, Boston, Mass., as second-class mail matter.

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SERMONS AND ESSAYS.

1880

Christianity the Science of Manhood. 187 pages.
The Religion of Evolution. 253 pages. 1876
Life Questions. 159 pages. 1879.
The Morals of Evolution.
191 pages.
Talks about Jesus. 161 pages. 1881
Belief in God. 176 pages. 1882
Beliefs about Man. 130 pages. 1882
Beliefs about the Bible. 206 pages.
The Modern Sphinx. 160 pages. 1883
Man, Woman and Child. 200 pages.
The Religious Life. 212 pages. 1885
Social Problems. 189 pages. 1886.
My Creed. 204 pages. 1887.
Religious Reconstruction. 246 pages.
Signs of the Times. 187 pages. 1889
Helps for Daily Living. 150 pages. 1889
Life.
1890.

188.

Four Great Questions concerning God. 86 pp.
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The Evolution of Christianity. 178 pages. 1892
Is this a Good World? 60 pages. 1893. Paper
Jesus and Modern Life. 230 pages. 1893

MISCELLANEOUS.

Light on the Cloud. 176 pages. 1876. Full gi't.
Bluffton: A Story of To-day. 248 pages. 1878
Poems. 247 pages. 1882. Full gilt. With portrait
These Degenerate Days. Sma.l. 1887. Flexible
The Minister's Hand-book. For Christenings, Wed-
dings, and Funerals. Cloth

Sacred Songs for Public Worship. A Hymn and Tune
Book. Edited by M. J. Savage and Howard M.
Dow. Cloth

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Unitarian Catechism. With an Introduction by E. A. Horton. Price, Paper, per copy, 20 cents. Per dozen

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Mr. Savage's weekly sermons are regularly printed in pamphlet form in Unity Pulpit." Subscription price, for the season, $1.50; sing.e copy, 5 cents.

GEO. H. ELLIS, Publisher,

141 Franklin St., Boston, Mass.

THE MEANING OF A MAN: A SOUL.

I SHALL Venture to take a text this morning from a modern scripture, from Browning,-"The development of a soul, little else is worth study." These words may be found in an introductory note to "Sordello," this note having been addressed by the poet to a friend. In this note it was his purpose to set forth the object that he had in writing this poem, to show by illustrative example the development of a soul, declaring that little else was worth our study.

Last Sunday morning we considered how the world, beginning with the fire-mist, through all the steps of its creative growth was feeling out after expression in a man. I wish this morning to show how humanity from the beginning has been reaching out after its expression in a soul,- that this is the culmination, and here is to be found the meaning of

a man.

As summing up in brief and graphic way this development, I wish to read you an extract from Walt Whitman. You know he is the unrhymed although rhythmic poet of the natural. These words, I think, you will agree with me, as we study them carefully, are as fine and as grand as any in the creative description of Genesis; while they are truer to what we know to have been the natural order. Of course, when he uses the word "I," he is speaking not only for himself, but for every man.

I am an acme of things accomplished, and I an encloser of things to be.

My feet strike an apex of the apices of the stairs,

On every step bunches of ages, and larger bunches between the steps,
All below duly travel'd, and still I mount and mount.

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Rise after rise bow the phantoms behind me,
Afar down I see the huge first Nothing — I know I was even there,
I waited unseen and always, and slept through the lethargic mist,
And took my time, and took no hurt from the fetid carbon.

Long was I hugged close - long and long.

Immense have been the preparations for me,
Faithful and friendly the arms that have help'd me.

Cycles ferried my cradle, rowing and rowing like cheerful boatmen ;
For room to me stars kept aside in their own rings,
They sent influences to look after what was to hold me.

Before I was born out of my mother, generations guided me,
My embryo has never been torpid – nothing could overlay it.

For it the rebula cohered to an orb,
The long slow strata piled to rest it on,
Vast vegetables gave it sustenance,
Monstrous sauroids transported it in their mouths, and deposited it with

care.

All forces have been steadily employ'd to complete and delight me,
Now on this spot I stand with my robust soul.

In these words of Whitman is summed up the great fact that, from the beginning, the world was seeking a man, and that from the beginning of manhood on earth humanity was seeking its soul.

We are to judge anything always by its highest, judge it at the outcome, when it has given full expression to itself, and we can see its meaning.

Let me illustrate in one or two ways what I mean. Suppose a man

- for in this land of fancy we can suppose anything — who had never seen an apple-tree, and who had no one to tell him its meaning, and could not know it except as he watched it grow from the seed. At first the little, tiny sprouts, very like those of almost any other tree springing from the ground, he might think perhaps to be all. It is not large, not higher, perhaps, than the grasses about it. He watches it unfold until it becomes a shrub. He has seen

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