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INTRODUCTION. The preface by Mr. Savage gives the reasons, clearly and concisely, why a book 1.ke 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 critical 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 catechism 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.
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 Catechisny will be found adapted to any grade of scholars above the infant class, provided the teacher has some skill in the matter of interpretation.
GEO. H. ELLIS, Publisher, 141 Franklin St., Boston, Mass.
Price $1.50 a year, or 5 cents single copy
Entered at the Post-office, Boston, Mass., as second-class mail matter.
SERMONS AND ESSAYS. Christianity the Science of Manhood. 187 pages. 1873 $1.00 The Religion of Evolution. 253 pages. 1876
1.50 Life Questions. 159 pages. 1879. The Norals of Evolution. 191 pages. 1880 Talks about Jesus. 161 pages. 1881 Belief in God. 176 pages. 1882 Beliefs about Man. 130 pages.
1882 Beliefs about the Bible. 206 pages. 1883 The Modern Sphinx. 160 pages. 1883 Man, Woman and Child.
200 pages. 1884 The Religious Life. 212 pages. 1885 Social Problems. 189 pages.
.25 The Evolution of Christianity. 178 pages. 1892 Is this a Good World? 60 pages. 1893. Paper
.25 Jesus and Modern Life. 230 pages.
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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; single copy, 5 cents.
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WHY SHOULD I BE THANKFUL?
"What hast thou that thou didst not receive? But if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?"1 COR. iv. 7.
I SUPPOSE there are many things in the present condition of this country that at the first blush would seem to excuse a large number of us from any strong feeling of gratitude, and, perhaps, from any expression of it whatever. It has been a year of depression, not only of the ordinary troubles and misfortunes of life that ever come to us, but to many there have come extraordinary troubles, troubles hard to bear. And so, at first, it might not seem to be a good time to discuss the question of thanksgiving. The occasion of the first Thanksgiving in the old Commonwealth of Massachusetts was one of sudden prosperity following poverty, hunger, and threatened disaster of the extremest kind. When we are met face to face by some extraordinary good, long looked for, half-expected, gratitude naturally, spontaneously, wells up in our hearts and springs to our lips; but in the midst of depression and poverty, when the things that we have assuredly looked for have not come, can we then be thankful?
I propose this morning to discuss the question, assuming that you ought to be grateful, and pointing out some reasons why, in spite of those that appear to stand in the way.
In the first place, you ought to be grateful, because the feeling and the expression of gratitude are the fitting and natural manifestation of one who has received a benefit, however slight. Just as we would express any courteous feeling that is fitting and proper, so, when some good has come into our lives, there should be the feeling, and in some way the expression, of thankfulness.