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So I believe that, if we begin anything, we begin with God, and with God we work out our salvation, through his everpresent help and inspiration. No matter how little we may do in any particular day or year, if we have begun with God, and God has begun in us, that means that we shall some day reach that one "far-off event to which the whole creation moves."
Father, the first, the middle, and the last, with whom is no first and no last, but only the eternal, we are Thy children. Thou art with us. The building of our characters is Thine, and the work of the world is Thine; and it is not less true that the building of our characters is ours, and the work of the world is ours. And so we ask that with Thee and for Thee we may work forevermore. Amen.
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 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 Sundayschools, 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 cannot 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 revolution 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 some skill in the matter of interpretation.
GEO. H. ELLIS, Publisher, 141 Franklin St., Boston, Mass.
MR. SAVAGE'S BOOKS.