« ZurückWeiter »
things the basis and continent of true charity, which is the internal essence they shadow forth.
I am sure your correspondent will take these observations in good part, and will adopt the suggestions if, on consideration, his judge ment should pronounce them true; and if otherwise, I shall be happy to be corrected by further explanations.
I am, yours, &c.
An Exposition of the whole Book of the Prophet Daniel, according to
the Correspondence existing between Natural and Spiritual things, as given by the Lord, through the instrumentality of the Scribe of the New Church, the Hon. Emanuel Swedenborg: being Nineteen Discourses. By the late Rev. Manoah SIBLY, Pp. 229. London:
Simpkin and Marshall. This work is preceded by an excellent sermon preached on occasion of the removal into the spiritual world of the venerable author, by the Rev. T. C. Shaw, which forms, we think, an appropriate introduction, containing an account of the author, and of the manner in which he became acquainted with the writings of the New Dispensation. During the long period of fifty-two years this excellent man was assiduously employed from Sabbath to Sabbath in making known from the pulpit the genuine doctrines of Christianity and the pure truths of the Word, as developed in the writings of the enlightened Swedenborg. By a mind so much exercised in the study of truth, from the highest and purest motives, perceptions of a very interior character, were, no doubt, enjoyed; by which those, who could appreciate his ministerial labours were greatly edified. The volume before us consists of a series of discourses preached on the prophet Daniel, and as the late venerable author, doubtless, consulted the expositions of these important prophecies, as far as they are spiritually explained by the enlightened Swedenborg, we welcome the volume as an important addition to our theological library, as a valuable means of attaining a knowledge of the spiritual sense and application of these prophetic declarations.
The prophet Daniel is distinguished from the other prophets in a very marked and peculiar manner. His prophecies have a direct relation to the consummation of the Christian church. This is evident from the reference which the Lord himself makes to this prophet, (see Matt. 24; 15, Mark 13; 14,) when divinely predicting the “time of the end." It is, therefore, of great consequence, that the church should be in possession of the genuine spiritual interpretation of this prophet; and every person who desires this, will be glad to avail himself of the enlightened perceptions of the late Mr. Sibly, as a means to this desirable end.
These discourses are not mere abstract expositions; they are eminently practical; since the spiritual sense discovers to man, that he is either the Lord's church in its least form, or the opposite. All the destructive principles represented by Babylon, in its perverted sense, exist and are more or less active in every unregenerate mind. It is thus that the Word of God is ever living, and, like its divine author, the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever," although in its literal sense it treats of persons and events that have long since been only matters of history. Hence the unspeakable value of the knowledge which opens to our discernment and reflection the spiritual sense of the Word. Mr. Sibly has applied this knowledge to the searching out of the real qualities of the heart and life, and has traced the love of dominion grounded in the love of self, which is the most diabolical love that can actuate the human breast, in many of its most insidious and malignant forms and modes of operation. The author has, also, in many cases, traced the proximate spiritual sense, and shewn how in the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches these prophecies have been fulfilled, until the consummation and the end were accomplished, until the “abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet stood in the holy place.”
We are glad to observe that this volume is more exempt from singularities of style, than any compositions we remember to have seen by the same author. We sincerely recommend it our readers.
The Parent's Friend; or, Essays on Domestic Education. By the
Rev. WILLIAM Mason, one of the Ministers of the New Christian Church. London; J. S. Hodson ; Glasgow, J. and G. Goyder.
and Manchester, E. Heywood. Pp. 132. The subject which this interesting little work professes to discuss, is decidedly one of the most important that we can possibly contemplate. The groundwork of every thing good, wise, useful, and happy, must be laid in childhood and youth. This is a proposition which is admitted by nearly all thinkers and writers on education : and domestic education is certainly the principal, if not the only means, by which this important foundation can be laid. It is abundantly evident that the divine Providence has intended that the domestic circle should be the first nursery of the children of men, in which the young plants can be most effectually guarded against evils from within and from without. The evils from within are, principally, an unsubmissive self-will, manifesting itself in disobedience, obstinacy, sulkiness, moroseness, unkindness, and the like; and the evils from without are, chiefly, bad example, licentious indulgence, and a lack of wise parental controul. These evils almost always go together: and they must certainly be subdued and removed before education, understood in its only proper sense,--the training up of the child for the reception and practice of goodness upon earth, that it may become prepared to live in the regions of goodness in heaven for ever, can accomplish its exalted end.
The manual before us is full of instruction as to the method by which those evils can be surmounted, and the opposite states of goodness and of heavenly virtue cultivated in their stead.
We know that the parental love of children is one of the most deeply implanted, by the divine Parent, in the human bosom; and that, too, for one of the greatest of ends,—the preservation of the human race : for without this powerful affection the human family could not be preserved. Parental love is, consequently, one of the most powerful affections of the human breast. In its tenderness, its patience, its permanence, and its cheerful self-denial, in behalf of its offspring, it is unrivalled by any other emotion. No other affection toils with so much patience, or voluntarily encounters the same watchings, cares, and anxieties. But this affection, like that of the sex, which the Creator has also implanted in the human soul, is liable to much abuse and perversion. With parents who do not look to the Lord, and to heaven, as their final home, this affection is certain to remain merely natural, when its tendency is directed to no other end than that of making their offspring happy in this world only, and overwhelming them with mere earthly good. As conjugial love goes hand in hand with the church, so does the wise exercise of parental love. The school of regeneration is also the school of education; and no parent or teacher can become effective in the latter, unless he has had some experience in the former. Hence the able writer of this eminently useful little work says (p. 16):
The whole period of man's existence on earth was intended to be occupied with his education for heaven. “To educate," means, strictly, to lead from an inferior to a superior state ; also to educe the immortal faculties, which are latent at birth. Although instruction should lead from ignorance to knowledge, this avails nothing for eternal purposes, unless it also becomes the medium of leading from selfishness to
charity. As man without charity is “nothing," so, without charity he is not (what to man ought to be every thing) a child of God through regeneration.
From these premises it is inferred, that, as man is instructed in vain, except so far as the union of goodness and truth perfects his heavenly education, so our efforts for the education of our children in divine knowledge are futile, and, possibly, injurious, except so far as, in the formation of their characters, the cultivation of goodness (or the forming of good habits, according to their age, character, and capacity) be united with instruction in truth.
This is the only proper way to consider the all important subject of education; as the work, co-operating with the Lord, of bringing out the faculties, and training them for the reception and practice of goodness. In a fallen church education, like every other thing in relation to man, has become perverted, and diverted from its proper end and design. But the New Church, in its progress, is destined to restore the influence of education to its proper state, and to realize its blessings amongst men ; and we hail these able Essays as a valuable means to this end. Every parent should possess this little work, and diligently peruse it; for those who sincerely desire that their children may be happy, both in this world and in the next, could not have a manual more calculated to guide them in the right way than this little volume. It is universally admitted, that the wise conduct of mothers during the periods of childhood and early youth, is all-important in the forming of good habits, and in the laying of planes of future goodness, ex. cellence, and happiness, in the human character. Here commences man's present and future happiness or misery. How important the thought! And how seriously ought all mothers to lay it to heart! On this account it is that we particularly recommend these Essays to mothers, and especially to the mothers of the New Church, who know, from the doctrines concerning "Remains," so clearly opened in the New Church Writings, that the Lord is constantly operating for man's regeneration, by treasuring up, in the interiors of the mind during infancy, childhood, and youth, those rudimental and potential principles and states of innocence, love, charity, meekness, &c., which, as the child becomes adult, are intended to come forth into actuality and life. Now these “ Remains” become more and more potential in proportion as the parent co-operates with the divine Providence of the Lord in subduing every symptom of self-will in the child, and in regulating the activities of the sensual principle into which we are first introduced. How great, then, is the importance of domestic education! If this first and primary plane is not properly laid ; if this first link is wanting in the golden chain by which our heavenly Father attracts us to himself, it will be almost impossible in after years to supply the defect.
But these Essays are not only of the greatest use to parents, they are also eminently serviceable to schoolmasters and teachers, both in Sunday and day schools; since in every school religious and moral training should be the primary object. The schoolmaster and teacher, who do not look to moral and religious training in the first place, neglect the most essential part of their duty. The numerous suggestions and hints to this end, which are given in these Essays, are, consequently, of the greatest use to the teacher; and we hope that no person engaged in this occupation will delay a single moment in procuring this work. We had marked several beautiful extracts for insertion; but as our space is rather limited, we consider it best to leave the reader to peruse the whole, whose personal instruction and edification will be also thereby greatly promoted,
Hymns of Prayer and Praise for the Young, adapted for the Use of
Day and Sunday Schools, as well as Families. Compiled by the Rev. EDWARD MADELEY. Second edition, greatly enlarged. Glasgow, J. and G. Goyder: London, W. Newbery : Manches
ter, Mrs. Heywood. 1842. It is extremely gratifying to see the numerous helps and aids now afforded for the instruction and training of the young. We have already, in this present number, given a notice of an excellent work addressed to parents and teachers; and in the little volume of " Prayer and Praise” before us, we have a work prepared especially for the young. By the various efforts we almost daily witness to benefit the rising generation, and to educate them in proper principles, we behold one of the most prominent signs of a new state of things of a new era--of a New Church gradually advancing in the world. Verse and prose, science and philosophy, music and singing, and, above all, genuine moral and religious principles, are now employed in the service of education in a manner unprecedented and unknown in former times: and we doubt not, that these efforts will be greatly blessed by that divine Providence, whose “tender mercies are over all his works," and whose sole end in all his operations is, to bless the human race with eternal happiness.
These hymns, consisting of 245 in number, and forming a neat little volume, have been compiled and prepared by the author expressly for youth. Every hymn is based upon some Scripture passage, the “life and spirit” of which, in most cases, it unfolds and expresses