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THE FOLLOWING ARE THE NAMES OF CONTRIBUTORS
TO THIS VOLUME:
Bigwood, Rev. J.
Leonard, Rev. H. C.
ADDRESS TO OUR READERS.
The beginning of a new year always the Redeemer, and a grievous scan. affords an opportunity of making dal before the world. But we feel such changes in serial publications that the estrangement which does as may appear to be desirable. We exist, instead of forming a reason
the issue of this number of our Maga- tional magazines is a powerful arzine to give effect to a desire which gument for their support. In all we have for some time cherished, communities, unhappily, there are and by the changes, which the to be found those who, when speakreader cannot fail to notice in its ing to their neighbours, affect to "getting-up,” to make it rank with represent the body to which they the best monthlies of our times. The belong, and who by their intemper, zealous co-operation of our publish- ance of language, and unfairness of ers has enabled us to accomplish dealing with an opponent, very our wish in such a manner as can seriously injure the cause for which not fail, we should think, to gratify they plead. It is desirable, thereall our friends, and to assure them fore, to have some means of correcting
will continue to be done, to make cited disputants create, and we the BAPTIST MAGAZINE worthy of know of no better means at present the denomination to which it be than the denominational magazines longs.
which are issued every month from For we are not to be numbered the press. In these we may look for a with those who think it best that fair statement of the issue which there should be no denominational is raised by the several denominapublications issued by the several tions in their respective creeds or Christian communities of this coun. usages, and a succinct arrangement try. In saying this we need scarcely of the arguments which are relied disavow any satisfaction in the re- upon to decide it. Addressed to lation of those communities to each the understanding and the conother, for we regard the estrange- science, through the eye rather than ment and alienation of Christians, through the ear, they do not rouse on the ground of ecclesiastical dif- hostile prepossessions so readily as ferences as a dishonour put upon spoken debates, and leave their
readers free to test in every way citizen in relation to it, as becometh the fairness of their statements and the Gospel of Christ. Their inthe conclusiveness of their logic. fluence will then be employed in A well conducted magazine, there support of the truth from the fore, not only reflects the calm and highest motives. Parents will not deliberate judgment of the body be indifferent about the proclivity to which it belongs, upon all topics of their children to an unscriptural of difference between its members and an intolerant Establishment, and other Christians, but necessa- and we shall be spared the pain of rily tends to form the habit amongst seeing good men act as if there its readers of weighing with the im- were no principles for their guidpartiality of judges, every argument ance in such matters in the Word by which they seek to uphold their of God. Our desire, therefore, will own opinions, or to overturn the be to foster the growth of Nonreasoning of their opponents. It conformity by using the true saywill be our endeavour, therefore, in ings of God to determine the judgtimes to come as it has been in times ments we should hold and expast, to discuss in the pages of this press upon all questions in debate Magazine all questions in which, as between State-churchmen and ourBaptists, we are not at one with our selves; and we hope that we may brethren, in such a manner as shall be of service at the same time also prove our earnest desire to be found to those who have cast us out from always on the side of truth, and to their communion, by recalling their win them over likewise.
attention to the law and the testiEvery one is aware that the mony, as the true standard of appeal existing ecclesiastical arrangements in all questions of religious life and of Christians in this country are practice. giving rise to the most serious As opportunities occur ,it is indebates. In the controversy which tended to discuss in a similar man. exists between the adherents of the ner the social questions of the State churches and the members of times in the hope of creating such the free churches of this kingdom, a healthy public opinion as may we wish to take our proper share. effectually assist in the diffusion of The pages of this Magazine will true religion. The apathy with accordingly discuss the several which such questions are frequently questions which may arise in this passed by, may be, in some degree, matter, and seek to answer them as accounted for by the fact that they questions of religion, rather than as have been but little attended to in questions of mere national policy. religious publications ; but the We shall strive to develope Evan- time is come when Christians gelical Nonconformity in our should feel that nothing can be a churches, and in our readers matter of indifference to them which generally, because we are sure in any way affects the influence of that men will never act rightly as the gospel upon our fellowmen. politicians until they are well-in. In the hope of enlisting still fur. structed Christians. If we can ther than at present the sympathies only succeed in inducing our readers of the young folks in our congreto study the State church contro. gations and families in our work, versy by the light of Revelation, we have made arrangements for the we shall know no fear as to their publication of tales written with an earnestness and seal in acting the earnest and religious purpose. It