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consequence. Mr. Woodman did not Woodman accepted it, he shuffled out, fail to impress on the audience the awful which led to the publication of the follibel on the Divine Wisdom, and also lowing hand-bill :on the Bible, involved in Mr. Fyfe's as. “ To the Inhabitants of Bingley.-I sertion that the former could not find have recently visited your town to set language to express the divine teachings forth what I firmly believe and conscithe latter was designed to reveal, whilst, entiously feel to be truths of the deepest so far from the knowledge of God being moment to man's spiritual and eternal of no moment to man, it was declared welfare. In the performance of this to be life eternal. “ This is life eternal, duty, I have been opposed by the gentleto know thee, the true God, and Jesus man refered to in the notice appended Christ, whom thou hast sent.” Of the below. It is not, however, to complain Divinity of the Lord, Mr. Fyfe's ideas of such opposition that I address youwere equally unsatisfactory. He main- questions and discussion having been tained that the Lord had a human body invited—but to state that that gentleman and a human soul, and thus could not having, in a conversation after the lecbe divine as to his human nature, which ture of the 2nd inst., challenged me to led Mr. Woodman to tell him that he a public discussion on the subject speought to connect himself with Soci- cified below, which challenge, though nianism, since if the Lord had a human unsought, and I may add unprovoked, body and human soul, he could be no on my part, I at once accepted, and he more than a mere man. Not much was having moreover, when publicly resaid on the subject of the Atonement on minded of it last evening, virtually this occasion, excepting that Mr. Fyfe retracted it,-I feel it due to myself as contended that our view only took one a stranger to you, to place before you side of the Atonement; but more was the following statement containing my said on the subject on Mr. Woodman's acceptance of his challenge, which was second visit. Mr. Fyfe's manner was then read, in his presence, to the audianything but becoming; he evidently ence. I will merely add, that of course came with the idea of an easy triumph, I shall, in the event of such discussion and wh he found the ew Church taking place, claim such terms as are in arguments somewhat more potent than justice due to me as the party assailed, he anticipated, he affected to despise and who has to defend himself from the them, and to treat them with derisive allegations laid to his charge. laughter, till a timely rebuke from Mr. " I cannot close this address without Woodman led to his being more serious. expressing my sense of, and tendering
Wednesday Evening. The subject on my thanks for, the kind sympathy manithis occasion was the “ Resurrection.” fested towards me on the part of a large He combated the New Church ideas with portion of the audience.-I remain, in the common arguments, alleging that Christian affection, yours, &c. the resuscitation of the spirit was not a
" WOODVILLE WOODMAN. resurrection at all. This, as Mr. Wood- “Bingley, August 4th, 1859." man observed, was a singular statement, “Mr. Fyfe having challenged me, last after his repudiating the resurrection of evening, to a public discussion with him, flesh and blood, consequently of the in which he undertakes to prove that I body put in the grave, and contended for hold only a part of the Doctrine of the another body in its place; so that his own Atonement propounded by the Apostle view, even if his objection were valid, no Paul,—I hereby accept such challenge, more amounted to a resurrection than and am prepared to rebut the charge he ours. But during the evening he veered has alleged, and to shew that the stateround to all points of the compass, leav- ment in the 2nd Epistle to the Corin. ing it in doubt whether the resurrection thians, 5th chap. 18th to 20th ver., body was to be atmospheric, or electrical, embodies whatever relates to that or galvanic! for all these, he said, doctrine in other portions of Paul's subtile as they were, were material. Epistles. I therefore await Mr. Fyfe's During the second evening Mr. Fyfe further communications on the subject. challenged Mr. Woodman to discussion, Signed, “WOODVILLE WOODMAN. engaging to prove that he ignored a “ Stone Clough, near Manchester. great portion of the apostle Paul's teach- “ Bingley, August 3rd, 1859." ing on the Atonement, but when Mr.
Keighley.—The friends in this town whole of his brethren with concealing availed themselves of Mr. Woodman's certain features of their doctrines when visit to Bingley, and arranged for his they advocated them before the public, delivering a lecture on Marriage,” for communicated them to the initiated; and which they obtained the Mechanics' in the second, he had stated, that Institution. The lecture was well at- Swedenborg's “revelations," as he styled tended, and appeared to give pleasure them, were intended to supplement and and satisfaction to the audience. At its supersede the Bible. A person who thus close many pertinent questions were wantonly charged him and his brethren asked, and the proceedings terminated with conduct so grossly dishonest, the by a very cordial vote of thanks, which lecturer said, he held to be unworthy of was proposed by a member of the inde- notice; and but for the fact that the in. pendent body, who, though he said he terests of truth were concerned, he could not endorse every statement of the should not have submitted to the moral lecturer, yet agreed with the main senti- degradation of confronting one who ments, and felt himself indebted to the could descend to such means.
As relecturer for the outspoken and yet judi- garded the allegation that Swedenborg's cious manner in which he had treated writings were intended to supplement so delicate a subject.
and supersede the Bible,he pronounced it Attack on the Church at Bingley, and to be an unmitigated falsehood, and reMr. Woodman's Second Visit. After flected shame on one who professed, as Mr. Woodman had left, Mr. Fyfe an- Mr. Fyfe had done, to "weigh Swedennounced two lectures which he headed, borgianism in the balance,” and to “Swedenborgianism weighed in the bal- “ give them Swedenborgianism without ance and found wanting.” As Mr. Wood- reserve.” So far from this being the man was unable to attend, the friends case, Swedenborg again and again inprocured the services of a competent sisted that visions and dreams, or conperson to make notes of all the leading verse with the dead, did not reform, but ideas and arguments of Mr. Fyfe, with the Word alone. Mr. Fyfe attempted the view of Mr. Woodman's replying to to repudiate the statement that Swedenthem afterwards. They also engaged borg's writings were designed to superthe efficient services of Mr. Heyes, of sede the Bible; but as Mr. Woodman Leeds, to controvert the gentleman at had requested him to correct as he went the time, in whom Mr. Fyfe found no on anything in the notes which did not mean opponent. From Mr. Fyfe's ex- correctly report his statements, and as planation, it appears that his lectures he had suffered the statement to pass were at his own suggestion, and from a unchallenged, he must take the conseremark or two at the close of them, it quences; moreover from the testimony was evident both he and his party wished of others he had reason to believe he the subject afterwards to drop. The had been correctly reported. The disNew Church friends, however, thought cussion of the first evening turned differently ; and Mr. Woodman having chiefly on the Atonement. But Mr. obtained the sanction of the committee Fyfe admitted his views were rather “in of the National Missionary Society, a mist.” For instance, he did not bemade arrangements for a course of lieve that the Lord was punished lectures in reply, which took place on instead of man, but that he “suffered" the 5th, 6th, and 7th ult. The bills instead of him; and that by his sufferwere headed with the declaration of ing God vindicated his moral governSolomon in the Book of Proverbs,— ment in the forgiveness of sinners,“A false balance is an abomination to very much like a distinction without a the Lord;" in reference to which Mr difference. But we cannot follow the Woodman remarked, that great as was argument into its details. On the subthe moral turpitude of employing a ject of the Resurrection Mr. Fyfe was false balance in commerce, it was greater equally in a mist. He charged Mr. when, in professing to weigh the re- Woodman with misrepresenting the Jigious sentiments of others, persons de- orthodox view; and yet, as Mr. Woodscended to detraction and misrepresen- man showed, no one knew in what the tation. Of this he was sorry to find that orthodox view of it consisted. Besides Mr. Fyfe stood convicted'; for in the which, Mr. Fyfe did not hold himself first place he had charged him and the bound by it, since he had stated that it
was a principle of independency to allow numbers present at the first course everyone to think for himself on these reached nearly three hundred, and at the subjects. But it was impossible to de- last nearly five hundred. Singularly, fine in what even Mr. Fyfe's orthodoxy the parties who put Mr. Fyfe forward as consisted, since though in the course of their representative and champion desthe argument he had complained of his erted him during Mr Woodman's lec view being represented as involving the tures in reply. Not more than one resurrection of the same body,—he had attended during the whole course, and next advocated the resurrection of “ the he, we believe, only one evening. The same body,only changed" (!)-afterwards leading party remarked to our friend, contended for the resurrection of the that he believed there was salvation to purer parts of the body, and the dissi- be found in our doctrines, and he pation of the grosser,-and
ultimately thought opposition should drop. The gave up all but a “germ.” To say no. majority of persons present were in thing of the previous intimation imply- favour of Mr. Woodman, and testified ing that our resurrection bodies might their approval, especially on the last be atmospheric, electric, or galvanic, it evening, by loud applause. was evidently no easy matter to misre. Mr. Woodman expects shortly to visit present orthodoxy, since it seemed to be Windhill and Shipley (where Mr. Fyfe impossible to say what it was, and what resides), two large villages contiguous it was not.
How greatly superior were to each other, and near to Saltaire, the views of the New Church, which pre- where another little knot of friends sented a well-defined spiritual body,- resides. These, like our Bingley friends, a view sustained both by the teachings hold a Sunday evening meeting at the of the Scriptures and tắe deductions of house of one of the friends, but they sound reason.
contemplate taking a small room at At the request of the friends at Bingley Windhill. We heartily wish them sucMr. Woodman delivered a lecture on cess, and doubt not that under the “ Matter and Spirit," with a view of divine blessing their labours will be showing the substantiality of the latter. instrumental in building up the church. Our space does not admit of our follow- We should not omit to mention that ing out the arguments of the lecturer; Mr. Fyfe delivered a lecture the night suffice it to say, he was listened to with after Mr. Woodman left; but as he the deepest attention throughout, and only announced it at Mr. W.'s last lecit is believed a proportionate impres- ture, our friend, who had been suffering sion was made. Mr. Fyfe was there, since his return from Conference, and and in reply to the argument of the during the delivery of his lectures, from real substantiality of spirit based on great and painful prostration of physical the descriptions of John, stated that energy, did not deem himself called on, if he believed that John intended to under so short a notice, to interfere convey the idea of what he saw being with his arrangements for returning real spiritual objects, he might be called home, to secure the rest of which he a sceptic, an infidel, an atheist—but he stood so greatly in need. None of our should not believe him. “John (he con- friends attended Mr. Fyfe's lecture, and tinued, in tones allied to mockery), saw the only thing they have heard about it candlesticks! Are there candlesticks was, that he intimated his intenthere ? John saw a sword! Are there tion, if the New Church would let him swords in that world?” In the same alone, of being quiet, forgetting, we manner he referred to horses, seas, presume, that his attack was entirely locusts, &c., which led Mr. Woodman unprovoked. Whether he will change to tell him that he was a practical illus- his mind when Mr. Woodman visits tration of the declaration," If they Shipley time will show. hear not Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded though REVIVAL PRAYER MEETING, HELD IN one arose from the dead.”
THE FREE TRADE HALL, TUESDAY The attendance through the whole of THE 6TH ULT, both courses was good, which was the In the article on he Revivals in more remarkable, as Mr. Cooper, who lec various
parts of the United Kingdom, now tured just before Mr. Woodman, was not exciting so much attention, we referred able to command an audience. The to an attempt made during the past
month in Manchester. We subjoin the effects to causes. Upon this most imfollowing account of the proceedings, portant discovery and teaching in science, which has been supplied by a friend who the chairman expressed his willingness was present :
to stake his professional reputation and “ The Revival Meeting held in the long experience. “The flow of blood," Free Trade Hall was numerously at- therefore, “to the heart” does not contended, but its proceedings were of an vey what the chairman meant to his ordinary character, very little enthu- hearers, but the flow of blood through siasm being exhibited. It lasted three the heart's own muscular or fleshy hours, and the time was spent in singing, substance, was the specific idea, and prayers, and addresses from ministers also the proper sentence.—Believe me, and laymen of various denominations, dear sir, your obedient servant, including members of the Church of
" MEDICUS." England. A Mr. Montgomery, an Irish corn merchant, whose purse had de
NEW PUBLICATIONS. frayed the expenses necessary to the The Good News of God: Sermons by convening of the meeting, gave a long Charles Kingsley, Rector of Eversley. address, consisting principally of his London: Parker and Son, West personal experience in the north of Strand, pp. 379. Ireland. He attempted to pledge his These sermons are aimed directly at audience to a dedication of the ensuing the life, and their object is to inculcate Friday as a day of fasting and prayer the great principle of the Gospel, which for a similar revival in Manchester, but is love to God and man.
All the great signally failed, very few hands being duties of the Christian life are affectionheld up in answer to his proposal. The ately and earnestly impressed upon his prayers illustrated the prevailing theo hearers, and religion is made, as it should logy in a striking manner. Personal always be made, a matter of the life, invocations to the Father, and especially and it is clearly shown in this interesting to the Holy Ghost, were prominent, but and edifying series of practical sermons not one petition was in a similar man. (thirty-nine in number), that the life of ner addressed to the Son. There seemed religion is through faith in God, to shun to be a great anxiety on the platform to and abhor sin, and to do good. There restrain undue ebullition of feeling, and is, however, not every thing that we the meeting throughout was [in that could desire in these sermons; there is respect] conducted with decorum.” still in the author's mind the old Atha.
nasian dogma of three persons, and not SWEDENBORG AND THE BLOOD. the true doctrine of one person, “in Correction of an Error in the Report in whom all the fulness of the Godhead the Marylebone Mercury of the Sweden- dwelleth bodily.” (Col. ii. 9., John xiv. borg Society's Dinner.—We extract the 9, 10.) O that the clergy would receive following from the correspondence of the true doctrine of the Lord, and behold the Marylebone Mercury of July 2nd : Him in His “Glorious Body," or divine “To the Editor of the Marylebone humanity as one with the Father! Then Mercury.”
would their light break forth as the “Dear Sir,- In your late notice of morning, and their health spring forth the Swedenborg Society's dinner, you speedily; and righteousness and peace kindly alluded to the chairman's obser- would be established in the land. vations upon Swedenborg's vast attain. We could adduce from every sermon ments in science, which so eminently some most useful and delightful exqualified him for his theological career tracts, but we have space for the present as an expositor of the spiritual wisdom for only one, from the Discourse on contained in God's works and Word Repentance :alike. He gave us an instance, among “Hear sermons if you will; read good many, of Swedenborg's discoveries, the books if you will; but bear in mind that scientific fact that the heart's substance you know already quite enough to lead is supplied with blood, not according to you to repentance. You need neither a mode universally taught, that makes book nor sermon to teach you those Ten a cause depend upon its effect, but ac- Commandments which hang here over cording to the order of true philosophy, the communion table; all that books which maintains the subordination of and tracts and sermons can do is to
teach you how to keep those command. righteousness is righteous, even as Christ ments in spirit and in truth: but I am is righteous, and no one else." sure I have seen people read books, and Letter to the Archbishop of Dublin, run about to sermons, in order to enable by the Rev. A. Clissold.—We understand them to forget those ten commandments; that a second edition of the letter to the in order to find excuses for not keeping Archbishop of Dublin, by the Rev; them; and to find doctrines which teli Augustus Clissold, will be published them, that because Christ has done all, about the 1st of November. The letter they need do nothing; only feel a little has been nearly re-written, and much thankfulness, and a little sorrow for sin, enlarged, in order to meet the objections and a little liking to hear about religion, which have been made. Indeed it may and call that repentance, and conversion, be almost called a new work. and the renewal of the Holy Spirit. “Now, my dear friends, let me ask you
Marriages. as reasonable beings, Do you think that On the 7th May, at the New Jerusalem hearing me or any man preach can save Church, Brightlingsea, by Mr. John your souls alive? Do you think that Hyde, jun., Mr. Marcellus Richardson, sitting over a book for an hour a day, to Miss Sarah Ann Scarlett, both or all day long, will save your souls Brightlingsea, Essex; and Mr. James alive? Do you think that your sins are Sawyer to Miss Fanny Bryant, both of washed away in Christ's blood, when Brightlingsea.-On the 8th of May, at they are there still, and you are com- the same place, by Mr. John Hyde, jun., mitting them? Would they be here, Mr. Samuel Sparling to Miss Emeline and you doing them, if they were put Fleming, both of Brightlingsea.–On away? Do you think that your sins July 7th, at the same place, by Mr.John can be put away out of God's sight, if Hyde, jun., Mr. William Minter, jun., they are not even put out of your own to Miss Mary Berry, both of Brightsight? If you are doing wrong, do you lingsea; and Mr. Joseph Munford to Miss think that God will treat you as if you Eliza Ann Minter, both of Brightlingsea. were doing right? Cannot God see in On the 23rd of June, at the New Jeru. you what you see in yourselves? Do salem Church, Accrington, by the Rev. you think a man can be clothed in E. D. Rendell, Mr. Frederick Noble Christ's righteousness at the very same Heywood to Miss Harriet Spencer, both time that he is clothed in his own un- of Accrington. righteousness? Can he be good and On the 21st of July, at the New bad at once? Do you think a man can Church, Bedford-street, Liverpool
, by be converted—that is, turned round the Rev. R. Edlestone, Mr. Philip Henry when he is going on his old road the Jones, nephew of Richard Gillaird, Esq., whole week? Do you think that a man of Landown Park, Liverpool, to Helen has repented—that is, changed his Jane, daughter of the late William mind—when he is in just the same Thompson, Esq., of Manor House, 01mind as ever as to how be shall behave fordshire. to his family, his customers, and every- On the 6th of August, at Argyle-square body with whom he has to do? Do you Church, London, by the Rev. Dr. Bay. think that a man is renewed by God's ley, Mr. Richard Webb, of Islington, to Spirit, when, except for a few religious Miss Emily Victoria Kennerley, of St. phrases and a little more outside respec- Pancras. tability, he is just the old man, the same On the 6th of August, at the New character at heart he ever was? Do you Church, Henry-street, Bath, Mr. Wm. think that there is any use in a man's Francis, jun., of Liverpool, to Caroline belonging to the number of believers, if Victoria, daughter of Mr. E. Bowen, of he does not do what he believes; or any Bath. use in thinking that God has elected On the 10th of September, at the New and chosen him, when he chooses not Jerusalem Church, Summer lane, Birto do what God has chosen that every mingham, by the Rev. Edward Madeley, man must do, or die?
Maria, youngest daughter of the late Mr. “Be not deceived. God is not mocked. T. P. Bragg, of that town, to Mr. Chas. What a man sows, that shall be reap. A. Faraday, third son of the late Mr. Let no man deceive you. He that doeth S. B. Faraday, of Fenton, Staffordshire.
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