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Excerpt from The Monthly Religious Magazine and Independent Journal, 1859, Vol. 21
It requires but a slight survey of the religious world to observe two very distinctly marked tendencies among the friends of human progress. One pertains to those who ex peet a normal development of humanity, such as shall leave Christ and his Word away back in the past as having accomplished their work; who think these were the natural products of human nature, and only show its possibilities; and who expect new Messiahs in the man of the future, and new Scriptures as his voice of inspiration. The other tendency is of those who look to Jesus Christ as the Divine Sun and Centre, and his Word as infinite and inexhaustible, and believe that all hope of the progress of humanity is through him as its Redeemer, Regenerator, and Cleanser. These two tendencies, we think, are to become more strong and divergent, and work out each its own separate results. We hardly need say that our position is with the latter. We believe that from the Christ and his all-revealing Word the power is to come, and is coming now, which will be felt in the Christian consciousness as never before, - a power from which the soul will melt down into a more humble recep tivity of the Divine Life, and in whose revealings will be the Absolute Theology before which human creeds and philoso phies will pale away. And we shall think we have suco ceeded in the object we place before us, so far as we may be the means of bringing others into more near and tender relations with a personal Saviour.
We shall not aim at uniform solemnity, but give our selves room for any by-play of fancy we may feel impelled to, always keeping our ruling purpose in view. Several writers of known ability have pledged themselves to aid us by their contributions and, bespeaking the candor and good will of the readers of the Magazine, we enter on our work in the full hope of the Divine blessing upon our endeavors.
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