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LIST OF SUBSCRIBER'S NAMES RECEIVED FOR THE PEOPLE'S EDITION OF CAMPBELL AND RICE'S DEBATE, UP TO OUR GOING TO PRESS.

No. of copies

of copies Ainslie, J. G., Dundee ......

Lamb, Robert, Bedlington ... Bloor, William, Nottingham ......

Meekley, H., Nottingham Briggs, Samuel, Bedlington ......

Mair, J., Edinburgh ..... Carnduff, J. Kilmarnock .....

Manful, Mr. Nottingham ... Duncan, Archibald, Linlithgow .

Paton, James, Newburgh Ditchburn, John, Bedlington.

Robinson, T. senr. Basford. - Thomas,

Roberts, David, Liverpool. Sverson, James, Beverly ......

Sissling, W. Basford ......... Goulder, J. Bobber's Mill....

Smith, James, Bedlington .. Hudston, John, Newcastle ...

Service, James, Glasgow - Thomas, Beeston .....

Tavenor, John, Nottingham. Hulme, Edward, Shrewsbury ...

Tickle, G. Y., Liverpool.... Hastings, J., Carlton .....

Walker, Mrs. W. Beeston .... Lawson, David, Newburgh

Watts, Mr., Nottingham....... Lee, John, Nottingham .......

Young, George C., Camberwell .. Litchfield, J., Kingsthorpe .........

In reply to several inquiries we beg to state, that it is our intention to issue a People's Edition of A. CAMPBELL & BISHOP PURCELL'S DEBATE, uniform with the Lexington Debate, if we meet with encouragement to do so. The issuing of these Debates from the British press, at 60 low a price, imperatively require the united support of our brethren and friends.

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HE GOSPEL BANNER AND BIBLICAL TREASURY commences

its career in a most ominous age. One which has characteristics possessed by few of its predecessors. A strong belief that a glorious period is at hand; an intense anxiety for it; and an untiring energy in accelerating its approach ; are amongst the most prominent features of this age. The great mass of mankind have that belief, though they cannot agree what is to constitute the joy and glory of the period. Some believe that it will be political freedom, when every man shall be able to wave the cap of liberty on each green hill and plain. Then all shall live in prosperity with their families, in harmony with their neighbours, and in peace with their rulers. Others regard a full education in natural, moral, and intellectual knowledge, as the first cause of that age. These consider that by such an education man would become a dignified and polished being. His intellect and moral feelings being raised to their rightful power, and his animal propensities curbed into subjection to them. Another section of the human family consider that if the bright age should come in this dispensation of God's favour, it will be constituted of a freedom from the power of sin, existing in ourselves and others : and that this will be caused by a perfect knowledge of the revealed will of God, and of a cheerful obedience unto it. Every intelligent and pious member of this section, believes, that if the happy period is not ordained to be before the personal return of the Saviour, yet that it is their duty to proclaim this knowledge and freedom; for they believe that these alone can effectually remove the cause of man's misery, and produce for him essential good. Of this faith we confess ourselves to be. Although we acknowledge the value of political freedom, in elevating man to a nobler and happier position, cheerfully admitting that it unchains his mind, pours joy into his heart, and causes him to exercise his powers of spirit and body with more life and vigour. We also know the influence of true scientific knowledge over man—that it gives strength to the faculties of his soul, and tends to restrain him from indulging too much in animal pleasures. But it is not from his earthly circumstances, nor from a knowledge of the properties and relations of created objects, that man can obtain a pure and enduring happiDess. Could his life glide away as a soft flowing stream, reflecting,

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unruffled, the brightness of fortune's cloudless sun, yet he could not grasp from this a permanent satisfying joy. Beautiful and majestic, glorious and awe-striking, as are the numberless material objects which adorn the universe, yet the knowledge and contemplation of these cannot appease man's craving soul. And, for why? Because happiness is the consequence of holiness. And neither well-arranged mundane circumstances of any class, nor Nature with all her splendid scenes, gifts, and instructions, can purify the soul. Man needs a reunion with Jehovah, who is the first cause and centre source of holiness and bliss. He himself has provided the means by which this union can be effected. And it is THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION.

The advocates of the different faiths respecting the coming age, are all strenuously maintaining the truth of their respective systems. Each has a goal of perfection in view, and, with anxiety, hastens towards it-being fully persuaded that it is the concentration of love, rest, and joy. We are all like citizens rushing to the fortresses when the city is stormed. But more determined vigour is manifested by one party than by another. It may be affirmed, as being too generally true, that in proportion to the refinement of the faith does the energy of its supporters fail. Hence they who regard a political reform as the only panacea for human woe, are, too often, more zealous and active than they who believe that the glorious period must be a religious one. This proves to what a great extent we are governed by our carnal appetites, and how little by a purified intellect and moral feeling. We shall endeavour to maintain and firmly establish our faith, and shall strive to the utmost to arouse our brethren and urge them into action.

Ye who are awake, assist us! The world is working unceasingly, but it requires a regulator to guide its movements. The churches are based on right principles, but need more definite conceptions of organization. The brethren do not as yet distinctly perceive that God has united together our duty to Him and our duty to Man, and that he will not pronounce us perfect unless both obligations are strictly regarded. The Christian RELIGION is able to supply all these essential requisites. Let us, then, unite in soul and spirit to develop its principles and to bring its mighty powers into full action.

EDITOR.

GOSPEL BANNER,

And Biblical Treasury :

CONTAINING THE WRITINGS OF ALEXANDER CAMPBELL AND COADJUTORS

IN AMERICA AND GREAT BRITAIN.

No. 1.

FEBRUARY, 1848.

Vol. I.

CHARITY. TESVERY age is governed by a religious principle. Either by one

which ruled the preceding period, or by one which has come into * power during the age itself. This principle is constituted of the idea which men entertain of their religion, and of the predominant moral qualities which they derive from it. All men must of necessity have an idea respecting the truth and importance of their religion. And every religion infuses certain qualities into the mind, because they contain those of the founder: for every religious and moral system is a full exemplification of its author's character. The qualities of a religion are impressed upon its disciples by their observance of its laws and institutions. Because every instituted action which man rationally and willingly performs, and every command which he observes, stamp deep upon his own soul that disposition of mind which dictated them. These moral attributes, then, in conjunction with the abovenamed idea, constitute a principle or cause of action. Thus, he who has the idea that his religion is the only true and saving one, and who derives from it the qualities of pride and severity, will be actuated by a spirit of bigotry. But he who holds that idea, and is inspired by his religion with humility and love, will possess the principle of an energetic yet mild and persuasive zeal. The first was the

principle of the Scribes and Pharisees; the other of Christ and his i Apostles. , A religious principle is truly called a cause of action : for very few

are the deeds of its disciples of which it is not either the originator or director. Its power is not confined to the religious sphere. In every circle the principle of the age is the governing influence. Thus in the days of persecution, when intolerance was the ruling power, man was austere and morose in all the relations of life : for every faculty of his soul inhaled a severe spirit which was manifested in all his deeds. When once a principle has established itself in the world, its power is not only extensive, but endurable. One has seen the birth and burial

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