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perience has there been than is de welcome enquiries into the nature sirable, and we welcome books which of the higher life; and we welcome furnish new materials or heretofore books which unfold the struggles, scarcely accessible materials for the errors, and the success of earnprosecuting it. Perhaps the church est souls in seeking it. Especially would not suffer if a part of the en. we welcome them when written in ergies expended in the discussion of the beautiful spirit which pervades abstract doctrine, were employed in Prof. Upham's works on Christian elucidating Christian experience, and experience. And we hope yet in examining doctrines in their im. more and more to see the church mediate relations to it. It is well and the ministry engaged in study. that there has been so inmense la- ing this great subject-not in the bor bestowed on the difficulties of arid spirit of controversialists, but in Paul. Would it not be well were the spirit of earnest seekers after there more bestowed on the greater God, -and learning from every difficulties, the sublimer mysteries source, our dangers and our errors, of John-in considering what is the relative importance of every meant by being one with Christ, by grace, and every sentiment, and evdwelling in him and he in us, by the ery doctrine in the divine life. Let mystical union as of the branch with it not be deemed unpardonable to the vine, and what it is to have suggest that we, in this age so exwithin us the well of water spring clusively intellectual, so intensely ing up unto everlasting life, and to active, may yet be taught in some experience the power of the Com- points by the despised and condemnforter, whose coming was to make ed Quietists; that we may not have it expedient for us that Christ should given due proininence to sentiments go away, as more than making good which they, perhaps, carried to ex. his place?

It has been common for dif. Christian experience is the es- ferent sects to hold some one or two sence of religion, the life of the of the doctrines and graces of Chris. church. Far be the day when it tianity preëminent, as the jewel of shall be undervalued, or the sentin their system. Be it ours to strive to ment of the churches shall esteem hasten on the time, when, from unnecessary or of secondary conse- their separate caskets all these jewquence, its deepest and most power. els of truth and grace shall be ful developments. For some years brought together, and the brow of past, it has been the common theme every Christian show to the believ. of missionary meetings and other ing world, as they have never seen great convocations, that there must it, all the combined splendors of the be a higher spiritual piety in the crown of righteousness ; till the churches. As yet, little increase of church on earth shall stand in the this spirituality has been seen. God likeness of the new Jerusalem above, grant that this cry of the churches having her foundation of sapphires, may be like the moan of the wind her gates of carbuncles, and all her before the coming rain.

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PUTNEY PERFECTIONISM.*

Nothing which affects the great are assembled a considerable num. truths of the Gospel is unimportant. ber of believers' under the lead. The history of religious opinions es. ership, as it would seem, of Mr. pecially, which is but a view of the Noyes, who was one of the first adworkings of the human mind brought vocates, if not the father of the sys. into contact with the claims of God, tem, at New Haven. Other disciis full of instruction. In the origin ples are scattered abroad through and rise of any peculiar tenets, the most of the northern states, to the mode in which they arrange them- number, it is supposed, of from selves into a system, the relations seven hundred to a thousand. A they form to other systems of bi-monthly periodical,—the “Spirtruth or error, and the practical re. itual Magazine,” is their organ of sults to which they lead in the lives communication with the world ; and of their votaries, we find much to from this and other sources, we illustrate the philosophy of the mind, learn that they believe their views and to guide us in the formation to be spreading, and the general of our own opinions. Especially condition of the sect to be highly is it conceived that doctrines which encouraging. spring up and ripen on the soil of The book, whose title we have our own New England, however given above, is a large and handapparently insignificant from their some octavo of 504 pages, composobscurity or absurdity, can not failed wholly of essays and other artito awaken the interest and the notice cles which Mr. Noyes had previous. of all who claim descent from the ly contributed to the various period. truth-loving fathers of New England. icals that have at different times

Many of our readers remember, been devoted to this faith. They doubtless, the Perfectionism which are written with great vigor of style, was promulgated in New Haven and, except when occasionally oband the vicinity, some twelve or fifo scured by mysticism, with great teen years since; and which, hav- clearness; and are well adapted to ing wrought its mischiefs in distress- impress a mind inclined to this sort ing and dividing several of the of religious speculation. Though smaller churches, gradually disap- lacking formal coherency, it is yet peared from view, and has since easy to deduce from them a system been supposed to be numbered of doctrine possessing unity, and among “the things that were. a good degree of consistency with Such, however, is not the fact. We itself; an outline of which we proknow, indeed, little of what its his. pose to exhibit, as a specimen of the tory has been since ; but we learn theological rarities that may be found that it has been transplanted, and is, not a thousand miles from home. in some measure, now flourishing We begin with the views which in Vermont. An establishment, this work presents of the nature, based substantially on the principles properties, and laws of spiriis and of the Community system, is in ope- spiritual beings, including ihe soul of ration at Putney in that state, where This is a point of prime im.

portance to the right understanding The Berean : a manual for the help of other parts of the system. Mr. of those who seek the faith of the primi. Noyes asks— tive church. By John H. Noyes. PubJished

at the office of the Spiritual Maga- “ What is a Spirit?-We answer : It zine, Pulney, Vt.

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of caloric, light, electricity, galvanism and 16: 22, 23, &c.; Rev. 6: 9.). The spirit magnetism ; and in addition to these, hay- which God breathed into Adam's form, ing powers of assimilation, growth, and was a mere fluid, without definite form, self-originated motion, being susceptible of and without material cohesiveness. If it personality, feeling, intelligence and will. had been instantly withdrawn, before a

"We freely confess that we are so far permanent union of it with matter was materialists, ihat we believe there is no formed, it would doubtless have remained such vast chasin between spirit and mal- an incohesive Auid-an undistinguished ter as is generally imagined, but that the part of the whole spirit of life. But as two touch each other, and bave properties soon as it entered into combination with in common, that caloric, light, electrici. the dust-formed body, it received the ty, galvanism and magnetism, are in some shape and cohesiveness of that bodysense connecting links between the ma- became partially indurated or congealed; terial and spiritual worlds—that spirit is so that it ever afterward retained a defi. in many respects like these fluids, and is nite shape, and of course an identity sep.. as truly substantial as they. We do not arate from that of the universal spirit of ascribe to spirit length, breadth and life. If this were not so,-if the soul thickness,' in the common acceptation of were a mere fluid spirit, when the body those words, because the nature of all dies that spirit would return into the fluids precludes those properties. Yet if a abyss of life from whence it came, and specific portion of any fluid is separated lose its identity; just as a portion of wafrom the mass and confined in a solid ves

ter, taken from the ocean, when its vessel sel, that portion of fluid assumes the is broken, returns and is distinguisbed no length, breadth and thickness of the ves

more.”- pp. 57, 58. sel. So if a specific portion of spirit or life is confined in an animal form, that life

We do not propose to comment assumes the length, breadth and thickness of that form. In this sense we believe that very largely on these and other spirils have length, breadth und thickness." opinions which we meet in this work,

much less attempt to refule them. A broad distinction is made be. We should about as soon think of tween the spirit and the soul, thus, carrying logic to Bedlam. They “ A soul is a modification of spirit, pro

are adduced rather as curious speciduced by union with a material body. mens-rara aves-in mental and What is the nature of that modification, theological science, which we leave which distinguishes a soul from mere spi; to the reader to inspect and judge ril? We answer:-1. When the viial fluid from God entered into combination of for himself. A single remark with Adam's body, that Auid took the only is suggested by the above the. form of that body. It certainly animated every part of it; of course it existed in ory, that it presents a new, and in every part, was as large as all the parts, some respects convenient method of and had the form of the whole. A soul ascertaining the mental capacities of then is distinguished from mere spirit in mankind. If the soul has the form, this respect, viz., the former, like the bo. dy, has a definite shape ; while the latter, shape and size of the body,-is as like air and other fluids, bas none. 2. large as all its parts,' and fills it as The spirit which God breathed into Ad- water fills the vessel which contains am's body, by its intimale union with eve. it, then evidently, we have only to ry part of that body, and by its consequent intercourse with various material

measure the body itself, as a gauger substances, as food, air, &c., necessarily measures the capacity of a cask, to received into itself some of the properties learn the magnitude of the soul with. of matter. As Adam's body was spirit. in. Estimated by this rule, there ualized matter, so conversely, Adam's soul was materialized spirit. This modi

are certainly some great men in this fication places the soul in a middle posi: world, of whom fame has not yet tion between mere spirit and matter; and spoken ! in conjunction with the first mentioned

Starting with this theory of the modification, accounts for the fact that souls, according to the representations of nature of the mind, it becomes an Scripture, have the forms and functions easy matter to investigate its propof bodies, and are definite visible sub- erlies and laws. These are devel. blances to spiritual eyes." (See Luke

oped in the doctrines of Mesmerism. * Having sex 100, as Mr. N. says else. For since the soul or animal life is where, which they will retain in heaven! a Auid of the same generic class

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with caloric, electricity, magnetism, here and there an individual with nerves &c., it is apparent that its phenom

weak enough to receive any sensible imena must be similar to theirs; and pression from him. Whereas the spirit

of Jesus Christ was so righty thai all hence the science of animal mag. who applied to him were found. impressnetism. This, we are told, is the

ible.' "The battery was so heavily charg. only true metaphysics,—the only ed it, without any vehicle but a word.

ed, that its fiuid passed where faith attachphilosophy which gives any correct A few cases even are recorded, in which knowledge of the mind, or exhibits were performed without either on just principles its functions and word or contact, and with a great dis. operations. Mr. N., as we shall see, ject. Dr. B. could sensibly effect a per

lance between the operator and the submakes it the key to the explanation son at the distance of forly feet by means of all spiritual matters and all the of a metallic conductor. But Jesus Christ doctrines of the Gospel, and builds

healed the centurion's servant (Matt. upon it, in short, his whole theologi. without any wire between. The centu,

8:5) at a distance probably of miles, and cal system.

rion's faith, which Christ pronounced Alier detailing some marvelous unparalleled, was the only conductor. experiments said to have been per- tigation, Dr. Buchanan will find means

“ Perbaps in the progress of his invesformed in 1842, by Dr. Buchanan

to increase his nervous powers either by of Kentucky, an account of which self-training, or availing himself of the was communicated by Robert D. power of others. But he will never apOwen, in an article in the New proach equality with Christ, as a practi.

cal neurologisi, till be establishes com. York Evening Posi, our author finds munication with God the great source of in them “a theory which establish- vital energy. There is no danger that es the possibility, and explains the the miracles of Christ will ever be rival

ed by mere human neurologists. The philosophy of all the wonderful

stream can not rise above its fountain ; works by which the origin of Chris- and so long as mere huinan life is the tianity was attested.”

fountain of magnetic influence, its effects " In the light of this theory, what is

will only be proportioned to the weakness

of human nature.--Nevertheless we say tbere incredible in the accounts which we have of Christ's healing the sick? It again, that the miracles of Jesus Christ, is evident that the effect was produced by dently, as to their philosophical nature,

as recorded by the evangelists, were evi. a fuid that passed from him to his pa

and the process by which they were pertients. He usually laid his hands on them. What was this but a means of es

formed, operations of the same kind with tablishing communication between him tainly not more mysterious-different only

the experiments of Dr. Buchanan; cerand them, by which the vital Auid might in the degree of their power.” -pp. 76, 77. pass? The case of the woman who was healed of an issue of blood, recorded in These assertions, though uttered Luke 8: 43–48, shows positively that the by one who is absolutely perfect, healing power of Jesus Christ was a fluid that passed from him, as electricity passes

and can not sin,' are audacious from the machine that generates it.

if not blasphemous. The miracles touched the hem of his garment and was of the Son of God, of the same healed. And he' perceived that virtue kind with the manipulations of some was gone out of him.' Here is evidence, not only of a transmitted Auid, but of the juggling mesmerizer! And Christpassage of that fluid independently of the ianity rests, not on the authority of will of Jesus, and by means of an inani- his works in actually suspending mate conductor. This is all in accordance with the laws of Animal Magnetism.

and reversing all natural laws, but At least it does not contradict them, and only on his display of skill and is no more mystical than the operations of power superior to those of other Dr. Buchanan.

magnetizers! What, pray, could ** It is only necessary to suppose that the battery of vital energy in Jesus Christ

Robert Dale Owen, or any other was immensely stronger than in Dr. B.- infidel, desire beyond this statedifferent in degree, not in kind-in order ment? And how far is it from the to account for the principal discrepancies charge alledged against Christ by between Christ's system of operation; the Pharisees of old ; " He casteth and modern neurology. The vital power of Dr. B. is so feeble that he finds only out devils by Beelzebub the prince

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cheism. Satan is declared to be We must pass with the briefest an uncreated, self-existent, eternal possible notice, many of the curi. being, originally and essentially evil; osities of opinion contained in this and as such is the first cause and book. Among them is Mr. N.'s creator-principium et fons—of all idea of the mode of God's existence. sin. The Gordian knot respecting

“In relation to the Godhead, we agree the existence of moral evil in the with Trinitarians on the one hand, ihat world, which theologians have had Jesus Christ is a divine person, co-eternal with the Father, and was his agent in

so much difficulty in untying, is thus the work of creation.

But we agree

solved at a stroke ! with Unitarians on the other band, ihat We pass to notice the views of the Father is greater than he, and that Perfectionism respecting the docthe Holy Spirit is not a distinct person; trines of Christianity--beginning but an emanation from the Father and the Son. We believe not in the Trinity, with the fall of man. nor the Unity, but in the Duality of the All men, in their natural state, Godhead; and that Duality in our view, are depraved, but not alike deprav. is imaged in the twofold personality of the

ed. first man, who was made • male and fe.

Adam was originally holy, male!' Gen. 1: 27. As Adam was to

after the divine image.

In his Eve, so is the Father to the Sun; i. e., he temptation in Eden, however, Satan is the same in nature, but greater in power contrived to bring him within the and glory - The Father and the Son are concentric spiritual spheres. Their rela

attraction of his own sinful spirit, tions to each other are those of male and and by the known laws of animal female. The Father fills the Son, and magnetism, subject him to the imis enveloped by him. The Son envel.

Hence he sinopes the Father and is filled by him. pulses of his will. Though in a subordinale sense it is true ned; and by sin rendered his subthat each fills and each envelopes the jection to Satanic influence perma. other-that the Son dwells in the Father

neot. “ The streams from the two as well as the Father in the Son, (for to a certain extent, in all combinations of eternal fountains,” (i.e. God, and spirits, there is an interchange of rela- Satan) “flowed together in him. tions and functions,)- yet in a general His spiritual nature was primarily the Father is the interior life and the Son secondarily evil, as pervaded by the sense, it is evident from Scripture that good, as proceeding from God; but the exterior.

Thus in the prayer of Christ, the order of indwelling is indica: devil. With this compound charted in these words ;- That they may be acter, he had the power of

propagaone as we are one ; I in them and Thou ting his own likeness. As the offin me.' life of the Son, as the Son is the indwell spring of Adam's body was twoing life of believers. That the relation fold, distinguished into male and fe. of the Father to the Son is that of inte. male, part following the nature of rior to exterior, or male to female, ap- the primary, and part the nature of pears also from these words of Paul ; . The head of' every man is Christ, and

irist, and the secondary parent; so the offthe head of the woman is the man, and spring of his spiritual nature was the head of Christ It is obvious that in all combinations the twofold, distinguished, like that nainterior lite must be more compact, and

ture, into good and evil, part follow. therefore stronger than the exterior. The ing the character of the primary, female capacity is in its very nature nega. and part the character of the secondtive. Weakness makes rooin for strength. ary spiritual element.

In other Deficiency embraces fullness. the Father takes precedence of the Son words, Adam had two sorts of spir• My Father,' says Christ, “is greater than itual children; one of them like I.'"-pp. 5, 488.

himself, primarily of God and secMr. N.'s opinions in regard to the ondarily of the devil, of whom prince of evil, though scarcely less Abel was a specimen; the other singular and fanciful, are not equal. primarily of the devil and second.

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