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DEATH OF MR. GORDON ANDREWS.

OTTAWA FIRE FUND.

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THE CANINE DEFENCE LEAGUE.

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THE WAR IN SOUTH AFRICA,

RED CROSS FUND,

THE GRAND THEATRE.

BAND OF HOPE DEMONSTRATION.

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"RELIGIOUS FREE THOUGHT."

TO THE EDITOR OF "THE CAXBRIJTN."

TO THE EDITOR OF " THE CAMBRIAN."

TO THE EDITOR OF "THE CAMBRIAN."

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TO THE EDITOR OF "THE CAMBRIAN." SiR.-I have read with much interest the letter under the above heading sigaed •' R.j." wj,ich appears in your last issue. It is pleasing to hear that the Ministers of the Orthodox Churches do not "ignore the vast advances that have been made in Biblical criticism and scientific knowledge or fail to appreciate the labours of such men as Huxley —and others that R.J • mentions. He also assures us that few clergymen or ministers to-day j understand or teach the Orthodox doctrines of the Church as they were understood and taught twenty years ago." But how does this alteration or advance agree with the creeds and articles Confessions of faith and trust deeds of the Orthodox Churches, and uuder the acceptance of which the clergymen and ministers hold their offices. aud have aereed to Rtmnort and This letter, Mr. Editor, ie written in no spirit of controversy, but with the simple desire of eliciting information. I will mention two or three of the difficulties that occur to me. First the great doctrine of the Atonement. Is it not based upon the alleged fall of man and the consequent necessity of a. divine sacrifice in order that he may be restored to the favour cf the Almighty ? But how does this coincide with "Biblical Criticism" and scientific knowledge. Surely under the first we are led to think that the story of the fall," the Garden of Edep and so forth, has no foundation in fact and ftnder the second that there has been no fall of man," but that from the River Drift and cave met of remote antiquity, he has, through development and culture, gradually reached his present status and position. Next, as regards the miracles of the casting out of devils by Christ, so explicitly stated in the New Testament, how can they stand the test of Biblical criticism, thought and investi- gation, under which we find that at the period when the miracles are said to have occurred it was the Jewish belief that the insane owed their sad position to the influence of devils and evil spirits, who, by the way, were apparently so numerous that even the swine were exposed to their baneful influence. Ihe third point that I should like to have pome explanation upon is regarding the everlasting doom that the creeds of the National Church state that all will be subject to Iwho do not hold the Catholic faith. Do the clergymen who read this creed and subscribe to the articles of their Church, really believe that estimable citizens, like, for example, the late Sir Moses Montifiore, Dr. Martineau, and others are really doomed to this fearful punishment, because in the exercise of their reason—the greatest gIft of God to man —they fail to arrive at the conclusions embodied in the term Catholic faith. I greatly fear that the extraordinary divergence that now exists between the Orthodox creeds and faith on the one side, and knowledge, and may I add common-sense and good feeling on the other side, is rapidly creating a feeling such as so greatly prevails in France, namely, that relig;on is something quite outride the attention of intelli- gent men and only fit for priests and weak-ininded individuals. Your correspondent gives some statistics regarding the Unitarian denomination, and, so far as I know, he is correct in stating that the number of their avowed adherents is compara- tively small. But they certainly seem to possess the advantage of being unconfined by creeds and confessions of faith, and to have always maintained perfect freedom, and the absolute right and duty, of each person to form his or her convictions through the exercise of thought and reason and thus they have always gladly welcomed all the knowledge that science and criticism, Biblical and otherwise, have been enabled to impart. I hope yonr correspondent or others who may follow will further enlighten us on the general subject.—Yours truly, INQUIRER. (9th May, 1900.

ISWANSEA BOARD OF GUARDIANS.

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