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The Harbinger of the Millennium: with an Appendix by William Cogswell American Advocate of Peace (1834-1836), Vol. 1, No. 2 (SEPTEMBER, 1834), pp. 101-102 Published by: World Affairs Institute Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27886778 . Accessed: 04/10/2013 02:16
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1834.] Cogswell's Millennium.-Important

Suggestion.

101

Millennium: with an Appendix. By 3.?The Harbinger of the American Education So William Cogswell, Secretary of the ciety. Boston : Pierce and Parker, 1833. pp. 362.
account tract.

nor to give any particular work not to criticise it, We mention this
two remarks, and to give an ex of its contents, but to make on the various It consists of seventeen Dissertations benevo It has been for some rejoice time before

dicted

lentexertionsof theage, to diffusetheGospel and bring on its pre


and universal reign. and our readers are we wish to make probably is, that we acquainted heartily with

the

public, remark

The tion devoted to the subject of the "Promotion of Peace." for the promo second remark is, that it is high time that the efforts
a should assume tion of peace place prominent and active the contributions, co-operation in the

it.?The first to see a disserta

prayers, and

the Church of Christ.


specially We say

It is high time that it should be distinctly


in the general estimation of Christians, as the preva of war and the cessation is one of the most prominent features should have a prominent place

regards, the in every way, of

one and inseparable in the circle of great objects of Christian benev


olence. this because

admitted,

and of course

in thevisionof " theglory of the latterday," disclosed in revelation ; in the regards and activities of the Church in attemptingto bring in thatday. The Millennium will never have come until the na
" learn war no more." obstacles to the promotion of peace

lence of peace

upon

the earth,

: war one of the opposes Again of the success of the benevolent enterprises to the means be devoted that might otherwise It absorbs these enterpri of the world, at which the great moral regeneration ses aim. It is directly one of the most barbarizing, demoralizing, in its moral influences and an ti-Christian of all agents upon any source and it exists ;?the of brutality, country where degradation, nurse of all evil hot-bed of of crime?the corruption passions?the in the minds and manners. morals It is a prodigious stumbling-block tions shall greatest the age.

Christians.

of pagans in theway of their receiving the Gospel. Christianity, breathingpeace and love in every page, is offered themby fighting all special exertions will of itselfput an end towar, therefore tianity on the partofChristiansmay be dispensed with, contradicts every
analogy, the fundamental principles on which a great number of the They feel the inconsistency. Finally, to say that Chris

will

will indeed Christian enterprises of theage are grounded. Christianity put an end to war, when its truespirit shall perfectlyprevail. So it gaged in repressingand destroying. But will its truespiritbemade
to prevali, without .the zeal, the prayers, the contributions customs. to and many other evil We say to every, other form of vice and evil which Christians are en of the

church,of Christians ? Christians practically answerNo, in regard it is equally so, in regard to the custom of public war. The zeal, the prayers, the agency of the church must likewise be combined*
Temperance, Slavery,

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102

Intelligence.

in the special directionof developing, and applying, and extending the true spirit of Christianity, in regard to this particular subject. The extract we wish to give is the following :
" 1. The ministers of the this cause by precept gospel should advocate and example. " of the is by his office a peace Prince of Peace," Every ambassador He is a disciple and minister of him who came from heaven to pro maker. a He p?se peace and reconciliation to revolted world. should, therefore, to do it in the He is obligated advocate pacific principles and? measures. on social circle, from the pulpit, and every occasion, when opportunity is was Once it and for deemed lawful to suppli afforded. ministers expedient cate a blessing on the warrior's arms, and to return thanks for success in battle. But in the nineteenth century, ministers have learned to pray, that the Lord would turn the counsels of the wicked into foolishness, and dispose con " break the bow and cut the spear tending nations to peace ; that he would in sunder ; burn the chariot in the fire, and make wars to cease unto the end of the earth." 2. Parents, and those who have the charge of youth, should impress on their minds an abhorrence of war. Children generally, are delighted with the dress, music, and parade of military occasions, and very early discover a proneness to imitate the soldier. .This propensity should be repressed. Children should be taught the design of martial exercises. The causes, the einfulness, and the misery of war should be explained to them, and they should be trained up with the love of man and the love of peace, ruling in their hearts. This duty devolves upon Parents, Guardians, and Instructers" 225. ?p.

XnteUtseuce*
PEACE SOCIETIES?Resolutions.?Publications, &c.

Th? forMay and June of this year, has come out since the Calumet, been delayed by unexpected circum publication of our first number,?having stances. In its paper, typography, and general form, it presents an improved and under the conduct of its present able Editor, will, we hope, appearance, circulate extensively and greatly promote the good cause to which it is de voted. The Sixth Annual Report of the American Peace is given in Society, this number, and, with the Remarks appended to it, presents general views of a very animating character, and particular topics of striking interest and should be glad if our space would allow us to present importance. We some extracts from this report. But we hope our readers are also leaders of that publication. A single paragraph we will give for such as may not have met with it. It is for the serious consideration of those engaged in extending " have shown how utterly improbable it is Christianity over the earth : We that the heathen will come numerously into the fold of Christ, so long as Christian people, not only continue to shed, but to be foremost in shedding, each other's blood ; and we have uttered our deep conviction, that Jehovah, title ie "the God of Peace," will not suffer the nations to be convert whose ed to?that huge anomaly?a number of clergy fighting Christianity."-?The men who have to preach on the subject of Peace, at least once a engaged year, is at present, so far as known, two hundred and forty. Maine Resolutions of the Conference. The General Conference W&B held at Bath, in June last. The following Resolutions were ofMaine, introduced

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