Religious Items

The Universalist Leader prints an interesting article by the Rev. Anthony Bilkovsky on "The Nation's Enemies," among which the writer classes the growing practice of families living in hotels. He says: "The Jew is the miracle of history. He has been preserved by his religion; and that religion has thrown an exclusiveness, like a girdle of steel, about the family, and especially about the meals. The kind of food, the preparation of food, the ceremonies at its eating, have prevented the Jew from merging into surrounding populations. Throughout four thousand years, and through incredible hardships, the family customs have preserved the nation,"

The Rev. W. H. Mayhew, writing for the (Swedenborgian) New-Church Messenger, says: "While our early childhood does, in a measure, reflect the ideal of life, it is not itself ideal, and no mere traveling back to that stage of the earthly experience would prove satisfying. The little child has innoce ce, and by its innocence is allied with the heavens so closely that the Lord could say, 'Of such is the kingdom of heaven,' but it is the innocence that comes through ignorance of evil, and not that which is attained by a voluntary shunning of evil and putting away of evil. Hence, although it is a state that suggests the ideal life and provides a basis for its future and voluntary realization, it is not in itself ideal,"

August 16, 1900

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