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"Porro si sapientia Deus est, verus philosophus est amator Dei."- ST. AUGUSTINE.
JAMES MILLER, PUBLISHER,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York.
PRESS OF JOHN WILSON AND SON.
THE CHRISTIAN EXAMINER, in commencing the second year of its new series, has no change to announce in its policy. Its conductors are entirely satisfied with the wisdom and justice of the principle that has guided them for the last year. Aiming to be a vehicle of the best thought and scholarship of the Unitarian Body, and of all minds in sympathy with the Liberal Christian movement, whether connected with the Unitarian Denomination or not, they recognize the duty of keeping its pages open to serious students and earnest thinkers, who desire to use them for the reverent and thoughtful discussion of questions still in controversy in our own ranks. Pretending no indifference to the two main tendencies of theological thought in our Body, the EXAMINER will strive to exercise strict impartiality in its treatment of those who write for its pages, allowing a fair proportion of space to what are known as the "conservative” and “radical" tendencies in our Denomination. The names of the writers being uniformly given, the EXAMINER holds itself responsible only for the sentiments that appear under the Editor's own hand.
To those who have desired to see the EXAMINER open only to such as agree with the Preamble adopted in the Constitution of the National Conference, we have only to say, respectfully, that an earnest sense of the importance of holding the Unitarian Body together compels us to differ from their wishes. We do not believe that the authority of Christianity will be weakened, or the Unitarian Denomination injured, by free discussion, in the established and honored organ of body, of those questions which no considerable portion of the Denomination ever meet together without debating. Abundant proof exists, that great good has come from this free discussion; and it is our full faith, that it will result, not only in a better mutual appreciation and in a religious philosophy more large and generous, but in the ultimate triumph of positive, historic Christianity.
HENRY W. BELLOWS, Editor.