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T H E

CHRISTIAN SOCIALIST:

CIAN

LIBRAR

I Journal for Thoughtful Men.

but our success by our cause. - VIILTO FORD.

&GOCT83 We measure Swot our cause by oil successo

Stand aloof froin Injustice.

-ST. PAUL.

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NO. 1.

JUNE, 1883.

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are bound to investigate every proposed scheme of PROLOGUE.

social reform, and to follow it out at any cost, if it TO-DAY we stand in the grey dawn of a

would have met the commendation of the Poor Man The shadows are lifting, and the mountain of Nazareth.” To the Radical, the Democrat, and peaks above us are golden in the first gleam of day. I the Socialist we say, with the deepest sympathy A sincere belief that inquiry will elicit the truth, with their motives and their aims, that no legislawhich alone can make us free, has brought about tive reform, no equalisation of voting power, no rethe growth of tolerance in the minds of Christian distribution of wealth will effect the results they Englishmen, and the misery and despair which are desire. Can the world be made happy by Acts of directly paralysing millions, and indirectly sadden Parliament alone? Will those who now will not ing thousands of lives in all clusses, are slowly but stir a finger to get votes use their electoral power surely bearing their fruit in the conviction that truly well ? Would the Socialist's object be really wrongdoing and injustice are at the root of our

gained if every man in England were as wealthy as social anarchy. The creed that little can be done

an alderman or an archbishop? We wish to go by man to lighten the burden of suffering of his deeper into the heart of the matter than that.

We shall find in dealing with matters of present brothers is finally discredited. Last January, before an andience in London, a professed political interest that one political party may be more often economist said that “it is now apparent to all that

on our side than the other; we shall find ourselves the long and bitter controversy between economists probably obliged to speak against the crimes and the long and bitter controversy between economists Follies of certain strata of society nearly as strongly and human beings has ended in the conversion of follies of certain strata of society nearly as strongly

as the Christian communists of eighteen centuries the economists.” In another part of this issue will be found striking confirmation of this view, drawn that class hatreds and class prejudices shall be ex

But we disclaim any political bias; we declare from contemporary literature.

cluded from our pages, and that to us “class" grierSigns are not wanting to show that social disruption or social reform must shortly take place.

ances have no meaning, for-“ Bitter voices say it, voices of battle and of famine

"Labouring man and labouring woman through all the world, which must be heard some

Have one sorrow and one shame. day, who ever keeps silence.” We declare for

Everything that's done inhuman

Injures all of them the same.” social reform. Who is on our side? To professing Christians we say, “You are bound to follow in your The belief that not hate but love is the law of life social life the commands you acknowledge in your will cleanse our most vehement protests from the private life. As men of business, and as citizens, bitter personalities and disgraceful imputations of whatever your shade of belief, you are bound to motive that too often supply the place of argument remember to 'Do justice and judgment.' You 'and patient discussion. If we believe our opinions

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