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Sceptic's difficulties, the
Secular consistency
Secular knowledge, specimen of
Secular lectures, a question for

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Secularism, has it any poetry?

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Secularists, how they quote scripture
Silverwater's difficulties
Slander, infidel, wholesale and retail
Slavery and the bible
Socialism, notes of
Spiritual sense of old testament
Syllogism, in search of a

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Take no thought
Teetotalism, is it a failure
Things to think on
Time, value of
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a Weekly Magazine,

OF CHRISTIAN EXPOSITION AND ADVOCACY.

Who knows not that truth is strong, next to the Almighty; she needs no policies, nor stratagems, nor licensings to make her victorious, those are the shifts and the defences that error uses against her power.-MILTON.

No 1.]

SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 1855.

[PRICE 1D.

SIX OF THE ARTICLES. Our Prologue.

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Progress of our Race..
The Conservative principle of our Literature. 3 Intidel Lecturers in Liverpool..
Free-speech to Mr. G. J. Holyoake

How Dan Mitchell became a Secularist

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OUR PROLOGUE.

In'commencing our work, we wish to say as little about ourselves as comports with courtesy to our readers. We would rather secure their support by efficiency of performance, than by largeness of promise. There is, no doubt, an ideal before our mind, but we are solicitous that those who favour us with their attention, should get glimpses of it in our weekly efforts, rather than from its détineation here, lést as ability fařs só often short of intention, they form expectations which may be doomed to disappointment. If, however, aspiration has any connection with success, we are not without hope of achieving good among those for whom we write.

Out object' is the defence of Christianity, and we believe that its fullest and clearest exposition is its ablest defence. Our pages will, therefore, contain articles of a purely instructive character, presenting its facts, stating its evidences, expounding its teachings, developing its principles, illustrating its effects, and exhibiting its spirit. Not satisfied to rebut the cavils and objections of its enemies, we shall endeavour to show its adaptations to the wants and orrows of humanity. Believing that the political and social regeneration of nations is im

' possible without their moral renovation, we shall seek the diffusion of those

No. 1, Vol. 1.

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DEFENDER:

A WEEKLY MAGAZINE,

Of Christian Exposition & Advorary.

VOL. I.

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1855.

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DEDICATION.

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THIS VOLUME, Containing discussions on the most important questions that can occupy the attention of man as a creature of God, a denizen of the universe, and a candidate for eternity, is humbly and respectfully dedicated to those who value truth above all conventionalities, all orders, all castes, all authorities, all interests, and who render it the homage of sympathetic, true, and earnest lives, by

Their servant in the truth,

THE EDITOR.

ERRATA.-Page 315, line 30, for diamonds read myriad. Page 316, line 3, for previous dromises read passing prowess.

Our readers will have the kindness to mark with the pen many literal errors which have arisen, sometimes from the editor's absence, and frequently from inattention to the corsections,

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