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be entered upon or not, THE NEXT YEAR (1853) WILL ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY TO THE QUESTION OF MODERN INFIDELITY; and will, therefore, have additional claims upon all classes of Christians.
In order that this object may be more effectually accomplished other topics will, for a time, be laid aside, and “Christ's Religion” be the leading argument, whilst “ Infidels' Religion” will be examined along side it: this will enable us to reduce the size and price one-half; so that next year
« THE BIBLE AND THE PEOPLE” will be THREE-PENCE MONTHLY, so as to bring it within the reach of the poorest working
The Editor is especially anxious that the generous supporter of this Magazine, may be fully compensated for his noble conduct, in bearing the pecuniary risks of a difficult undertaking; especially as all this has been done with no commercial aims, but solely to do good; whilst the Editor himself neither receives nor expects any pecuniary recompense for these labours of love: he, nevertheless, looks forward to the next year with confidence for a vast increase of circulation, the almost certain result of late events: and this will render the Periodical a more advantageous medium of Advertisements, by which all past deficiencies in the commencement) and all future requirements will be adequately met.
He appeals then with hopefulness to the friends of the Gospel, to aid in this enterprize, first, by purchasing the two volumes now ready, either for their private library, or for Sabbath Schools, Bible Classes, Town Mission Agents, Mechanics’ Institutes, and Public Libraries generally, but especially for “ Free-thinkers” Libraries. This will do good in several ways: secondly, friends may help by sending accounts (not necessarily for publication) of all Infidel movements, lectures, &c., in various towns : and thirdly, by young men organizing themselves for study or defence, and communicating with the Editor for information, and the method of action: the combination of our forces, and wise direction of them could greatly aid if not fully accomplish the objects of a mission to the doubters or deniers of Revelation. Shall we appeal in vain for all available help in this holy enterprize?
Birmingham, Nov., 1852.
N.B.—The circulation of a series of two-penny pamphlets, jnst commenced, entitled, “ FINGER-POST for Cross Roads : or, Hints on Fair Thinking: dedicated to Doubters,” will be very useful to the cause of Religion. Published by Ward and Co.