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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 49

[The Index editorial details and aims]

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N. B. THE INDEX has absolutely no connection with the Free Religious Association, and is in no sense its organ. Cultured Free Thought. The Index, A Weekly Paper devoted to Free and Rational Religion. Editor: Francis E. Abbot. Editorial Contributors: O. B Frothingham, New York City. William J. Potter, New Bedford, Mass. William H. Spencer, Sparta, Wis. Mrs, E. D. Cheney, Jamaica Plain, Mass. Rev. Charles Voysey, London, England. George Jacob Holyoake, London, Eng. DAVID H. CLARK, Florence, Mass.

The Index Aims

To increase general intelligence with respect to religion:

To foster a nobler spirit and quicken a higher purpose, both in society and in the individual:

To substitute knowledge for ignorance, right for wrong, truth for superstition, freedom for slavery, character for creed, catholicity for bigotry, love for hate, humanitarianism for sectarianism, devotion to universal ends for absorption in selfish schemes.

In brief, to hasten the day when Free Religion shall take the place of dogmatism and ecclesiasticism throughout the world, and when the welfare of humanity here and now shall be the aim of all private and public activities.

In addition to its general objects, the practical object to which The Index is specially devoted is the Organization of the Liberals of the Country, For the purpose of securing the more complete and consistent secularization of the political and educational institutions of the United States. Let everyone who believes in this movement give it direct aid by helping to increase the circulation of The Index.

Prof. Max Mueller, of Oxford, England, in a letter to the Editor published in The Index for January 4, 1873, says : "That the want of a Journal entirely devoted to Religion in the widest sense of the word should be felt in America—that such a journal should have been started and so powerfully supported by the best minds of your country,—is a good sign of the times. There is no such journal in England, France, or Germany; though the number of so-called religious or theological periodicals is, as you know, very large." And later still : "I read the numbers of your Index with increasing interest."

Mr. Charles Darwin, author of The Origin of Species, says, in a letter to the editor not originally intended for publication, but subsequently authorized to be used: "I have now read 'Truths for the Times,' And I admire them from my inmost heart; and I agree to almost every word."

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