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Editorial

The Light of Reason
February 1902
Published Monthly
Edited by James Allen

Vol. I. February 1st, 1902 No. 2

Devoted to:
The expounding of the laws of being and the higher life.

The Light of Reason has gone forth on its mission, and has been cordially and enthusiastically received. Letters are continually coming in expressive of joy, gratitude, and sympathy, and though we neither build upon a foundation of praise, nor allow ourselves to be overthrown by the winds of censure, nevertheless we are pleased to receive such letters from our readers, for they strengthen the brotherly bond between us and them, and goodwill is thus propagated and spread abroad. We therefore believe that the following quotations from some of the letters will not only greatly interest our readers, but will tend to act helpfully in stimulating mutual love and goodwill:—

"The Light of Reason will be helpful to many, and therein lies its success, for true success can only be measured by the ability to help others." —G. W. R.

"Very many thanks for specimen copy of The Light of Reason. I know of no publication more wanted. Besides being myself a subscriber, I am hunting up others." —J. D. M.

"I have received the specimen copy which you have sent to me...and shall order it from my newsagent for the next year. I hope your most sanguine hopes will be realized, and that it will be as successful as the merits of the first number deserve. I need not say I like the uncommercial principles the venture appears to be based on, and I herewith enclose one shilling, for which I shall be glad for you to send me three copies for dear friends." —S. F.

"It may interest you to know that I very recently saw the Magazine occupying a prominent position on a Fleet Street bookstall, and I was glad to secure a copy. I have read every line of it, and, like Oliver Twist, sighed for more when I perused the last page." —J. A. P.

"I cannot refrain from writing an acknowledgment of your specimen copy of The Light of Reason, and say how much I value it, and intend giving my newsagent orders for one per month...I can fully appreciate the journal both as to matter and production, as it is well got up, with good taste and tone, and I wish you every success, financially and spiritually." —G. E. A.

"I thank you most heartily for the specimen copy of The Light of Reason received this morning. I have read it from cover to cover, and very carefully. I think it just the most excellent little pamphlet it has ever been my good fortune to lay hold of. I shall order it through my newsagent, and have already given your publisher's address to half-a-dozen of my friends. I prophesy that you are going to do a great work with this monthly Journal, if the beauty of the first number can be sustained...I shall look forward for each number of The Light of Reason as I have not for any publication hitherto." —J. T. R.

To those of our friends who are anxious that we should lay stress, in the columns of this journal, upon the particular reform in which they are interested, it is necessary for us to explain that The Light of Reason has for its object the pointing of men and women to the path of self-reform which, we believe, not only includes all other reforms, but embraces in its wide sweep all righteousness and perfection. We are in sympathy with all those who unselfishly devote themselves to the furtherance of a special reform with the object of aiding the human soul in its march toward perfection, regarding such reform as a means toward a lofty, spiritual end. The deplorable failure of many outward and isolated reforms is traceable to the fact that their devotees pursue them as an end in themselves, failing to see that they are merely steps toward ultimate, individual perfection.

All true reform must come from within, in a changed heart and mind. The giving up of certain foods and drinks, and the breaking away from certain outward habits are good and necessary beginnings, but they are only beginnings, and to end there is to fall far short of a true spiritual life. We therefore urge men to cleanse the heart, to correct the mind, and to develop the understanding, for if we both believe and know that the one thing needed is a regenerate heart.

One or two readers have written me concerning articles which appeared in the first issue of this journal as though I were the author, and not merely the editor, of those articles. It is preeminently the duty of an editor to be impartial, and to publish articles which may be helpful to others, even though he himself may not accept the views set forth. This should be understood, and it ought not to be necessary to have to explain that an editor does not necessarily endorse the views expressed by his contributors.

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James Allen

James Allen was a little-known philosophical writer and poet. He is best recognized for his book, As a Man Thinketh. Allen wrote about complex subjects such as faith, destiny, love, patience, and religion but had the unique ability of explaining these subjects clearly and in a way that is easy to understand. He often wrote about cause and effect, sowing and reaping, as well as overcoming sadness, sorrow, and grief. For more information on the life of James Allen, click here.

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