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Editorial

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

Vol. I. May 1st, 1902 No. 5

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

The signs of the heavens are easily read by the eye of sense, but the signs of the times are discerned only by the eye of spirit. Few people are aware of the remarkable nature of this present time, or are alive to the fact that a new epoch has just been ushered in. Not merely for its material achievements (wonderful as these are) is this age marked off, but for its spiritual conquests which are greater and more glorious than the world has yet known.

But the world, engrossed in the pursuit of pleasure, and in feeding and pleasing the senses, is utterly unconscious of the heavenly glory, and sees not the Vision which would make glad its eyes, and fill its heart with peace. Yet though unaware of the new presentation of Truth which has recently broken in upon the age, men and women everywhere are agitated by its presence. Some are looking for a Great Teacher who shall restore, in all its simple grandeur, the Temple of Truth; others are looking for the appearance of a great wonder-worker, who, having a knowledge of certain occult laws, shall arrest the attention of the world by the power of his magic; others are expecting extensive physical cataclysms, or are looking for vast national changes and profound disturbances in the political and religious government of the world; whilst certain religious communities are daily looking for the "Second Coming of Christ" in an altogether miraculous manner, and visible to the outer eye.

Thus is the world today being moved by that which it does not understand; having eyes and seeing not, ears and hearing not. Yet there are those who have both seen and heard; who, by meditation, discipline, and self-abnegation, have won their way to as spiritual achievement, and who, standing upon the calm heights, view with certain knowledge and unsealed eyes the scope and import of the new revelation that is moving, in divers ways, the soul of the world.

And in the hearts of those who thus see and know, there is born an unspeakable joy; for, behind the smoke and blood of battle, above the clouds of party strife, beyond the narrow confines of that spiritual darkness in which the self-seeking live and move, they see the silent working of the Great and Good Law which fails not, and which is bringing, and shall bring, order out of chaos, beauty out of deformity, and love out of hatred.

Therefore, the spiritual seers and hearers, those who have realized the New Life, the New Gospel, and have become conscious and responsible actors in the Spiritual drama which is now being enacted upon the earth—manifest that Life, that Gospel, as one of supreme joy and gladness; and nowhere are its prophets more numerous and active than in the North American Continent, where all its branches and activities have been classed under the general term "The New Thought Movement." Indeed, the United States form the chief stage upon which the drama of the age is being, and will be, enacted with living vigor, and where its results will be most prominently marked in the near future.

We are glad to see that an English clergyman, the Rev. J. T. Davies, is something more than merely an intelligent spectator of this drama, and his article on "The New Thought," published in the March issue of the Christian Life, is so beautifully apt and expressive than we cannot do better than quote from it in this particular. Speaking of "The New Thought" Movement in America, he says:—

"Under the influence of this wave of thought, preachers are advocating the 'New Theology', poets are singing 'Poems of the New Time'; doctors are promulgating the 'New Gospel of Health'; and reformers are proclaiming a 'New Era' for social regeneration...Up to the present, the waves of this movement have beaten but lightly upon the shores of England. A few tracts (like 'Absolute Justice') have been circulated; one magazine (The Light of Reason) has come to birth with this present year; and a few books have borne witness to its existence...The New Thought challenges the gloomy dogmas of antiquated theology, the pruriencey and pessimism of modern literature, with a spiritual chant ringing with the notes of triumphant joy, rich with the chords of assured power and peace."

Thus is the eternal Truth being again made manifest to the world, and is presented, as far as its wordy expression is concerned, in a new dress. That which was old is made new; that which was buried is brought to light, and the New Life and the New Age are ushered in, as they always were and always will be, with the everlasting song of the angels ringing in the glad ears of the listening ones, "Peace on earth, and good-will toward men."

Conquer we shall, but we must first contend;
'Tis not the fight that crowns us, but the end.
—Robert Herrick

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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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