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ADVOCATE OF PEACE.

CONDUCTED BY

C. S. HENRY.

VOLUME I.

HARTFORD:

WILLIAM WATSON,

FOR THE CONNECTICUT PEACE SOCIETY.

ADVOCATE OF PEACE.

No. I.

JUNE, 1834.

ARTICLE I.

PROGRESS AND OBJECTS OF PEACE SOCIETIES.

BY THE EDITOR.

The apathy with which War has been looked upon, and the prospect of its indefinite continuance acquiesced in, by so many, in other respects enlightened and benevolent men, has resulted, no doubt, in part from the unconscious influence of familiarity and false associations in dimming the moral perceptions; but principally, we believe, from a vague feeling of the hopelessness of attempting to put an end to so vast and deeprooted an evil. Yet this apathy, if we view it in a right light, is as surprising as it is melancholy. For it cannot be doubted that the Creator formed men to dwell in brotherhood together. War exhibits mankind in a most unnatural and revolting aspect. It is utterly at variance with the spirit of Christianity. As a mode of deciding national differences, it is barbarous and and absurd, without equity in principle, and never insuring a just decision. It combines sources of crime and misery incalculably beyond every other scourge of the earth. Its perpetual abolition would not only dry up these sources of evil, but would remove the greatest obstacles to human advancement; would quicken all the springs of social welfare, physical and moral, and open the road to indefinite progress and perfection. Finally, this result is precisely what Christianity contemplates,

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