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An INDEX to the two Volumes of THE CHURCHMAN for 1905, will be found
A New Translation of the "Imitation." Rev. Melville K. Bailey. 10
Cathedral Chimes and Their Founding. Dean Hart. Illustrated. 19
Reforming an Unsocial Pastor: A Story. E. I. Farrington. 36
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The Faith once delivered unto the Saints
Saturday, January 6, 1906.
Our Spiritual Birth-rate: The
Nothing in the state of the Church should give more unalloyed satisfaction than the fact that in every section of it the downward course that has continued for more than a decade is at last checked, and the spiritual birth-rate is once more rising. For, as we have said time and again, the relation of infant baptisms to marriages and to communicants is the test of a standing or a falling Church. Let us recall, briefly, what this relation has been
for the last ten years. For every marriage
recorded in the Annual for 1895, there
were 3.1 infant baptisms. In the next
three years the baptisms for every marriage fell to 2.9. Then they declined to 2.7 and the Annual for 1900 showed but 2.4. A slight gain in 1901, 2.5, was lost in the next year; 1903 showed a ratio of 2.2 baptisms to each marriage; in 1904 the ratio had sunk to 2.1, and last year it was fractionally even less than this. That, let us hope, was ebb tide, for this year we have recovered and slightly bettered the position of 1903 with 22,402 marriages to 49,470 infant baptisms, a ratio of a little over 2.2. The same improvement is revealed by a comparison of infant baptisms and communicants. In spite of the considerable increase in the communicant roll over last year there was an infant baptized for every 16.1 communi
For the two preceding years the ratio was one to 16.8; indeed we must go back to 1902 to find a condition as favorable as the present, though we are still far from the condition of ten years ago, when for every 12 communicants a child was brought to the font.
Philadelphia and its suburbs, where housing conditions are better than in either New York, Chicago, or Boston, from 2.8 to 3.1. The other city dioceses fall slightly below the average for the Church; Pennsylvania's ratio is better than that of any section of it.
CONDITIONS IN THE NORTHEAST.
In the thirty less distinctively urban dioceses of the Northeast, there were 10,075 marriages and 24,117 infant baptisms, so that the ratio now has become 2.4
where last year it was but 1.9, the. most remarkable improvement recorded in ary section of the Church. In this region, stretching from the Potomac to Canada
and from the Atlantic to the Mississippi, there were but five dioceses that presented a less favorable record this year than last,
and but three others that did not do more than hold their own. The position of each diocese can be most conveniently indicated, as was done last year, by stating the number of infant baptisms in it for every 10 marriages, thus avoiding an irksome decimal. If, for instance, in the new diocese of Harrisburg there are 155 marriages and 568 infant baptisms, we may say that Harrisburg's ratio is 37, that being the number of infant baptisms for every 10 marriages there. The best record in this Northeastern district is that of Pittsburgh, 41. Then follows Harrisburg, 37; Fond du Lac, 36; New Jersey, 34; Quincy, 31; Springfield, 31; Maryland, 30; Newark, 30; Central Pennsylvania, 29; Marquette, 28; Connecticut, 27, and Delaware, 26. Twelve dioceses, therefore, are above the average for the section. Milwaukee, 24; Vermont, 23, and Washington, 23, are above the average for the Church. Long Island, 22, and Western Massachusetts, 22, maintain that average. The dioceses that fall below it are: Easton, 21; Western Michigan, 21; Central New York, 20; Maine, 20; New Hampshire, 20; Ohio, 20; Rhode Island, 20; Western New York, 19; Albany, 18; Indianapolis, 18; Southern Ohio, 18; Michigan, 17, and Michigan City, 9. Albany, Indianapolis, Central Pennsylvania, Fond du Lac and Michigan City, do not equal The great urban dioceses are: New their record of last year. Marquette, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Hampshire and Washington hold their Chicago. Here there were last year 6,181 own; the other 22 show gains over last marriages and 12,189 infant baptisms, the year, ranging from 1 baptism for every ratio being therefore one to 2.1. This 10 marriages in Ohio, Michigan and year there were 6,059 marriages and 13,- Southern Ohio, to 14 in Quincy. There 101 baptisms. The second term of the nothing to indicate what chance ratio, which hereafter need alone be given, has carried Michigan City this year from was 2.2. There was gain in every one of one of the highest places to the lowest in the dioceses. New York and Chicago the whole Church. Especially gratifying showed an increase over the year before, is the progress recorded in Maine, Maryfrom 1.7 to 1.9; Massachusetts from 2 land, Springfield, New Jersey, Pittsburgh to 2.1; Pennsylvania, that is essentially and Easton.
Every section of the country has contributed to this change, as will appear from an analysis of the figures by sections and a comparison of it with that which we made last year. We then suggested a division of the dioceses into six groups. First the distinctively urban; then those of the Northeast, the Northwest, the Southeast, the Southwest and the Pacific Coast.
From the ten dioceses and districts of the Northwest beyond the Mississippi and east of the Pacific coast, we must once more eliminate South Dakota, where the almanacs have reported no marriages during the past three years. This omission is the more regrettable since South Dakota has the largest total of infant baptisms in the region, with the single exception of Minnesota. In the other nine dioceses or districts there were 1,324 marriages and 2,881 infant baptisms. The ratio last year was 2.1; it is now almost 22. It is smaller, therefore, than in either the urban or the comparatively rural districts of the Northeast, and just
a little below the average for the whole country. The best record here is made
by North Dakota, with 40 baptisms for every 10 marriages. Thus it gains the leadership held last year by Duluth, which now takes third place with 26, after Boisé, 30. Then follow, at some distance, Minnesota, 22; Nebraska, 22; Laramie, 20; Spokane, 20; Montana, 18, and Iowa, 15. The largest gain over last year is made in Spokane, which had then the lowest record of any diocese or district in the United States, with barely one baptism for every marriage, the position now held, with an even lower record, by Michigan City in the Northeast. Considerable gains are shown also in Boisé, Minnesota, and Montana. North Dakota has done a little better than last year. On the other hand, there has been a considerable decline in Duluth and a noticeable, though smaller, falling off in Nebraska, Laramie and Iowa.
In the fifteen dioceses and south of the Potomac and east of the Mississippi (omitting Porto Rico) there were in the past year 1,956 marriages and 4,768 infant baptisms, showing a ratio well over 2.4, though less by a fraction of 1 per cent. than last year. The best record in this section was made this year, as last, by Asheville, where there were 46 baptisms for every 10 marriages; then followed Georgia with 35; North Carolina, 31; Southern Florida, 31; Florida, 30; East Carolina, 29; Tennessee, 29; Lexington, 26; South Carolina, 26, and Kentucky,
24. These ten show a better record than the general average of the Church. Virginia with 22 just reached the average. Below it were Southern Virginia, 21; West Virginia, 16; Mississippi, 15, and Alabama, 13. Comparing the record with that of last year, we find that Asheville, even in spite of its present good record, shows the greatest falling off. There has been a considerable decline in Alabama also. Mississippi, East Carolina, North Carolina,