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roust be persons to attend to the concerns of thoir Society , and to see to the execution of its Resolves . Your readers will form their opinions on these heads , and
To the Editor of the Monthly Repository .
Exeter ^ SIR , December 15 , 180 S . 1 feel convinced of the truth
of the following positions , That in a mind possessed of good "sense , if error be not inculcated , truth will readily find admittance ; and , That where the foundation of Christian practice is laid independently of erroneous views as
to Christian faith , if such views should be formed , they may easi ~ ly be removed , or if retained , will but little affect the practical principles of the individual . And as a consequence from these posU
tions I maintain , that " one very important means of disseminating correct views of religious doctrine , is to disseminate practical principles which are perfectly consistent with them ; and that though this method may be less rapid , it i ^ more safe , and perhaps more generally and . permanently efficacious , than the more direct method of subverting prevalent errors in religious doctrine . Both have their value , and the direct
method is in many cases to be preferred ; but as the end of all religious knowledge should be practice , if the end can be attained where , from various circumstances , the knowledge which we wish for cannot be first communicated , that should certainly be our aim .
Farther , there are many Unitarians who are very desirous to disseminate practical principles , completely free from what they
regard as inconsistent with the truth as it is in Jesus , yet think it their duty to cultivate these principles even at the risk of implanting some degree of error .
The latter class oi Unitarians , which I hope is a very , numerous one , would find a society for pro - viding Cheap Tracts , accordant with Unitarian principles , but containing nothing which could reasonably hurt the prepossessions
of those who differ from them , nothing which could with any propriety be termed controversial , a very valuable auxiliary to their benevolent purposes ;—and those who employed such tracts by distr ibuting them among the poor
and the young of all classes , might reasonably hope that they ate do * ing something essential towards the dissemination of right views as to Christian doctrine , while their primary object is to promote the all-important cause of
Christian practice . A society of the kind I refer to , which your readers will recollect has been recently suggested by yourself , ( see vol . iii . p . 826 , ) I am convinced is a desideratum ; and in a provincial situation , I shall most gladly co-operate in any
RECOMMENDATION OF A CHEAP TRACT SOCIETY *
Rebomme ? idatioii of a Cheap Trad Society . 19
I shall beg leave to defer mine to a future opportunity , remaining for the present , Your sincere well-wisher , F .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1809, page 19, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1732/page/19/