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standing * . i- . . . For my own part , I endeavour to adhere u > the primitive ideas , and consider the baptising of my children , as nothing more than a declaration of tny being , a Christian myself and , consequently v of my obligation to educate them in the principles of the . Christian religio n * «
*¦* I have no doubt , but that the only anttent mode of baptism was immersjon , and I should rather approve of it at present ; but since it is the application of water , that expresses the purity of heart and life , peculiar to Christians , and
not any certain , quantity of it ; and since , the meaning of the rite is as ; well understood in whatever rnanner it be administered ; and , also , since dipping is sometimes imagined at least to be dangerous 4 W the health of children , 1 think
a scrupulosity in ^ nis punctilio unnecessary ; and therefore , in this respect , I do not th ^ ink it worth whijie to make any alteration iu the common practice . If I thought immersion ; the . only proper bap : tism , I should certainly submit to
it without delay , —1 do think that baptism was intended to be always observe ^ in k the Christian church , though I should readily Admit to comrnunjan one who thought otherwi&e , and had not been baptised .
, I have not sufficiently considered the * passage in St . Pnul , you mention . r I shall be glad if these few
thoughts shall prove to be of any service to you ; but I doubt not b ^ t you will think for yoursel f and act wjjth fcc&dom and spirit , becoming a Christian , whatever
youB conceptions he . Tbecen&ure of the worJd i& ? not to he-regarded , where the least punctilio of religion is concerned ; but , let jus not forget , that there are things of raore
importance than positive institutions . Wishing yw all the ^ consolation of out most excellent religion , in the decline . of'life ; , and and that you and J may have a
happy meeting , in that world with which it brings us acquainted , I am , Sir , Your very humble servant , J . PRIESTLEY
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1812, page 13, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1744/page/13/