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and feeling hirn , concluded he was dead . As I stood by him pityiug him and his family , I took hold of his hair , and his head turned any way , his neck was so litnber . Whereupon I
took his head in both my hands , and setting my knees against the tree , I raised his head , and perceiving there was nothing out or broken that way . Then I put one hand under his chin , and the other behind his head , and raised his head two or three times
with all my strength , and brought it in . I soon perceived his neck begin to grow stiff again , and then he began to rattle in his throat , and quickly after to breathe . The people were amazed ; but I bade tht m have a good heart , be of good faith , and carry
him into the house . They did so , and set him by the fire . I bid them get him something warm to drink , and put him to bed . After he had been in the house a w hile he began to speak ; but did not know where he had been . The next day we
passed away ( and he with us , pretty well ) about sixteen miles , to a Meeting at Middle tow u , through woods and bogs , and over a river ; where we swam our horses , and got over ourselves upon a hollow tree . Many hundred miles did he travel with us after this " .
Si Reasons for rejecting the Caltinistic Theology . No . I .
— ¦ " - ^—, Reasons for rejecting the Calvinistic Theology . No , / . JBlackheathf Jan , % 1815 . "WTTTTJEN a child I was taught to TV consider that system of doctrines which is contained in the
Assembly ' s Catechism , and which is a good exhibition of the Calvinistic creed , as the genuine doctrine of Christianity . In youth I saw reason to question the identity of Christianity and Calvinism , and came at length to believe that tliev arc as far removed
as truth and falsehood . But retaining as I do a respect almost to deference for the talents and virtues of maiiy , between whose religious tenets and those of the Westminster divines there is little or no difference , I have thought it both decent and safe , to
re-consider in maturer years the reasons , which have convinced me , ( hat the Calvinistic system is not Christianity , hi this review it seemed best to examine , first of all , the direct evidence on both sides by a critical reading * of the books of theiNevv Testa-
ment . The result was an increase of conviction , that the orthodox Theology has originated principally in misconception of the meaning of the Apostle Paul in his letters to the different Churches ; and that this misconception has arisen from inattention to the circumstances both of the
writer and the Churches , and to the occasion and object of the letters . After the critical question it seemed lawful and just to examine the system itself , and see if its features are such as indicate probability of truth . It was not too much to require , that it he free from contradiction , that pro- ' .
fessing to illustrate it shall not destroy the moral attributes of deity , that it maintain the paternal as well as the judicial character of God , since Christianity asserts both , that it tend not to confuse all moral perception by requiring that we admire the display of justice where the human
understanding discerns only the want of it , and that it shall not forbid the appeal to human reason while the system is founded on the supposition of analogy between the divine government , and human jurisprudence , the collected reason of man . It may
be objected in 1 inline , that to pro * nounce a divine proceeding unjust because the justice is not apparent to 11 : e partial view of a finite under * si Ending , is both arrogant and impious . The proposition is truej but
as an objection to the examination of any doctrine which professes to be Christian , it is inapplicable * Christianity proclaims itself to be a display of divine wisdom and goodness to the mind of man , a revelation of as much
of the divine government as it is necessary that he should know , in order to contemplate the moral character of his Creator with adoration , gratitude and confidence . It declares , that God is just and true and merciful , that as judge of all he cannot do
wrong , that as father of all he is infinitely good to all , and that his government is without partiality , rejecting all distinctions but of moral quality . Glory , honor and peace to every man who does good , to the
Jew first and also to the Gentile , for there is no respect of persons with God . It is also certain , that the Apostles of Christ regarded the Christian dispensation asan emanation of those ntoral attrrbitfts which they
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1815, page 22, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1756/page/22/