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Storer ' s Cathedrals appeared , has this objeet . Now , Sir , this «« Friend of Justice , Truth and Candour" himself actually commits the very blunder which he erroneously and very uncandidly attributes to the orthodox writer ; for he confounds the object of two works
published at very different periods , which are very dissimilar , and support distinct paradoxes , although the inquiries in the one may have facilitated those in the other . Again , your " Friend of Truth , " &c . roundly asserts "it is impossible that the writer of the note should have read Mr , Jones ' s book . "
This is an assertion certainly as bold , as dogmatical , egotistical and gratuitous , as any ever made by the most fanatical Methodist , or the most ferocious champion of election and reprobation . Had your correspondent , Sir , shewn only half as much candour and Christian toleration as he has done blind zeal
and vulgar dogmatism , he would have logically concluded , that the writer of the note was liberally willing to avail himself of every effort to support Christianity , whilst he with no less caution
took care to guard against the adoption or implied reception of any sentiment which according to his mode of thiirking was of a heterodox nature . If the Unitarians thus seek to
stigmatize every writer who presumes to tliink for himself , and to follow his own opinions , however contrary to theirs , then what are they better 01 * more tolerant in this respect than the
Papists ? If the dogmas of Unitarianism be as infallible as those of Popery , if the one must be obeyed or received as well as the other , and if all Trinitarians are to be deemed knaves or
fools , as all disbelievers in Popecraft are considered heretics , then what has ociety gained ? what have liberality and toleration to boast of by the Unitarian reform > Alas ! poor Candour , how hardly art thou dealt with by both professed friends and enemies ?
Truly , ^ ir , I feel ashamed of such a professed friend , but real enemy , to " Justice , Truth and Candour / ' He adds , " had the writer read only the preface with as much sound judgment
; is orthodoxy , he would have known his man better , " Where is the proof that he did not " know Ilia man / ' as it is vulgarly expressed ? He candidly admits the talents and learning of Mr . Jones , at the same iinte he expresses his gerterous > liberal , and I
must say , truly Christian hope , that his fancy may not prevail ovei * hi * judgement , that he may not be misled «* by every wind of false doctrine , " and that he may not persist in what the orthodox note-writer supposes ttf be heterodox notions . Surely , Sir , the
laconic expression of such sentiments and feelings can neither be " blundering bigotry , * uncandid , illiberal not unworthy selfishness . Mr . Jones hafc repeatedly in the Ecclesiastical
Researches exposed the errors of Dr . Priestley , who wished to be considered the apostle of modern Unitariamfemw As to the epithet , ** puerilities of Uiiitarianism , " I leave it where I found it . I wish mankind had no errors but
those merely puerile . Yet 1 must ofr * serve , andl do it with regret , for poor human weakness , that tfcrisr writer ' s sneer at bells , &c . is an example , even in the pages of the Mon . Repos . In th «
present state of society all poor men and women cannot-have watches ; public worship also is a little older than this invention for measuring time ; and as there are to be nochurchesei ? houses
of worship with bells , andrcensequefttly with clocks , how are the poo ? to krtow the hour of public meetk * g ? Is it enmity to the arts that would exclude bells and clocks ? or is it to imitate more closely the Mohammedans * in order to have a person sit on a high tower to ea& the time ? The
Unitarians are , I hope , as attentive to public worship as other Christians ; they have also fixed hours for it * ami a * to " forms of prayed' the chiefs of them read all their prayer * as fotfnally as if they were printed . The scoff therefore at the very convenient use of
bells is puerile ' and unphilosophical - the professed rejection of all forms being inconsistent and impracticable * But the most flagrant instance of vulgar bigotry is your " candid correspondent ' s' * assigning causes and ascribing motives to others merely from his own feelings . From time immemorial , merciless bigots , intolerant and
unchristian dogmatists , men of fire and faggot , who would burn their neighbour for the glory of God * have uniformly attributed their owninotives to all other persona who differed from them in opinions This hafcr be £ » the grand besetting sin of all professing Christians , andinfidele htiw 6 too troly observed , that <* all deefa and denomination © persecute whenever it is in
34 Passage in Stover ' s Cathedrals on Unitarians .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1815, page 34, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1756/page/34/