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their pow $ r j" " *** d so a ^ do the philQSophipal , a « i 4 rational Un itarians , triumphantly exclaimed my orthodox antagonist . Because the orthodox note-writer parenthetically mentioned Unitarianism in the same paragraph with the name of Gibbon , it is candidly concluded that " this can arise only
frqm one of three causes—want of char # y . «_ or of Juiowledge ~ or of honesty / Of which will the writer of the note make his choice ? ' * [ ix . ] 554 . Here , Sir , is an example of the most intolerant , unoandid and illiberal bigotry that ^ ver ex isted ; it is the more odious that it is found in an arow « d friend to liberal sentiment and
Christian charity , and cannot be surpassqd by any thing in the Evangelical , Oirth ^ dQjc , Catholic or Antijacqbift Magazmes * To declare that a writer must be a bigot , an ignoramus or & fenavje , on no other grounds than the frank and manly expression of his
real sentiments , or a simple allusion to a particular hypothesis e might perhaps be tolerable in the dark ages or in the tribunals of the Inquisition ; but in the present , it is truly deplorable . * * If this be the practice , " rhecontinued , " of modern Unitarians , they may have
chapged names , but certainly not principles ; ti $ tfod g iSo e < pvyoL $ wvy via ) iailov &pvys or as Seneca observed , Sequitur seipsum et urget gravissimus conies ; and whatever they may call themselves , they are still practically Papists , Calvinists or dogmatists , and
inasmuch as they profess but do not practice liberality , hypocrites . " It is indeed strange that any man possessing the least knowledge of the human mind should ever consider mere opinions as virtues or vices , and found a general character on what may be as transitory
as the morning dreams . A man may be a Unitarian- to-day and a Trinitaria n to-morrow , ov vice versa , without any change in his moral character , provided that merely his motive is the love of truth to the best of his knowledge . Finally , Sir , * ' Your correspondent , " remarks my orthodox critic , "
evinces a very imperfect acquaintance with the Scriptures ; " he gravely says , * ' We Unitarians are , in one respect , in the situation of Esau . The hand of very man is against us , and our hand *« against every man : * Perhaps this " Friend of Truth" meant Lshmael , whose " hand will be aratnrt e , very
man , and every man ' s hand against him . " Gen . xvi . 12 * " Biit , " he punningly concluded , " the Unitarians are verily like Esau , they have sold their birthright for a mess of pottage Such I " , Sir , are the remarks which have been repeatedly made to me , a professed and decided friend to liberal sentiment , candour and Christian charity in speaking of our neighbours , respecting the communication in question ; and I have no doubt that you
will prove your superior liberality by giving them a place in the Mod . Rep . as a caution to others , and as a proof that you are not so bigoted and intolerant as to refuse insertion to a » y temperate observations which persons of different sentiments may make on the contents of your pages .
Another " Friend of Justice , Truth and Candour , " and A CATHOLIC CHRISTIAN .
Natural Theology , No . 7 . S 5
Natural Theology . No . J . Sir , AS I presume it was never the intention of the projector of the Monthly Repository , nor the wish of the generality of its readers , that all its
pages should be devoted to theological controversy and Scriptural criticism , however important these subjects may be in themselves , and necessary to the elucidation of a rational system of
religion , I shall , if consistent with th # plan of your work , commence a series of papers on a topic that is always interesting to young persons , and which may afford matter for useful and serious reflection to those rurther
advanced in life , who , perhaps , may , from circumstances not necessary to be enumerated , have hitherto paid little or almost no attention to the wisdom and contrivance displayed in the works of the Almighty . '
Those who a re acquainted with the subject of Natural Theology will not expect originality , much lens will they look for discovery . For persons of this class these papers nre not
intended : they hope to claim the attention arid excite the interest of those readers only who would be glad to investigate the wonders of creation , without possessing the means of
doing so . It has been observed , that tfye great disadvantage tfTthe subject m its ex-
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1815, page 35, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1756/page/35/