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Lord , " * the u Advocate at the Father V right haitd , " and in the midst of a congregation met together in his name ,, would be also petitioned , prayed to , as able to save to the uttermost all who come unto that GOD through
him- Towards such an approximation , the first step would be the abdication of all unscriptural phraseology ; the subordination and delegated authority of the Logos—Theos , the next : but within the ample range of this preliminary circumscription , the
proposed Liturgy would expatiate as freely as the letter of the Bible would admit , and scarcely therefore propitiate , in all its parts , an unanimous , though concurrent expression of devotion . While ' * the mercy-seat " shone with none but borrowed rays ,
it would still perhaps peer as one of the most prominent features of the sanctuary ; as the incense ascended from its altar , the high priest who wafted it towards heaven might still fix the tearful eye of many a"suppliant , and when the AHelujah ascended with one heart and voice to Him who
sitteth upon the throne , what if the Lamb were not all around , so with one heart and voice , forgotten ? Thes £ are appalling annunciations , undoubtedly , to many a scriptural Christian ; there are , on the other hand . iiot a few
as consistent Bib lists , whose ear they will by no means offend ; and for one , I am free to confess , that though reformation proceeded no farther than to these limits , most cordially should I rejoice to see the religious service of the Established Sect ( the best , in my
opinion , but for its traditional deformities , with which I am acquainted , ) so far purged of what every idolater of the litera scripta of the sacred records must deem its two capital pollutions . Whether the more sweeping Unitarian would patronize what he might deem
so partial , so insufficient a compromise , f know not : but from the silence of our body , I certainly presume that mere man-ism , ( I use the word iti no invidious sense , ) is averse from the experiment . To that implied decision , I now therefore respectfully bow with regret , and subscribe myselfi J . T . CLARKE . i .. , ¦ , ¦ . . . ¦ . . * Act * ii . 36 . See Oriesbach in lp .
40 Dr . Philipps on the Review of his Sermon before the Unitarian Fund . *
Broom JBank 9 jtear Sheffield , Sin , January 17 > 181 9 * THE Reviewer of my Discourse , which was preached in May last , before the Supporters of the Unitarian Fund , having intimated to tne , [ Vol .
XIII . p . 766 , ] " that it is not quite correct" perhaps , " to quote Luke vi . 12 , as a proof that our Lord continued a whole night in ' a dreary solitude , since tfpoo-evxri , sometimes , and probably here , signifies an oratory , or 44 house of prayer ; " I feel myself
called upon to explain . lam well satisfied , and have always entertained the opinion , that the word Trpoa-evxy often signifies an oratory , and that such is the sense in the passage quoted , as well as in Acts xvi . 13 , to which the reviewer has referred me . But the
term " dreary solitude" was a term which I applied , as every reader may see , not to thentpocrtvyfl , but the mountain to which our Lord had gone , and on which he continued all night , ( Sox-WKT € p € vuv € v ti ) < xpocr £ vxy rov ® £ 0 t 7 ) "in the oratory of God . " Some indeed ; think this to be rather a harsh
translation , and prefer the common version , which is also adopted in the new one , and which I have followed , notwithstanding its . supposed incorrectness . Indeed this adoption cannot require
much defence , when it must be admitted that prayer or devout communion with God ( which is prayer taken in its most comprehensive sense ) was our Saviour ' s object . Tndeed it ought to be mentioned in favour of the
common translation , that the Cambridge Manuscript has oevrov after the word 7 vpo < revxQ instead of rov . The reviewer has referred me to Acts xvi . 13 , and Bishop Pearce ' s Commentary and Note . 1 have not that author at hand , but I admit that the Jews had their
irpoo-evxcu near to rivers , or by the seaside , and in other retired places on the plains ; or , near to ( as the preposition € ig sometimes signifies ) the mountains ; but they had them also on the hills an mountains themselves , the retreat of the moat recluse , because the least
exposed to intrusion . See Jennings ' s Jewish Antiquities , Vol . II . p . 91 , also p , 6 & These irpoa-evxai included a certain space of ground enclosed with walls and open to the Heaven * , according to Philo , Josephus and Other writers , whither devout persons iresorted alone , or in company , for reli-
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1819, page 40, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1768/page/40/