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protrtises . And these tracts taken home by the children , will , perhaps * in most instances , be read by their parents or some others of tbe foaail y *
and therseby their intaerest and value being discovered , they will , it k hoped , by degrees , lead to the cultivation of real religious principles among the connexions of the children ; an abject as closely cotrnectexl with our
Fellowship Funds and Unitarianisra , as it is with the Christian Tract Society . " But these excellent tracts miTstbe well citicuxuATEi > to be read , estimated and bring forth fruit . " I trust that the appeals in behalf
of the Christian Tract Scfcciety will not be lost sight of by our Fellowship Funds and congregations having Sunday and Charity Schools , or opportunities of doing good , by the distribution of these truly valuable tracts . * ' Yours * very respectfully , "A Fellowship Fukd Member .
M&mMr&k on tib& Dootrinetof Dr . Priestley httd Dr . S . Stortt % . && §
Remarks on two mysterious Doctrines of Dr . Priestley and Dr . Southuwod Smith * Sir , June 12 , 1823 . 1 KNOW of ao sect or party altogether exempt from inconsistency , and I have always considered the Unitarians as affording a striking exemplification of this remark , in laying so much stress oft their objection to the Trinitarian doctrine , from its mystery *
When they attempt to prove that it ia unfounded in the language © f Scripture , they do no more than exercise that right which unquestionably belongs to evetfy Ckristian ; and this , m truth , h the only mode of reasoning oa the aifcb&ect whick ca » be called
Ie # himate 4 But when they cohtend , as they are too apt to dov that thg dot * trine ought to be refected on account of Us rnystef ]< mi feature , and it * obvious impossibility , they evince the sarne degree of prefjildice which , they im ~ pute to their adv © i ^ sriwi > awd act in
direct contradict wan to their © wh prao t * ee on other pcwnta o ( tfpeeultfrive theology . Without reeusriing * ta th « ^ Bexpliettble diiSeiiktes ^ rhich meet u ^ in evety quarter i iy \ mn we direct o «* Ww > tighi » to tine optsratkmk of the Natural w < irtd , I shall « brtteaft myself w * th sekfctiB ^ two in jftmiceii flram Oni * <^ iatt uritexi < ot « t-kttatVJedged emU
itenm which may s < 3 re to v ^ nfy flke charge 1 have here advanceid . In the first volume of Dr . PrieSttey'fe Institutes of Natural , and Reve&fed Religion , ( f > p . 7 , S , ) we meet Vrith the folJowing- remarkable passage ; aftelarguing that the Deity miist h&vQ
exerted ins creative powder froik aH eternity , he observes , ' * So little are our mkids equal to these speculaitiobd , ' that though we all agree * that an infinite duration must have preceded the present moment , and that anythei 4 infinite duration must riecessarilv
follow it 5 and thoagh the former 6 rthese is continually receiving additions , which is , in o ^ r idea , the same thirtg as its growing continually larger ; totm the latter i 3 suffering a » g ^ e ai ; diminution , which , in our idea , is tlie ^ m £
thing as its growing continually } e& $ yet we are forced to acktidwledge tfet they both ever have been , em 4 alv ^ ays must be , exactly equal 5 neither off them being at any time conceivably greater dr less than the other . Nay , we cannot conceive how both the&e
eternities added together , fean be greater than either of thdm taken separately . ^— " Is ft txossibte , " the Trinitarian may well ask , " to coneefve any contradiction more palpable thfcn tho ^ e which are involved in the belief * tl « n the creation is coeval with its JVffcker ;
that there is an eternity past wbfeU if * always ifrcrgafcing , aiid an eternity t *> eome which is always db » itai $ hihg ^ ^ bH yet that both of ifeeni erer have bee # , and ever m » st he ; preeiseiy eqU&l ;
and lastly , that tkese rsvo eterrnitfe « added together , wHl not amount to tnore than one of them taken separately } " Stranger language than thte lias never , I believe , been tided by t \ $ &
most zealous advocate of tho Trinity ; but in the present day , it is satisfactory to observe , that the ifcajofitydf tbe more liberal tfivihefc beibrtgi h £ % e the Established CJmtch , fe * t
ttcttltented with the simple scfif > mral giat ^ ment of this doe ^ tte ; ^ vithourAlte tn ^ rl ^ ing a tnetaphfaU **) ^ xplatiatioti < Jf wh& t fe confessedly beybctfl the i *> mprehen ^ « idn of finite wmler ^ tamltrigW . It irt tiot the ^ sg&me 6 f thfe l > felt f > vhfch weight , ia ^ iy oriiriioii ^ to e ^ rtte dii r
resQffrches , w much m hte atWibwites «« 4 dh&mtrer f MA to \ vfo ^ t > y ike united < M of teattttir dndrmelmibfi ettii WlisftitwriJr a ^ ertaln ttfc \* l * tt , need
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1823, page 339, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1785/page/27/