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certain ffcligious works to send theirs afl ^ receive mine , in exchange , by which we shall obtain a better knowledge of wftat is going forward . " In the holy bonds of the Gospel , I am affectionately yours , " RfiUBEN POTTER , Jun ,
" Should you be able to comply with nay request , in forwarding a coi-Jeetion of periodical works , the sooner you send them the more the favour will be enhanced .. Letters from you and any of your friends , will l » e gratefully received , and b& certain of receiving the earliest attention .
"If . ' you wish to open a correspondence with either of the other denominations , I will refer you in my next to ministers who will be happy to unite in it . As my writing is scarcely
legible , and I have had but little time to devote to it , I fear you will not be able to read me . Inaccuracies you will please to excuse . Let me hear from you soon . " In great haste , I am yours ,
" R . POTTER , Jun . * * * < c The title of my paper is the Gospel Palladium . 6 t Mr . G . Smallfield , " Hackney , England . "
Difficulty of a purely Spiritual Conception of the Deity . 361
Sir , June 10 , 1 & 23 . CAN any of your correspondents or readers inform me , where the Rev . John Hope , formerly Tutor of
Warriugton Academy , ( mentioned in the Theolog . Repos . Vol . VIII . pp . 4 , 86 , 577 , ) was educated , and at what age he commenced his studies ? What was his father ' s Christian name ? and where he resided when John was born ? A CONSTANT READER . ijfc
Sir , MR . BELLAMY ( who has distinguished himself as a Hebrew scholar ) has somewhere said that we can have no other conception
of the Deity than as embodied in the person of Jesus Christ ; and that , in our prayers , we address a reality only so far as we have the image of Jesus Christ before us . This may seem to come stnangely from one familiar with the Jewj&k Scriptures ; who must have known that tJie worship of God
amongst the Jews previous 4 o the Christian eera , could -not possibly enafc . brace tte views of Christians of the person of Christ . * * > And yet , Mr . Editor , this gentleman ' s notion frequently recurs to niy
recollection in my intercourse with persons holding the popular creed , and suggests a somewhat formidable difficulty in regatfd to the adoption qf Unitarian views by plain , unlettered minds . It has , I believe , been often hinted . the Unitarian doctrine is too
abstract and philosophical ; too rational ( I had almost said ) for popular belief ; but , thinking as we do , the Scriptures most clearly teach the worshop of a Spiritual Being , ( not Jesus Christ , but a Being in a high spiritual sense , the Father of Jesus Christ , ) I
feel more affected , Sir , by the difficulty which seems to attend the competent conception and grasping of the idea of such a Being by uncultivated minds . It will occur to many of your readers , How relieved such minds seem , the
instant they associate the person of Jesus Christ with the Godhead ; they then expatiate with all freedom on a " pardoning God , " a " merciful God , " &c ;
and if their convictions are not very clear , their feeling's seem then to have an object to which they promptly attach themselves with grateful , fervent affection . .
Conversing lately with a welL-meaning female of the Establishment , who seemed peculiarly happy in a new religious experience , I found it impossible to fix her view for a moment on the Deity separate from the personal
image of the Saviour . She notwithstanding declared she prayed to God , and , I had some reason to believe , used a language in prayer that might seem almost correct and scriptural to Unitarian Christians . But , till the
person of the Mediator was in her view , her ideas seem to have been without an object , and her words without meaning . For my own aid and guidance , Mr . Editor , 1 shall be happy in th& suggestions of any of your intelligent readers on this difficulty ;
« - . I B M « # and beg to ask them , whether we may not ( for a creature of sight and sense as man is ) refine too much in the worship of God , and reiect the aid , of the senses and imagination more than it could ever have been intended we should do ? For ray own part , I freely
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1823, page 351, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1785/page/39/