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them substitute a new nomenclature for the' fundamental articles of the fiiith , and many of them compel every candidate for the ministry within the pale of their respective sects , to subscribe as a sine " qu& non of admission into it , a creed drawn up in unscri ptural language , while their Bibles are just then suffered to sleep on their shelves , as books of remote appeal or of occasional reference !! ! O the mote in a brothers eye , the beam iu our own ! CLERICUS .
Sir , High Holborn . YOUR worthy correspondent , Mr . Hinton , in his reply to an objection of mine to a paper of his on the Origin of Evil , admits , ( p . 629 , ) that on his theory it is impossible " any created intelligence can exist
without some portion of evil , " even in heaven itself ; ** that not only all creation , but that all happiness is necessarily inseparable from evil . ** This reasoning may be allowed to be conclusive as to this world . But how can it apply to a future state , to " a new world /* of which we know nothing , but which we are assured will be altogether different from the present ? The argument £ r 6 tn what God can do , and what he cannot do , is scarcely becoming such frail and ignorant creatures as we are . for the least
flaw in our conception and argument destroys our conclusion . * ' We know but in part , we see through a glass darkly . " Can any Christian so safely and confidently rely on the soundness of his metaphysical abstractions and conclusions , as to place them in opposition to the plain language of scripture ? What may be true of this state may not be true of the future ,-and what may apply justly t 5 man
here , who is a bundle of passiods , feelings , and affections , of low , earthy origin and tendency , may not apply to a " spiritual body / ' clothed with immortality . No one will hesitate to admit th ^ t all created beings , frowever perfect and ei ^ itetJ , must ever r ^ m aiA finite a , n cT at an ^ itptneaajkable d ^ an ^ e from t ^ e , 0 * etf £ M rffinr $ J essence pf . the ^ rC , ^^ atpr . BuS m question is not ^ h ^ 0 tMf ^} 1 ' ^^ pc ^ sess infinity ktid absolute perfection , but whetker ^ be Deity can pW *
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ledge , finite as to authority . But this degree of ** docility ** does not suit our theologians . No . . " The Logos God , and not all that God himself is 1 " exclaim our logicians . This can never be . The Father and the Son kv—they must be then two persons , Ik Seoq . There can be no degrees in infinite . The airoyatvcrfAcc t ^ Gogris and the Sefr ? itself must be commensurate . The x -P < ZKTr iP Tr lS virdcrtoktsgh ; and the vitoa ^ rcca-i q of which | t is the x P CCfcry lpy ftiust be in every
respect identical . The being i&a , ® eq > , must be the being i < ro <; &eq > . But if the Son be an equal person with the Father , q . e . d ., all that is said of his inferiority , though that inferiority is expressly predicated of the Son in terms , must be , somehow or other , explained away . Accordingly , one of Our dialectricians qualifies it by the supplementary phrase " as touching his manhood : " another refers it to his mediatorial office : a third discovers that when the Son says "he does not know , " he means , that he is not pleased to disclose what he does know :
a fourth , that when the Son interdicts petition to himself , and says that even upon the occasion of an address to his Father , his intercession were a work of supererogation , for that as believers on him their petitions to God would be granted as a matter of course ; he only intends to say , that they are not in future to put impertinent questions to him , for that prayer , direct and ultimate prayer , is always to be offered to the Son as well as to the Father , and that instead of making use of his name only , or presuming on its mediety in their behalf , they are to prefer one petition after another by the half hour together to him alone , and kcx-t £% oy ? iv 9 as if he were
the sole or supreme dispenser of spiritual and temporal blessings to his disciples . Now all this may be very sound and conclusive * reasom » if ; but reasoning it is , and that as latitude narian as possible , in the teeth of as categorical averment as ever fell from the lips of inspitation . And are these then the men who talk of ^ questioniilggT ratiier , than learning" 1 in good ti * lith are-they , though in pursuance and €€ confirmation strong" of nthelr unique adherence to the litera scripta of holjrtfrit ; its iilsisaima verba , many of
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1823, page 584, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1789/page/24/