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rele Calvintets , I have mentioned « pret@fitioa or reprobatka */ though ' it is , indeed , scarcely any thing tout a distinction without a difference , or according to Wesley ' s explanation , « God did wt damn them * but decreed . They never should W saved ;"
Though Bishop Buraet , in his jK # - position , would prepare the 17 th Article for an Anmnian subscription ex mimo , because ' * it does not make * any oi ^ ntioa ef reprobation ; no not in a hiat . " Calvin understood this
subject better , and maintains the rigorous consistency of his fao # * tbile decretum against the moderate * of his day $ deefcSag , at the same time , that the non-elect will compnse a large majority of the human race , a decision * against which humanity has
revolted i » the gentle bosoms of many followers of € ah £ ny though it was worthy of a Christian persecutor wh ^ eould conscientiously betray his earr ^ spottdeat Ser&etue i&to a prison , glory in his destruction , and insult his memory . C&lvin thus writes :
** Multi > ac si invidiara a Deo repellera vellent , eleotionem ita f&fcentur , ut negent q * iemquan * reprofrari ; sed inscitfe nutefe , et pueriliter . Quando ipsa elec 4 to , nisi reprobattoai ojvposita , non staret . Dteetur segregare Beus quo » adoptat k * sa * u * ern :
Ioftuit <> 9 MQ& adipigci , vet &am ind ^ istria acquirere , quod sola elfeceio puweU confer , pltisqi ^ am Mw wfefe di cotur . Quos ergo Dens praeterit , reprobat : ne ( fu <» alia de causa afei quiVd ab haereditate quam filita suifrpFaedteatintU : , illos v » tt eKclttdere . ^ Mstft . fi » iii . G . xxxMi . S . 1 .
The oki tra » sla ^ r thtm gives the senee of Ctolbito : * Many fecte ^ d , as t-hough . t ? hey wo \> ldi (* Five ^ away the ^ alice * ft ^ m God ^ dfr so ^ giant election , that fcheyde » y that a » y man is reprobate :- hut' tbey de to € > igilorantly and childishly « for as ra * cb a& election itself could not stolid unless it
were siet contrary to ^ reprobationvO )» d is 8 ai < i- to- sever tkem- whon ^ ae adopts ^ tli Unto SMJyn tj iifr ) ? it ^ h o ^ i ld fcft RlOr ^ thw < 6 Qli 9 l 4 y 3 f 0 d tlX aj ; other dp ailh ^ r by chance ,, w , by t 6 « il ? own ei *( te £ wMj : thaj
Qbt ^^ whicb < qhJ ® eleQtMW ^ jpyetk ^^ f ^ ivk Tl ^^ fwQ wfaoi ^ % ^ tp ^ s « - ^ aA o ^ er h& f # p&iteth \ : « agrfj 4 > r ^ QAlie other cause , but for that he will ^ Xh . <^ ludte them from th ^ inheritance firhic h
he dctf 9 i fHRBdesfiliate-te ^ lus chltdren / 9 //^^ Sftt ^ aH ( 1634 ^ f > - 462 . - I have been vtcy dewms of tto ^ ticiag , before the cofieiusson of your present vohinae ^ a passage ( p ; 55 ^ eol . 1 ) in the Obituary of I > r . Aikitu I was the arbitrator choaea by the other party in 1806 ,, and have atili fc distinct recollection of £ > r * Aikkr ' a pa ^ r
fisiit investigation of the subject in dispute , and of * the anxiety lie di »^ covered to perform the duiie ^ , n 0 t indeed of aa advocate or a partizan * of which hewas incapable ,, on sueh an oeeasido , but of an equitaixle iudge such as an arbitrator sfeouM always conaideT himself , however , oa eon **
roencin ^ axv qxslry ^ he may be , una > voidsfchly , pre | tidiced in fa ^ ooc of Mks paarty who £ ^> pmnted hiro . I v&Ak Temembmp that whea the exaimna ^ itonsa were ek » ed , tmd we hud met to disof
eosa the i ^ erits tke question ^ DffL A&in paafcpoBj&i tha dis ^ itssian , that he might re-examine some alleged : fact w £ ic& he apprehended that he had too has ^ iTy adaaitted .
Th £ se representations I have considered u » , becoming my respect for the memory of Dr . ABein ^ though qui ^ e litRfleeess ary to sustain , either aimottg his acquaintance ^ or ^ before rfie worid at large , She reputation o £ his ehanicter for just discernm ^ aoct undi strict integrity .
J . T . B&JTT . P . & I can beau testimony to fehe M eccentricity of eharacter ^ odf Dr .. George Edwarda ,, ( pk 1 J 9 > eok 1 ^> from the recollection : of a » comneiisatioti ia
I h ^ ki wifck hina m . 1732 ; eompany with soiwe literary and political asafiK ciates « Yet I Suspect that you were misled , in imputing to him that very extraordinary dedication *
Mr . Qeorg ? e Edwards , tti& odbhrated ) natturalfet , iu 1 ? 7 ^ U prefixed su ^ h ai dedicatiQtt to the fourth volume < stE his f < HiaftHy of Birds . It ^ is « hoh ted ,, at kEBflflifc im Bfa& ~ B * H . > V 4 6 S 4 U
ivhere Dr . Kippis remarks , that it " was without doubt , very piously dtesigned ^ tout that the wisdom of it cttmiot be comjneud ^ di SUtih I dn , ae ^ ||
« uiipti ^^ \ & ac ^^; WE itsufti ; sen ^ e of ptf ^ ty * . ^ ly ^^ i ^ for ajxy / humaiwcije ^ iix ^ ftnft th © few in ^ si ^ nQQA of t ^ k ^ % tfa ^ Uai ? e occurired ; in tb ^ hfeti ^ rv of lite ^ afcuim hatterai ^ vay ^ hro « judtly oiaappt ai ^*^*
Mn > Rut to * the Ceibt Family , Qv . % If
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Dec. 2, 1823, page 717, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1791/page/37/