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xq one , painjt , $ * &&&& % i $ c jp c ^ li ^ y to be fa ^ oura ^ le , to tfftifth , Thgj ^ p * ^ deacon has chosen a narrow arena for the display of W $ polemical . power , and dexterity , and his opponent keeps strictly within the lists . We do iiot
pretend to be impartial in the contest , ]> ut laying aside prejudice as far as we can , we feel authorized to pronounce , that the issue is decidedly favourable to Unitarianism ,
The " Letter" i s highly honourable to Mr . Fox , on account not only of the logical ability which it eminentl y displays , but also of the good temper hi which it is written , there being no one phrase in it that the least friendly reader can object to on the ' ground of iin charitableness .
In the investigation of particular texts the Letter-writer i 3 successful , but the general remarks towards the end are particularly valuable . There is a force in them which we see not how any candid inquirer can resist .
Besides these , Mr . Fox has given ( pp . 44—46 ) a table of propositions , supported by references to the Gospel of John , which justify , the title of his Letter and prove the Apostle to have been an Unitarian .
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Review . — Ya 4 € s s ^ rx n ^ n kefq ^ ie ^ the , Scottish Unitqrmp Association . 72 & ~
Art . V . —The Scriptural Meaning oj the Title ** Saviour" as applied to our Lord : a Sermon ^ preach ed at Glasgow , July 28 , J 822 , at the Annual Meeting of the Scottish Unitarian Association . By James Yates , M . A . F . fr . S . Member of the Geological Society , one of the Ministers of tlxe New Meeting-House , Birnriu £ batfi . 8 vp # pp . 46 . Eaton . 2 s . 1823 .
THIS is a very able discourse ; somewhat too critical perhaps for an unlearned auditory , l > ut . # ell deserving serious * tpd ^ in tfie cl <^ t It has too the recommendation ^ i ^ ely found in a Sermon , of some ildvelty , l >« ng the expdritioi \ G * nd it 0 tf ) udiwoiis and clear exposition ) fcf a be * culiar theory . T&i fiuth ^ ; MH best explain his own design : . V . v ^ The pro » ecu | ionW # siMtiiiy ^ m lead you < , I * ppfrM » a v " fo ~ <^ term Salvation * as denoting iu fe most commoh scrlptuwjl acnsfe , deliverattce , not jrom eterilar misery in Me nefrt world , »« Jt from gul l * , ignorance and wretched-
ness fa thfo i and , yvhen ran acknowledge J ^ &'&r % te * b * i m % ^ P ^ h pifcserviWgf > 6 u ; iiat (^ &&mmg & ^ e immediate reference and geuuiOT ^ tce of that title ) from damnation in tfoJ&e ' to comeJ but from the principles and
practices of * tAfa present euitworldJ' It is true , that all Christians , who shall attain to the bliss and glory of the heavenly state , will ascribe this deliverance , no less than the other , to the influence of their Christian faith ; and , since the cultivation of Christian virtues here is the
direct and appointed method of procuring unspeakable happiness hereafter , the ackuowledgfmeni of Jesus Christ as our deliverer from spiritual darkness and corruption , implies an acknowledgment , that he is also our deliverer from shame and
wretchedness in the life to come . It nevertheless appears evident , —and I hope to prove it to the satisfaction of candid and impartial minds , —that the terms under consideration are not most commonly used with any immediate reference to the effects of the gospel upon our
condition after death ; but that they are used , except in comparatively rare instances , to describe its beneficial operation durifcg the present life ; and I advance this interpretation with the greater confidence , because I am Supported in it by
the authority of some critics , held in high estimation by Christians of every sect ; and especially by the authority of Dr . Henry Hamniond , who gives place to none in Jong-established -reputation for learning , diligence , accuracy and fidelity ;
and who , in his Comuaeotary upon the New Testament , maintains in its fullest extent the view of the subject , which it is my design to lay before you . " *—Pp . 6 , 7 . ' " ' ; We thiak that Mr . J . Yates has
c €€ See especially his Note on Luke xiii . 23 : * Are there few that be saved ? He shews the import of this' question ^ to be , * Is the number smalt of those who embrace the Gospel ? 9 He has also , loj » g and instructive notes , in support ot , tlje same views , on Rom . x . 1 , and . xl H . ^| . Le Clerc , in \ ps > Additional N ^ W-jJlft Hammond , follows the same ^^ HMH ^^ f interpretatlojn ; ^ vhicH is also > Wj | igC ,. bi Dr . John Tajrfor i ^ ^ ^ AWS ^ pubiped , on the Wfjti ^ W&t'Pfai and by thevtete M r . Bm * mlnster , of Boston , N . / Mftipca , Ui his excellent Sermon * , "No . 18 ^ -m Ep | i . it 5 / '
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Dec. 2, 1823, page 729, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1791/page/49/