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Pontius Pilate ( 47— -49 ) , and concludes ( 49 ) " that the sacrifice , predestined by Almighty Providence , was accomplished—if not without human crime , yet , the signal treachery of one man only excepted , without any that we seem warranted to impute" ! In the same manner , he ventures to remark in the " Observations upon Heathenism , " by far the least interesting part of the volume , that the alarm
of the Roman government at the growing reception of Christianity was not unreasonable ( 176 , &c . ); and he asserts that persecution on account of religion was not unknown among the Greeks and Romans , and maintains that it was not wrong ( p . 160 ) . This frankness we cannot but admire , whilst we lament the secret influence of opinions and predilections , with regard to actual political parties and present disputes and dissensions , ia perverting the Writer ' s historic and moral judgments .
Not willing to conclude this notice of the " Observations" in the language of censure , we shall give the author ' s estimate of the " last thoughts " of Cicero upon religion , in which we are disposed to believe that he is not mistaken : " The opinions on which he finally rested are marked in his treatise on
Elderhood , that intitled Scipio ' s Dream , and more especially that on the Consolation of Philosophy , In all these he has asserted , after Socrates , his confidence in the existence , the omnipotence , and the goodness of ( the ) Deity * in the immortality of the human soul , in the future reward of human virtue , and punishment of human wickedness . "—Pp . 169 , 170 .
Art . IV . —A Letter to the Right Hon . the Earl of Liverpool , K . G ., on the " Unitarian Marriage Bill , " in which is considered the Expediency as well as the Justice of redressing the Grievance complained of by the Dissenters . By a Presbyter of the Church of England . This Presbyter is verily a " Priest writ large . " He denies to the petitioners for the Bill the title conceded to them by the Episcopal Bench , by the Noble Lord to whom his Letter is addressed , and even by that cautious
tolerator on the Woolsack , whose anxiety for the Church and its dignities and monopolies transcends that of its Right Reverend Fathers upon earth . He calls himself a " Trinitarian , " because he asserts the existence of three persons in the Godhead , but quarrels with the believers in God in one person , as " having very improperly chosen to denominate themselves Unitarians . " He " must be permitted to call them Socinians , " ( a title which
they disclaim as notoriously inapplicable to their faith and object of worship , } " until they think proper to select a less objectionable appellation . " The worshiper of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is stigmatized as an " open blasphemer of the Lord God of Christians ; " and , not content with denouncing Unitarian devotion as imperfect , the Presbyter boldly «* accuses the Socinians of worshiping a . false God , " and " setting up an idol
of their own . " Of course , after this it would be highly preposterous and unseeml y for the IC Socinians" to feel offended at the sedulous anxiety with which , throughout the pamphlet , their title to the Christian name is rebutted , and they must console themselves with the humble hope that the " Judge of all , " overlooking the petty distinctions of name and opinion , of which bigotry w so tenacious , may condescend to accept , under the more comprehensive
£ 64 Review . " — Unitarian Marriage BilL
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), May 2, 1827, page 364, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1796/page/52/