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liberty of worship secured to the Protestants by the charter .
Art . V . —An Affectionate Appeal to the Sons of Israel , the Chosen Nation . By one of their Brethren , Abraham Elias Caisson . London . 1827- Hunter , pp . 12 . Much laudable zeal has been of late years devoted in this country , both by Churchmen and Dissenters , to attempts to convert the Jews to Trinitarian
Christianity . We believe that the sanguine hopes of success which were once entertained by the promoters of this scheme have been greatly allayed by the result of their experiments . They have , in some cases , suffered themselves to become the dupes of the selfish and the
crafty , who have made a show of chang - ing their religion for the sole purpose of sharing the good things which , it was understood , their pious friends had to dispense to their proselytes . The number of their actual converts has , we suspect , been very small ; and how could it be otherwise ? It is not in human nature
that men who have deeply imbibed , from their earliest childhood , the religious faith which had been imparted to their fathers by a divine revelation , and which they had been appointed to guard and defend as a sacred deposit , should at once relinquish it for a system which must appear to them to propose new objects of worship , against the repeated
injunctions and the awful denunciations of Jehovah , by their lawgiver and prophets . If Jews are to be converted to Christianity it must be to that form of it which maintains , in agreement with the Jewish revelation , that Jehovah alone , the God and Father of Jesus Christ , is to receive religious service and adoration under the Messiah ' s kingdom .
We have been led to these remarks by the perusal of the little pamphlet whose title we have transcribed above . The writer is a member of the Jewish nation , a native of Constantinople , who has passed a great part of his life in Italy and France . By his own reading and
reflection he has been brought to believe that the Messiah is come , and that Jesus was the Messiah . With this belief , however , he retains his former opinions as to the strict personal unity of God , audjnaamtains the perpetual obligation of the Jewish ritual ton Hebrew , but not on Gentile , proselytes . WM * these view * .
he still frequents the synagogue , and joins in its worship . Being himself a decided convert to Christianity , he is desirous of effecting the conversion of others of " the sons of Israel , " and of taking such steps for
the promotion of this object as he may be able , either through the press or by personal conference . The present pamphlet is to be considered as an introductory measure , designed chiefly to make known his principles and wishes . The Unitarians may possibly think the author and his scheme entitled to some
attention . We subjoin a few extracts as explanatory of Mr . Caisson ' s religious notions . " What a privilege this is , -my brethren , to be a chosen nation , a peculiar people ; chosen , doubtless , for wise purposes , which in their own time must be
accomplished ! Every believer in the Law must agree with me in this ; but many among you will , I fear , be offended , when I appeal also to the words of the Messiah . For they will say , The Messiah is not come , and we are in patient expectation of his coming .
** But , my brethren , this is a vain expectation . Age . has succeeded age ; but we , who have been favoured with marks in the Law and the Prophets by which to know the Messiah when he comes , must , if we pay attention to them , perceive that his first coming is passed ; and his second coming , which is looked for by all the followers of Jesus , can be
known only by those marks which are given as well in the writings peculiar to our nation , as in those which , composed all by men of our nation , complete the history of the dispensations of God to mankind The Messiah , after his resurrection from the dead , ascended into heaven in the presence of his disciples ,
all of our nation ; and it was then declared to them , that as they saw him ascending into heaven , in like manner should he be seen returning : seen , doubtless , by disciples of the same nation , when it shall be restored to its ancient habitations , and become , under its Lord , the glory of the people of the
earth . " These are great encouragements to us in our present forlorn condition ; in which we imwt remain unless our eyes are enlightened , and we thankfully accept the covenant as made with our fathere . It is in vain th * t we Look for blessings on the one hand , whilst on the other we reject the precepts on which they are founded /*—Pp . 3—5 .
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1827, page 603, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1799/page/51/