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pivine Beings to express his absolute soyejseigJrty , is said to bev UfQvov Ss < rBjoTV ) v ( 5 > eov . Jude _ , v » 4 .
Thus we see how futile the attempts of this writer are by aay appeals to the New Testament to support what he called the divinity of Jesus Christy and how little reason Mjr . Stone has to jrejeet a ^ iy part of the New Testame&t on account of its asserting that doctrine .
But here I must conclude , reserving , with yai * r leay ^ Si ? , som £ further observations oq this writer for another Letter , J . M .
CHRISTIAN CHURCHES . To the Editor of the Monthly Repository . Sir , I see a great deal in your Bepos . ito . iy about Trinitarian Oitaurcbes # nd Unitarian Churches , but not a word about any Church
founded upop what I esteem to be the only true principle or basis on which a Church can be settled , which is reiigious virtue , o £ which no peculiar opinions shall be the mark o £ distinction , and the service of which shall be free frool all ex-: pressions , but such ag must be acceptable to all who admit the existence of a God , the Father of the universe . This cradle pf
truth and ch . arity , into which nothing , could enter which is noxious , would draw around it whatever is intelligent and worthy in the composition of human society . All the mischiefs which the name ' of religion has brought upon the world , aud they are not to be measured by the simple deaths of ten millions of martyrs , but to be traced by the daily disturbances of almost every nation and every family , of a magnitude and extent
beyond the conception of the highest genius , arc the monstro us production of the principle , which establishes Churches to declare and bold up to view , th ^ ologioajl cxpinions . And were this practice even harmless , the absurdity of it is as striking and as childish , as would be the establishment of an university , in which nothing should be taught but some crude notions ii \ science , to be received \ vithout examination , and admitted
withput research . I acknowledge the utility of Unitarian Churches , whilst other Churches shall remaiu of a character which now disgraces all Churches j because they are more connected than others with enquiry-and reason , which by undermining priestcraft ., are leading the way to that felicity , which pure re * Jigiou must produce .
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), May 2, 1807, page 239, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2380/page/15/