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f' The necessity of human actions is just as good an argument against revelation , as revelation is in favour of free agency . '' In answer to'the objection that necessity
makes God the author of sin , he says , p . 19 , that he " can nei - thaf conceive the possibility of the creature ' s sinning against its Creator , nor perceive the least difference between permitting and
causing with respect to aa acknowledged first cause of infinite power and-wisdom . " He concedes a great deal as to the mischievous consequences of the doctrine of necessity ,, by his mode of answering this charge against it , which is , that " the situation of human creatures is such , that it is morally impossible that this doctrine should ever be generally received , probably not by one jTian in a million / ' and that , with regard to this one man , the speculative belief of it will scarcel y be attended by any bad consequences , because it is not likely tfcat he will investigate the subject till he arrives " at a time of life When habits of acting are
unchangeably formed , and prcjtfl daces of every kind have taken tdb deep foot to be-entirely eradicafed / ' p . 23 . Still he considers tH % doctrine of necessity as a greajt Ci
and invaluable discovery . When satisfactorily proved and clearlyassented to , ( he says p . 30 *) it appears to me to be the sword which cutteth all knots , the solution of all doubts , and the panacea for every uneasiness & ( ' the human mind , 1 mean that it is
productive of these effects , in case a proper use . be' made of it ; whether . such use ever is or ever can be made of it , I presume not to determine . ' ' It would . up- * pear from the whole tract that the author had no idea of a future
life . His § tyle is ^ Jovenly , his allusions disgustingly ^ coarse , and his jeers at Christianity profane ; but there is often a smartness irj his arguments . He discovers throughout a contempt of human nature . I am , Sir , * Your humble servant A . B .
* 1 R , Sept . 22 , 1807 . 1 lately picked up on a bookstall a volume in small quarto , with the following title :
' «* The Two Books of John Crellius Franc us , touching One God the Father , •^• herein many ThngB also concerning the Nature of the Son of God and the Kply' Spirit are-discoursed of . Translated jout of JLajine jnto English . Printed in J £ os 7 h 0 &vrirt at the Sign of the St * n-Beams , ih 8 i * Yipar of < wr Lord MDCLXV . " " TPfiW I . appreJheud , is the version of Crellivu 4 < De uno Deo
a 4 Creltius DeUno Peo .
Patre , " which Dr , Toulmin menv tions as printed at Amsterdam iri 1665 , ( Mem . of Socinu * , p . 422 *) lie probably never met with the
book , or he would have mentioned the pleasantry at the bottom of rlie title-page . It shews the cnWtion with which a work deemed heretical was sent forth when , jjie . publisher could on \ y vemiir ^ vlp vl
describe , Inii ^ self as Citi ^ 4 t ^ £ the world , four ' s , ' l ^ v ^ i
CUELHUS u * BE UNO DEO , " \ * To the Editor of the Monthly Repository . ¦
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1808, page 14, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2388/page/14/