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ilR . AR * ENT 11 R , * 3 RIM A TUCSON MR BELSHAM S cc STRtfcttVltES . t * ¦ ' ¦ • • * ¦ ¦ ' " ' " ' [ HHI M . 1 ' ¦ To the Editor of tke Monthly Reposito ' ry .
SIR , " OM Sivitfbrd , Jan . fcxfll 8 o 8 . I think my friend Belsham is obliged to nib for the opportunity which I ha # e gjven him of shewing his skill in tvtelding theVeapons 6 f controversy , and also your readers
for the entertainment which they have received from his masterly pen . I too , though the object of his attack , have not srftarted so severely as to prevent my deriving amusement from his wit , though the supercilious and Contemptuous tone which he has often assumed
has not afforded me equal pica ., sure . However ^ I will not forget that I wrote something calculated to hurt nis feelings , and that I inight justly expect some retaliation which I . have received fou r * fold .
My friend represents my defence of Arianism as weak ; I acknowledge that I orniltexl many passages of scripture which might have been adduced in favour of the pre-existence of Christ j bht I do pot know that I have attempted
any defence pf Arianism , nor even that I am an Arian : for it js not an article of pny preed , that Christ ii a created being , or that there was a time wheji he did not exist . This is a question too difficult for pie to solve . I only maintain that he is' derived frbm and dependent upon the self-existent Jehovah , and tita . it he is the vicegerent of his father in the formation , Tedempt ! Qi ) and judgment of the world The , lanJ * guagc of scriptpre is I think clear and strong in favour o ( the jsubbrdijtiate divinity of Chmt : if J ^ staki 6 notj Dr . Frkntjey ha |
^ hewrt that this was the prevailing opinion of the early fathers , this appears to me to be the doctrine of the Nicene creedj and 1 ap *
prehend that as long as thte writi ings of St . John and St » Paul ate pegused , the great m ^ orfty of C&istians will continue to believe , -as they have done , in the divinity and atonement of Christ . It r * of
little c 6 nsequence to say that Ariactism was unknown till the beginning of the fourth centiiry , nor will it avail mtich if it caii We proved that the majority of Jewish Christians believed in the simple humanity of Christ / since they re * jected the writings of Sr » Pftui .
My friend accuses * me of illibe . ^ rality with respect to him . I Wish to clear myself from this charge , lind . I btlifeve tjiatwnilt 1 said personally was more r ^ pectfut than otherwise ; at least I intended that it should be so . I spoke of some of niy fellow students &s , hot knowing where Co stop in their change of stentimenfci , and Mr . B . mignt justly suppose that he Was intruded in the numbe # y but as he seems to glory in the charge , an apology from me is
unnecessary I also inserted a note respecting the' different situations which h ^ occu pied as divinity tutor , and the different success which he met with , and this with a view to abate his aseal in making
prqselytes to his present system . I should h ^ ve added in that note , aqdfI nvw acknowledge tl > at several respectable ministers were brotight up under histtt | ti 6 n at Hackney , btit f have Jieard him &M < f ^ ifim > ' 4 & ra ^ ny © f the 6 tu *
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Feb. 2, 1808, page 69, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2389/page/13/