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position of Mr . Kenriek : ' ^ if ^ fd some persons they were obnoxious , and unpopular in the eyes of others he had not so learned Christ as to shrink , on these accounts , froii ^ Avowing , them ; but , as became | L consistent Protestant , he manifested a fervent , well regulate 4 and enlightened zeaL far their difj » fusion . In the event , many members of his congregation embraced them from rational conviction ,, notwithstanding their warm aU tachment to the name , character
and memory of their late venerable £ astory whose creed approached more nearly to the standard of imagined orthodoxy . Such was ,
the enerpjr of trutii j «^ sjttCh the consequence of th& # blessing ^ of Heaven" upon the assiduity - and faithfulness of the preacher and the insenuousaess ^ of the * bearers I
At the half-yearly , assembly of the Protestant Dissenting ministers of Devon find Cornwall , at Exeter ^ May 7 , 1788 , ^ I r . Kenriek delivered a discourse , 'Which , at the request of the respectable body of
men to , whom it was principally addressed , he afterwards -made public : it is entitled , 4 < An in-, quiry into the best method of com * muiiicating . reli ^^ j § "knowledge to young rpen ;* Vffi&d the pre&che ^ soon began to carry intOi etfeet , within' the circle of his own con ^
nections , those plans of systematic and regular instruction tfye neces sityand importance of which ' he had ably illustrated in ^ iis ser mon .
. Early in 1792 he published a sermon wjbich had be $ n delivered on tHe 'pffeceding fiffh of N ^ vefn * kev , and which he Aititled ; u l % e spirit of ficrsecu | qi ^ $ eictfiiyplifioil ^ ^
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ft ; popular and reputedly orthddpx tenets being treated on as leading propositions , and honour- ' cd with at least the semblance of
regular proof ; while a scholtan era lemma is deemed sufficient for sentiments which vary from them , or to which they are op- , posedi- When divinity is . thus
faugftt from human systems , it becomes an object of secondary consideration to ascertain the sense of the sacred writings ; and the student ' s mind is prepossessed with theories , instead of being assisted in , attaining the end of his
researches . Nor had Mr . Kenriek been long at Exeter before he was convinced of the evils of this method of instruction ^ however modified , and of the necessity , of his deriving Christian truth fcom the unpolluted fountain of tke ^ rriptures .
In the course of his investigation he gained a persuasion , which gradually increased in strength ^ that Jesus , the mediator of the new covenant ^ is neither Gdd fcqual with the Father , nor a preexistent and stiperangelic bqing ,
tut simply of the human race , though highly distinguished by the Deity beyond former messengers and prophets . Hence he regarded the doctrine of the gospel as more simple incjeecl than be had hitherto considered it , but at the
same , time as proportionably more credible , and useTul t On other fijiportant : articles jn . dispute Hmong the professors of
Christianity , he also disclosed about , this period j [ i change in his opinions . To conceal , or disguise his views of divine truth .. - 'ff-oih the societies tyhan f he served was not the dis-
60 M&m&s tifike TateEcv * Tit&otfy Ktmiek *
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Feb. 2, 1808, page 60, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2389/page/4/