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defended . Let us bear , Sir , what that eloquent man brings forward in his own defence , and
let us acquit or find him guilty , upon his own plea and words . I remain , CANDIDUS .
To the Editor of the MontAty Repository .
SIR , What a fine thing it is to be a deep scholar ! And with what exquisite grace does the learned Theologus ascend the throne of biblical criticism , and deal out
his sententious dictumsand thundering anathemas !—As who should say , " I am Sir Oracle , And when I ope my lips , let no dog bark . "
For who , Mr . Editor , before the learned Theologus , ever dreamed that within a year or two after the resurrection of Jesus converts to Christianity were so numerous at Rome , as to excite the notice of government , and to
become the objects of an imperial persecution ? Who , before the learned Theologus published his wonderful discoveries , ever heard that the emperor Tiberius , instigated by " his favourite minister , "
caused " two thousand to be put to death , and banished the rest to remote islands , where they might perish by the severity of the climate : " and that after having thus killed them all , this merciful emperor ' * issued an edict iu favour
of the Christians , in which h # commanded the wicked only to b # punished ? " which equitable conduct , as the learned Theologus gravely observes , < c contributed
greatly to the security and edification of the yet infant church , " and even extorted u a just tribute of praise" from the apostle himself . Who , Sir , before the learned Theologus , ever divined that this first imperial persecution , so
violent and sanguinary , though hi * therto ^ unheard of , was originally owingfto the offence taken by the virtuous Sejanus at the nefarious practices of some u wicked Jew , who , pretending to teach wisdom out of the law , was concerned with two others like himself in
adultery with a celebrated wo * man ? " and , what was still worse , they even prevailed upon this distinguished lady * ' to withhold the rich presents given by her to the temple at Jerusalem /* A deed
so monstrous and unprecedented , that the infamy of it resounded far beyond the limits of the Roman world , and , as the learned Theologus vouches , i 4 of course gave occasion to the Roman peo ~
Strictures on the Critiques of Theologus . % fff
MISCELLANEOUS COMMUNICATIONS .
STRICTURES OK THE CRITIQUES OP THEOLOGUS ON Ci TJW "IMPROVED VERSION .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1810, page 387, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2407/page/11/