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turns , t % e T ? otVs % Views of Reli . . jr-. v , ^ v :, »¦; gW .=: [ From Reliqdest of Robert Burns 5 col Icetq 4 and published by R . H . Cro mek , 8 to . p , # 62 , 30 "Those of either sex , but parti
cularly the female , who are lukewarm in that most important of all things , religion— O , my soul , come not thou into their secret !' I will lay before you the outline of my belief . He who is our author arid preserver , and will one day
be biir judge , must be , ( not for his sake , in the way of duty , but from the native impulse of our hearts , ) the object of our reverential awe and grateful adoration he is almighty and all-bounteous ; we '^ re weajc and dependent : hence
pniyer and every other sort of devotion . — * He is not willing that ajrv should perish , but that all snbiii , H cptne to everlasting life ? consequently , it mjust be in every tq his
ones pQ ^ wer embrace offer of * | yerj ^| ting lift ; ;* otherwise he ^ oujd not } in justice , condemn tnope , whp < Ji 4 not . A mind pervacled * actuated and governed b y j ^ MJity * ; trt ^ th and chari ty , though it does not merit heaven , yet is an
absolutely necessary pre-requisite , without which heaven can neither Be obtained nor enjoyed ; and by djvine promise , such a mind shall ijeyer fail of attaining * everlasting \ \\ fj ( henoe , the impure , the de-CQjyijn ^ ^ nd thq uncharjtable , excludei ^^ niselvt ^ Xrpna eternal bliss , t 5 eiru ^ tn ^ s for enjoying it .
^ Tfie Supreuje Bei ^ g , has put the ^^^ i ^ l iraliion of ali , this , for wise ? Smi 5 VP ^ C P ^ ^ flP vvn to himself , ^ tffl Jh *? 4 4 A ?* V * Christ , a 8 ^ ftt Jp j ^ fsp ^^ gq , whose relation
J ? nBWu ^ ffia ^ RPl ^ qoirtprehend ; % V ^?? piffi itt | i ^ t ^^ is ^ GMicJe % ^ PW ^ io ^ Vi hVr eXGtyt x ^^ -a >^ y . < v \ v \ --h"A \ 1 J ¦} ' ¦'>) - 't
for our own obstinacy and mis ^ conduct , will firing us all , through various ways and b y various means , to bliss at last . ifc These are my tenets , my friend . My creed is nearly expressed in the last clause of Jamie Dean ^ s
grace , an honest weaver in Ayrshire ; * Lord grant that we may lead a gude life ! for a glide life makes a gude end , at least it helps weel ! ' >'
GLEANINGS ; OR , SELECTIONS AND REFLECTIONS MADE 1 ST A COURSE OF GENERAL READING , No . CXXXIV . * A Heatheri ' s View of National ChristianityV .
Ammianus Marcellinus , a heathen soldier and writer , who flourished a . d . 380 , has the follo w * ing passage in his character of the Emperor Constantius ; — The Christian religion , which in itself is plain and simple , he adulterated
with a childish superstition ( anili superstitione ) : for studying it with a vain curiosity instead of sober modesty , he raised many dissenlions , which when caused he cherished and increased by a strife about words . And the public
carriages were even worn out bjr the troops of priests galloping from all quarters to their synods , as they call them , to bring the whole sect to their particular opinion . " 64 Most persons , " says Lardner F
( Works , viii . 407 , 468 . ) " . will aU low this to be a judicious passage . 1 st , He calls the Christian religion ' a plain and simple religion / They who best understand the N . T . will most aclinire the justness
• 1 j "> ' ¦ - .... » ..+,. 1 si- . v r—* For CXXX 1 V , p . 455 , read CXX ^ IH
. Gleanings . ., _ . , 4 ^
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1813, page 519, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2431/page/31/