On this page
- Text (2)
Note: This text has been automatically extracted via Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. The text has not been manually corrected and should not be relied on to be an accurate representation of the item.
Additionally, when viewing full transcripts, extracted text may not be in the same order as the original document.
Nor shall I attempt to set aside this plea . In some circumstances , und to a certain extent , it is a recommendation of this taste , the proper rank of which , according to the excellent writer who has
furnished my motto , seems to be between the delights of merely animal life and the love of solid knowledge * When it answers the purpose of drawing off the regards of men from the former and of
preparing them for more important acquisitions , it ought undoubtedl y ^ to be cultivated and -encouraged . l- Let me , in conclusion , take the liberty of advising that whenever
young persons shew an inclination to indulge in the pleasures of sense , and to form those low connexions , and engage in those degrading pursuits which may soon
issue in their ruin , an endeavour be made to give ihem a desire of possessing the better gratifications - -afforded by such productions of human ingenuity as address the taste and imagination . There are
cases in which this experiment is Likely to be successful : Some in which it has actually produced the effect intended . N .
A Rebuke " of Messrs . Bogus and Bennett .
[ From the Quarterly Review , Oct . 1813 . J Uncharitableness is ihe general fault of history , artd of
ecclesiastical history most © fall . In Bernino ' s Historia di Tulte VHtresie , there is as regular a machinery as the most approved receipts enjoin far an epic poem ; Satan raises a heresy for him just as he raises a
storm ( or Sir Uichar ^ ^ Iaclcmore ; and no doubt JRerajub wrote as He believed , without the slightest intention of deceiving the reader . Even in authors who abstain from
the language of metaphor and my thology , it is amusing to observe how the founder of a sect is usually described as a monster of iniquity . This want of sense as well as of charity has extended almost to
our own da ^ s . Count Ztnzendorf and Wesley did not escape such . charges , and Cowper ' s Leuconomus will be recollected by every one . It is a fact , that when
Priestley was in his worst odour of heresv , a barber who wasshaving him at an inn , happened * during the operation , to discover who the personage was upon whom he was employed ^ on which he threw down his razor and ran
out of the room ) declaring . that he had seen a cloven foot ! : \ J essrs . Bogue and Bennett , whea they speak of the death of Priestley are not less bigotted than the barber and Jar less excusable . They say
of him , when he bids his family good night , and speaks of death as a good long sleep , ' we almost fancy ourselves transported to Paris at the era of the infidel and
revolutionary fury ; for alas Priestley speaks only of sleeping in the grave , and nor , like Paul , of sleeping in Jesus !\ Whatever Priestley might have been , this is a wicked misrepresentation ofih ^ ni these writers know that when he
spoke of a long sleep , he alluded to his belief in the sleep of the soul till the Tesurrection , a potion not peculiar to him ; a , cd they know that his belief in the jreaurrection was as sincere as their own , founded upon the same premise * ,
40 A Rebuke of Messrs . Bogue and Bennett .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1814, page 20, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2436/page/20/