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done with whfcri they were disposed to lay ibetn aside , I knew nothing tnore when I delivered my dis , courses than what may be inferred from their writings . I never doubted the excellency both of their moral character and their
abilities . Surely I said enough to exculpate myself from the charge of conceiving alow opinion of the persons whose sentiments I opposed . Had the undisguised Mr . Wafcefield been living , he would not have imputed this to ine . I add to what I have
already said on this subject , the person who I think approached the nearest to infallibility of any uninspired mortal . ' ' held the doctrine of annihilation . I should probably have retained it myself , to this
day , if my friend had riot compelled me , by all the compulsion of affection ^ ijqt to believe but to examine , ti yot § oLv kou ttocSqi n $ 9 o toys < p / Ao ^ dvr ^ p SiotZoflo i 1 only wish to ' perform the same office to Mr . Clarke and Mr . Alarsom
which Mr . Barbauld did to me . And I rely on the same result . In this I think 1 am paying these gentlemen the highest compliment . Should , however , the circumstance of having so strongly advbckted" a cause , or any law of
tile human mindj render their change of sentiment a matter of peculiar ' difficulty , I hope they will resume their pen , which I trust would effectually produce their own conversion , as our
lanaented friend Mr . Simpson informed me , that the reading of Mr . Clarke ' s work was the immediate cause of his . 1 have
frequently lent my copy with a few notes for the same purpose , 4 For the sake of consistency , I cannot suppose ihat any advocate
for annihilation after the punishment of death has been once endured , can be a member of the society lately formed for the diffusion of knowledge respecting the punishment of death .
The passage , which after having delivered it from the pulpit , t suppressed on publication , was the following . It befongs to page 9 J 9 after u creatures . "
' •* As an application of what is here advanced , I observe' we are told in scripture that * there is only one God / " This all can understand . But
we are afterwards told by some divines that 4 the Father is God , the Son is God , and the Holy Ghost is God / In answer to this ( which after all is a question of abstract number , and has nothing to do with the essence of the
Divine Being ) it is sufficient to repeat the original assertion , there is only one God . Or it might be said , to suppose that one , more one , more one , can be only
one is an absurdity . If it be said * you must believe there are three persons , although orily one God , the question is , by pers&i do you medn intelligent being , of quality ? If by person you meari
intelligent being , three persons are three intelligent beings . And if by person you mean quality ^ three qualities of the same being constitute no other Trinity thaii what exists in every being in the
. u Again , our Saviour at the commencement of his ministry lay *> down this important practical
direction , which- is as plain a § , language can make it . ' Thou shalt Worship the Lord thy God , and Him only shalt thou serve . * That it ' might not be forgotten or
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1814, page 25, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2436/page/25/