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and rational inquirers can expect , is to attain a faith , not perhaps wholly unpiixed with doubt , and a hope , not entirely unclouded with fear . " With this opinion I perfectly accord . But I would beg leave to ask , whence arises this doubt ? The fear requires no explanation . If the evidences of Christianity are so strongs particularly the direct historical ones : if " it is
selfevident , that the writers" of the Books of the New Testament ** could not be themselves deceived , " if " they were not deceivers ; " and if " it follows , that their testimony mirst be true , and that Um 3 Christian religion is of divine original , our faith , ' instead of having the smallest alloy of doubt , should be
pure . We have not any doubt of the facts recorded by Caesar , or by Tacitus , and yet the evidences for these facts are less powerful , we are told , than for those of the Christian revelation .
Whence then , I again beg * leave to ask , arises this doubt ? Why , in the words of an infidel historian , does ** a latent and involuntary scepticism adhere to the most pious minds ?" SCEPTIC US .
from his extraordinary popularity in the City . It was at a remarkable time , only a few days after the Parliament , the Assembly and the Scotch Commissioners had taken the covenant , being prepared , as Whitlock says , by one prayer of an hour ' s length . I copy the passage above from " The
Modern Pleas of Comprehension , " &c . 1675 , 18 mo . p . 139- Dr . Calamy the historian had seen that book , for , iu his Account , 2 d Ed » 1713 , p . 6 , he quotes and controverts a passage in it , respecting his Grandfather ' s inclination to conform , but never mentions
the apostrophe to the happy pennt / . His silence is a sufficient continuation of this anonymous author , whose chief objects appear to have . been to examine the Presbyterians' professed attachment to the Crown , and to oppose their toleration by the arguments which their own writings and their practices , in the short day of their power , had so amply supplied . HISTORICUS .
Aug . ISth , 1817 . Sir , YOUR Correspondent , Mr . Fox , in his reply to "An Old Unitarian , " ( p . 333 ) has rather glanced at the conduct of those among his fellow-worshipers who lend their support to Cal vinistic Missions . I have some doubts with
regard to the soundness of his objection , as matters at present stand ; and should be heartily glad to have his answer to one or two queries on the subject . Having lately been applied to by a Calvinist , to add my mite towards promoting the progress of the
Church Missionary Society ( which circumstance has brought the matter rather nearer home perhaps than before )* I have been somewhat puzzled respecting the mode of conduct best to be pursued , if it be a certain fact that Calvinistic Missionaries have greatly
promoted the circulation of the Scriptures in foreign districts , does it not become an Unitarian Christian to support them ? 1 think it does j and I also think that the assistance given by
Unitarians to Calvini&ts and Churchmen on such occasions , will be of service to their cause in two ways : it will evince to the world their eagerness for the spread of the Gospel , even under circumstances which they regard
50 * 2 Calamys Speech . —Reflection of Mr . Fox ' s .
Aug . Q 2 nd , 1817-Sir , rilHE following passage is part of JL the celebrated Prebyteiian Mr . Edmund Calamy ' s speech , at Guildhall , Oct . 6 th , 1643 , " in order to the persuading the City unto a liberal
contribution towards bringing iu the Scots iii order to the preservation of ike Gospel , as he several times expresseth himself , in that speech . " It will serve to shew that the Presbyterian Priests , lent the influence of their religious character as readily as the Episcopalian , to the objects of their political party : —
" Let me tell you , if ever , gentlemen , you might use this speech , O happy penny ! you may use it now , happy money i that will purchase my gospel ; happy money that will purchase my religion , and purchase a reformation to my posterity- O happy money ! and blessed be God that I have it to lend . "
The speech wa » probably delivered from the hustings at Guiklhall , to the Live ry ^ in a common-hall y ajad Mr * Ckfaflpy was * uq daub £ + appointed
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1817, page 592, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2469/page/20/