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Sir , Leeds , Oct . 2 , 1817 . AM happy in being able to throw I some farther light on the names of the contributors to the Theological
Repository , edited by Dr . Priestley . The following I have extracted from a copy of the said work , which belonged to an intimate friend of the Doctor ' s , during his residence at Leeds , and I have no doubt of their
authenticity . J . S . B . Rev . George Walker . Vigilius , JBusebiuS ) JErastus ^ Rev . Win . Turner , Wakefield . Theophilusj Rev . Mr . Mottershead , Manchester . Pyrrho , Rev . , Graham , of Halifax . V . Rev . Mr . Scott , of Ipswich . John Buncle . Mr . Amory .
Cautus , Rev . Newcome Cappe , lork . Verus , Rev . Mr . Brekell . CkaristeSj Mr . Merivale . Pkilalethes , Rationalis , Rev . Mr . II azlitt , of Maidstone . Phileleutherus Vigorniensis , Mr . Cardale , of Evesham . Cornelius * Rev . Mr . Lely .
JBarumensiSy Rev . Mr . Badcock , of Barnstaple . JF . W . Rev . Mr . Willetts , of Newcastleunder-Line . J , F . Rev . Jotham Foljarube . Pacijicus . Rev . Mr . Badcock .
If organic matter is so impressed with vitality , that no separation can take place , it follows , that man ' s re-- surrection is not a calling into action the vital principle alone , but a recall to active exertions of the vitalized
organic body . This resurrection presents innumerable difficulties \ n the way of our belief in it . To human reason , it is impossible ; the believer in it has no ground to rest on , but the miraculous and more than creative
power of Deity , But if the vita ) , conscious principle is as distinct from the organized matter it animates , as the mouth is from the trumpet , then all these difficulties vanish , the same mighty power of God is still employed , but we shall see that he created with foresight , and looked forward before the birth to man ' s future
existence , and death was in the Divine intention but a mean for that mutation the Creator desigiied should take place . The fear of death then ceases . It is looked to , by the believer in it ,
with expectation j it is the passage to a higher order of existence , and to a glory far beyond and exceeding that of this dispensation . Death becomes a stimulus to virtue , an assured foundation for the hope of immortality .
Paul , in his reasoning on this subject , appears to me most fully to argue on the ground of the most complete distinctness between the man and his corporeal form . In 1 Cor . xv . 50 , he asserts , that 4 * flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God i "
and his after reasoning shews , that he did not mean these words figuratively in this place , that a man subject to carnal appetites could not , whilst he was thus enslaved , be a Christian ,
by beinga member of the kingdom of God on earth ; though this may be true , the apostle was looking beyond this , to the next state of things , for he explains , " neither doth corruption in * herit incorruption . *
These strong and direct assertions arise out of the premises , v . 35 , " Some will say , how are the dead raised ? With what body do they come ?"stating in these questions the greatest
difficulties there are against man ' s belief in the resurrection . The objector seems to imply by his question , how is it possible to raise the dead ? Some bodies are consumed by animals , others by fire , others turn to vegetable
60 fc On Vitality *
On Vitality . Sir , Aug . 30 , 1817 . BEFORE I resume my subject , [ see pp . 210 and 342 , ] that more may not be expected from me than I have proposed to myself , I would observe , that it is not my intention to
prove what is vitality , or of what it is composed , or how it acts upon matter , or whether it is material or immaterial , or if the Deity can impress organized matter with a principle of life and a thinking faculty , or to state what is the niodus of its corporeal dominion , or
how that dominion first took place , or how its separation from the decomposed body is effected , or where is its place after such separation ; these , and many more curious questions , are connected with the subject , but do not come under this investigation , in
which , I only purpose to inquire , whether this our organized corporeal form is one * with , or distinct from the vitality which animates it and gives us the consciousness of our personal identity , and what is the Scripture doctrine concerning it .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1817, page 602, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2469/page/30/