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Hebrew signifies , " thou shalt utterly die . ** He supposes that this matter 'is ** sufficiently explained in the sentence passed on our first parents \ where they are reminded of their original , and of that state to which this change should reduce them . * In the sweat
of thy face shalt thou eat bread , till thou return unto the ground j for out of it wast thou taken : dust thou art , and unto dust shalt thou return /' ( Gen . iii . 190 This language , he considers , must have been understood by our first parents , as meaning " a
resumption of that natural life , or conscious being , which their Creator had been lately pleased to bestow upon them , the forfeiting which , must necessarily include a total loss of all those benefits , that then did , or ever could proceed from him . " After considering the meaning of the word
death , he proceeds to shew , how we are delivered from it by the obedience of our Lord . This , he asserts , " will appear more clearly from the date of that deliverance , and this is every where in Scripture represented as commencing at the resurrection . * Since by man came death , by man came also the resurrection from the
dead , ' and * as in Adam all die , even so in Christ shall all be made alive . ' " Under the second head our author takes notice , that mankind ** could not have subsisted always in the present world ; at least not been supported in such numbers as now take
their turn there , and supply each other ' s places in succeeding generations . " He also says , * ' could we , at any time , without pain or the apprehension of any , quit our abode here , and convey ourselves to the realms above , how ready , on every slight occasion , would each be to dispatch himself and others thither V Our
author likewise shews , *• that such a dispensation as this of death , however disagreeable , is yet in our present circumstances of great service * " Under the third head of the Discourse
the writer intimates , that we have ground for comfort , and that we may look upon death , as " a passage from a mixed , imperfect , to a pure and perfect portion of felicity , the end of all our labours in one state , and the
beginning of our recompense in another . * Mortality is swallowed up of life . " Death is represented as a sleep .
" Though in the sight of the unwise we seem to die , yet is our hope full of immortality . " In the Appendix our author treats , " concerning the use of the words soul or spirit in the Holy Scriptures , and the state of the dead there described ; " and be says ,
that ' all philosophical arguments drawn from our notions of matter , and urged against the possibility of life , thought and agency being" so connected with some portions of it as to constitute a compound being or person , are merely grounded on our
ignorance , and will prove equally against known fact and daily observation ; in the production of various animals , ( oviparous and vegetable ones particularly , ) as well as against the union of two such heterogeneous principles , as those of our own soul and body are supposed to be . " In the Postscript Dr .
Law defends his sentiments relating to the subject which he had been discussing , and points out the inconsistency of the popular scheme with the gospel , representing it as " a total subversion of that positive covenant which professes to entitle us to everlasting life . " S . P .
306 Mr . Belsham , on his " Plea for Infant Baptism . "
Mr . Belsham ' s Animadversions on the Attack , in the " Monthl y Retrospect , * upon his " Plea for Infant Baptism " Essex House , Sir , October Sth , 1817 . PTT ^ HE writer of that article in the jL ~ Repository for July , which is
rather quaintly styled "The Christian ' s Survey of the Political World , " has thought fit to travel somewhat out of his record , [ p . 448 , ] in order to pass a censure upon a work which he has probably never read , and to controvert an argument which it is plain that he does not understand . As the
passage is but short , as it is a sort or bonne bouche in controversial theology , and finally , that I may not be accused of misrepresenting a writer upon whom 1 find it necessary in self-defence , and in justice to the argument which I have advanced , to animadvert , I will , with your permission , transcribe the passage entire .
* ' But we must not be too severe in our strictures on this abuse of baptism , ( alluding to the unwarrantable stress laid upon the rite of baptism in the Roman Church as applied to the in-
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1817, page 606, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2469/page/34/