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that the persons , with Josephus in the number , grievously offended at his death , did look on Jesus in the same light ,. or in other words , that they were believers in Christ . JOHN JONES .
Sir , January 7 , 1820 . Tf AM not ashamed to profess myself X . one of those " Bible only" Christians , who while they recognize , in the utmost possible latitude of the terms ,. ** the God and Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ as the one and only true God , " cannot go so far as to deny the honourable name of Unitarian to many a fellow Bibiist who would refuse to subscribe assent to a tenet so imscripturally expressed , as that of " the simple humanity" of the Saviour of the world . Shall I be accused of more
than venial effrontery by the great majority of my brethren , if I follow up the avowal by even presuming to doubt the expediency , nay , the propriety of laying so unnecessary a stumbling block , as it now appears to me to be , in the way , at the very threshold , of that great desideratum to the Protestant
community . " " the Unitv of the Snirit in community , the Unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" The dogma of the Trinity , ( itself scarcely more reprehensibly , because not more unscripturally expressed , ) has evidently seen its better days , and as the phraseology of the
Sacred Records regains its due estimation in the Christian world , will more and more lose ground . Now , what more cogent or effective argument has ever been urged against this doctrine by its opponents , than that it usurps a name which neither Jesus nor Paul
knew , and which no disciple , at their feet alone , can ever justifiably adopt ? Why then ourselves imitate so justly-deprecated a precedent of deviation from the language of a commoo oracle ? Decipitne Exemplar , &c . ? Surely , on the contrary , of ajl other men , it most behoves us , whose peculiar boast it
deservedl y is , that we require no phrase or term in which to express any article of our - / croft }* but what has fallen from the lips of th& great Author and Finisher of oitf , 3 fe } th * or of his immediate missionaries , to be punctiliously
scrupulous about travelling out of the Sacred Records in atiy confession of our faith , or any exposition of our tenets A& we wjsh to bring bad * the religion of Chrisfo le $ jia prove our un *
impeachable title to so proud a di ^ tinction . | ; Such Shiboleths as * unscriptural cofripendiums of belief offer no equivalent for the reproach of inconsistency . The unity of the church of Christ cannot be contemplated as possible till they shall have been
unanimously abandoned . With their abandonment , the principal , obstacle to a consummation so devoutly to be wished , would be Removed * In the glorious enterprise , what church so fit to lead the way , never turning to the right hand or the left , as that wliich would build , not chiefly , but only , on Christ as its corner stone ? J . T . CLARKE ,
Mr . Clarke ^ on the Simple Humanity" of Christ . 17
Sir AM , the wife of a professor of I music , and the attraction of that delightful art brings to my house many people of superior station and abilities ,
with whose company I am much pleased . Among these I have often heard Mr . L . talked of as a surgeon of extraordinary merit and abilities ; but I will confess to you , Mr . Editor , that I have been the cause of my husband's not employing that gentleman
professionally , because I understood he was a Materialist . Now , Sir , this Mr . L . has lately published a book on the natural history of man , which has excited so strong a feeling of hostility against him , that he has been obliged to recall the publication , or he was threatened with the loss of all his
public situations as Surgeon to Bedlam and St . Bartholomew ' s , and Lecturer to the College of Surgeons . I mentioned this yesterday to a physician who is a great friend of ours , and of whose judgment I have a high opinion , but who , to my great surprise , reprobated the whole business in very strong terms , and said it was founded on the most
ignorant bigotry and groundless prejudice , aaicL that it ought to be quite indifferent to the public whether any man was a Materialist or not . I said it appeared to me of great importance whether we had souls or not , and that
I freely confessed I could not ; like any body who denied the existence * of that noble part of my natures " Your dislike would be reasonable , Madam /* said the doctor , " if the denial had any influence on the . nature of things , and in all eases , before we entertain dislike of an individual for his opinions , w&
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1820, page 17, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2484/page/17/