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others , Mr . W . thinks that " the Epistle of Jude and the Apocalypse ought not to be regarded as of sufficient authority to establish by themselves any point of - -doctrine . " He then states the testimony On which he frames these sentiments , and in the compass of a few pages affords much useful information .
While he disclaims < any intention to involve the editors of the * Improved Version' in the consequences which may result" from his statement of his own views of the genuineness of
certain books of the New Covenant , he aims , nevertheless , at establishing that principle of separate investigation which they and fye acknowledge in common . His defence of their candour and moderation does him much
credit : " They have broached , " he observes , € < no new opinions on the subject of the canon : they have stood forward as the advocates of no peculiar system :
their references are all clear and satisfactory , and their authorities of the most respectable kind : their conclusions are neither hasty nor unfounded ; and , though they have ventured to express
doubts on some particular points , they have not removed a single book from the New Testament , or stated a single fact which fe not confirmed by the most ample and unexceptionable testimony . " —P . 61 .
The intelligent writer advances to a topic of great importance , though little understood , the text of the New Testament . This part of his letter he introduces in a manner richly meriting attention :
< c The doctrines of Unitarianisni are few and simple ; nor , we may be bold to say * are they so far deficient in scriptural authority as to require any additional aid fftjin interpolations . That « there is one < Jd& atfld one mediator betweert God and
itten > the Man Christ Jems , ( 1 Tim . ii . 5 , ) are pfeltt atid obvious decorations df the * New T&&eame& * t ; and these declaration , as you have already seen * constitute thfc fundamental Articles of the Uiiitattfan ' a creed . Fvoni vftrkwte causes * howfever * the common version ot the New Teeta *
ment is clogged with many additions , which it is the object of the Unitarian to f&ftdVe . "—Pp . 62 , 63 , Frdm tlte succinct mtomtt given by Mr . W * < 5 f tke <^ calediti ^ id of the Chfteti **! g ^ jptafSs W 6 BMW Mtm ft tim * emGilce §< Wtli << h VbHOtd a fait
truly honourable to the memory of One biblical scholar and to tjiG character of another : ' /• " Wetstein was an Antitrinitarian , and Michaelis has / on this account , attempted
to fix upon him the charge of partiality in judging of passages supposed to relate to the divinity of Christ . But Bishop Marsh has , with much candour and good sense , repelled the ungenerous insinuation ; proving that the decisions of
Wetstem respecting such passages have been abundantly confirmed by the researches of later critics . "—P , 68 . Of Griesbach ' s labours in this field our author speaks in the highest terms , and enumerates " some of the jwin ^ cipal points of difference" In his text ( 2 nd Ed . ) , and in that of the I . V .
The passages brought forward by Mr . W . are , Matt * xxiii . 14 ; John i . 14—18 , xix . 4 , xat . 8 ; Rom . iii . 25 ; 1 Cor . x . 9 , xv . 47 . Each of these he very carefully examines , and decides ujttm most of them with his characteristic
judgment . As to Roih . iii . 25 , we would follow Dr . Carpenter and this writer in reading the elatise , " through faith / ' parenthetically . An amended punctuation is a fair and Often d&i effectual method of ascertaining the real sense of Scripture .
Mr . W . goes 6 n to state five texts " from which Trinitarianism derives its main support / ' but of which it is , nevertheless , deprived by €€ impartial criticism . ^ The reader will compare Griesbaeh'S editions Of the G . T . with the & . T . in Acts XX . 28 ; Etrh V . i 3 . & ; 1 Tim . in . 16 ; 1 John nt 1 ^ . 7 , 6 . Our author adds :
" Tfae majority bf learned orthodox writeffc have a 6 kfldwledged the corrupt state of the received text , and given a verbal sanction to the amende ttixt of GrieSb&Ch ; or at least to the priftCipl < s upon which it is founded * Bus &e timv ,
1 ap £ r £ hend , In Dor distant wfeeri th ^^ principles , whifch are ^ eefti ^ d » &Qft&fk ble in theory > will M applied , toidtGr Iht sanction of episcopal kmhQ&tyi t 6 % M formation of a purler tvx % than € h one now iii coitijnon use . —* Thfc Atheni&fl ^ know vrb&t is right ; Imt th % La < 5 ^^ etfto hiftn # prmtiH US "—P . 85 .
If , howeveiww ^ may i-egard Sir James &kmd Burgea as » peaking : the BentimentB of the fashionable world .
£ < srfcSp » of tte rery hteli * 9 t bfdfers of w * Mty ; " j » --ftflit c ^^ w ^ tawsjo ^ in the opinion of tliose who could £ ft 6
46 Review . —r Wallace ' s Plain Statement of the Doctrines of UnitarianUm .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1820, page 46, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2484/page/46/