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to nothing ? Tfee Deity , thertfore , not concurring with that which is the ground of their present state , viazr . the defective part + it follows that this state had not its duration founded on God , and so , no way participating of the principle of eternity , must iiave an end . " *
Such are the reflections , not new , but nevertheless highly important , which , in different forms , have been suggested upon this great subject , by a variety of writers , drawri from
considerations on the nature of sin , the nature of man , the nature of eternity , and the best ideas we are able to form of the Divine attributes . A few brief remarks on the further evidence of Scripture on this topic , in more particular connexion with the divine attribute of Goodness , must be deferred to another opportunity . AN OCCASIONAL HEADER .
Hackney , Sir , May 13 , 1820 . 1 HAVE remarked that objections to religious ceremonies and observances are generally answered by reproof instead of argument . Upon what pretensions to infallibility does your Correspondent A . ( p . 207 ) put forth his opinions on the subject of prayer without reserve , and at the
same time call upon L . J . J . to refrain from doing the same thing } If L * . J . J . deems supplicatory addresses to be " useless , irrational and enthusiastic , " what better reasons can he have for dissuading others from the practice ? Judging from A . ' s statement of his
opponent ' s view of the subject , I should conceive that A . has wholly mistaken the effect which his " chimW , frigid " course of reasoning has produced on his mind . So far from unfortunate , if L . J . J . is not conscious of standing in need of artificial aid in the discharge of duty , nor of this oatticufai * species of
consolation ( which he thinks illusory and irrational ) under the trials and afflictions of iife ^ it appears rather that he has attained a state of advancement jn the regulation > &nd controul of human passions which may well excite emulation fa many of tfre motfe ^ pious and vvarm-hearted . " Bttt it sterna A . himself reprobates the idea of calcu-- ¦ - , . ; m ; y i , , ¦/ ¦ ; . ¦ • • ' i ii • ¦ 1 » ' ' ' ! i * i' i \ ¦ . ; u > ' ;> tynv' I v . ml - V c ^ iuii ! '• ' !>'•' > '•¦ . * .. ) , - j * floafhi M * ti- » iMsm . ' m ! T
lating on the probability of receiving answers to petitions so put : up ; our duty ] is to pray , and the duty of prayer being complied with * it can matter but little what we pray for , as ,: according to A * , whether the : benefits we are
daily receiving be the effect of g immediate influence or of unalterable laws , is not a question that concerns us : — € t the pious , filial heart is satisfied that asking bread , he does not receive a stone , " &c . A . does not appear to consider that L . J . J , may be equally confident and assured of the bountiful ,
unfailing provisions of nature ; that he also is perfectly resigned to the arrangements of superior wisdom , and is content to wait the good time for all things which that wisdom has not placed within the reach of his own exertions ; in short , the only difference in this respect between the disputants seems to be , that L . J . J / s confidence
is the greater , inasmuch as he deems it superfluous and assuming to be continually addressing his infantile suggestions to Omnipotence in the hope of bettering his condition , or to
repeat a formula of words without a specific object . If A . cannot produce evidence to prove that a single request contained in his petitions has been answered , and if L . J . J . can shew an
unquestionable connexion between the means he employs , viz . his daily exertions and his actual enjoyments , then I think A . 's call for proofs of L . J . J . 's " better and simpler way / ' is answered . A ., to be consistent , concludes as he began , with a taunt and a rebuke : how much more to the
purpose , had he chosen a quotation bearing immediate relation to the matter in dispute , rather than a reflection on talents and motives ! If the arguments of an opponent be weak , they are the more easily refuted , and with this observation I submit the foregoing to the Editor ' s disposal . S . C— .
Efficacy ^ fc ± Prayvr . ~ £ . 15 wtruct $ and Anecdotes from Mr . Cornish ; 467
Colytony Sir , May 18 , 1820 . THOUGH not an Unitarian in that confined sense of the word adopted by numbers no we so denominated , I am
a zealous friend to close i ^ quiiy . intoc the real meaning of the isacFfSd writers ,, ahd the authenticity of the ^ wxitrngs themselves vlgencaratlyN received ) ?/ te ia * spired . FeteHngs ; of iadi ^ ation ari&e
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1820, page 467, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2491/page/23/