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reply of Christ to the soldiers , Luke iii . 14 " I And the calumniator of conventiclers did not really know that the words in question were not Christ ' s , but John Baptist ' s ? To whomsoever he may attribute them , let him meditate on the words a little preceding , €€ Oh ! generation of vipers . " All his " orthodox commentators , " and " the ingenious Miss Porter" * to boot , will scarcely be able to satisfy him that a character of which ignorance and uncharitabieness are the principal ingredients is " a real blessing . " CANTABRIGIENSIS .
Sir , September 5 , 1320 . IN " A Short Memoir of the Life of Edmund Law , D . D ., Bishop of Carlisle , " by Dr . Paley , f the following sentences occur : " The life of Dr . Law was a life of
incessant reading and thought , almost entirely directed to metaphysical and religious inquiries ; but the tenet by which his name and writings are particularly distinguished , is , * that Jesus , at his second coming , will , by an act of his power , restore to life and consciousness the dead of the human
species , who , by their own nature , and without his interposition , would remain in the state of insensibility , to which the death brought upon mankind by the sin of Adam had reduced
them . * He interpreted literally that saying of St . Paul , ( 1 Cor . xv . 21 , ) ' As by man came death , by man came also the resurrection of the dead /
This opinion had no other effect upon his own mind than to increase his reverence for Christianity , and for its divine founder . " Now in this memoir , as it is republished by the Bishop of Chester , who has prefixed it to the new and very handsome edition of his late father ' s
* No reflection is intended on this truly respectable lady , who occupies a high rank amongst the female authors of the present day . The indecorous association of her name with the passage of
Scripture , so egregiously misrepresented , is the work of Mr . Urban or his coadjutor . She would , I am sure , be the first to mark with contempt such a compliment from such a pen . t Extracted from Hutchinson ' s History of Cumberland , II , 636—638 .
" Considerations on the Theory of Religion , " with which he has just favoured the world , the two concluding sentences of the above quotation are left out ; and the omission is thus accounted for , in a note : " The Editor
has here omitted an assertion of the author , very much questioning his authority for making it . " That authority , Sir , will easily be discovered in the writings of Bishop
Law . Indeed , if Dr . Paley has correctly stated it as the opinion of this prelate , " that Jesus , at his second coming , will , by an act of his power , restore to life and consciousness the
dead of the human species , " &c , we have here a literal interpretation of the saying of St . Paul in 1 Cor . xv . 21 . And , in proof of such being the conviction of the author of the " Consisiderations , " &c , I may safely appeal to the whole of his discourse on ** the
Nature and End of Death under the Christian Covenant , " and in particular to pp . 350—352 of the Carlisle edition . With these writings of his venerable father before his eyes , it appears difficult to imagine on what ground the
Bishop of Chester can very much question Paley ' s authority for making the assertion that I have cited . Perhaps the Editor of the Memoir ( though such , assuredly , was not the case or its
author ) had in view § olely a literal interpretation of a single word in the clause , " By man came also the resurrection of the dead . " Yet here again all doubt should have been suppressed by the well-known fact that the seventh or
Cumberland edition of the " Considerations" was purged by Bishop Law of some ancient prejudices relative to pre-ewistence , fyc * This clear and decisive testimony admits of no contradiction . The late excellent Bishop of Carlisle interpreted literally the whole of 1 Cor . xv . 21 : he embraced the
doctrine of the unequivocal humanity of Jesus Christ . It may not be amiss to observe , that in some other , though comparatively
* See Belsham ' s Memoirs of Lindsey , pp . 163 , 164 , and Meadley ' s Memoirs of Paley , 2 nd ed ., p . 146 , together with the " curious notes" there referred to : they will be found in Mon . Repos . XIII . 289 —294 .
524 On Bishop Law ' s Interpretation of I Cor . xv . 21 .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Sept. 2, 1820, page 524, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2492/page/24/