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mo * e of him who addressed the thief ou the cross , who said to the adulteress , ** Go , and sin no more * " Let them
boldly eome forward tod avow their unbelief . Let them preach Materialism as well as practise it . By so doing , they will at least diminish the number of their vices by the abstraction of hypocrisy . PHILADELPHOS .
Sir , December 12 , 1820 . HAVE perused with much interest I [ Vol . XV . p . 623 ] the resolutions passed at a meeting of the subscribers to the Fellowship Fund at Liverpool , respecting the re-establishment of an academical institution similar to the one which , a few years ago , existed at Hackney .
That some increased means should be adopted for the purpose of providing a supply of ministers for those congregations which are now vacant , as well as for those whose pastors are
far advanced in years , seems to be generally admitted ; and , Without doubt , it is a subject which should engage the attention of all those individuals , and those associated bodies , who are
impressed with a sense of the importance of promoting the spread of those views of Christianity which they believe to be truly evangelical . It is also generally admitted ? that the highly
Respectable college at York cannot be considered as fully providing for the exigencies of the case . That a regular succession of ministers , Well versed in biblical criticism and the more abstruse
parts of science , and competent to uefend the Unitarian faith against the assaults of learned objectors , will be provided by that Institution , is a source of high gratification fcftd confidence . But it is reasonable to suppose , that young men thus educated will be called
upon to take the charge of ccmgrega * - tions in the large fawns , afeid therefore , in ^ order to provide for the supply 6 f ministers for smaller congregations , the number of which i » every year
increasing , some additional means should . be put into active operation . While the importance of this subject 13 jgei ^ eraily allowed * thfere are , in the opinion < o £ many judicious persons , serious objections to the attempt to establish an additional academical institution . Among numerous other obstacles , t * he expense necessarily at-
tendant upon stich establishments fe thought to fottn an insupehible one , particularly when it is cdfcside&fed that the funds require for the& sti $ poYt must be deWvfcd from coritribtotiotife
casual tuid . i * rej * uliar , and that consequently a scheme Vrelkdigested , aftd for some time successfully earieied * m , might be suddenly render % 1 entirely abortive . There are , however , let Us hope , other tiiodes % y whieh . the important object may be attained ; and I beg to suggest to your readfer 9 some hints upon the subject .
As it is evident from the increased zeal which is apparent among Unitarians , and from the establishment of Fellowship Funds , that something considerable may be raised towards the furtherance of this object , I would
recommend that young men who are desirous of devoting themselves to the ministry , should be encouraged to do so ; and that ministers , duly qualified to direct their studies , should be
induced , by adequate remuneration , to undertake that charge ; that six or eight students should be placed under the care of one minister - , that a committee ) consisting partly of ministers
and partly of laymen , and residing in some central part of the kingdom , ( in and near Birmingham , for instance , ) should be appointed to manage the affairs of the institution ; to receive
and appropriate the funds ; to receive and decide upon the applications of preceptors and students , fc&d to attttfrge the terms to be paid , and the plan of tuition to be adopted , htc&fdmig to the cirettttifctartces and qualifications of the respective parties . Ont advantage to
toe derived from the adoption o ' t thifc p ! fito would be , that something ttiight speedily be detfie , ivlt&ottt meiirting any seriotis ti&k ^ £ ven if it Wetfe < m > t ultimately ffcttnd to aiiSWer . Another is , that as & vaffety of preceptors wotrld be employed , perhaps greater tteftefit wtfuftl result than from an academical
institution upon a large scale , where certain notions are apt to pffe ^ ftil on the subjects 6 f do £ tritt& , style and manner , which Often produce too great an iinifonnity among the students .
Another is , that bf toeitoig located tat different Jpfcrts of the kingdoifc , the young me& wo «? ld ha ^ fc tn ote d ^^ ctftucities afforded ft > r itnpirbviilg metnselves in pulj > it-e * et cfae ^ | freWidte io tim compietJon ttf ikett &Mmti $ . Many
On the Liverpool Resolutions for a " New UmH&ian Academy . " 1 *
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1821, page 11, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2496/page/11/