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Sib , IT was with feelings of pleasant afccord that I read in your Number for July last , ( XV . 414 , ) a communication from tone of your correspondents , on the " Lawfulness of JpiTar
amongst Christians 5 " but it is with regret 1 1 have to dbserve , that hitherto no further attention has been given to a consideration of such high import . Conceiving that the subject speaks forcibly for itself , without now going
at large into the merits of the case , I would step forward ^ o second the truly Christian call of your praise-worthy correspondent , by another earnest recommendation of the topic to the several distinguished contributors to
your valuable Miscellany ; and I am also quite of opinion , that while theological questions are entitled to a marked preference in your pages , " there are other auxiliary subjects highly promotive of truth and righteousness , " which it is verv desirable to
see more atteaded to . Mere civilization would naturally train the heart of man to the reception of the beneficent principle of Peace ; but when we have to consider ourselves
in our character of Christians , when , with regard to this object , we must look to the example and unceasing solicitude of our heavenly Master , The Prince of Peace , the consideration
becomes all-important , and falls upon the mind with irresistible force . But not to urge it upon our attention as an incumbent duty , I am persuaded that whoever will give the subject due reflection , he will not fail to perceive that the extinction of Wai * must be
accompanied with incalculable benefits to the general happiness of mankind j he will perceive that such a train of blessings will assuredly attend the career of Peace , as cannot fail to animate him to a zealous co-operation with the Peace-Societies , now so nobly exerting
themselves in this great cause - indeed , it would seem that some such plan must necessarily aatecede the period when the calf , and the ymng lion , and the fatling shall lie down together ; and should it please God to spare
my life yet a few years , I do ardently anticipate the satisfaction of learning that the worshipers of the one true God have very generally ranged themselves under the standard of these truly Christian bands .
I cannot conclude this my sincere address to your readers , without recording a tribute of the uinfeigned gra ; - titude and reverence I entertain towards the man who firstpromulgated
this heaven-born scheme . In presenting it , my imagination would picture him a tutelary gettitis tendering a scroll t 6 the disciJ > les of Christianity superscribed Peace , and with a look full bf
benevolence calling upon them torenew this bright pledge of their faith . May every Unitarian hasten to enrol his name upon , this bond of love and Christian perfection . A Friend to the Peace-Societies .
Sir , ¦ m ¦ ONE of the most powerful arguments which prove the divine mission of Christ , is the manner in which he met his death . He shews near the commencement of his ministry that he was to suffer , and he submitted to his fate , after having foretold every circumstance which attended his d € -:
parture , and resolutely expressed his determination to obey the will of his heavenly Father . By his firm and enlightened conduct in this respect , he evinced his unshaken conviction in the truth of the great doctrine which he came to promulgate , the resurrection of the dead to a new and better life ,
and illustrated the necessity 011 the part of others who believed in him , to follow his example in a course of suffering . The declaration of Jesus that he was to be crucified , his going up to Jerusalem the last time for that purpose , and his unshaken adherence to that
resolution , in spite of every earthly consideration , afforded evidence for the truth of his claims which Ltician of Samosata did hot fairly know how to remove . He had , therefore , recourse to an artifice WMch is not to be
paralleled in the annals bf Human baseness . He knew th , at the nijference in favour of Christianity , . would fall to the ground , if a person coul ( J be produced who pursued a similar conduct from ambition , the love of distinction and
vain-glory : hey therefore ; copies all the leading fea 1 ) urefe vvliieh diBtingnished the death 'of ^ i ^ kordv'tmid' Ascribes them to Peregrinus , thus artfully dewing his reaS&y tb * rf 6 fcfcltt * fe , tMt the base mWi ^ Whfch ^^ uteitea fcWeM&t tjeV mmeve sufficient to account for the be-
6 On Peace-Soci&ties :
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1821, page 6, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2496/page/6/