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lament that our narrow limits will not enable us to give a fuller account , with sincere gratitude to Dr . Carpenter for this valuable contribution to Unitarian literature , and with an earnest hope that the work will meet with such
encouragement ( and here we appeal , not to the liberality , but to the justice of the Unitarian body ) as will quicken the learned and able author in his important design of answering Bishop Magee ' s arguments in behalf of the popular doctrine of Atonement .
ference to or rejection of reat Christianity , and to point out the sources of the multiplied mistakes which are made with regard to its nature , I have here made some observations ou the indisposition of the human mind to attend to an argument
which opposes any favourite inclination ; on the opposition of Christianity to the prevailing current of the human character ; and on the bad effects arising from the common practice of deriving our nptions of religion rather from the
compositions of men than from the Bible . Infidels are not in general acquainted , through the Bible itself , with the system of revelation ; and , therefore , they are inaccessible to that evidence for it which arises out of the discoverv that its
doctrinal facts all tally exactly with the character which its precepts inculcate . I have here also illustrated this coincidence between the doctrines and the precepts of the Bible in several particulars . W the Christian character is the character of true and immortal happiness , the system must be true which necessarily leads to that character .
" V . I have endeavoured to shew the need that men have of some system of spiritual renovation ; and I have inferred from the preceding argument , that no such system could be really efficient , unless it resembled Christianity in its structure and mode of enforcement .
" VI . I have shewn the connexion between the external and internal evidence for revelation . " After reading the above summary , who would expect to find the author an advocate for the system of modern
reputed orthodoxy , and an asserter of some of its most unintelli gible and anti-scriptural doctrines , in their grossest form ? That this is the case the following- quotations sufficiently shew : " God became man , and dwelt among
us . He himself encountered the terrors of guilt , and bore its punishment ; and called ou his * careless creatures to consider and understand the evil of sin , by contemplating even its undeserved effects on a being of perfect purity , who was over all , God blessed for ever . "—P . 40 .
Again , " That God in human nature should himself become the victim , is a scheme which , indeed , outstrips all anticipation and baffles the utmost stretch of our
minds , when we labour to form an idea of perfect benevolence and perfect holU ness ; but yet it is the only scheme which can fully meet the double object ot > strongly attracting our love to God . and
Review . — Er shine's Jlemarks on the Truth of Revealed Religion . 361
Art . II . —Remarks on the Internal Evidence for the Truth of Revealed Religion . By T . Erskiixe . London . Pp . 104 . 12 mo . Hamilton . THIS writer gives , pp . 17 , 18 , the following as the substance of his
book : " I . As it is a matter of the very highest importance in the study of religion , to be fully satisfied that there is a real connexion between happiness and the knowledge and love of God , I have commenced these remarks by explaining the nature of this connexion . I have
here endeavoured to shew , that the object of a true religion , must be to present to the minds of men such a view of the character of their great Governor , as may not only enable them to comprehend the principles of his government , but may also attract their affections into a conformity with them . " II . I have made some observations on the mode in which natural religion exhibits the Divine character , and in which it appeals to the human understanding and feelings . And here I have remarked the great advantage which a general principle of morality possesses in its appeals to minds constituted like ours , when it comes forth to us in the shape of an intelligible and palpable action , beyond what it possesses in its abstract form . " III . I have attempted to shew that Christianity possesses this advantage in the highest degree ; that its facts are nothing more than the abstract principles of natural religion , embodied in perspicuity and efficiency ; and that these facts not only give a lively representation oi the perfect character of God , but also conta \ jn . in themselves the strength of the most irresistible moral arguments that one man could address to another on any human interests . ** IV . I have endeavoured to analyze some of the causes of the general indif-
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1821, page 361, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2501/page/37/