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the LorcTs-day ; and , that he l might keep back nothing' that leads to a proper understanding of that religion of which he has been appointed a minister , he delivered on the Sunday that next followed the day so called , in a discourse , the greater part of the following remarks on Christmas-tide : and then left it to his friends to consider , whether , after what he had stated of the origin and object of the appointment of that day , he ought to keep it as a Christian festival . "
We recommend this little work to the serious perusal , not only of members of the Established Church , but in particular of those among the Dissenters who , for want of a better knowledge of the history and grounds of Dissent , are apt to fall in with established customs , in religion , only because tliev are fashionable . R it
¦¦^ vwp ^ ' — \ . rt . IV . — Unitarian Christia ? iity and its Professors , vindicated from Popular Misrepresentation and Calumny ; in a L / etter addressed to the inquiring Inhabitants of Plymouth Dock : occasioned by the recent Officiousness of a Clergyman and his Friends . By Silvanus Gibbs . pp . 29 . Hunter , and Eaton .
IT is still the lot of Unitarians to be misrepresented and calumniated , notwithstanding the many plain and explicit statements , and able defences of their views and sentiments , which have been presented to the public ; and , so long as they continue to be misrepresented , it will be necessary for their advocates to vindicate them from
false charges , and to re-state and defend what they believe to be the genuine doctrines of Christianity . Unitarianism admits of such an easy defence , from reason and the plain facts and declarations of Scripture , that it is
scarcely possible for its adversaries to shew themselves in hostile array against it , in any district of the kingdom , without rousing some friend of truth and free inquiry , who is qualified to repel their attacks with success .
lhe writer of the above pamphlet shews much good sense and candour , in replying to the misrepresentation and illiberal attacks of the clergyman and his friends ; and answers , in a plain style , some of the popular and
unjust charges brought against Unitarian Christians . R .
Art . VI . —Death and Resurrection . A Sermon preached at the Dissenting Chapel , JLympston , on Sunday , March 26 , 1820 , on the Death ' of Mrs . Mo worth , Relict of Edward Howorth , Esq . y % who died March
15 , in the 85 / h year of her age . By the Rev . Thomas Jervis . 8 vo . pp . 32 . Hedgeland , Exeter , and Longman and Co ., London . 1820 . MRS . HO WORTH was the daughter of a worthy and liberal
Review . —Jervis ' s Sermon on Death end Resurrection . 363
i ^ p " Art . V . —^ Truth needs no Apology $ or , a Further Elucidation of the Reasons for Dissent : occasioned by the " Affectionate Address of the Rev . Samuel fViw , and the Subsequent " Apology , " by the Rev Samuel Newton . By a Layman . 8 vo . pp . 24 . Longman and Co . 1821 .
WTHE Layman is a stiff Noncon-. « formist , who thinks that in the controversy between Messrs . Wix and Newton " the Truth has been compromised . " He steps forward , therefore , to denounce in the boldest tone the errors and corruptions of the
Church of England , and churchmen , can scarcely deny that he has hit some palpable blots . But , Dissenters as we are , we must allow that there is more of declamation than of argument in
the Layman ' s pages , and that his eagerness has betrayed him into some errors . The " nolo episcopari" is a farce no longer acted , if indeed it ever were . ( See this subject discussed by the late Rev . S . Palmer and another
correspondent in our VIIth Volume , pp . 26 , 88 , 225 and 297 . ) The power of the King , as Head of the Church , is strangely overrated by the Layman , when he says that * he can interpret the Christian faith in any way he thinks proper , " " can erect or cancel all bishoprics , " and " can alter , amend or omit any part of the Church service without any consultation . " These mistakes , together with tlie confounding of Elymas and Simon Magus , ( p . 19 , ) lay the Layman opeu to the lash of the critics of the Church , and disserve , instead of strengthening , his argument for Dissent .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1821, page 363, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2501/page/39/