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popular Churchmen and Dissenters of the present . For a moment I hesitated whether to produce any other testimonies than those of Trinitarians , as "Dr . Williams inquires , < € What Trinitarian was ever absurd enough to entertain for a moment the sentiment
here imputed to the whole body ?" And Dr . Smith says , " In a still more painful style of misrepresentation , this author takes upon himself to stigmatize our doctrine , as if it taught ' the incarceration / " &c . ; but equity to Mr . Belsham demands that Arian
testimonies should not be withheld , but , if necessary , be made as prominent as Trinitarian . Dr . Smith and Dr . Williams could not but be aware that Mr . Belsham * s views and language , in the sentence referred to , were as pointedly directed against the Arian as the
Trinitarian hypothesis ; and Dr . Smith has repeatedly quoted expressions in which the distinction is clearly made : as , " the Creator of the world , or the Almighty God himself in human oV »*» t \ a ! I" tc " TP tlio & * r » f- \ xrtwt * t-V »» t Joanc shape If the fact werethat Jesus
, of Nazareth was truly God , or the maker of the world in human shape /? And , perhaps , it would have been but fair in Dr . Williams to have quoted the whole sentence on which he has
animadverted in so extraordinary a manner , when this circumstance would have been apparent . The sentence , as written by Mr . Belsham , begins thus : " The incarnation of a God , the incarceration of the Creator of the
world , " &c . Not being aware when I commenced this paper of extending my remarks to the extent I have done , and being sensible that I am trespassing on too many pages of your Miscellany , I must content myself with sending- only two or three extracts for the present , and leaving the remainder for the ensuing month .
Lord Bacon says , in his " Characteristics of a Believing Christian , " ... * " He believes a virgin to be the another ° f a Son ; and that very Son of hers to he her Maker , He believes him to be * hut up in a narrow cell , whom heaven and earth could not contain . l He believes
mm to be born in time , who was , and is , jrom everlasting . He believes him to nave been a weak child , and carried in a » 'ins , who is the Almighty ; and him ? nce to have died , who alone has life and immortality in himself . "—Shaw ' s Bacon . H . 285 .
Here it may be observe ^ there is no vast difference between \ veak aod puling ; * dnd that if v incarcerated signifies to . imprison , to confine—to " shut up in a narrow cell" f expresses a state of equally elose cat closer confinement in t ^ e prison ^ ts ^ lf . Bishop Hall , in his Contemplations on the Birth of Christ , observes ,
" He , for whom hetfven is top strait , whom the heaveii . of heavens cannot contain , lies in the istrait C 9 . bin of the womb ; and when he would enlarge himself for the world , is n 6 t allowed the ' room of an
inn . Though many mansions of heaven were at his disposing ; the earth was his and the fulness of it ; yet he suffers to be refused of a base cottage , and complaineth not /*—Works , by Pratt , II .
207 . Cabin appears to have been used by Bishop Hall as synonymous with cell , as well as by his contemporaries , the translators of the Bible . r The good Bishop thus continues : " Here was neither friend to entertain .
nor servant to attend , nor place wherein to be attended : only the poor beasts gave way to the God of all the world . It is the . great mystery of godliness , that
God was manifested : in the flesh and seen of angels ; but here , which was the top of all wonders , the very beasts might see their Maker . For those spirits to see God in the flesh , it was riot so strange , as for the brute creatures to see him .
which was the God of spirits . < c Oh the wonderful dispensation of God , in concealing of himself from men ! Christ was now some five years old . He bears himself as an infant ; an * i , knowing all things , neither takes nor gives notice of ought concerning his removal and disposing , but appoints that to be done
by his angel , which the angel could not have done but by him . Since he would take our nature , he would be a perfect child ; suppressing the manifestation and exercise of that Godhead , whereto that infant-nature was conjoined . Even so , O Saviour , the humility of thy infancy was answerable to that of thy birth . The more thou hidest and abasest thyself for
* " When ice covered the water , the child bathed his legs ; and when he began this custom , was puling and tender . "Locke . f " Cell . " A small and close apartment in a prison . " When Jeremiah was entered into the dungeon , and intQ the cabins" [ in the margin , ce // sj , —rjei % xxxvli . 16 . —Johnson ' s . Diet . >
in his " Scripture Testimony . " 64 * 1
vol . xvi . 4 o
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Nov. 2, 1821, page 641, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2506/page/9/