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umph of that cause for which you have made so many efforts , and we believe we may add , so many sacrifices . After Mr . Madge had read the Address and delivered it to the Bishop , his Lordship replied in the following words :
Having always considered the favourable opinion of wise and good men as the best reward which , on this side of the grave , an honest individual can receive , for doing what he deems to be his duty tipon all occasions , I cannot but be highly gratified by the approbation of so
respectable a body of my rellow-chnstians as those are , an address from whom has been this moment read to me . I am most certainly a very sincere , though a very humble friend to the cause of Religious Liberty , and have uniformly been so from the first moment I was capable of
distinguishing— Quid sit pulchrum , quid turpe , quid mile , quid non . " In early life , an attentive perusal of the immortal works of Locke and Hoadly , and particularly the arguments of the former in behalf of Toleration , and of the latter an the expediency of repealing the Test and
Corporation Acts , deeply impressed upon nay mind this important truth , that every penalty , every disability , every restriction , every inconvenience even , to which any good Civil subject is exposed , merely on the score of his Religion , is , in its degree , persecution ; because , as the great Lord Mansfield justly observed , "
conscience is not controulable by human laws nor amenable to human tribunals , " actions , not opinions , being the province of the magistrate . Such is , as it seems to me , the clear voice of reason ; and revelation , I am sure , confirms this voice , when it enjoins persons in authority to ' * restrain" with the civil sword " evil
doers , and still more decidedly , when it warmly expostulates with those who axe fond of interfering in matters of conscience : " Who art thou that judgest another man ' s servant ? To his own
master he standeth or falleth . " Let us ail then be content to leave our fellow-chrrstiaus to stand or fall by th «
judgment of our common Lord and Master , to whom both we and they must hereafter give an account : and , in the mean time , should we , upon reflection , regard it as a duty to convert others to our own peculiar opinions , let us never cease to remember that reason and argument are the ouly weapons of spiritual warfare , and even in the use of these , we shall do well constantly to boar in mind , 4 iiat revealed religion was graciously
vouchsafed to raati , , *• * uan disputandi causa , sed ita vivetidi /* Few , if any instances have occurred of a proceeding * similar to that whieh we have now recorded , and we have
only to repeat the sentiment expressed in the Address of the Society , that his Lordship may live to witness the complete triumph of those principles of which he has been so consistent , so able and so disinterested a champion . E .
Brief Notes on the Bible . No . XXI . € t God is a spirit , and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth . " John iv . 24 .
Fragment of a Dialogue . ripRINITARIAN . I do not attempt M any explication of the doctrine , or affect to understand it . Unitarian . —I did not expect one ,
or suppose the other ; but , is it very unreasonable to require consistency in an opponent ? T . —I am aware of no inconsistency in referring- to God what He has not
given me a capacity to comprehend He , no doubt , — U . —He ! Who ?
T ;_ God , certainly . U . —You do , it seems , admit that there is one only God ; but represent that God to consist of three persons
How , therefore , can you permit yourself to speak of the Deity as He or Him ? Does not consistency require the use of They or Them , when discoursing of such a threefold . Deity ? You , Trinitarians , would have us believe that "Let us make man" was
an address by one person of the Mystery to the others . Upon your own principles , therefore , and upon such un authority , ought you not to use the plural pronoun > and ought it not , upon your hypothesis , to have been
used in a famous passage , thus—" God is three spirits , and they that worship Them must worship Them in spirit and in truth" ? T ~ It is not so in the Bible . Would you presume to vary the language of revelation ? . 17 . —Heaven forbid I But , why * it not ao ? T . I receive the word of God as it
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