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have not merely acquiesced in , but from age to age upheld by argument , the doctrine of the Trinity , and expressly repelled that of Unitarianism , if not as unscriptural , yet as lagging far short of the sum and substance of
Revelation . U . —It is pretty obvious , however , that if there have been such occasions to uphold the doctrine by argument , the impugnment of it is not to be
treated as an innovation , or , if you like the expression better , as a novelty , either of this or of the preceding generation- And could no names of at least equal celebrity with your champions be adduced , in support of
an opposite conviction ? No confessors ? No martyrs ? What , if I should surprise you with one unconsidered , but irresistible , authority ?
T . —One that you might think so Still , the weight of such immense majorities might , if candour or modesty held the balance , be allowed some influence in the scale .
£ / . —A decisive one ? T . —That , indeed , might be requiring too liberal a concession ; but the solid and voluminous vindications—U . —Let me spare you the task of enumerating writers and their works , by admitting to the extent all that you are prepared to say of their superabundance and shrewdness . Pile their
bulky tomes , like Pelion upon Ossa , to Heaven ' s gate , which they never can obstruct . I care not what glosses the schoolmen have put upon the Scriptures . They are open before us , our blessing and our guide . What lias learning to do with the main
question , the gospel having been preached , as it ought to be unceasingly , to the poor ? Never has a plain subject been so confused by human trash as the sublime , but simple , doctrines of that
gospel . I abandon all conjecture . I i ' ound myself upon knowledge—yes , securely but unvauntingly , — -upon knowledge , and am at no loss what to denominate primitive Christianity . / know—that Jesus was the first
Christian . / knoiv—whom he worshiped . / know—whom he taught and enjoined us to worship . And / know—that Jesus was a confirmed , a consistent # nd an exemplary Unitarian . T . —Mercy on us ! BREVIS .
P . S . I should feel obliged to any correspondent , who would assist me in a difficulty of recent occurrence . Although the great family of Christians has consisted of Gentiles , yet
Jews were the first disciples of Jesus , and whatever numbers fell off at the crucifixion , a multitude continued stedfast , and many converts were ma . de amongst them by the apostles . In
course , thev would be out out of the course , they would be put out of the synagogues , and be under a necessity of associating separately , which would naturally produce intermarriages , and a kind or degree of insulated
community . What became of them all and of their descendants ? How is the striking fact accounted for that there are no Jewish Christians by descent ? And where am I to find the latest historical notice of them ? B .
746 Female Writers on Practical Divinity .
Female J ^ riters on Practical Divinity No . II . Mrs . MORE and Mrs .
BARBAULD . IN my last communication I expressed my intention of not noticing more of the works of Mrs . More , as I conceived that their plan and
tendency were very similar to those of Practical Piety ; but I have , since that time , been led to give particular attention to her Essay on St . Paul , which demands our consideration from
its excellence , and from the rank it holds among works of the class of which I am now treating . Great advantage may be gained from the attentive study of any one character , for " the noblest studv of
mankind is man . " Eminent persons form the most interesting study . We love to observe in what respects we resemble them , and in what we differ from them , and to what their superiority is owing . We make ourselves
one with them , learn to enter into their feelings , to understand their motives of action , —and while we thus feel , our admiration for their virtues and our regret for their failings may be attended with most beneficial effects
upon our own hearts . If those are the consequences produced hy biography in general , how worthy of attention must be the study of the mind ,
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Dec. 2, 1822, page 746, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2519/page/26/