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as follows : yivecr&ou frequenter poni ~ tur pro twai , frequenter et abnndat . Nostro temen loco virtu te non caret , significans factus . Thus much ia defence of Socinus . —With the
interpretation of the Proem of John ' s Gospel I do not meddle , being contented with the conviction which I feel that the orthodox interpretation is inadmissible . In reading * the excellent communication of Cleric us Cantabrigiensis ^ ( pp . 552—557 , ) I was somewhat amused to find that Dr . Copleston attributes the admission of the Necessarian system in part to the pride of the human mind in refusing to believe that the foreknowledge of God may
co-exist with the contingency of events . What obstinate perverseness not to believe that an event can be certain and uncertain at the same time I But this pride of the human intellect is in many cases a provoking quality . Jt has an unlucky propensity to call things by their right names , and will not swallow a contradiction though recommended under the guise of an " apparent incongruity . " Theologians in particular find it a troublesome thing to deal with . Even though they call it hard names and vilify it with the appellation of carnal
reason , or imperiously demand of it to humble itself before their mysterious dogmas , it remains inflexible . It will pry into secrets which it is assured are above its comprehension , and pertinaciously refuses to admit that two propositions which are diametrically opposed to each other can both be true . When will men of sense
and learning cease to deceive themselves and misiead others by the sophistry of words ? When will they reoiember , or reason as though they remembered , that things will remain the same by whatever names they may be called ? When will theologians especially be sensible that , unless they
cara refute the charge of maintaining . absurd and contradictory propositions , to call their doctrines mysteries , is only to add evasion to the disgrace of defeat ? Jt would be more magnanimous boldly to affirm , that what appears u contradiction to the limited understanding of man , may nevertheless be true . E . COGAN .
The Athanasian Creed at variance with Common Sense and Christian Charity . Islington ,
fern , October 12 , 1825 . r | HHE British Critic is well known JL to have been for many yeai 3 a periodical publication devoted ' to the interests of the Church of England On some occasions it has been candid
but , generally speaking , decidedly hostile to every species of Dissenters . The Unitarians have been honoured with no small share of its obloquy . But it is worthy of remark , that this High Church Review has lately been metamorphosed from a Monthly into
a Quarterly publication . Its first number has just appeared . One of its articles is truly liberal , especially towards Unitarians ; for they are the oppugners of its darling Athanasian Creed . It is entitled , * Sermons on various Subjects , by the late Rev . Thomas Rennell , B , D ., Vicar of
Kensington , Prebendary of South Granthain , and Chaplain to the late Lord Bishop of Salisbury . " His predecessor at Kensington , though not immediate , was the amiable and erudite Jortinand he was the son of Dr .
. Rennell , the present Dean of Winchester . Mr . Rennell died recently in tlie prime of life and zenith of his usefulness , deeply lamented . The Reviewer thus notices and commends his sermon
on the Athanasian Creed ,: u This Creed , which has been the subject of much misapprehension , has also been , we must confess , the cause of some uneasiness ; and certain it is , that if the eminent divines of our church , professing as they do precisely the same belief , should undertake to draw up a formula
of this doctrine suitable to the present day , and agreeable to the mild and tolerant spirit of our church , they would be content to express it in simpler terms and to place it in fewer lights ; and they would either abstain altogether from the damnatory clauses or express the sense of them in such a way as to prevent the
possibility of those harsh constructions to which they have been liable . The fault , however , is not in the learned men who composed it , nor yet in the Cited itself , which , recording , as it does , the identity of our faith with that of the primitive Christian , is entitled to our highest respect ; but in the numerous heresies and wild opinions in the mid > t
£ 06 The Athanasian Creed .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1825, page 606, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2541/page/30/