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American Unitarian Association . —A Society , under this appellation , has recently been formed ; the objects of which are to " diffuse the knowledge and promote the interests of pure Christianity ¦ 4- ~ L * . m « s- ^ -m-m rwlA nit 4 » ^ ^ V W ?* *" % t - \ ** " » - » 4- * + W r * '' * * -ftvr * 4 * a »^» ^ v ^ - » - * A"fc throughout country inviting the
our ; union and co-operation of liberal Christians throughout the United States . According to its constitution , an annual subscription of one dollar shall constitute a person a member , so long as such
subscription is paid ; and a subscription of 30 dollars shall constitute a person a member for life . Its annual meetings are to be held at such times and places as the executive Committee , to be appointed by the Society , shall deem advisable .
The following copy of a circular , just issued by the Committee , will best explain the spirit and wishes of this new institution :
c < At a meeting of gentlemen from various places , held in Boston the 25 th day of May , 1825 , a proposition was made for forming some bond of connexion and co-operation among the Unitarian Christians of the United States . After
deliberate discussion it was thought that the time had arrived when such a measure would be generally acceptable , ami greatly
conduce to the extension of correct retf gious sentiments . A Committee was accordingly appointed to draft articles of association , who reported a Constitution which having been considered , was unanimously accepted . The Association was then organized by the choice of officers and a subscription immediately opened . ' " The executive Committee of the Association , to whom are entrusted the management of its concerns and the accomplishment of its purposes , present to the public the following brief exposition of the objects it is designed to promote . They wish it to be understood , that , fri accordance with the second article of the Constitution , its efforts will be directed to the promotion of true religion throughout our country ; intending by this , not
exclusively those views which distinguish the friends of the Association from other disciples of Jesus Christ ; but those views in connexion with the great doctrines and principles in which all Christians coincide , and which constitute the substance of our religion . We wish to diffuse the knowledge and influence of the
gospel of our Lord and Saviour . Great good is anticipated from the co-operation of persons entertaining similar views , who ar& now strangers to each other ' s religious . sentiments . Interest will be awakened , confidence inspired , and efficiency produced by the concentration of labour . The spirit of inquiry will be fostered , and individuals at a distance
will know where to apply for information and encouragement . Respectability and strength will be given to that class among us , whom our fellow-christians have excluded from the controul of their religious charities , and whom , by their
exclusive treatment , they have compelled in some measure to act as a party . The more immediate purposes of the Association may be thus enumerated : " 1 . To collect and diffuse information respecting the state of Unitarian Christianity iu our country . " 2 . To produce union , sympathy and co-operation among liberal Christians .
" 3 . To publish and distribute book ? and tracts inculcating correct views of religion , in such form and at such price as shall afford an opportunity of becoming acquainted with Christian truth . " 4 . To employ missionaries , especially in such parts of our country as are destitute of a stated ministry . iC
5 . To adopt whatever other measures may hereafter seem expedient , . such w contributions in behalf of clergymen with insufficient salaries , or in aid of buildu p churches , &c . &c . " The directors of the Association arc desirous to avoid parade and ostentation , They do not expect to equal otlii ' i
638 Intelligence . —Foreign : America .
Bible Discussions in Ireland . —T > r . Doyle ' s pastoral prohibition of these contests ( see Mon . Repos . p . 541 ) seemed to indicate that they had come to an end ; but a late singular occurrence may occasion their revival . Dr . Macsweeny , Professor of Theology in the College of Carlow , has resigned his situation in
order that he may become the champion of the Catholics at public meetings , without opposing his diocesan ( Dr . Doyle ) . His object would appear to be to enlighten the people of England , whom he regards as strangers to the Catholic argument . It is not stated whether he means to
come over to this country . That time may not be wasted in declamation , he proposes that the discussions which he contemplates should be carried on in a logical manner ; the controversy to be decided by 100 judges , 50 Catholics and 50 Protestants , he to have . the naming
of the Protestants and his antagonists the naming of the Catholics . He hints , with great naivete " , that as he has deprived himself of his living to enable him to embark in the controversy , it would not be amiss if his opponents , in case of . his success , provided for him some compensation ; but on this he does not insist ! We shall
wait with no little curiosity to hear of the effect of this polemical proposition .
FOREIGN . AMERICA .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1825, page 638, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2541/page/62/