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/ direct fe&titnohy W Behalf off the k $ k ; while tkfey tyke jpreafc puds ^ r bttng it into doubt and suspicion , ¦ 1 > y means of objections which have '" " no proper relation to the case . What they aay to the parents of the mat ^ to the man himself , and to Jesus ,
indicates the aiigter of persons who feel that they are baffled add disappointed . They hare rfeeourse to calumnies and threats and violence , the sure indications of a bad cause . How perfectly frivolous the plea , "This man is iidt
of God , because be keepeth ncit the Sabbath-day" i How significant the act of excommunication ; and how self-condemnatory the declaratioti , " Thou vrast altogether bora ia siri , and dost tturf teach us * " Yet the
Pharisees were at the head of a numerous body of the Jewish people : they were vi ^ hat oiir Lord termed them , " blind teachers of the bliral f * aead it w £ s by authority , not by argument , that they induced any of their countrymen to resist the power with which he acted , and the wisdom and persuasion with vvhidh he spoke *
If we compare the several p&rts # f this ftarfative with each other , we shall be sensible that it exhibits the strongest marks of what Paley calls " personal ^ notvledge" in the historian : it possesses a Vividness and circumstantiality of description , which _^ _ u j XL £ _ . ^_ . -M l _ A _ i H— JC & - m —Jc ^ £ m ^ - A . ¦ _ -M . ¦ * m . _ - . — . _•_ - - Mb . __ J . *_ J «_ . _ L witn ints
^ — are incanapai , nn « suppu&iuon of its bayittg been framed on any in ^ ferior Jtiithortty . Such a comparison I have now instituted : let roe hope that , as the result of it , my readers ante more fully satisfied of the Evan ^ list John haviog been tifi eye-witiiess ^ f the evettt Which he here recbrds .
I finish this series of remarks by adding , that Christianity invites ; sustains , and \ HU abundantly reward , intoe&tigatim . As the Pharisees by narrowly examining into the miracle before m established its feality , * so flto
adversaries of the gospel , both in early etftd in eticeeeding times , have undesignedly bwt powerfully served the tauee which they laboured to overthrew . . i .. j $ ¦ ' ¦ ' X ^ ¦ [ ¦ " * ' . ; , r ' , r ' ' * ' - A i ¦ ' ' ri i ¦ il ' L * ) ' ' > li ' ' -- ¦ - ' ¦ ' - ¦ ' - ¦ ¦ ' - f
• Archbishop Neweome 6 h < $ m Lo ^ a 6 CtiitM&tj&& , p . 48 ^ 9 ^ 2 d ed ; | ^ »
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v ^^^^ ii fi ^ .. ^ - ^^^^^^ ms ^^ ~ JL" fied by the ajpprob ^ tibiJ trf yodr correspondent Mr . Cogan , as expressed in your Number fmt OatoHwlmt 9 [ XX . ; 6 ® S ^ J yet , I trust , that he will allow ipe to differ from him on \< rkat I cdnc ^ ive to be the purpaxij of bis
remark oa the term mt / steri / . NxAMng , I admit , can be more justly cen ^ iira-. ble than that love of the mysterious oil subjects of religion by which trifmy theologians , Protestant as well JWman Catholie , are unfortunately cli 4 iracterized ; but ^ in my apimtfri , thosfe writers wh ® deviate into the oppasite -extreme ^ e riot less obnoxious ta
reprehension . From the language adapted by many Unitarians m partieutar , ire rai ^ ht be led to imagi ne tha c the terin mastery alight tri be # x # Mgt # abolished ^ and that ft ean never be consiatemly applfed td any of the infer enees of natural religion , ortoauv
of the doctrines of pure Christianity . That it h ^ s been made € l subterfuge by controversialists when pressed with difficulties which they find themselves unable ta aaswer , itiust be acknowledged and lamented ; hm yet it is perfectly obvious ^ thati there arfc
fttrinermis theological and metaphysical propositions to which it rs impossMe to refuse our belief , though , afc thfe sartie , tiofje ^ they confessedly ex 6 eM the limits of human compFehen ^ Gfl . Nor is it ta be disguised tbat tbere are sdnie ffew , even - which wea<ffe
seaiblance of contradiction , anil wfaidR nevei-thelesd require , if not the fall assent , yet certainly the acquiefreenee of o ^ r iin perfec"t nnderstaTidings . In a grfctitetf or te « d degree * mystery api . pears . to be inseparable from ntm ^ doctrinal points of religion &s iveit m of metaphysics ; and those who are
the greatest enemies to the nantte , md who would fondly persuade themselves that they have banished it frqm tfetf creed , afford apposite examples of the fault they condemn , ; ¦ . ¦; ^| j ,. ,,
It is affirmed b ^ a vyriter highly esteemed wmtmg tte Unieatialffa , Ihsrt the great sfdvol ' ate * foi ? the final o ^ thictioii of the iufipediterit after e 6 ^ during ttges o ( tbrtfttb , have beert avowed inemters of thatdenotaintitioii ei Chrtstiafiti ; an < l yet there Ctfntert exist k < &mW < Jhat these m ^ vid ^ ctis were firift believers in the infinite jtn-
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1826, page 3, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2544/page/3/