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it has appeared , that a very considerable analogy exists between the Paran as or sacred writings of the Hindoos and that which forms the substance of the book of Genesis . See the European in India , &c , by Charles Doyley , Esq , p . 66 .
The account that Sir William Jones gives us from the Hindoo writings , of Noah and his three sans , under the names of Satyavarrnan , and his three sons Sharma , Charma , and Jyapeti ,
is so striking" , that every intelligent reader must at once see that they both have the same origin . But this is not directly to rny present purpose , and therefore I shall pass it by . These facts , taken from Hindoo literature , I hope make it more probable that what is said in Gen . ii . and
hi . is founded in truth . The truth of the history contained in Gen . ii . and iii . derives support from what is said of Abraham .
Abraham lived about 400 years before Moses , i . e . wfren the world was about 2000 years old , and yet he is said by pur Lord to have seen , or rather foreseen , his day , John viii . 56 . Now in
what way is it so probable that he acquired the knowledge of the Messiah , as by the written , or more probably by the traditionary , account of him that is contained in Gen . ii . and iii . Nothing , perhaps , that the Supreme Being said to Abraham seems so likely to have imparted to him the knowledge of a Deliverer or Saviour , as what is said in Gen . ii . and iii . The prophet Micah also says , " His goings forth were of old from
everlasting ; " that is , his coming was foretold from very early ages , perhaps from the earliest ages of the world , Micah v . 2 . And the Apostle Paul says of eternal life , that mankind will have it in Christ Jesus promised before the world began , " Tit . i . 2 . From the earliest ages or dispensations . 8 . Finally , the character and condition of man , and God ' s dealing with
him from that early period of time , perfectly correspond with what is said in Gen . ii . and iii . For , ever since that time man has been a sinful , suffering and dying creature . Nevertheless , his merciful Creator has not
cast him off , but continued to admit him into his presence to be worshiped by bio ) , has given him several new re-
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ligious rites and ceretnomes suited to his fallen state , and amongst them has appointed a sacrifice for sin , which intimates that though man was become a sinner , reconciliation with his ofifended Creator might be obtained . See Gen . iv . and Job i . and xlii . In a course of ages this , as was natural
became the religion of the whole world , as it is of the Heathen world to this day , though , alas 1 greatly corrupted , as is also the law of Moses and the glorious gospel of the blessed God : but this is only what Jesus Christ and his apostles foretold , and therefore is a confirmation of its
truth . For though man cannot make religion , he can corrupt what God makes for him . This he hath shewn himself very expert in doing . Blessed be God , a purifying day is coming , See Rom . xi . JOSEPH JEVONS .
Critical Synopsis of the Monthly Repository for May > 1825 . CONSTITUTION OF THE BRIKj TISH AND FOREIGN ASSOCIATION . It would be quite superstitious and Anti-Unitarian , to suppose some mystic sympathy operating
between the English and American professors of our faith . Otherwise , we could hail it as a happy omen , that , without the slightest concert , the self-same week was selected in both
hemispheres for the consummation oi two grand and paramount associations , the objects of which are generally identical . It was on the 25 th of May , 1825 , that the " American Unitarian Association" was constituted — an
event , of which , I presume , the readers of the Repository have been already apprised . Without being given to superstition , however , we may regard this coincidence of time , both in
a philosophical and religious view , as a symptom of the general and effective progress of our opinions , and an indication of the purposes of Providence , calculated at once to direct ,
strengthen and encourage us . Since hut comparatively few could have been present at the discussions that must undoubtedly have had p lace at the adoption of most of these constituent articles , would it not be well to publish something like a rationale , expository of the particular grounds
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1826, page 328, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2549/page/12/