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The Roman Catholic undoubtedly feels shocked beyond measure and distressed , when his reason begins to convince him of the inefficacy of absolutions , extreme unctions , and the other palpable supports against which
he has so long leaned for happiness . But that is . no argument for their efficacy . I only mean to suggest , that when we thus pursue our speculations into what seems to us to be truth , we ou # ht to be prepared for a
good deal of abhorrence and hatred from those whose souls are still lashed to the machinery from which we hav ^ e extricated ourselves—in fact , that \ ve ought not to complain perhaps quite so much as we do .
Captain Thrush ' s Letter . When other denominations value themselves on the useful institutions which they have established and promoted in the present a ^ e , Jet it not be forgotten that Peace-Societies derived their
original support in America and England , almost exclusively from the sect of Unitarians . Poetry . The author of so classical an effusion as the Lines on General Riegfo , ought not to say , he believes it was C . Cassius , who was called the last of the Romans . Has he at
least no confidence in Lempriere ? The passage from Milton ' s prose is perhaps fulflyrical enough for versification , and is not injured by the present attempt . Obituary . Although I lately pleaded in favour of detailed obituary
notices , yet it is hard to approve of such physicaland diagnostic descriptions of disease , as that introduced into one of these articles . Still , how far this description may inform and gratify a numerous circle of partial friends , I pretend not to determine .
Intelligence . A highly interesting article of Intelligence for the Repository , would be , an annual , or perhaps triennial list of Unitariau Congress tl 0 ll 8 » Ministers , and average number of Worshipers . By means of the Edito a extensive correspondence , and <> ther collateral advantages , such a documen t could undoubtedly be furnished without much trouble , and to *\ £ ood degree of accuracy . We could Uen co'npare from time to time the
Purees of our opinions . The Repo-Vto I ry lv ° uld be an eligible channel 0 r this spedea of information , inas ^
Mr . Emlyn to Mr . Manning . Dear Sir , JuneSth . HAVE yours . I grant you that I Creator and God Most High are the same , and I think it so as to the new creation too : none but he bears
the character of Creator there , 1 Pet . iv . 19 , as many understand that text ; none but he has the character of him that raises the dead , 2 Cor . i . 9 , Rom . viii . 11 . The glory of the principal is peculiar and most conspicuous to all , while that of the
instrument is not so certain nor evident * If I could find it usual for men or prophets , &c , to be said to come down froin heaven , I might suppose Christ to come down the same \ vi \ y , i- e . metaphorically , but I think ' tis said of no man else . As to Luke x .
30 , the coming down is from the city Jerusalem , as the supreme seat in the land ; and James i . 17 , implys the agency of God as dwelling in heaven , according to the common
representation in Scripture ; but yet there is no opposition to a proper local ascent . The going in and out of the mouth are of the same sort in the parable , but not in the moral of it . I think
the whole of what you urge , at least the chief thing , is the harshness of the Synecdoche , that the Son of Man shouM be said to descend who was not such , till after the descent : and yet
it seems not to me to carry any such violence in it , while the subject that had descended was really the Son of Man at this time , as born of a woman , and perhaps as much her son as any man is the son of his mother .
Methinks ' tis not much more than to say King- IVilliam was born in Holland , tho' he was no King- then . As to Acts ii . 34 , you must not urge that , for as the context plainlv limits the discourse to the resurrection of the body , so by that arguing it would follow that Abram or David do not live to God , that Paul was not caught into paradise , ( if out of the body as he supposes , ) is not with Jesus Christ , &c , because only the Spirit is there , which will- be too much . I need not ,
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much as a large number of societies will probably lie unconnected with the British and Foreign Unitarian Association , or any other organized general avenue of communication .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1826, page 333, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2549/page/17/