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TJBOMPTE D and animated by a JL recent unique discovery , (
whether hazarded in jest or earnest it is not so easy to make up one ' s mind , ) I have since , haply in like doubtful spirit , been trying my tyro head on a twin Anti-Trinitarian text , the Baptismal Commission : amazed , and who now can be otherwise than amazed , at
the ne plus ultra of Katerfeltorism itself ! at the all but incredible , yet unanimously admitted , impunity which it has so singularly met with from the whole enemy ' s camp , while , along with its maltreated colleague on all
fours , bidding defiance ( and probably , < too , somewhat earlier in the field ) to the antagonists of Unitarianism . That neither is any portion of this docu- nient an interpolation , who can doubt that does not shut his eyes against internal evidence ? That , like its
concurrent authority , it cuts at once the knot which ages have in vaixi been endeavouring to untie , who that is not head over ears in love with paradox can have the hardihood to dispute ? How then it comes to have slept in a whole skin , while its grande
tutamen has been so cruelly mutilated aod even sent to Coventry by pious fraud , is the simple question . And I Cannot but flatter myself that the secret of their very different fortunes jvas only a day or two ago whispered in my waking or dreaming ear .
Humbly then and anxiously dedicating my little second nest-egg of the nineteenth century to all the worshipers of the veritabl y learned , and all the admirers of the too probable , lo I here I deposit it at your feet amid the hecoinin g pomp of strut and music of tackling .
The Messiah * having been raised fcy God from the grave , and novvf- on the point of resuming that inherent omnipotence which he had for a season abdicated , communicates , it seems , the glad tidings to his surrounding disciples in the following extraordinary manner : " power is given unto me in heaven and in earth . Go ye , therefore , and teach all nations , baptizing them ( in or into my name ? No , certainly , but ) in the name of the
* The Scriptures passim . 1 Orthodox works passim
Father , and-of the Son , aiuf of tha Holy Ohost ^ ' He then as suddenly and significantly drops the other two names as he had introduced them , and confining his own attention w& that of his auditory to himself alone , assures them that he will be with them to the end of the world . The relevancy of the consequent mandate to the reason here apparently assigned
for It , will be duly appreciated by the merest novice in the art of reasoning ¦ : and the quite overwhelming attestation with which its novel and peculiar phraseology closes the long list of unvarying depositions to the characteristic dogma of Unitarianism
3 j ' 1 . < is so unquestionably prominent and striking , that it were a mere waste of time and words to dilate upon it a& our learned adept in the science of Eureka lias so well done , to the palpable and utter discomfiture of any
: : ' ( if any there can still be ) who may be fantastical enough to differ with him in opinion . From this moment , the apostles must , then , have been , had they never been so before , advocates of the strictest and most inviolable
unity of their Jehovah : and the only wonder is , * a wonder , indeed , shared by the patrons with the opponents of the dogma , that so decisive , and just then so unexpected , a confirmation of it , should not have imbued
throughout , or here and there at least , their subsequent history and writings with analogous testimonies to its truth . With the single exception , verily , of the long hermetically sealed text of which the adventures have now been
so entertainingly developed to the world , nil viget simile aut secundum to this curious Oasis of genuine UnU tarianism from the very first chapter of Genesis to the very last of
Revela-* Our Tritheists ' , indeed , denominate the doctrine differently : but this is only iu character . One of them observes ., ( and the remark in more discreet language is a very familiar one with theologians of this sect , ) " The mystery of the ever-blessed Trinity would , perhaps , be instanced by many orthodox Christians as a doctrine less directly taught in the book of life , than its supreme importance and fundamental character would have
led them to anticipate . Dissertation on Unauthorized Tradition , by C . Haw * kins .
fat * of Mutt , 9 pkvuL L 8 ~~^ compared with \ John v , 7 > St , 3 £ & *
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1826, page 323, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2549/page/7/