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formed us , that the title € Plain Man / as a convert from Unitariaiiism , was fictitious , [ still ] there are few persons who could have been deceived by the fiction . None who has been in the habit of attending Unitarian worship could
have given so false a representation of that worship a 3 his first page contains . There is not heard c a perpetual harping on the sufficiency of human reason to make manifest of itself what would be proper for God to reveal : ' no such impiety stains the lips of the Unitarian preacher . He feels too deep a reverence
for that Great Being ; he is too sensible of the infinitude of divine wisdom , to take upon himself the daring task of deciding what God may or may not reveal . All Christians acknowledge that He can reveal nothing inconsistent with himself ; and the Unitarian confines his inquiries to what He has revealed under the Jewish and still more under the
Christian dispensation . "—P . 4 , Mr . Whitfieid denies the truth of the statement that the " subjection of our understandings to infinite and uncreated wisdom , is never enforced * ' in Unitarian chapels : nor does he admit that " Trinitarians are often spoken of as a set of idolaters i "
^ « ministers of the denomination in question , are not forward to use language in the pulpit which conveys to their hearers feelings of contempt for other religious professors . By the few it may be occasionally used—by the
majority never . Sometimes a cry resembling the following is raised by their opponents : * Unitarians are infidels , who deny the Lord that bought them ;' but they can never imagine that the heart of every Trinitarian responds to the cry . So the Trinitarian may be
occasionally called an idolater , but those who differ frotn him in opinions , do for the most part credit his sincerity , respect his feelings , and avoid the use of contemptuous language . Mpre than this weed not be said to disprove the assertion of the writer ; more perhaps would be untrue , for Unitarians are of like
passions and feelings with their brethren . "_ p . 5 . The Remarker , while he is perfectly candi d , does not < Jeal in bliqd , indiscr iminate coi ^ cessipa . He firmly
o Pposea the allegation , " that Trinit * Wian Dissenters reject all hinnaa creeds apd self-imaginings , and as true Protestants receive the Bible , and the Bible only , as the foundation 01 their faith and discipline : " and on
this topic , and on other similar subjects , he reasons with judgment and
success . - ^ P p . 6—13 . As a proof of his acquaintance with the principles of scriptural interpretation , we shall transcribe his criticism on Isaiah viii . 14 , 1 Pet . ii . 8 :
" This [ language ] is addressed by the prophet to his contemporaries ; and the meaning is evident . ' Peter / we are told , * applies this passage to Christ / It would , certainly , have been more correct to say , he applies part of it to
Christ . The apostle having cited the prophecy of a stone to be laid in Zion , Is . xxviii . 16 , describes the consequences of disallowing this stone , in other words , of rejecting the Messiah , in language borrowed doubtless from the passage cited . But this is all he uses —* a stone
of stumbling and a rock of offence / In the one case it is predicated of Jehovah of Hosts ; in the other , of the Messiah . Is this a proof that Jesus was Jehovah of Hosts ? Can it be imagined that Peter entertained such an idea when he
wrote his epistle ? Had he done so , he would have quoted the whole of the passage , and not a few words of it . Immediately before he had spoken of God and Jesus Christ as separate and distinct beings ; and he would not have
neglected the opportunity afforded him , by the introduction of this passage , of stating clearly what his views were , had he regarded these two beings as identical—Jehovah of Hosts . No uninspired Trinitarian would be so negligent , — Peter was inspired /'—Pp , 13 , 14 .
On the whole , we have been exceedingly gratified by the perusal of this tract , and consider it as not a little honourable to its author , to the body of which he is a member , and to the important cause—the cause of Truth , Righteousness and Charity—¦ for which he pleads . N " .
Review . M - >~ Wettbeloved s Sermon on the ystery of Godliness . 683
Art . III . —The Mystery of Godliness * A Sermon preached at Halifax , on Wednesday , May 1 J , 1825 , before the Members o the West Riding Tract Society ; and again at Evesham , on Wednesday , July 12 , 1826 , before the Members of the Unitarian Tract Society for Warwickshire . By Charles Weilbeloved . York : pr inted by WiJsoa and Sons ; sold by Longman and Go ., and by Hunter , London . 8 vo . pp . 36 . IT is always an interest ^ part of our duty to ribtice a discouVse
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Nov. 2, 1826, page 683, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2554/page/47/