On this page
- Text (2)
Note: This text has been automatically extracted via Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. The text has not been manually corrected and should not be relied on to be an accurate representation of the item.
Additionally, when viewing full transcripts, extracted text may not be in the same order as the original document.
brief and concise languag-e , the sense in which it ought to be understood . " — P . 79 . Now such a correction of popular errors seems to us to have a very remote connexion with the account of our Saviour ' s ministry , from which all such speculations were completely removed ; and we cannot well conceive
how an Evangelist could have been more unsuccessful than he has been , if his express object was to shew that the Logos had not a distinct , personal and substantive existence . He has , at any rate , used the language of personification , if , as we believe , he speaks of that which was in itself impersonal , and his language has been made the occasion ofwhat we conceive to be erroneous doctrine concerning the pre-existence and divine nature of the Logos regarded as the spiritual part of our Lord ' s person .
Letter V . begins with the author ' s objections to the interpretation of Lo ~ gos in the sense of the wisdom or reason of God . " This interpretation , although infinitely more satisfactory than that proposed by Trinitarians , has never appeared to me , " he says , " altogether sufficient or acceptable . " 1 . "It has by far too much of a philosophic aspect , and amounts in fact and precisely , either to the second or the first principle of Plato , according to the attribute it is supposed to mean .
2 . " It is as contrary to the true idea of God to suppose any of his attributes personified in a particular object , or confined to a particular spot , as it is to suppose God himself personified in any object or form , which is idolatry ; or confined within given limits , which is error equally gross and absurd . 3 . < c It is not settled which of the attributes of God is personified by Logos . Some suppose it to be his reason , some his wisdom , and his mercy , or good ness , miffht be equally well supposed .
4 , " There are passages in which Logos is used , to the explanation of which this interpretation can in no manner be applied . " Other instances of what he calls the technical sense * the author conceives to be 2 Thess . iii . 1 ; 2 Tim . iu 9 ; 1 John i . L 5 . The author ' s last objection to this mode of interpretation is , what he believes to be a more satisfactory explanation and exposition of the meaning of the Logos , as used by John and the other Scripture writers . Of this interpretation we shall present an outline . It has been asserted , that at a certain period it was the current practice of
the Jews to speak of all manifestations , communications , and revelations from G od * as made not by God or the tord , but by his Logos or Word * It has also been attempted to bet shewn in what maiwiei ; the heathens , who became acquainted with this * expression , and at last many of the Jews themselves , were gradually fed- ta consider that another ancfc a different being from tYte supreme ori g inal Jehovat * wa » uudetstoodby the phrase , " The Word of the Lord . " This last opinion is , however , rejected by our author , who , following in the steps of Lowraaj * ,, comes to the conclusion , that "ft was the great Jehovah , the one true , (¦ jod y who appeared to the Jews in the Shekinah , or who was concerned in those miraculous communications which
were made to them . " P . 107 . " The Shekinah , however , was merely an instrument in the hands of God , a medium by which he promoted certain enda , such as awakening attention , producing impression , or conveying knowledge . "—P . 189 . " We shall be able to understand more fttUy the' nature of the Shekinah ,
Pamphlets on the Logos . 691
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1828, page 691, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2565/page/35/