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the day at length will come , if not in this world , surely in the next , wheiv we shall no longer be excluded by prejudice or misconception from any good man ' s love * but being wholly one with the Father and the Son , shall be one also with fiveTy brother of the human family . " The style of the Sermon is somewhat diffuse . And perhaps the author dwelh a little too long for effect on the conduct and sentiments of the Apostle .
But these are minor considerations . It . abounds in passages of the greatest merit , which must derive additional interest for those readers who were also hearers , from the remembrance of the effect which the serious , animated and touching delivery of the preacher gave to them . And when we hear or read again the usual -charges levelled against Unitarians as 4 > erverte * s of Scripture , and deniers their Saviour , we shall recur to Dr . Hutton ' s Sermon and be comforted .
Art . II . —Consecration au Saint Minktire d ' un Ecclkiastique Romain tmverti au Protestantisme , et Discours prononct & eette occasion le 24 Mars , 1828 , par B . Bouvier , Pasteur de PEgfcse de Genfcve . Geu&ve , 1828 .
The circumstances which occasioned the delivery of this discourse , furnish a gratifying instance of that moral courage which impels tlje sincere inquirer after truth to break through the trammels of creeds and systems , to give up the connexions of party , and to sacrifice every other consideration to the demands of an upright mind and an enlightened conscience .
Monsieur Saintes was educated for a Catholic Priest in one of the most orthodox of the French academies , that of Aix in Provence . W hen the time arrived for his entrance on the duties of the priesthood , he petitioned his diocesan for permission to decline an office to which he already felt some repugnance ; and when this was refused , though on grounds most honourable to himself , he
Ventured boldly to follow the bent of his own inclinations , and repaired to Paris , with the view of prosecuting ¦ his « private >' studies . The nature of his occupaiioni ^ and ¦ < the cast of his sentiments ^ were soon discovered from the publication of hmt ? J ^ a- ¦ jfean , or Historical Portraits of the Hopes , % > and by name * ) other pamphlets which / 1 were directed against the Ultra-raoiitaine jmrtv , and . which , ' though i writtea with i much cawtow wxd kuodetitionj Utotted ¦ ¦
to lower him considerably in the eyes pf . Hi *^ rifal -eu periors . By the repre - ientaiotisiot * hfe friends he was induced to believe that he had committed a gmveus offence against religion in the person of the popes , and by way of atoning for tbw alleged faiiU ' , \ he consented to take par * in -the aditiiig of some religious periodicals , and in the refutation
of M . de Moutlosier , who had been held up to him as the enemy of the priesthood , still more than of the congregation , But he was not long in perceiving his error ; the power of truth gradually gained the ascendant iu his mind ; and though he naturally felt some repugnance , at first , at relinquishing what had so long been the basis of all his religious habits and
sentiments , he at length settled in the rejection of his former opinions and the adoption of the Protestant faith . Nor was his a mere quiet and silent secession from the party with which he had been connected . He first proclaimed his conversion by addressing a letter to the Beoue Protettante ; and not content with
this , he subsequently repaired to Geneva , and there requested to be admitted into the ministry . He was received with the most cordial welcome by the Protestant pastors of that enlightened town , and by them , after proper questions had been put , and examinations gone through , he was consecrated to the holy office .
The discourse which is now before us was delivered on that occasion by M . Bouvier , oue of the moat esteemed and most eloquent of the pastors ; and we rejoice that he had g iven us an opportunity of readiag it ; It is replete with the most judicious advice , and the most earnest and affectionate
exhortation . It breathes throughout a 8 pint of fervour and of oncttoty and must have been well calculated not only to give the individual to whom i 6 < was addressed a correct idea of the duties which he was about to undertake ^ bat to impress him with a deep sense of their unspeakable importance . ¦ -: i . > - ¦!• > mi / ¦ » - .. ¦ ¦ .. < The following'observations appear to us- as juat and pertinent a » they are spirited * * ' ' ¦ ¦ ! - ¦ ¦ '; : ( > ' > ' ¦ ' ¦ ¦
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Nov. 2, 1828, page 779, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2566/page/51/