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binds another ' s heart , performs religion ' s most beautiful rite , most decent and moat handsome ceremony . " In the same spirit he proceeds to remark , that the contemplation of Deity is devotion at rest ; the execution of his commands is devotion in action . Praise is religion in the temple , or in the closet ; industry from a sense of duty is religion
in the shop , or in the field ; commercial integrity- is religion in the mart ; the communication of consolation is religion in the house of mourning ; tender attention is religion in the chamber of sickness ; paternal instruction is religion at the hearth . * judicial justice 5 s religion on the bench ; senatorial patriotism is religion in the public council . In a word , benevolence to man is the "beauty of holiness . "
Having advanced the foregoing sentiments with a view of enlarging on those of P . S . R ., I would inquire , in justification of the use of the expression by E . K ., whether Unitarianism and Trinitarianism are not in fact different religions ? Certainly differeut in the object of worship , and not less opposed in their motives to virtue . Our Saviour himself declares that the Jew . when
opposed to the Samaritan , is the " true worshiper . " The Unitarian , therefore , is perfectly consistent when , according to the definition of Christ , he confines the term to those who pay their homage exclusively to the Father , In the language of one of the most powerful defenders of our opinions in the present day , we may add , " That the convert to Unitarianism condenses into one
intense emotion the devout , and grateful , and admiring feelings , which before were frittered away amongst the different persons , characters , and offices of his Trinity : he beholds a lovelier Being than ever before met his contemplation . In the Saviour he sees an elder brother , whose example he may follow , whose
reward participate . In futurity he expects a retributiou , where he has to hope or fear the results of his actions here : and whatever may be the virtues of some Trinitarians , it must generally be the fact , that by producing tKiff change of opinion you improve the heart and character . "
Unitarian Chapel , Devonport , Devonshire . To the Editor . Sib , Plymouth , Dec . 3 , 1828 . Through the medium of the Repository I beg to communicate to the Unita-
rian public the success that my neighbours have met with in the scheme , which has been generally made known , of building a Unitarian chapel in Devonport . It is now about eleven years since a small portion of them began to assemble in a hired room for the purpose of worshiping the
Almighty in one person . Their numbers have been gradually increasing , which may perhaps be attributed to a library which was early begun to be formed , and is now of a respectable size , and contains most of the Unitarian publications which have appeared , with a variety of other books . These have been much read and
much lent to their neighbours , by which means they have become conversant with the Unitarian controversy , and have been able to give a reason to those who asked of the faith that is in them . Mr . Gibbs ' services , free and unpaid , have happily rendered a settled minister unessential to
them ; while his activity and zeal , united with their own , might put to the blush many societies which may be thought to enjoy greater advantages . Their present number and increased respectability have fully justified the wish they have entertained of having a place of worship for their exclusive use , in which they may meet without the interruption to which they have hitherto been subject .
Under these considerations , Sir , I cheerfully complied with their wish , that 1 would assist in raising contributions from distant societies ; and it is with great pleasure I am enabled to say , that we have succeeded to , I think , the very extent we could have hoped for in so short a time . — In all , about three hundred pounds have been collected .
In pursuing the course which seemed best fitted to serve this congregation , I have had an opportunity of knowiug both the advantage and the evil arising out of the establishment of our Fellowship Funds ; for even these good things are not exempt from evil ; and where is the plan which human sagacity can devise which may not furnish an occasion , or even a plea , for the exercise of improper feelings and the gratification of the meaner passions ? In
many cases I have been really pained by hearing the excuses that have been made by-wealthy-jnen—men of large property and great influence—for declining to contribute to a cause which they could not but think deserved encouragement . Not unfrequently , when the case has been stated to one , a gentle shake of the head and a half smile have been accompanied by the assurance , that it was not in his power , though it was in his inclination , to contribute . In such case 1 have
64 Miscellaneous Correspondence .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1829, page 64, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2568/page/64/