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his day to be found . In the historical introduction prefixed by Dr . Rees to his translation of the Racovian Catechism , I read— " Those ( of the Unitarian body expelled from Poland ) who obtained a settlement in Puussia and Brandenburg , were permitted to form churches for Unitarian worship , which are yet ( 1818 ) in existence , though not in a very flourishing condition . "
Being engaged in the composition of a work , for the execution of which I require accurate information of the state of Uuitarianism on the Continent , I shall feel exceedingly obliged to any of your readers , who may possess or have the means of obtaining them , for any details serving to illustrate the statements above
quoted , or relating to churches or individuals now holding Anti-trinitarian sentiments in any of the continental states . If , at the same time , any of your readers could inform me where I might procure a copy of " Bock Historia Antitrinitariorum , " they would render me a service which might perhaps conduce to the furtherance of truth .
Communications are respectfully requested to be sent to the Monthly Repository Office , addressed to PHILOMATH .
Mohammed a Reformer of Christianity . To the Editor . Sir , Whoever studies the history of the Christian church from a period soon after the time of Jesus Christ to the time of Mohammed , will be able to trace the gradual adoption of opinions which do not accord with the doctrines
contained in the gospels , nor in the history of the Acts of the Apostles . Permit me briefly to remind your readers that , prior to the Christian era , the Oriental philosophy , inculcating that two powers , one the Author of good , and the other the author of evil , presided over this world , had become prevalent amongst the most civilized nations .
The Egyptian philosophy blended the Oriental philosophy with the Egyptian theology . The Grecian philosophy , and the same may be said - of the Roman philosophy , cannot be termed a distinct system ;
the theories adopted were very dissimilar . If some of them were not totally without the light of truth , many were more obncure , and others devoid of all that was requisite to afford solace in life , mid consolation in death . The philosophy amongst the Jews can-
not easily be denned . It was no longer bounded by the tenets of the writers of the Old Testament , but amalgamated with the various hypotheses that had prevailed amongst the people with whom their predecessors had resided during their captivity .
We may also notice that their increasing numbers induced some to emigrate , and many to voyage to different countries , whence , on their return , they imported a number of tenets and practices unknown to their aucestors . From the Oriental , the Egyptian , the Grecian , the Roman , and the Jewish philosophers and religionists , had arisen a great diversity of sects .
Differences of opiuion arose in some minds from casual impressions , in others from eccentricity of genius , or from aberrations of judgment , and in many instances from having to seek after truth in a labyrinth of hypotheses , from whose intricate mazes human judgment was not easily extricated . On the variety of sectarian opinions it may be remarked ,
that as each colour may be exhibited in a variety of shades , and as the mixture of colours produces novel appearances , so the opinions of men vary more or less in different societies , and not unfrequently amongst the individuals of each society . In the time of the apostles some were of Paul , and some of A polios , some of Cephas , and some of Christ .
Au enumeration of the sects which originated amongst the Jewish and Heathen converts would engross too large a portion of your columns , and the immediate object is to notice that there were those who , either from assuming that they had acquired , or from their professing a desire to acquire , wisdom , were termed Gnostics ; from the several
sources already mentioned , they had derived their opinions and mixed and modelled them as they thought proper . Since the apostles were not for a time unanimous ou the conformity of the Gentile converts to the Jewish ritual , uutil Peter , by a dream or vision , became convinced
that God is no respecter of persons , but that he who doeth righteousness is righteous , we may readily conceive that the Gnostic sectarians , become professors of Christianity , did not totally discard their former opinions and prejudices , but anxiously sought for analogies and similitudes between their former sentiments
and the tenets of their new religion . The numerous names by which the sectariaus were distinguished rarely convey accurate information of their respective sentiments ; for , aw Dr . Musheim ob-
60 Miscellaneous Correspondence .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1831, page 60, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2593/page/60/