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he finds that the sentiments quoted by my opponent are not only shamefully garbled , but that they are not Mr . Belsham ' s , but Mr . Palmer ' s , and when he further discovers that in the very next paragraph Mr . Belsham disproves Mr . Palmer ' s hypothesis !"
Mr . Gibbs , however , does not deny that there are passages in the writings of Unitarians which , taken by themselves , may appear to some minds highly objectionable . The freedom of expression and discussion which Unitarians are wont , and properly , to use , leads them occasionally to let fall remarks that offend those whose minds make every doubt a sin , aud tolerate inquiry only so far as it may teud to buttress up
established dogmas . While Unitarians not only tolerate , but foster , a certain latitude of expression , they ought also to take care that justice is done to the cause which to them is truth . In fulfilling this duty , they are called upon to exhibit to the public , whose ears are poisoned by the opponent with whatever is or can be made objectionable , the positive views which their calumuiated worthies have
entertained on the great practical doctrines of the gospel . We thiuk , therefore , that a series of tracts , consisting of systematized extracts from Lindsey , Priestley , Belsham , Cappe , Ken rick , &c , &c , and setting forth their sentiments oti the authority of the Scriptures , the value
of the gospel , the character and work of the Saviour , the grounds of acceptance with God , the nature and remedy of sin , on these and kindred topics , would prove of the highest value both to encourage holiness in our own body , and to extend our views iu the world . To
the philosopher it may be of small importance what this or that man thought , but it is not ao to the people . We speak not of what ought to be , but what is , and to things as they are we must adapt our measures if we are to do good iu this world . We hope then that the hint we have ventured to throw out will not be altogether lost sight of .
Art IV . —A Scriptural View of the Progress of the Visible Church from the first Establishment of it to the present Time . Rivingtons . pp 16 . 1830 . A weak effort of some thorough-paced Churchman to impress upon the public miud a sense of the divine authority of the English Establishment . An extract from Moaheiiu , Eccl . Hist . Cmit . 16 , jirat nieeU our eye . iuteudcd to describe
the accomplished reformation of the church in the reign of Elizabeth , which emiuent theologian , of blessed , memory , " recommended to the attention and imitation of the doctors that were employed in this weighty and important matter , the practice and institutions of the primitive ages . " Nothing is here said about the doctrine of the primitive ages . That , it may be , was thought absolutely determined .
That our readers may judge of the sort of ecclesiastical doctrine here presented to reasonable meu who have the Bible iu their hands , we quote two sen « tences , p . 15 : " As it has pleased Almighty God to establish aud support his Holy Catholic Church , in this Protestant country , by
the hands of the civil power , we are bound to recognize her as our national and authorized church , and to reverence the powers that be . In all human institutions , intended for the benefit of posterity , the foresight of the founders legislates for their continuance , and rests the fulfilment of their euactments on the civil or ecclesiastical laws of their country . "
Art . V . — The Sunday Library ; or , the Protestant ' s Manual for the Sabbath-day ; being a Selection of Sermons from eminent Divines of the Church of England . By the Rev . T F . Dibdin , D . D . Vol . I . Longman . We cannot praise the taste which has been displayed in the embellishments of this volume . The " Primate of all
England" iu his robes ; the Bible supporting the crown ( a plagiarism from the John Bull ) ; and the ** South front of Lambeth Palace , " are not adornments likely to make religion look beautiful in the present state of public feeling . One of the calamities which an Established
Church entails upon itself is the enfeebling of its attempts to do good , even when they are most sincere and best directed . Religion is made to look so very like an aristocratical coutrivance for keeping the people quiet . Dignified and beneficed clergymen seem also very slow to learn that the paraphernalia which
might once command respect excite now a very different emotion . Men require , and they are warranted in requiring , that they who expect to be listened to when they tell of an invisible country , should shew themselves good and honest guides , by promoting the relief , the rights-, the common interests , aud the
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Feb. 2, 1831, page 120, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2594/page/48/