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believe the only permanent denomination that had its birth in the New World . In the history of this society , some things have been considered worthy of remark . This people made their appearance nearly at the same time in three extreme
divisions of the United States , in the SoiitheFn ) -J ^ ester-n , ^ and ~^ for-thet i n States ; and were unknown to each other for some time . They originated in three of the most numerous and active denominations in this country , the Episcopal Methodists in the south , the Presbyterians in the west , and the Calvimst Baptists in the north . With all the differences that
are known to exist among these , and with all the prejudices of education , they adopted the .. principle :- that the scriptures are an all-sufficient rule of faith and practice , and that they had an equal right with the men of any age or country to judge of their meaning , and apply them , practice . The ministers and churches in these different sections ^ of
ttaereottiitry , by laying aside their platforms and creeds as worse than useless , and going to the Bible alone to learn their religion , were found when they published their views to harmonize in name , in doctrine , in ordinances , and in church government . I cannot
better express the manner in which the ministers of this society urged the impropriety of human creeds , and the sufficiency of the scriptures , than by quoting the language and statement of the learned John Lawrence
Mosheim , in the introduction to his 44 Church History . " * As long as they [ the sacred "writings , ] were the only rule of faith , reli gion preserved its native purity , and . in . . proportion-as Jheirdecisions were either neglected or postponed to the inventions of men , it degenerated from its primitive and divine simplicity /
The first preachers of this society were bent upon cultivating a sentiment like that expressed in the noble prayer of the pious John Wesley
found in the preface to his * Notes . upon the New Testament . ' * Would to God that all the party names arid unscriptural phrases and forms , which have divided the Christian
world were forgot , and that we might all agree to sit down together as humble , loving disciples , at the feet-of-our-common—Masterr-to-hear his word , to imbibe his spirit , and to transcribe his life into our own '
The ministers of this reform set forth the scripture of the Old and New Testament as a most solid and precious system of divine truth ; which they whose appetite is not vitiated by the doctrines of menj prefer to all writings of men , however wise , or learned , or holy . But creeds and
doctrines that cannot be expressed in scripture language :, were treated by them as unworthy of any respect ; for , said they , if ^ cj ^ eds ^ nd confessions contain yflph&t is plainly expressed in the \ Bible ^ they are useless , for we nrnvas / well take it first-handed in the ^ 3 ible , ~ a §
secondhanded in the creed . And if they contain what is not in scripture they should be rejected as an innovation . They adopted this rule , A scripture doctrine maybe expressed in scriptural language , but a doctrine that cannot be expressed in scripture language may be called in question .
UNITARIAN CHRONICLE . . - ..+ & ' ¦ . '¦¦ ' - ' ¦ ¦ - " ¦ ¦ ¦» . '
Christian Register , Boston , Oct . 20 t 1832 . A meeting of gentlemen from the several parishes , who had been invited to serve as committees in their
respective parishes in behalf of the American Unitarian Association , was holden at the Berry-street "Vestry , on Sunday evening last , to consider the measures to be taken to obtain funds
for the support of a General Agent of the Association . Professor Palfrey was chosen chairman , and G .. A . Sampson , Esq . secretary . Judge Rogers then addressed the meeting and stated in substance that after
American Unitarian Association,
AMERICAN UNITARIAN ASSOCIATION ,
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 1, 1833, page 23, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2605/page/23/