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been convinced of the truth of our op inions , by a careful and personal study of the Scriptures ; and by an impartial examination of the arguments we present to prove that our sentiments are the doctrines of revelation .
We desire to go forth , as the great—r-eformer-s-enter-ed-upon-their g lorious conflict with the powers of darkness- —the Bible our only weapon . And we call upon all men , not to yield to our authority—not to believe anything merely because we
advocate it—not to judge of our cause by our characters , by our measures—nor by anything that is ours , but to examine the word of God , — and if thus led to believe as we do , to come out and proclaim their belief before the world .
We do not profess to be better or holier , more devout or more zealous than other men , we do not arrogate to ourseiyes the exclusive right to the Christian name ; but we simply deelare ^ hat'we believe the views of Unitarianism to be the doctrine of
the Bible ; and we invite and require , at least before they venture to judge us , all our feUowrChristians to open their Bibles , and with a spirit of fairness , candour , and sincerity , appropriate to such an investigation , to decide for themselves whether these things are so . We demand a fair and full examination before the
tribunal of each man ' s own private and unbiassed reason , and are willing to abide the result . Allow me then , in accordance with these views , to recommend to all the friends of Unitarian Christianity , to apply their energies to the promotion and diffusion of religious truth .
Let us not , in the impatience of our zeal to increase our numbers and multiply our congregations , encourage any measures which would tend to lower the standard of scriptural knowledge and general intelligence and information among the people at large .
- Let us continue to perpetuate a learned and studious clergy , and to patronize and reward all efforts to raise the standard of sacred literature . Let us use our influence to extend the circulation of liberal , sound , scriptural , and instructive publica-—tions . . —— - _ .. , . ^ , — , —^ . ,
In procuring tracts for distribution , let us search for those which exhibit the scriptural evidence , as well as the practical application of what we > believe to be the true doctrines of revelation .
Let us , in a word , do what we can . to enlighten the public mind , and to render the whole community , severally and individually , more and more competent to ascertain and understand the sense of Scripture .
If we direct our exertions steadily to these objects , we cannot fail of producing an extensive and constantly increasing effect . We shall be instruments , under Providence , in bringing all men to a knowledge ^ of the truth ; and within the boundaries of our influence the glorious spectacle will be exhibited of Christian communities whose faith will be
established upon an intelligent and rational conviction , whose worship will be offered in spirit and in truth , and whose hearts and lives will yield cheerfully and spontaneously to the sway of a religion which has won the confidence , and received the sane * tionynot only of their feelings and affections , but of all , their intellect tual faculties .
The annual commencement took place on Wednesday 29 th Aug . The hjO WX&Jty ~ $£ gv 3 $ ^ SJ ?* L . > &-, was con-: ferred on Washington Irving , of New York , and on Jonathan SewalL
of Lower Canada ; and that of A . M . on Rev . C . C . Sewall , of Danvers ; The degree of A . B . was conferred on sixty-seven young gentlemen , alumni of the University . We pub * Hsh with pleasure , the order of exer *
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 1, 1833, page 29, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2605/page/29/