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Adams Mr. of Roxbury, Extract from 660 , Haven Mr. Extract from
290 | Hopkins Dr. Samuel Account of 554
056 Hopkinson Judge, Remarks on his
Howard Dr. Extract from
17, 72, 181 Indians, their Rights Vidicated 141, 492,
106 and 517
1, 8, 447
Jews Creed iicm Lightfoot
234 Ju-tin. Nariyr on the Divinity of
135 Liberalisis admit the Orinodoxy of
380 Natural Afections not Holiness 169, 236
414 Orihode x Treatinent of in Massachu-
38 Recent Publications 49, 109, 167, 335, 391,
42 Senuabier's Account of Calvin and
86 Sentiments of former Ministers in and
623 Separations among Congregationalists 541
575 Sullivan lale Governor Letter from 458
437 | System in Religious Charities Benefits of 567
594 | Transubstantiation and the Trinity 379
467 | Unilarians Infidelity of Some 10, 424, 549
call the Germans Infidels 451
deny the Scriptures to be
deny the In: piration of
their views of the Old
have concealed their Sen-
iments 113, 443, 446, 549
most of them Universa-
Unitarianism in New England, Letters
Wilson's History of Dissenting
Churches and Meeting Houses
113, 394, 503
in London, Westinister and
Professor Hitchcock's Lectures
on Diet, Regimen and Em-
Dr. Hopkin's Sermon on the
Importance of Considering
Chrisi in his high and glorious
Dr. Wisner's History of the
Old South Church in Boston;
and of Dr. llawes Tribute to
the memory of the Pilgrims 630
INDEX OF CRUICAL NOTICES.
460 Notice of Blaisdale's Lessons in Intel-
659 Macarius, or Memoirs of a Naval
Essays by William Penn on the
Rights of the Indians
Dr. Skinner's Sermon on the
Death of Nr. Bruen
Dr. Wisner's Sermon before the
Society for Propagating the
95 Miss Beecher's Suggestions on
Dr. Tyler's Strictures on Arti-
cles in the Christian Spectator 110
Mr. lde's Sermon at the Ordina-
tion of Mr. Ilxon
The Works of President Ed-
196 Wardlaw's Discourses on Prayer 335
Dr. Channing's Blection Serinon 392
Professor Siuart's Leller to Dr.
Dr. Wood's Letters to Dr. Taylor 501
President Allen's Dudleian Lec-
The Christian Examiner for Sep-
248 The Unitarian Advocate for Sep-
256 Mr. Furness' Apology for the Jews 551
Mr. Pallrey on the Use of Pois-
Mr. Dwight on the Evidences of
Mr. Ferguson's Memoirs of Dr.
An Exhibition of Unitarianism, in
quotations from its Standard
Professor Stuart's Exegetical Es-
says on Future Punishment 613
President Quincy's Centennial
It is desirable that writers on religious subjects should carefully avoid two extremes : The one is, injuriously calling hard names, or bestowing without reason reproachful epithets; the other, a squeamish dread of calling persons and things by their proper names. The first of these indicates a malicious temper, always injurious to the cause in which it is indulged, and specially unbecoming on the subject of religion. The latter evinces a want of earnestness in promoting and defending truth, and a greater fear of him who can only kill the body, than of him who can destroy both body and soul in hell.
Some leading Unitarians have, of late, been denominated Infidels; or they have been charged with holding principles in regard to the Bible which amount to a virtual infidelity. If this charge is unfounded, they ought not to lie under it. The charge, in this case, ought never to have been made, and ought now to be retracted. But, on the other hand, if the charge is true, the public, certainly ought to know it. They ought to understand the grounds on which it rests, and the reasons and motives of those who have urged it. It is proposed, therefore, to consider at this time the following inquiry : What makes a man an Infidel ? or, What constitutes Infidelity?
1. It is obvious that a man may be an infidel, without avowedly rejecting Christianity. It is doubtful whether one of the old English Deists ever made such an avowal.
“ Lord Herbert declared that he had no intention to attack Christianity, which he calls the best religion.” “ He represents it as the great design of the Gospel, of all its doctrines, and of the rites and sacraments there enjoined, to establish those great principles in which he makes religion properly to consist."*
* Mosheim's Ecclesiastical History, vol. v, p. 59. Leland's Deistical writers, vol. i. p. 5. VOL. III.-N0. I.
Hobbes, in some instances, manisests a high respect for the sacred writings.
“ He acknowledges that the writings of the New Testament are as ancient as the times of the apostles; that they were written by persons who lived in those times, some of whoin saw the things which they relate ;" and that “they are the true registers of those things which were done and said by the prophets and apostles." "He is persuaded," he says, " that they (the early Christians) did not falsify the Scriptures; because, if they had had an intention to do so, they would have made them more favorable to their power over Christian princes, and civil sovereignty, than they are."*
Blount, who did little more then revive the system of Lord Herbert, acknowledges " that it is not safe to trust to Deism alone, if Christianity be not joined with it.” “Undoubtedly,” says he, “ in our travels to the other world, the common road is the safest; and though Deism is a good manuring of a man's conscience, yet certainly, if sowed with Christianity, it will produce the most plentiful crop.”+
Toland insists, " that it was not his intention to invalidate, but to illustrate and confirm the canon of the New Testament." I
Lord Shaftsbury used to declare himself “a very orthodox believer," insisting " that he faithfully embraced the holy mysteries of our religion, notwithstanding their amazing depth.” He wrote a presace 10 a volume of sermons by Dr. Whichcot, in which " he finds fault with those in this profane age who represent not only the institution of preaching, but the gospel itself and our holy religion to be a fraud. He expresses the hope, that from some things in these sermons, they who are prejudiced against Christianity may be induced to like it the better," and that “ such as are already Christians will prize it the more.”ll
Collins sometimes “ speaks of Christianity with respect."ý In his Letter to Dr. Rogers, p. 112, he represents “the cause in which he was engaged, as the cause of virtue, learning, truth, God, religion, and Christianity."
Tindal says that “Christianity, stripped of the additions that policy, mistakes, and the circumstances of time have made to it, is a most holy religion, and that all its doctrines plainly speak themselves to be the will of an infinitely rise and good God."T
Morgan represents, “our Saviour's doctrines" as "the true and genuine principles of nature and reason,” and insists that men ought to be “thankful to God for the light of the Gospel.”**
Chubb" was the author of a great many tracts, in some of which he put on the appearance of a friend to Christianity.” One of the most remarkable of his tracts was entitled, “ The true Gospel of
* Leland's Deistical writers, vol. i. pp. 36, 65.
Leland's Deistical writers vol. i. pp. 54, 62 * Moral Philosopber, vol. i. p. 145.
* ibid. p. 45.
ibid. p. 95.
#ibid. p. 50.
ibid. p. 126.