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Reasons why various controversial writers, although differing in
other respects, have agreed to vilify the ancient Fathers.
Quotation from Dr. Channing.

The fidelity of the Prot. Ep. Church to the Primitive system.
Proofs from the ancient Fathers to show the total error of Mr.

Sparks' assertions.


Quotations from other anti-trinitarian writers.

Dr. Priestly's assertion that man possesses no soul.
66 that Christ was a mere mortal.





preference of reason before Scripture.

charge of duplicity against the Primitive Church.

charge of unprincipled hypocrisy against all the
Protestant clergy of his own day.
The Christian Examiner's assault on the Prophetic Scriptures,

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Professor Norton's argument against the Deity of Christ, derived from
the supposed conduct of the Apostles.

The substantial accordance of all Trinitarians, in their explanation of the
Trinity-Cause of regret that the orthodox Professor Stuart should dis
sent from the language or the doctrine of the Primitive Church on this
subject-His objections to the term, Person, unsatisfactory-Disposi
tion to make needless concessions, dangerous, and unwise-His dis-

sent from the doctrine of the Eternal Sonship, and his contempt for the
ancient Fathers-His recommendation of the heterodox German di-
vines censured-The opinion of Bishop Bloomfield on this question-
The ancient Fathers recommended to the students of Theology--Elo-
quent passage from Bishop Jebb, in which he cites the language of
Daillé, and states the opinions of many celebrated divines--Conclusion.


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JOHN IX. 38.


It was a weighty assertion of the great Apostle of the Gentiles, my brethren, that, 'with the heart, man believeth unto righteousness, but with, the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.' And so highly does the Church esteem this confession of belief, that she has appointed a form of sound words, called the Creed, for the express purpose of engaging the hearts and the lips of all her children, in the constant acknowledgment of the great principles of the Gospel.

The origin of this comprehensive and admirable formulary, called the Apostles' Creed, is so ancient, that it may be found substantially in the earliest records of the Christian faith; and there can be no doubt that it was in use soon after the Apostolic, age, amongst those who derived it from the custom of the first churches. Some similar exposition of Divine truth is supposed to have been referred to by St. Paul, where he saith to Timothy, 'Hold fast the form of sound words which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love, which is in Christ Jesus;' and many believe, not without reason, that this is the precise form or summary of the faith, which was left to the Church of Rome, by the Apostles Peter and Paul.

Belonging, as we have the happiness to do, my brethren, to a Church which traces her doctrine, her government, and her forms, to the earliest and purest days of Christianity,

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