This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1862 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. RE-CONSIDERATION OF THE SENTIMENT, AND THE: MATERIALS SUPPLIED FOR THAT PURPOSE. On my return from the Conference, I hoped that, as the matter now stood, I should have a year of quiet, both from public controversy and public attack, that I might calmly devote my attention to a thorough re-consideration of the subject. This illusion, however, was soon dispelled. The Conference had not been closed more than about a fortnight, when a letter appeared in one of the Birmingham papers, written by a Wesleyan minister, and in which he publicly accused me of heresy; and as this was too congenial and too precious for the editors of the Watchman to let slip, they kindly copied it into their generous periodical. I did certainly think, that under the circumstances,. such a proceeding, both on the part of the minister and that of the editors of the Watchman, was utterly uncalled for and wanton, and could answer no purpose but that of deliberately inflicting a wound. I took no notice of it at the time, and never should have done, if subsequent circumstances had not led to the composition of these pages; but I deem it proper totake notice of it now. May I be permitted to ask, then, what my accuser means by "heresy?" Is there a definition in existence that will suit him? If there be, let him adduce it, that we may see the standard by which he judges others. But probably he has a definition of his own, and which, unfortunately, has never yet been reduced t.o a form of sound words. If this be the case, it is impossible for any one, except himself, to know who are and who arc not heretics; and thus he has a monopoly in charges of this sort. Bishop Hall somewhere states, that no man can be a heretic who embraces the three creeds, viz., the Apostles, the Nicene, and ...
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