A plea for Unitarian dissenters, in a letter of expostulation to H.H. Norris, on that part of his late work against the Hackney auxiliary Bible society, which relates to Unitarians

 
9781151485014: A plea for Unitarian dissenters, in a letter of expostulation to H.H. Norris, on that part of his late work against the Hackney auxiliary Bible society, which relates to Unitarians

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. 1815 edition. Excerpt: ... hold Christ to be a man only and yet pay him divine honours; that is, in fact, against Socinians. Can we then be called, with either sense or equity, after the leader of a sect, in whose religious worship, if he were now living, we could not consci-entiously join? 2 We deem it wrong for Christians to call themselves after the name of any fellow-Christian. This is an acknowledgment of human authority in the church; it is making fathers of brethren, masters of servants. One only is our Teacher; and while our fellow-Christians are saying of themselves, some that they are of Paul, others that they are of Apollos, and others that they are of Cephas;m some that they are of Calvin, others that they are of Luther, and others that they are of Socinus; some that they are of Swedenborg, others that they are of Wesley, and others that they are of Whitfield,--we beg leave, in conscifntious dissent, to say that we are of' Christ.m 3. Although we revere Socinus, as a man of great virtue and an eminent reformer, there is, to our ears, a discordant note, in the sound of his name; for he was a persecutor. He approved and connived at, if he did not procure, the imprisonment of Francis Davides, for the honest avowal of his opinion that Socinus was inconsistent, and went contrary to scripture, in contending for the worship of " the man, Christ Jesus." Strange, that we should be both reviled for maintaining the "heresy" of Davides, and branded with the name of the polemic, who, as if emulous not only of the fame of'Calvin as a Reformer, but also of his infamy as a persecutor, was accessary to the loading of Davides with bonds. No, Sir, if we m l Cor. i. 13. F were to adopt any name as a religious patronymick, it should be a name at least not blemished by intolerance...

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