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It is not easy to assign, mamos of many others are the origin, and trace the early transmitted, who, persisting in history of Uuitariauism in offering divine honours to the England. Its doctrines, how. Father only, perished at the ever, quickly engaged the at stake. The fate of Joan Bochtention of the human mind er is remarkable; the warthen newly awakened from its rant of her death was extordeep and protracted reverie, ted from Edward VI. by archAbout the middle of the fif bishop Cranmer, who, for his teenth century, Reginald Pea' zeal in promoting the Refore .cock, Bisbop of St. Asaph, mation, was afterwards sacriand afterwards of Chichester, ficed to the fury of the pa: a zealous advocate for a purer pists. The amiable prince system of faith and morals, ap. moved to tears, is reported to pears to bave conceived the have said to the prelate, “I objections, which have since resign myself wholly to your prevailed, not only to the divi. jadgment in this matter; it is nity of Christ, but to the nar, for you to justify the deed in rative of his miraculous birth the sight of God:” This ex. recorded in the beginning of cellent woman had been in. Matthew's Gospel. He was duced to embrace tho doctrine deprived of his episcopate ; of the simple unity of God by nor did his constancy avail to reading the Scriptures, then save him from the ruin which lately translated into English, his love of truth had provoked. The new tenets were dissemi
Henry VIII. was the up uated with such rapidity, that Worthy instrument, and his li
a system of persecution was Centious amours the jinpure sct on foot to suppress them. source of the reformation in
From 1566 to 1688 the im. the English Church. Its sep. portation of Socinian_books aration from the papal see, the was prohibited ; and Barthowork of violence, rather than lomew Legate, who suffered the result of investigation, was martyrdom in the reign of accordingly less complete and James I. (1611) has, borne a effectual, than in other pro way. the testingony of his ima testant countries. New arti-placable adyersary to the fault, cles of faith were imposcd, less purity of his life. The aud Henry was constituted piety and fortitude of these sopreme head of the charch; holy men in their last mo. yet there were not a few, who ments suok deeply into the had too proud a sense of their minds of the beholders, so that jnherent dignity, and were too it was judged, expedient to deeply skilled in saered litera-, panish the assertors of the ture and ecclesiastical history divine unity by leaving them to embrace and abandon their to perish in secret dungeons. opinions at the non of a ca. The story of their virtues and pricious tyrant. While the their sufferings, has perished, hierarchy, during the reigns with them; but there is a band of Heory VIII. Edward VI.) which has consecrated their and Elizabeth, was assuming memory in immortal charicits present form, many atoned ters, and enrolled tlieir malycs with their lives for their rejrc- in the book of life, tion of the trinity; and the
ter his retirement, the chapel « sense of it. As in the in Essex.street, London, was present casc, whether thero erected, and Clarke's impro " can be three persons in one ved liturgy, revised by Lind- “nature, or two natures and sey, was adopted in the reli
one person." My lord, my gious services. This it is be- Bible is faulty again; for I do Jieved, was the first edifice in
not remember that I ever read England, consecrated from its in it either of these propositi. foundation to the worship of ons, in these precise words: God the Father. It is, and " there are three persons in ever has been, the resort or
one nature"or," there are two persons distinguished for i natures and one person." wealth, office, rank, and elo
When your lordship shallshew qaence in the senate and at
me a Bible wherein they are. the bar. Their present pastos so set down, I shall then think is the Rev. Thomas Belslam, them a good instance of pro. formerly professor of theolo
positions offered me out of gy in a college of calvinistic
scripture; till then, whoever Dissenters. The writings o! shall say that they are propo. this gentleman, whether in de
positions in the scriptore, fending the credibility of the when there are no such words Gospel and the truths of Uni
so put together, to be found tarianism, or in repelling the in holy writ, seems to me to wanton and insolent atlacks
make a new scripture in words made mpon his brethren, or
and propositions that the los in vindicating the honours of
ly Ghost dictated pot: I do the dead, against those who
not here questiou their tratli, seek to tarnish tliem, equally nor deny that they may be prove him to be learned, tema
drawn from the scripture ; but perate, and acate; while the
I deny that these very propo. integrity of his life, the suavi
sitions are in express words in ty of his manners, and his
my Bible. For that is the on. diffusivo benevolence, cadear ly thing I deny here; if your him to the wise and good.
lordship can shew them me in
yours, I beg you to do it. Unscriptural Language. Mr. Locke. In matters of revelation I think it not only safest, but our duty as far as any one de. The Three Witnesses : Jivers it for revelation, to
1 John v. 5-9. keep close to the words of the Having given you the His. scripture; unless he will as tory of the controversy, I shall some to himself the authority now confirm all that I have of one inspired, or make him. said from the sense of the self wiser than the Holy Spi. text itself. For, without the pit himself.- Mr. Locke, testimony of “ thc Three in
But the instance your lord. “Heaven”, the sense is good ship bere gives, is beyond my and easy, as you may see by comprehension. You
the following paraphrase a proposition is offered me inserted in the text in a dif"out of scripture to be believ- feront character. "ed, and I doubt about the
“ Wuo is HE, THAT OVERCOMETH THE WORLD; BUT HE, THAT BELIEVETH, THAT JE “SUS IS THE SONOFGOD,that “ Son spoken of in the Psalms, “ where he saith, Thou art my “ Son, this lay have I begotten o thee.. THIS IS HE, THAT, af « ter the Jews had long ex
pected him, CAME, first in a “ mortal body By Baptisın of “ WATER, AND then in an im. “ mortal one by shedding his “ BLOOD ; being the Son of « God, as well by bis resur" rection front the dead ; (Acts xiii. 33.) as by his supernatural birth of the Virgin, (Lake i. 35) AND IT IS THE SPIRIT also, THAT, together with the Water and Blood BEARETH Wit.
Ness of the truth of his com“ing; BECAUSE THE SPIRIT
IS TRUTH; and so a fit and unexceptionable witness. ." For There ARE THREE, THAT
BEAR RECORD of his coming ; THE SPIRIT which " hc promised to send; and “ which was since shed forth
upon as in the form of clo. ven toogues, and in various gifts ; the Baptism of WA
ter, whereią God testified, “ This is my beloved Son ; AND
The shedding of his BLOOD, accompanied with bis resur.
rection, whereby he became “ the most faithful martyr, or
witness of this truth. AND
These THREE, the Spirit, the “ Baptism, and Passion of te Christ, AGREE IN witnessing " One, and the same thing ; ** (namely, that the Son of God " is come)
and,' therefore, “ their evidence is strong : “For the law requires, but * two consenting witnesses, " and here we have Three : " AND IF WE RECEIVE THL WIT“NESS OF MEN, THE threefold
witness OF GOD, which he “ bare of his Sod, by declar
ing at his baptism ; This is
my beloved Son; by raising “ him from the dead, and by pouring out his Spirit on us;
GREATER ; and therefore "ought to be more readily re6 ceived."
Thus is the sense plain and natural, and the argument full and strong : but, if you insert the testimony of“ tho “ Tbree in Heaven”, you in: terrupt and spoil it. For the whole design of the Apostle being here to prove to men by witnesses the truth of Christ's coming, I would ask how the testimony of " the 'Three in Heaven' makes to this purpose.
If their testimony be not given to men, how does it prove to them the truth of Christ's coming ? If it hc, bow is the testimony in Heaven distinguished from that on Earth? It is the same Spi. rit, which witnesses in Hea.
and in Eartb. If in both cases, it witnesses to us men ; wherein lies the difference between its witnessing in Heaven, and its witnessing in Earth? If, in the first case, it docs not witness to men, to whom dotle it witness! And to what
purpose ? And how does its witnessing make to the design of St. John's discourse? Let them make good sense of it, who are able. For my part I can make none.
If it be said, that we are not to determine, what is scrip: ture, and what rot by our pri. vate judgment, I confess it in places not controverted; but in disputable places, I love to 'take up with what I can best understand. It is the temper of the hot and superstitious
part of mankind, in matters of
RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. religion, ever to be fond of anys.
ENGLAND teries, and for that reason, to jike best, what they under
British and Foreign Bible So. stand the least, Such inen
The Nineteenth Anniversa. may use ibe Apostle St John,
ry of the British and Foreiga as they please : but I have
Bible Society was held on that honour for him, as to believe, that he wrute good
Wednesday, May 7th 1823, at
the Freemason's Hall, Lon. scose ; and therefore take that
dod. The total net receipts seuse to be His, which is the best.- Sir Isauc Newton.
have been £97,062 11 9, and
the total net payments The Mystery of Godliness.
£77,076 0 10. The society I Tim. iii. 16
is under epgagements, to this
amount of £66,025 9 4. To read Deos makes the sense, obscure and difficult. For low could it properly be
UNITED STATES. said “ that God was justified
Americun Bible Society. by the Spirit”? But to read ó, The seventh Anuiversary of aud interpret it of Christ, as the American Bible Society the ancient Christians did; was held on Thursday diay 8th without restraining it to his 1823 at the City Hotel, New divinity, makes the sepse very
York. The income of the So. easy. For the promised and ciety for the year has been long expected Messias, ile 45,131 Dollars, and the exhope of Israel, is to us, penditure 47,360. The nuwe great Mystery of Godliness.' ber of Bibles issued within And this mystery was at the year was 28,448, and the length manifested to the Jews number of Testaments 36,537, from the time of his Baptism, waking with those issued in an: justified to be the person,
former years, 348,623 copies whom they expected.-sir' of the Scriptures. Isaac Neu ton,
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Jeremy Taylor, D. D. Bishop of Down and Connor. JEREMY Taylor was born at was raised to the See of Down Cambridge, about the commence- and Connor; and afterwards to ment of the seventeenth century. the See of Domore, which he His father was a barber, but held till his death, which was gave his son a good education. occasioned by a fever. He died In 1631, he took his degree of Ba. at Lisburn, 1667, and lies interchelor, at Caius College, and was red in the Cathedral of Dromore. ordained at twenty-one. Remov- He was a man of distinguished
to London, he became a po- genius, uncommon humility, and pular preacher, whilst Archbishop fervent piety. Some of his works Laud preferred him to a Fellow- have been lately reprinted; his ship of All-Souls' College, Ox- Beauties are selected, for he is ford. In 1638, he was promoted with many a favourite even to to the Rectory of Uppingham, in the present day. His style is Rutlandshire. He was made rich and glowing. Dr. Young, Chaplain to the King; but the in his Night Thoughts, seems civil wars induced him to retire in- to have taken some of his best to Wales, where he kept a school ideas from his works.-Evans's to support himself and family. Sequel to the Sketch. Here he published his famous Liberty of Prophesying, in behalf of Dr. HEBER, the present Bishop the excluded Church of England; of Calcutta, has, we understand, his Great Exemplar, illustrating republished the works, and prethe nature of a good life; his fixed to them a much admired Holy Living, and also his Holy memoir of the life, of Jeremy Dying, which are the most popu- Taylor. We cannot conceive a lar of all his works. Residing at better model for an Orthodox Golden Grove, near Carmarthen, Bishop of the Church of England he printed a volume entitled, than that which his character and The Guide of Infant Devotion, or writings afford, distinguished as the Golden Grove, a manual of | he was, not more for his attachDaily Prayers, fitted to the days / ment to the Episcopal Church, of of the week. He published ma- which he was a shining ornament, ny other pieces in the Princi- than to the great principles of Repality, all displaying great talent | ligious Liberty which he advocatand piety. In 1657, he quitted ed with eloquence and strength of Wales, and soon went to Ireland, reasoning during the brief triumph where he wrote his celebrated of Presbyterianism and IndepenDuctor Dubitantium, or Rule of dency in England, and which Conscience, as well as various he firmly and consistently mainother tracts. As a reward for his tained when Episcopalianism loyalty, he, at the restoration resumed its ancient sway.--Ev.