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Adams Mr. of Roxbury, Extract from 660 Haven Mr. Extract from
44, 601 | Hilliard Mr. Extract from
Hope of Future Repentance
290 4 Hopkins Dr. Samuel Account of 554
656 || Hopkinson Judge, Remarks on his
Howard Dr. Extract from
17, 72, 181 Indians, their kights Vindicated 141, 492,
106 and 517
1, 8, 447
658 Infidels English Extracts from
Jews Creed from Lightfoot
Jonah's History Defence of
Ju: tin Niartyr' on the Divinity of
132 Latrop Dr. Extract from
135 Liberalisis admit the Ortaodoxy of
144 Lucian's account of Early Christians 223
Mayhew Dr. Extract from
380 Natural Affections not Holiness 169, 236
" " on Inspiration 420 Neander's Church History Extracts from 230
414 | Orihodi x Treatment of in Massachu-
63 | Osgood Dr. Extract from
Paley's Change of Sentiments
Protestants Faith of in Inspiration of
38 Recent Publications 49, 109, 167, 335, 391,
39 444, 551,578, 612
Remarks on Isaiah vii. 14
Sennabier's Account of Calvin and
|| Sentiments of former Ministers in and
623 Separations among Congregationalists 541
575 Sullivan late Governor Letter from
437 System in Religious Charities Benefits of 567
594 | Transubstantiation and the Trinity 379
467 | Unitarians Infidelity of Some 10, 424, 549
call the Germans Infidels 451
deny the Scriptures to be
deny the Inspiration of
their Views of the Old
have concealed their Sen-
liments 113, 443, 446, 549
most of them Universa-
Unitarianism in New England, Letters
Wilson's History of Dissenting on the Introduction and Progress
Churches and Meeting Houses of 113, 394, 503
in London, Wesuninster and Unitarianism, Political influence of in
642 Professor Hitchcock's Lectures Unitarianism, Facts relative to its ear
on Diet, Regimen and Emly Propagation in Massachusetts 665
• 576 Unitarian Ministrations in England
Dr. ilopkin's Sermon on the
Importance of Considering Unitarian Advocate, Notice of 547, 606
Chrisi in his high and glorious Universalism defined
- 582 Christian Examiner on 387 Dr. Wisner's History of the Wegscheider Account of
Old South Church in Boston; West Dr. of Stockbridge, Biograph
and of Dr. Hawes Tribute to ical Sketch of
the memory of the Pilgrims 630 West Dr. of New Bedford, Letter
INDEX OF CRITICAL NOTICES. from to Gov. Sullivan
460 Notice of Blaisdale's Lessons in IntelWest Dr. of Boston, Extract from 655
lectual Philosop West Dr. Letter from
669 Blunt's Veracily of the Gospels 50 Willard President Extract from
659 Macarius, or Memoirs of a Naval Youth Irreligious Character and Mis. ery of
47 Essays by William Penn on the Zollikofer, Notice of his Sermons
s of the Indians INDEX OF REVIEWS.
Dr. Skinner's Sermon on the
Death of Mr. Bruen
Dr. Wisner's Sermon before the
Society for Propagating the
Dr. Tyler's Strictures on Artichusetts
cles in the Cbristian Spectator 110 Dr. Channing on Associations 129 Mr. Malcom's Bible Dictionary 111 Review of an Article in the North
Mr. Ide's Sermon at the Ordina.
tion of Mr. Hixon
The Works of President Edrs of the late John Mason
wards Good, M. D.
Wardlaw's Discourses on Prayer 335 A Sermon by Rev. Hosea Bal
Dr. Channing's Election Sermon 392 lou, entitled, Commendation
Professor Stuart's Letter to Dr. and Reproof of Unitarians 205
444 Memoirs of the Rev. N
Dr. Wood's Letters to Dr. Taylor 501
The Political Class Book 501 Christian Essays, by Rev. Sam
President Allen's Dudleian L uel Charles Wilks, A. M.
ture an Historical Sketch of the Con
The Christian Examiner for Sepvention of Congregational Min
The Unitarian Advocate for Sep-
Mr. Furness' Apology for the Jews 551 Publications on Education Soci
Mr. Palfrey on the Use of Poiseties
552 Dr. Purter's Analysis of the Prin
Mr. Dwight on the Evidences of ciples of Rhetorical Delivery 314, 359 || being a child of God
553 Dr. Wood's Lectures on Inspira
Mr. Ferguson's Memoirs of Dr. tion
Hopkins an Article in the Christian Ex
An Exhibition of Unitarianism, in aminer on the Nature and Ex
quotations from its Standard
557 Dr. Sprague's Lectures to young |
Professor Stuart's Exegetical Es
says on Future Punishment 613 Milman's History of the Jews 480 President Quincy's Centennial
Chuel Charles Sketch oual Min- 948
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 avowa).
" 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.-NO. I.
Hobbes, in some instances, manifests 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 whom 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 preface to 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.”||
Collins sometimes " speaks of Christianity with respect."'S In his Leiter 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 wise and good God."
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, 66. I Leland's Deistical writers vol. i. pp. 64, 62. *** Moral Philosopher, vol. i. p. 145.
tibid. p. 45.
ibid. p. 95.
ibid. p. 50. Tibid. p. 126.