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another. I have nothing to say for or against the unitarian denomination. My object has been to advance the evidence in support of my charges against the ORTHODOX LEADERS.
I hope moreover you will remember, that the question is not, whether the writer of these letters is a mere boy, who has embraced heretical opinions ? I can indeed lay no claim to grey hairs, and as to my religious sentiments, they have nothing to do with the subject. I have stated facts. For the truth and accuracy of these, the documents now in my possession, and the individuals who have furnished them, are responsible. I have spoken with great freedom. I have aimed to call things by their right names. The provocation demanded this. The times require this. Religion sanctions this. I have no ill will towards a single Christian of orthodox sentiments. I have no love for controversy. Orthodox usurpations have driven me, contrary to my wishes, my feelings, my early associations, my very nature, into the field of theological warfare. I am not the man to see my dearest rights wrested from me, and the precious truths of Jesus slandered, without an effort for their preservation. I undertook the present work of my own accord. I could find no one who thought your attack on unitarians worthy of an answer. I viewed the subject in a different light. I wished to aid the cause of religious liberty. I have sincerely endeavoured to write in a Christian spirit. I am a plain spoken man, and may have unconsciously offended. If I have uttered one unchristian expression, I heartily ask forgiveness. But if I am a young man and my opinions are unitarian, these circumstances should have no unfavorable effect on the merits of the present publication. I shall regard personal attacks, or sarcastic sneers, or cold ridicule, as no sufficient answer to my plain statements, and logical conclusions.
I hope you will remember finally, that the question, the first question at issue, is this : Are the principal statements in this publication substantially true? You will not forget that the second is like unto the first : Do these facts fully and fairly demonstrate the truth of the disputed proposition? I have no personal claims on you for an answer to these questions. I have no intention of urging any so far as I am personally concerned. But I do think you stand pledged to the Christian public, either to prove that these statements are false ; or to show their consistency, with religious liberty, free inquiry, and the principles of congregationalism. I do think that you are under solemn obligations to the religious community, either to retract several of your declarations which these facts prove incorrect; or to establish their truth by more satisfactory evidence than your mere assertion. As one of this public I call upon you to pursue one or the other of these courses. I cannot find a more appropriate conclusion than is furnished in your own words, “ I could wish the call on you to do this had fallen into better hands than mine. But as the unpleasant task has not to my knowledge been undertaken, I have ventured upon it through a sense of duty. I can only appeal to the good sense, and equity, and candor of the community, for a justification of my course. If these condemn me, then let me stand condemned. If not, then I shall at least have the satisfaction of believing, THAT WHAT I HAVE DONE MAY CONTRIBUTE TO BRING MORE INTO LIGHT, CERTAIN MATTERS, WHICH IT HAS NOW BECOME HIGH TIME THAT OUR COMMUNITY SHOULD MORE FULLY UNDERSTAND.”
IV. MEASURES POR ORGANIZING
3. Ercommunications, 8.
2. Measures for erecting a Meeting-
thodox Minister in Midulesex Coun-
rian Ministers are not Ministers of
the Gospel, 66.
sex County, 19.
Christian Ordinances, 66.
Connecticat, 21 — Extract from wri-
of Newbury, 22.
ans are Universalists, 69.
1. Consociations established. 23 -1
ans are Heretics, 71.
entry, Conn., 23 — State Law against
ans are Enemies to Jesus Christ, 71.
2. Attempts to establish Consociations,
ans are Deists in Disguise, 72.
chusetts, 27 - By the Central Asso-
ans are In fidels, 73.
By the leaders of the Orthodox par-
rians are Emissaries of Satan,
Devils, and worse than the Devil, 74.
of the Rev. Mr. Willard of Deer-
to Hell, 75.
- Franklin Association, 41 — Hop beneficiaries, 78 -- Adopts meas-
and to recommend them to Unitarian |
Husbands, 81 - Harvard University
prayerfully slandered, 82 — Unscrip-
tural Doxologies, 83.
in Geneseo, N. York, 84.
Andover vs. New Haven, 1234. Convention of Congregational “Spectator” vs. Dr. Woods, 123
Ministers, 85 — Old Colony Asso. | Dr. Ely of Philadelphia, 124ciation, 86 - North Worcester Asso- | Dr. Smith of Princeton, 124 ciation, 86.
Rev. Mr. M'Niece, of N. Y. 124, 5. Andover Theological Seminary, 87 | III. PRINCIPLES AND DOCTRINES OF - Undue influence used to cause the
THE PILGRIMS. students to embrace Orthodox senti- | 1. Principles of the Pilgrims, 126 ments, 88 - Means used to prevent | The Advancement of the Reformastudents embracing Unitarianism, 89 tion, 126 — Open Communion, 128 - Objections of Students to Ortho- | - The Perfect Independence of dox opinions treated with ridicule, 89 every Congregational Church, 131 - Students persecuted for contro — The Perfect Equality of Congreverting favorite opinions of the Pro gational Churches, 132. fessors, 89 - Case of James Kim- | 2. Doctrines of the Pilgrims, 133 ball, 89 - Persecution of Professor Three Persons in the Godhead, and Murdock, 90.
the Eternal Generation of the Son, 6. Misrepresentation, 91 - of Unita 134 — Doctrine of Imputation, 134
rians and Unitarianism, 91 — of the - Damnation of Infants, 135 — progress of Unitarian sentiments, 92 Man not a Free Agent, 135 — Elec
of the belief of Unitarians - 93 tion and Reprobation, 135. of the tendency of the Unitarian IV. HARVARD UNIVERSITY. faith, 94.
1. Complaints that the Proceeds of
the Funds given by Orthodor IndiLETTER II.
viduals are appropriated to the I. PRINCIPLES AND DOCTRINES! support of Unitarian Instructers, OF THE REFORMERS.
137. 1. Reformers, 99 — Martin Luther, 99 2. Complaints that their Rights in
- Philip Melancthon, 99 — Ulrick Harvard University are wrested Zuingle, 100 – John Calvin, 101 — 1 from the Orthodox, and that the InMichael Servetus, 101.
stitution has assumed a Sectarian 2. Principles of the Reformation, 104 Character, 139.
- The Scriptures are the sufficient 3. The Orthodor have declared that and only rule of Faith and Practice, it would be tempting God for Or104 - All Men have an equal thodox Parents to send their Sons right to study and understand the to Harvard University, 141. Scriptures for themselves, 106.
V. Roman CATHOLICS. 3. Doctrines of the Reformation, 1. Condemnation of the Measures of
109 - Reformers not agreed in the Catholics, 141. any particular set of Reformed Doc. 2. Complaints that the Catholic trines, 112.
Church is exclusive, 143. 4. Orthodox Disagreement with Cal. 3. Complaints that the Catholic
vinism, 113 -> Five Points of Church adopts unchristian plans Calvinism, 113.
for maintaining and propagating II. DISAGREEMENT.
her religious faith, 144. 1. The Nature of God, 116 - 4. Complaints that the Catholic Faith
First, Andover Systein, 116 - is unsatisfactory and absurd, 145. Secondly, Three proper distinct per
VI. UNIVERSALISTS. sons, 117 - Thirdly, High Arian- 1. Condemnation of the Universalists ism, 117 — Fourthly, Humanitarian as unworthy to take an oath, 148. ism, 117.
2. Condemnation of the Universalist 2. The Nature of the Son of God, doctrine as dangerous, 149.
118 — Professor Stuart's opinion, 3. Denial to the Universalist of his 118 Low Arianism. 118_ Dr. Civil Rights, 150. Miller's opinion, 119 — Belief in a 4. Depriving ihe Universalist of his second God, 119 – Opinion of a Civil Rights on account of his
distinguished Divine in Ohio, 119. 1 Religious Opinions, not a Christian 3. Atonement, 120.– An Exhibition, remedy, 151. according to Dr. Murdock, 120 — A |
" VII. Tracts. Substitution, according to Luther, Measures for their Distribution, 152. 120 — A Satisfaction, according to
VIII. SWITZERLAND. Calvin, Flavel, Dr. Dana, 121 - Religious Persecutions in SwitzerAn Infinite Atonement, 121 – No land, by whom caused, 155 et seq. Atonement, 122.
IX. CONSCIENCE. 4. Agreement in Affection, 122