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foundation of the apostles and prophets, of Jesus of Nazareth, Unitarianism is at Jesus Christ himself being the chief this moment doing more for the destruccorner stone. First, it is shown how tion of infidelity, than, we had almost Unitarians rest upon Christ's doctrines, said, even Calvin, with all his absurdinot upon creeds of human invention ties and horrors, has ever done to prosecondly, how they build upon his char- duce and to justify it. acter, to which their views of his person Mr Lamson has long stood high as an give peculiar efficacy as an example; advocate of the system of faith we hold, and lastly, that they rest upon his suffer- and it is no small commendation of this ing and resurrection, not because they performance to say that his reputation believe his death has satisfied the divine will not suffer from it. vengeance for our sins, or was a sort of tragic representation or show, without which pardon could not be dispensed to the penitent, but because it interests 5. The Peculiar Features of Christianity. A
Sermon preached at the Dedication of the their sympathies, is proof of his sincerity, Meetinghouse of the Second Parish in Saco, of his devotion to the canse of human and the Installation of the Rev. Thomas Tra salvation, and because, in connexion with
cy as their Pastor-November 21, 1827. By his resurrection, it is an evidence of the
F.W.P. Greenwood, 12mo. pp. 22. truth of his doctrines, and a confirmation
The text of this sermon is in these of our own hopes of immortality. Re- words ;— And they took him, and marks follow upon the office of reason in brought him unto Areopagus, sayings the matters of religion, which are forci. May we know what this new doctrine, ble and just, and from which we would whereof thou speakest, is ? &c. After gladly make extracts had we the space remarking upon the disposition with to spare for them. The last objection to which the Athenians made this inquiry, Unitarianism that is noticed, is, its al- the main subject of discourse is stated leged tendency to infidelity ; a charge to be, the manner in which they charcontinually and impudently brought acterized St Paul's teaching. • They against it, although several of the called it a new doctrine. And they ablest and most esteemed advocates for rightly called it so. It was a new docthe truth of Christianity have been ad- trine ; differing in several most imporvocates, also, for our peculiar views of tant points from all previous religions, its doctrines, as far, at least, as relates and omitting many things which the to the supremacy of the Father, and the world had come to regard as essential to inferior and derived nature of the Son, religion. It is with these distinguishand several of the greatest minds, the ing characteristics of Christianity, thereornaments of science, of letters, and otfore, that cause it to stand by itself, humanity, have embraced them-Emlyn, alone and eminent among the religious and Clarke, and Whitby, and Cappe, and systems of the earth,' which the dis Watts, and Milton, and Locke, and course before us undertakes to state and Newton. It seems a little remarkable illustrate. First, • Christianity is not that a system in which such minds have burthened with rites, forms, and cererested and found solace-a system from monial observances, but is eminently a the bosom of which has issued a large spiritual religion. Secondly, our relimass of arguments and illustrations, con- gion is distinguished for “the indifference stantly appealed to by all classes of be. which it manifests toward all indifferent lievers, as well adapted to repel the at things. It speaks but languidly or tacks of infidels, and fortify the faith and speaks not at all, of those minute ordihopes of the Christian, should be charged nances and small concerns, about which with a tendency to skepticism.' But in there is such an imposing display in fact Unitarianism is the most effectual, other systems of religion.' Again, it is and let us add, as we believe, the only a religion of peace,' and, unlike all effectual remedy against that very inti- others, it occupies itself chiefly in regudelity of which it is slanderously report lating the passions and subduing the exed to be the friend and ally. It is what cesses of men, and in recommending has passed for Christianity which infidels and striving to inculcate and impart the have rejected, not Christianity itself; humble, modest, mild, and retiring virand in attempting to separate the true tues.' It teaches, and is the only relifrom the false in religion, to strip it of its gion that does teach, the doctrine of the disguises, and present it in that native resurrection, and is especially distinsimplicity in which it dropt from the lips guished by the circumstance that it
confers no extraordinary powers on an
to others, simplicity is beauty, and glory, and
truth.' established priesthood, and that it makes the offices and duties of religion the property and concern, more of the community, and less of a distinct order, than 6. The Right of Universalists to Tostify in a
Court of Justice Vindicated. By a Member of has been done in any other system of
the Bar. Boston, Bowles & Dearborn, 1827. faith. The last of its peculiarities men- 8vo. pp. 24. tioned, is its want of mystery. After showing that in the scriptural sense of Circuit Court of the United States in
It seems that a late decision of the the term, mystery ‘means something Rhode Island, has been greatly misunwhich was not known or fully understood before the christian dispensation,
derstood and misrepresented. It has but which was perfectly intelligible in been said to deny the competency as itself, and which it was the office of witnesses of Universalists, or such as do Christianity to manifest and declare, not believe in a future retribution. This and that in the common and modern
was denied by professor Stuart of Ansense of mystery, the word is nowhere dover, it is true; but not by the Court to be found in our scriptures, there fol- fused to admit the testimony of a man
abovementioned. The judge merely relows a paragraph which we quote as a specimen of the general style of this ex; in which case the taking of an oath
who had no religious belief whatever, cellent sermon, in the hope that it will excite in our readers a wish to read the would have been an idle mockery. The whole of it.
pamphlet before us is occupied rather 'I would repeat then, that Christianity has no with a particular argument to prove the
with showing this to be sound law, than mysteries; no mysteries in the common and popular acceptation of the term. It is an intel- competency of Universalists, though ligible religion. He who runs, may read, while this is clearly established. Much interhe is running, its most important and essential esting legal learning is brought out in principles, It explains and elucidates the useful subjects of faith, instead of lifting them up
the discussion, and the perusal of it has above all possibility of comprehension. It is a inspired us with great respect for the light, and not a mist. Its few sublime doctrines author's talents, and with gratitude for were intended to be easily and readily under the high entertainment afforded by his stood, so that they might be deeply impressed, and might serve to animate and support men
pages. through this life, and guide them to another. It instructs, not confounds. It assists reason, not bewilders, contemns, and renders it useless. It is a revelation ; and to talk of a mystery of 7. The Name of Christian tho only appropriate revelation is to put two words together, which Name for Believers in Christ.
A Sermon, contradict each other. A revelation may un- preached at the Dedication of the Third Confold and explain mysteries, but it can hardly gregational Church in Cambridge.
Dec. 35, propose and inculcate them. Therefore is Chris- 1827. By Charles Lowell, Minister of the tianity distinguished from other religions, and West Church in Boston. Cambridge, Hiltherefore does it stand high above them, the liard, Metcalf, & Co. 188. 8vo. pp. 24. simple, useful, complete, and glorious truth of God.'
This is a very ingenious discourse, The following is a recapitulation of highly creditable to the head and heart the leading topics of discourse.
of the writer. But we think he has pro* The really distinctive character of our reli- posed to himself an unattainable object. gion, as I have endeavoured to set it forth, may
He quotes scripture to prove his point, thus briefly be summed up. It is simple, 'intel- it is true ; and from the passages he adligible, spiritual, and practical. To these qua!- duces some may think it established that ities, in all their purity and force, no other religion, which is or ever was, profossed on earth,
Christian is the only name a Christian can lay a rightful claim; and on these, as on à ought to bear. But the same scripture sure and immutable basis, I would establish the tells us that there must be heresies, and originality and the superiority of the religion of it seerns to us that there must be names Christ.
'I am of course understood to have spoken of for them too. Our author anticipates this Christianity as I read it in its own sacred re objection, but we think has not removed cords, and not as I seo it in the creeds, ritos, it. Why, the very name, Christian, has formalities and dogmas of the majority of the become the name of a party among Chrischaracteristic. Simplicity may he regarded as tians, and it is a fact, which, to our of little value by those who are attached to a minds, shows clearly how hopeless it is complicated and mysterious Christianity, and I to think of banishing party appellations. know that it may seem to them not to have been worth naming as a peculiarity of our faith. The thing has always existed, and while They have a right to think so; but to me and the human mind is constituted as it is
always will exist; and where, after all, it the terror of uninformed Christians. is the barm of a name for it? Every There is a touching simplicity in the thing else has a name, and why should closing pages of the sermon before us, not this? It is at least a convenience, for which, if it be not eloquence, we and the very attempt to avoid it, is it cannot find a name. self but the setting up one rallying point more, and, so far as the name only is concerned, where is the mighty difference between a Calvinistic or Unitarian
10. Means by which Unitarian Christians may
refute Misrepresentations of their Faith. A party, and a party No Party, which
Discourse delivered at Townsend, Massachuwould enevitably be the result?
setts, February 10, 1828. By Nathaniel Thayer, D. D. Minister of Lancaster. Lancaster,
F. & J. Andrews, 1828. 8vo. pp. 16. 8. Letters of an English Traveller to his Friend Without pretending fully to justify
in England, on the Revivals of Religion,' in the measures of the Unitarians of Towns. America. Boston, Bowles & Dearborn, 1823. end, we have in the occurrences of the 18mo. pp. 142.
day on which this Discourse was delive We may speak of this work more at ered, a precious illustration of the spirit length hereafter; but we esteem it our and effects of the Orthodox exclusive duty, now that the charm of novelty is system. It seems that the Unitarians fresh about it, to do the little we can constitute a large majority of the town. towards extending its circulation, by giv- Their minister, till the system just ing it our cordial recommendation. We named went into operation, had been in are not altogether pleased with the ma- the custom of exchanging with Liberal chinery of fiction with which it is got ministers. He has for years been urged up, nor the manner in which that ma- to resume that practice, but without efchinery is managed. But, as a calm, fect. At last the town took the matter dispassionate, impartial exposition of the into their own hands, and voted that evils of popular revivals, of the manner the pulpit should, for ten Sabbaths, be in which they are got up, their causes, filled by Unitarians. The minister proand general character, we know of no mised not to contend gainst the wishes work, since Chauncey's Things of a of his people, but on Dr Thayer's acBad and Dangerous Tendency, that can quainting him with his expectation to compare with it. Besides, it is beauti- preach the next day, according to an invi. fully, as well as faithfully written, and tation he had received, the Rev. Mr the reader inay be assured of a high Palmer assured him that he would not gratification for his taste, as well as an hear him, but intended to preach himaccess to his fund of knowledge of the self. The Selectmen were firm, the min. human heart, and of the way of improving ister pertinacious, and the result was, his own, when he takes it up for peru- that upon his giving verbal notice in the sal. In the present agitated state of the meeting house that he should go to the community on the subject of religion, it schoolhouse, and hoped his friends would is a most seasonable gift to the public. go with him, the assembly in the sanctu
ar was reduced about one fourth. Dr
Thayer's sermon is characterized by 9. A Sermon delivered at Lunenburg, Decem- good sense, and clear and explicit state
ber 2, 1827, by David Damon, at the Close of ments, and was well adapted to the ochis Ministry in that Town. Lancaster. F. & casion on which it was preached. J. Andrews, 1828. 8vo. pp. 24.
In this Discourse the preacher passes in review the doctrines he had been ac
11. An Address, delivered at Kennebunk, before customed to preach to his people, and the York County Unitarian Association, Octostates the arguments which he thinks of ber 24, 1897. By Henry Ware, Jr. Minister of most weight for disbelieving in a trinity
the Second Church in Boston. Kennebunk,
James K. Remick, 1828. 12mo. pp. 36. of persons in the Godhead. He has thus given a very concise and clear This is another excellent tract in exstatement of Unitarian opinions, which planation and defence of Unitarian we hope may do something towards the Christianity, for which we are indebted removal of those misrepresentations of to the author's indefatigable zeal for the our faith, which have been so industri. diffusion of the simple truth, as it is in ously circulated, and which have made Jesus, and which, if it obtain the wide
circulation it deserves, it will be the ture to predict that it will be with the means of producing much good.
same success, as far as the different nature of the case will admit. We recom
mend the pamphlet to universal perusal. 12. A Discourse on Regeneration. By Bernard
As it bears the marks of being rapidly Whitman of Waltham. Boston, Bowles & written, it is probable that one or two of Dearborn. 1828. 12mo. pp. 60.
its immaterial statements may be contraWe are glad to see the author of the dicted and disproved; but we are sure sermon on Denying the Lord Jesus,again that its main positions will not and canin print. The discourse before us appears not be shaken. while our present sheet is going to press, and we have time only to say that upon a hasty perusal it exhibits the
15. Duty and Privilege of Christians to devote preacher's usual plainness, directness, their all to Spreading the Gospel. By David and power. He has chosen a most im- Campbell. Second Edition, Northampton,
Hirain Ferry. 1828. 8vo. pp. 16. portant subject, and appears to have done it justice.
The advertisement to this pamphlet contains the following note to the au
thor, signed by H. Humphrey, R. Wash13. A Sermon on the Nature and Extent of Chris burn, E. Hitchcock, N. Perkins, tian Liberty. By Jolin White, Minister of the Jr., and S. M. Worcester, three of them Third Parish in Dedham. Dedham, H. & W. members of the Faculty of Amherst ColH. Mann. 1828. 8vo. pp. 27.
lege. • Dear Sir,-The undersigned This is an able sermon on an inter- having examined a pamphlet on the esting and important subject. It is par- “ Duty and privilege of Christians to deticularly seasonable at this time of Or- vote their all to Spreading the Gospel,” thodox encroachment, and indeed, is of are of opinion that the publication is ina class of writings for which we are judicious. The spirit is such as we corafraid there will be an increased neces- dially approve.
But there is nothing sity amongst us.
original or new in the pamphlet, nothing that is not perfectly familiar to all who
read the religious works of the day, 14. The Recent Attempt to defeat the Constitu- nothing that seems to call for special attional Provisions in Favor of Religious Free
tention. dom, considered in reference to the Trust Con- While we highly appreciate Mr Campveyances of Hanover Street Church. By a
bell's motives, we most affectionately Layman. Second Edition. Boston. Bowles & Dearborn. 1828. 12mo. pp. 24.
and earnestly advise him not to publish
another edition,' &c. Do these gentleTo the intrepid and eloquent defender of religious liberty who is, we believe,
men adopt the broad principle laid down the author of this pamphlet, we already
in these pages, and is that principle adowe the public exposure, and in a great
vocated in the religious works of the
day? With them, we can discover in measure, the defeat, of one of the most daring attacks which was ever made on
the pamphlet very little besides, either to
find fault with, or to commend. Decidthe equal rights of conscience in this State. At the time when some of the
edly the best thing it contains, is their
advice. heads of the Orthodox party were plotting to bind down our free thoughts by the odious measure of an Ecclesiastical Consociation, it was this Layman who
16. Letter from a Gentleman in Boston to a Uni
tarian Clergyman of that City Boston, T. R caught them at their forge, put out their
Marvin. 1828. 12mo. pp. 20. fire, scattered their chains, and so effec- 17. Reply of a Unitarian Clergyman to the 'Lettually revealed their machinations to the ter of a Gentleman of Boston. Boston, Wait, indignant view of the public, that they 18. Review of a Letter from a Gentleman of
Greene & Co. 1822. 12mo. pp. 24. did not dare to return to their Domini
Boston to a Unitarian Clergyman of that City.' can employment again. And now, when Boston, Wait, Greene & Co. 1823. 12mo. the same spirit which animated the former attempt, is at work, on a smaller Too much has been said of this Letscale, to force Calvinisin on posterity ter already. All we would remark reby the ingenious expedient of Trust specting it, is, that it has surprised us, Deeds, the same person has protested if anything from that quarter could suragainst the usurpation, and we may ven- prise us, that no man of the Orthodox VOL. V.-NO. I.
party has shown himself honest enough vice of all sects, and for the truth of all to warn the public against attributing the most contradictory doctrines. too much importance to any instance of have before us at this moment the title conversion as an argument for the truth of a work, which is attracting the same of any set of opinions. In the case of kind of attention among the Catholics of the most gifted and best balanced minds England, that this Leiter receives from the argument is of extremely little, if of the Orthodox of this country, and with any weight. How insignificant then just as much reason. It is as follows: does it become in the case of a mind of “The Triumph of Truth in the Conververy ordinary powers, and those expos- sion of the Rev. T. A. Mason from the ed to the influences of a warm and excit- Errors of Methodism to the Catholic able temperament. It is an argument, Faith. Written by Himself. London. too, which may be pressed into the ser- October, 1827.'
Correspondence of the Unitarian As. Gilman, of Charleston, S. C. and Rev. sociation.—The Executive Committee Mr Briggs of Lexington, Mass. A noof this Association have perryitted us to tice of Mr Gilman's sermon is given in transfer to our pages, from time to time, our present number.] The Society such parts of their correspondence as has its full share of the most respectable we may think will be generally interest- inhabitants of the city, but it is as yet ing to the religious public. A rich small in number. * * I think that source of information respecting the reli- the success of Unitarianism in Georgia gious state of various and distant parts of will depend much upon its success here. our country, is thus opened to our read. There are in Savannah a number of ers, of which we should have availed Unitarians, who are looking to this Soourselves to a greater extent in our ciety for example and encouragement, present number, had our limits allowed and if this experiment succeeds, [we of it. The following extracts, however, believe there is now but little doubt of under different heads, lay us under great its success,] there will soon be a society obligations.
formed in that place. When I was there,
I conversed with several Unitarians, who Unitarianism in Georgia.-We some assured me they had the materials for time ago gave an account of Mr Gil- one, and waited for nothing but a preachman's preaching in Augusta, Georgia, er to call them forth and embody them.' and we have now before us a letter from that place, from which we make the fol- Marietta, Ohio.—The public opinion lowing extracts.—You requested me to in this vicinity,' says a corrsepondent of write you respecting the situation and the American Cnitarian Association, “is prospects of the Unitarian Society in very much changed within six or nine this place. *** Mr Gilman and vr months. A spirit of inquiry is abroad Whitaker's preaching brought together among the people. Light is bursting large audiences, and the prospects were, upon them, and they joyfully receive it. a year since, that a very large society The Trinitarians of this place and vicinwould soon be formed. [But circum- ily are pouring out their vials of wrath' stances occurred which] disheartened upon all Liberal Christians, who dare to for a time the friends of Unitarianism deny the trinity, and hold to the unity here, which was the cause of great re- of God. The most abusive language is joicing to its enemies. But the Society fulminated from the sacred desk upon did not despair. With a laudable spirit all who deny that our Saviour, Jesus of perseverance, they in the course of Christ, is the almighty, omniscient, omthe su nmer made arrangements for present, everlasting God, when they building a church. It is a neat little acknowledge he is now sitting at the building in a central part of the city. right hand of God, interceding for poor [It was on Dec. 27th, 1827, dedicated to deluded fellow men. They pray for us. the service of the One God by Rev. Mr I have pity for them. They have