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mod feeling towards all sects and | ards of Christian faith and of parties; not, however, without an Christian character, but the word occasional expression of bitterness of Jesus Christ and of his inspired towards the orthodox. Mr. Chan- apostles. He thinks it an act of ning of Boston seems to have been disloyalty to his Master to introselected as their defender. He duce into the church, creeds of falpublished several pamphlets, which lible men as bonds of union, or were answered by the late Doctor terms of Christian fellowship. He Worcester, well known as the Sec- calls himself by no name derived retary of the American Board for from human leaders, disclaims all Foreign Missions. Mr. C. does exclusive connexion with any sect not call himself a Socinian. He or party, professes himself a memand his brethren generally decline ber of the church universal on earth that name. They call themselves and in heaven, and cheerfully exUnitarians; as this name embrac- tends the hand of brotherhood to es all, who make Christ a mere every man of every name who discreature, and consider those who covers the spirit of Jesus Christ. pay him divine honours as guilty “According to this view of liberal of idolatry; whether with Mr. Bel- | Christians, they cannot be called a sbam and Dr. Priestly, and open party. They are distinguished only Deists, they consider Christ "a by refusing to separate themselves fallible, peccable, ignorant. man,” in any form or degree from the great
, " or, with others, consider him a body of Christ. They are scattered creature of a higher order. The
The too through all classes of Christians. Denomination of Liberal Christ- I have known Trinitarians and Cal. ians" which they are fond of using, vinists, whojustly deserve the name is of somewhat more extensive of Liberal, who regard with affecsignification still. It embraces tion all who appear to follow Jesus the Unitarians, and some who have Christ in temper and life, however believed in the Trinity, but have they may differ on the common been disposed to favour the views points of theological controversy. of Unitarians in other respects. To this class of Christians I profess
I find much in these pamphlets and desire to belong. In this part to confirm the opinion I have ex- of the country, Liberal Christians, pressed. The very sentiments and as they have been above described, maxims which the advocates of are generelly, though by no means Socinianism in New-England have universally,' Unitarians, in the
most studiously endeavoured to
proper sense of that word." propagate, as the best means of The following extracts are taken advancing their cause, are senti- from the account Mr. Channing ments and maxims which are gives of the manner in which himtertained and propagated by many self and his brethren fulfil their anong us.
ministry: Mr. Channing gives the follow- “ We seldom or never introduce ing account of those who have been the Trinitarian controversy into denominated the liberal party : our pulpits. We seldom or never
“ By a liberal Christian, I un- refer to any different sentiments, derstand one who is disposed to embraced by other Christians, on receive, as his brethren in Christ, the nature of God or of Jesus all, who, in the judgment of chari- | Christ. We preach precisely as if ty, sincerely profess to receive Je. no such doctrine as the Trinity sus Christ as their Lord and Mas had ever been known. In followter. Hie rejects all tests or stand- / ing this course, we are not con
scious of having contracted, in the duty to disarm instead of exciting least degree, the guilt of insin- the bad passions of our people.cerity. We have only followed a We wish to promote among them general system, which we are per- a spirit of universal charity. We suaded to be best for our people love them too sincerely to imbue and for the cause of Christianity, them with the spirit of controverthe system of excluding contro- sy. In thus avoiding controversy,
: versy as much as possible from our we have thought that we deserved, pulpits. We think it best to preach not reproach, but some degree of what we esteem to be the truth, praise for our self-denial. So deepand to say very little about error, ly are we convinced that the great unless it be error of a strictly end of preaching is to promote a practical nature. A striking proof spirit of love, a sober, righteous of our sentiments and habits on and Godly life, and that every docthis subject may be derived from trine is to be urged simply and the manner in which you and my- exclusively for this end, that we self have treated Calvinism. We have sacrificed our ease, and have consider the errors which relate to chosen to be less striking preachChi t's person as of little or no ers, rather than to enter the lists importance, compared with the er- of controversy. We have seldom
ror of those who teach, that God or never assailed the scheme of the brings us into life wholly depraved | Trinity, not only from our dislike and wholly helpless, that he leaves to controversy in general, but from inultitudes without that aid 'which a persuasion that this discussion is indispensably necessary to their would, above all others, perplex repentance, and then plunges them and needlessly perplex a common into everlasting burnings and un- congregation, consisting of persons speakable torture, for not repent of all ages, capacities, degrees of ing. This we consider as one of improvement, and conditions in the most injurious errors which society.—This doctrine we all reever darkened the Christian world. gard as the most unintelligible And yet our hearers will bear wit- about which Christians have ever ness how seldom we introduce this disputed.-Many of us have been topic into our preaching. The disinclined not only to assail sysname of Calvinist has never, I pre- tems which we do not believe, but sume, been uttered by us in the even to enforce the views which pulpit.-We esteem it a solemn we have given of the rank and
character of Jesus Christ; because Such is the representation, which Mr. we have known how divided the Channing, with all his liberal feelings, best men have been on these topchooses to make of Calvinism; “ than
ics—and because we have all been which," says Dr. Worcester, in his an. swer, “I am grieved to say, I have sel. persuaded, that precision of views dom seen a more distorted and injurious upon these subjects is in no degree one." And Mr. Channing thinks the sin essential to the faith or practice of of worshipping a creature instead of God, with which all Trinitarians are chargea.
u Christian: – We have been fully ble according to this scheme, an error of satisfied, that the most effectual “ little or no importance," compared method of promoting their holiness with the Calvinistic doctrines of deprav. and salvation, was to urge on them ity and future punishment...And yet, he perpetually those great truths and would have us believe, that he is over. Aowing with charity towards these same
precepts, about which there is little Calvinists, and anxious for the strictest contention, and which have an imunion and fellowsbip between himself mediate bearing on the temper and and them?
the life.-Accustomed as we are
to see genuine piety in all classes, he who believes wrong is as likely of Christians, in Trinitarians and to be a good man, as he who beUnitarians, in Calvinists and Ar- lieves right. Socinians wish us minians, in Episcopalians, Meth- to believe, that Christian charity odists, Baptists and Congregation is a disposition to think well of all alists, and delighting in this char- sorts of religion, and that this is acter wherever it appears, we are
the best trait in the Christian charlittle anxious to bring men over to acter; so that he who has the most our peculiar opinions.-Our peo of this disposition is the best Christple will testify, how little we have ian.-Socinians wish us to believe sought to influence them on the it wrong, for churches to have a topics of dispute among Christians confession of faith, which shall -how little we have laboured to embrace their views of the great make them partisans-how con- doctrines of the gospel, and make stantly we have besought them to an assent to it a term of admission, look with candour on other denom- and a denial of it a ground of exinations, and to delight in all the communication. They wish to marks which others exhibit of piety make men more and more unwiland goodness.-We profess to ac- ling to be called Calvinists, or Arcord with that apostle, who has minians, or by any other name that taught us that charity is greater shall show what their opinions are. than faith and hope, more excellent They would have all such distincthan the tongue of angels,and the un- tions abolished, not by an agreederstanding of all mysteries. We ment in any certain opinions, but have enjoyed singular prosperity - by agreeing that it is no matter
:We find ourselves respected by what we believe. Socinians wish all classes of society, and may I us to think that the doctrines of not say, distinguished, by the emi- the Bible are so dark and difficult nent, the enlightened and the good to be understood, that “ precision -In our societies there are no di- of views upon these subjects is in visions, no jealousies, no parties to no degree essential to the faith or disturb us."
practice of a Christian; and that Such is the language of Mr. all attempts to teach them from Channing, the defender of Unitari- the pulpit will only “perplex and anism. And the reader is request- needlessly perplex a common coned to turn back, and read it over gregation." They wish to have
i again, and then say, whether I doctrinal preaching sink more and was not right in affirming that the more into disrepute.; and would very same sentiments and maxims rejoice to have it generally thought, are entertained and propagated by that all those who advocate docmany among us. And yet, these trines, are actuated by selfish and are the sentiments and maxims party motives in doing so, and are which Socinians are most of all aiming to stir up the bad passions desirous to have propagated, as tho of their hearers. Socinians wish best adapted to prepare men to fall to increase the odium that is atin with their views. Socinians tached to religious controversy, wish us to believe, that all who pre- and to have every thing branded fess to be Christians, must be con- with that name which has for its sidered and treated as such, with object the illustration and proof of out regard to their opinions on the doctrines of the gospel; and doctrinal points. They wish us especially, every thing which is into believe, that error in opinion is tended to expose and refute error, blameless and harmless; and that and vindicate the truth agaipst se.
*cret attacks. Socinians wish to gress. They cheerfully hail,
have it thought, that orthodoxy and fellow-labourers in the same cau. practical religion are necessarily with themselves, all, of every na m
ant disconnecíed and opposed to each who lend them their aid in propa other; and that of course, the ad- gating such maxims. They vocates of orthodoxy are enemies willing to accord to them the nam to practical religion, or at least, of Liberal Christians;" and are regard it with indifference and
eager to extend” to them 6s tie neglect. --Socinians wish to have hand of brotherhood." it thought a great excellence in I shall not now attempt to show a minister of the gospel, that he why the above mentioned senij carefully avoids every thing in his ments and maxims are wrong. My preaching, upon which people are object, for the present, is merely not agreed, and preaches those to show those among us who enterpoints only about which there is tain and propagate such sentilittle or no contention. They wish ments, how well they harmonize to have that man thought the best in these things with the Socinians minister, who succeeds best in of New-England, and how effectpleasing all classes of his hearers; ually they are doing the work of the and so preaches, that there are no enemy. I know they do not mean dissensions, no difficulties, no dis-it:-heither did those who began putes among his people.
the work in New-England. Let Socinians well know, that the them pause and think what they are prevalence of such sentiments and doing. maxims will break down all those
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w feel irritable, impatient and dis- quence of a fall from an apple tree. contented. But, I am not willing My cattle often die of disease, or to own that this is owing altogether founder in the mire. I have lost to my natural temper. My condi- by bad debts, what would be a littion and circumstances in life, are tle estate to a poor man; and once enough to fret and vex any man,
I have been burnt out of house and who has any feeling. While I see home. In addition to all this, I others around me living in ease and have the mortification to be treated plenty, I am obliged to labour dai- with slight and neglect, by some ly with my hands, for a scanty whom I once thought my friends, subsistence. And while the rich and whose only title to conseof my acquaintance generally have quence, is their pelf; while my but few heirs, I am burdened with enemies think they have a right, the poor man's blessing, as it is because they have the power, to called, a numerous and increasing insult and abuse me with impunity; family, whom I am at my wit's end Such are my circumstances and to maintain. My constitution is feelings. slender, and I am often subject to Now the wise man says, that "a rheumatick and other pains; and contented mind is a continual I have an uncommon share of sick feast.” But, what is contentment? Dess in my family. Besides, it and how is it to be had, in such a seems as if twice as many acci- condition as mine? This, Sir, is dents happen to my family and what I much want to know, and property, as to those of other men. what I desire you, or some one One of my children lost her reason else, to tell me; and so oblige your by having fits in her infancy; an- unfortunate friend and servant, other became a cripple, in conse
REVIVAL OF RELIGION. preceding the last, thirty persons The following narrative of a revival of | were admitted by profession. At Religion, in Ghatham (Conn.) was the beginning of 1823, the church communicated to the Editor of the Evan. gefist, in a letter from the Rev. Hervey consisted of eighteen males, and Talcott, Pastor of the charch in that about sixty females. Several of the own, January 28, 1824.
members were quite advanced in The first Church in Chatham years. Some of them have since was formed in 1721, and has, ever died. Scarcely one, who might be since, with but short interruptions, called a youth, was seen at the tabeen favoured with the administra- ble of the Lord. The younger tion of Divine ordinances. But part of the Society were mostly We have no evidence that there inattentive to the concerns of the ever was, in the place, what is soul, and devoted to earthly follies. usually denominated a revival of Comparatively few were the fami· Religion, till the last year. The lies, in which there was any unitaccessions to the church were at no ed acknowledgment of God, by time large : only a few were add family devotion.
Alarming in ed in any year, and some years stances of sickness and death had bone. During the seven years repeatedly occurred. But the