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CHAPTER VII.

Page Of the Prophecies of the Old Testament which are supposed to prove the Divinity of Jesus.

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CHAPTER VIII.

Neither the Miracles nor the Discourses of Jesus any Proofs that he is Gold

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CHAPTER IX:

No Divine Attributes given to Jesus Chrijl either in the Old or New Titanient.

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None of the incommunicable Names of God given to Jesus Christ either in the Old or New Tefiament.

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CHAPTER XI.

Of Mr. Hawker's Arguments in Proof of the Deity of Jesus Christ, from his having taken away Sin by the Sacrifice of Himself, from the lafi Scenes of his History, and from his being appointed by God to raise the Dead and to judge the World.

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Of the Testimony of the Apostles to the Character of their Mafter.

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Of the Arguments from Scripture against the Doctrine of our Lord's Deity.

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CHAPTER XIV.

Of the Evidence which points out Jesus Christ to have been simply One of the Human Race.

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CHAPTER XV:

Of the Importance of Christianity on Unitarian
Principles.

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ERRATA.

Page 19. 1. 8. and in some other places, for synonomous,

read fi nor ymous. 49. 6. for a mortal man read mortal men. 51. 15. for allowing, read allow. 69. note, l. 15, read, obferves upon a fimi:ar occafion. 75

8. blot out, The divine immutability therefore

may Nill remain unimpeached ; and read only, The identity of perfon therefore may

still be preserved, &c. 144

17. for are we not, read we are not, 191 15. for condusive, read conducive.

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DEFENCE

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UNITARIANIS M.

CHAPTER I.

Of the Holy Scriptures considered as a Rule of Faith.

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Am equally willing with Mr. Hawker, that the

doctrine, for which he contends, shall be decided by the scriptures. And it is with pleasure I take the opportunity of making this declaration; since, in general, the Unitarians are represented as thinking lightly of the scriptures, and as rejecting the doctrines of revelation, merely because they are, in some respects, above their comprehension. But these representations are false. We admit, on the contrary, that the scriptures are competent to determine upon every point of reli. gious controversy, and are willing to submit to their decision. А.

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But when I say that, with respect to the do&rines of christianity, we are willing to abide by the declarations of the scriptures, it is necessary I should explain my meaning. With Mr. Hawker and other Trinitarians we acknowledge the authenticity of the books of the Old and New Testament; but we do not suppose, that our english translation of them is free from errors. It is allowed by all parties, that they were translated by men equally fallible with ourselves. It is a natural fuppofition, therefore, that they have not always given us their true meaning; but that in some instances they may have been misled by ignorance, and in others by prejudice. This we are perluaded is the case, because many errors, which, in their circumstances, it was impofiible for thein to avoid, have since been discovered.

Neither do we suppose, that the Greek, from which our translation of the books of the New Teltament is taken, is an exact copy of them, as they were at first written by the evangelifts and apostles. These books were composed long hefore the art of printing was known, and the original copies are now loft. . In transcribing these copies, many mistakes might be made. Some letters and words might be left out, and others mig it be mifplaced; in confoquince of whici, particular par{ages might be made to convey a meaning different

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