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of their fins, and bringing forth fruits mect for repentance.
This is the essence of what is called focinianism; and though this simple doctrine may, on account of its excellence and fimplicity, be a stumblingblock to some, and foolishness to others, I believe it to be the sum and substance of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the wisdom and power of God.
Formidable as the greatest adversary of the truth may be, I make no doubt but that, by the help of reason, and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God, it will be finally overcome. And whenever the holy apostles and prophets shall rejoice at the fall of this last part of mystical Babylon, Rev. xviii. 20; happy will they be who may join the chorus, as having employed their efforts, however feeble, with those who, in this great cause, fight under the banners of the lamb, and who are called, and chofen, and faithful; Rev. xvii. 14.
A GENERAL VIEW
OF THE ARGUMENTS FOR THE
UNITY OF GOD;
AND AGAINST THE
DIVINITY AND PRE-EXISTENCE
FROM REASON, FROM THE SCRIPTURES, AND
I. ARGUMENTS FROM REASON AGAINST THE
THAT the doctrine of the trinity could ever have been suggested by any thing in the course of nature (though it has been imagined by some persons of a peculiarly fanciful turn, and previoufly persuaded of the truth of it) is not maintained by any persons to whom my writings can be at all useful. I shall therefore only address myself to those who believe the doctrine on the supposition of its being contained in the fcriptares, at the same time maintaining, that, though it is above, it is not pro- i perly contrary to reason; and I hope to make it fufficiently evident, either that they do not hold the doctrine, or thạt the opinion of three divine persons constituting one God is strictly speaking an absurdity, or contradiction ; and that it is therefore incapable of any proof, even by miracles. With this view, I shall recite in order all the distinct modifications of this doctrine, and shew that, upon any of them, there is either no proper unity, in the divine nature, or no proper trinity.
If, with Dr. Waterland, and others who are reckoned the strictest Athanasians, (though their opinions were not known in the time of Athanasius himself,) it be supposed that there are three persons .properly equal, and that no one of them has any