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A DEFENCE

OF THE

TRINITARIAN SYSTEM,

IN TWENTY-FOUR SERMONS ;

IN WHICH

THE LEADING CONTROVERSIAL POINTS.

BETWEEN

TRINITARIANS AND ANTI-TRINITARIANS,

ARE STATED AND DISCUSSED.

BY DAVID HARROWAR, A. M.

UTICA:
PRINTED BY WILLIAM WILLIAMS,

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Nerthern D'sirici of New York, vs.

BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the fifth day of June, in the forty-sixth year of the lodependence of the United Siates of Ancrica, A. D. 1822, DAVID HARROWAR, of the said District, has deposited in this office the title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as Author, in the words following, to wit:

A Defence of the Trinitarian System, in Twenty-four Sermons; in which the leading controversial points between Trinitarians and Anti-Trinitarians, are stated and discussed. By David Harrowar, A. M."

In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled “ An act for the encouragement of Itarning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such cepies, during the times therein mentioned ;” and also to the act, entitled * An act supplementary to an act, entitled · An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of poi copies, during the times therein mentioned,' and ex. tending the benefits thereof so the acts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints."

RICHARD R LANSING, Clerk of the Northern District of New-York

PREFACE.

The following discourses were preached in Trenton, Oneida County, N. Y. in the years 1817 and 1818. AntiTrinitarianism had prevailed there, through a series of years, almost from the commencement of its settlement, to the time when these sermons were delivered.

As the author resided in that town, and officiated as a gospel minister, for the space of seven years, he deemed it his incumbent duty, to oppose this pernicious heresy, and defend the Trinitarian system. These sermons were written and delivered for the instruction of the congregation, of which the author had the ministerial charge, and without any view to their publication. It must be acknowledged, that the subject discussed, is very copious and highly interesting; and it has occupied the thoughts and the pens of the most able divines, through many ages. It is a thing well understood, that there is a great opposition, at present, made to Trinitarian principles, by men who are classed under various names. It is highly necessary, therefore, that divine truth should be vindicated in the spirit of meekness, and the fallacy of the opposite errors pointed out, with the evils which attend them in time and eternity. Many, however, appear to be greatly opposed to, what they call, controversy ; but the advocates of a false theology, are never backward in exhibiting their views, and unless they are met in the field of argument, errors must prevail, and the glorious truths of Heaven suffer by the dereliction.

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It is a mournful fact, that controversy is frequently improperly conducted, and great animosities occasioned by it; but this grows out of the depravity of our hearts. An opponent should never be misrepresented, nor be treated with severity and contempt. In a theological dispute, truth, and not mere victory, should be the grand object. The author can truly say, that for many of the Anti-Trinitarians in Trenton, he entertains a very high regard, as gentlemen of character and talents. It is not from any personal ill will to that people, that the following discourses were preached, and now published; but if he knows his heart, from a regard to the truth, the glory of God, and the salvation of men. From some of his opponents, he has received such marks of friendship and attention, as he cannot but remember with pleasure and gratitude, and hopes to do so, through life.

Such is the opposition to Trinitarian doctrines, in the present age, that their desence has called into action the elegant and powerful pens of a Wardlaw in Scotland; Worcester, Steward, Woods and Miller in America, who have all exhibited in this glorious cause, a becoming Christian zeal, extensive learning, and much force of argument. These gentlemen have done honor to themselves-to the cause of the Redeemer, and to those sections of Christendom, in which they reside—they have conferred on the Church, now and in all future ages, the high obligation of gratitude and esteem.

If it should be asked, why are not their writings on the subject, sufficient, without troubling the world with the following sheets ? The author replies; It is not because he supposes himself to have equalled the productions which have been mentioned. The subject, however, may be presented in various lights, and some benefit may be derived from them all. The shape which is given to this work,

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