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LETTERS ON THE TRINITY,
THE DIVINITY OF CHRIST,
THE REV. WILLIAM E. CHANNING,
IN ANSWER TO HIS SERMON
THE DOCTRINES OF CHRISTIANITY,
Preached and published at Baltimore.
BY MOSES STUART,
Republished, with Alterations and Additions.
PRINTED BY SIMMS & MINTYRE, DONEGALL-STREET;
And Sold at the Depository of
The Cheap Religious Tract and Book Society,
We recommend Professor STUART'S Letters, addressed to the Rev. W. E. CHANNING, as a work calculated to impart much useful information on very important subjects; to afford a valuable addition to the stock of religious knowledge, and to promote the improvement, consolation, and hope of Christians.
SAMUEL HANNA, D. D. Prof. Theol.
WILLIAM BROWN, Minister of the Independent Congregation,
WILLIAM CARR, Minister of the Presbyterian Congregation, Berry-Street, Belfast.
JOHN EDGAR, Minister of the Presbyterian Congregation, AlfredStreet, Belfast.
Belfast, Feb. 1825.
SEVERAL Publications in defence of Arian principles have lately issued from the Belfast Press, and have been circulated with great industry. These are of importance to the public, as they present opportunities of reviewing questions of the deepest interest, of becoming acquainted with the state of religious opinions in this country, and of ascertaining the light in which the commonly received doctrines of Christianity are viewed by those who entertain opposite sentiments. If, how ever, the authors of some of these Publications had confined themselves solely to the merits of the great questions under consideration, and had been more sparing in their application of the words Enthusiast, Bigot, and Fanatic, to those who differ from them, although they might have sacrificed the delight arising from contemptuous pride and domineering dogmatism, their arguments would most certainly have been listened to, with at least equal attention. Asmen, however, do not become Bigots and Fanatics merely by being called so, the propriety of using such terms, with respect to the most numerous, and and in many cases the most learned part of the community, must be left to the modesty and good manners of the son who chooses to employ them.
Among the Publications so assiduously circulated, a Sermon on the Doctrines of Christianity, by the Rev. E. Channing of Boston, seems to merit particular attention; from the clearness of its style, the plausibility of its reasoning, and the general temper with which it is written. To this Sermon an answer has been published by Professor Stuart of Andover, which has not as yet received any reply; and it seems to be no more than an act of impartial justice, to give the Religious Public an opportunity of judging of the present state of the Controversy by republishing it here. Mr. Stuart's work, therefore, with some slight omissions, suited to local circumstances, forms the chief part of the following Publication.