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whom the world is indebted for several most valuable theological works,- for him to see, whether the author, who has not been accustomed to controversies of this description, had made any material mistake, or mistatement, which ought to be candidly acknowledged, and retracted, he recommended their being made public, as likely to promote the interests of religious truth. If it be probable that this effect will result from their publication, in however small a degree, the author knows it to be his duty, to lay them before the public; and has therefore determined to commit them to the
press, trusting that reasonable allowance will be made for his not being a theologian by profession,
He has designated himself only by the profession to which he belongs, his arguments, and not his name, being all that the public are concerned with : and he has called himself, another Barrister, merely to distinguish bimself from an ingenious member of the same profession, .wbo some years since published many valuable letters' on various religious subjects,
Having occasionally made use of the word sect, in the course of the following letters, he
begs leave to disclaim having ever adopted it in the confined, and illiberal, sense of it, which ren. ders it a term of reproach. He well knows, that in this sense, all the members of every church, of which the Christian world is composed, may bie considered by turns to be sectarians by the narrow-minded and bigoted individuals of other churches. In this sense a member of the Church of England will be deemed a sectarian the moment he sets his foot on the north bank of the Tweed, as will any member of the Church of Scotland, whom he may bring back with him, as soon as he reaches the opposite bank of the same river : and should they chance to travel further together, and cross the Channel, on landing upon its southern shore, they would both be denominated sectarians by our Roman Catholic neighbours. Here if they were to associate to themselves some honest Frenchman, and take a longer journey to the north, inclining somewhat to the east, they would arrive in a Christian country, in which they might travel seven thousand miles, and be all three considered sectarians, during the whole of their progress. The author has therefore invariably used the word in its more enlarged, and as he conceives, correct,
in which all the Churches of Christendom, whether differing in doctrine, or form of church government, whether national, or otherwise, are sects, or divisions, constituting altogether, the truly catholic, or universal church of Christ.
He wishes it also to be understood, that he considers Unitarianism, as such, to have nothing to do with any particular form of church
government. Different nations, and individuals, always have, and perhaps ever will, entertain different opinions upon this subject, and the Unitarian, like the rest of his fellow Christians, will of course determine for himself.
The author avails himself of the opportunity afforded him by the publication of a second edition of his two first Letters, to submit to the consideration of the Public an additional Letter, written in answer to a third received from his friend. It will shew the present state of the controversy, and enable the reader to judge how far the author has succeeded in the explanation of many very important passages of Scripture which bear most strongly upon the questions in difference between the Unitarians and Trinitarians.