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essential doctrines of the Gospel.  If the Deist strikes at the very root of Christianity by questioning the evidence on which it rests, no less does the Unitarian divest it of everything distinctive—­of the divine condescension shown in God taking our nature upon Him, of the divine love shown in God’s unseen presence even now in His Church by His Holy Spirit.  Take away these doctrines, and there will be left indeed a residuum of ethical teaching, which some may please to call Christianity if they will; but it differs as widely from what countless thousands have understood and still understand by the term, as a corpse differs from a living man.



[Footnote 431:  [Greek:  autotheos].]

[Footnote 432:  [Greek:  phos ek photos].]

[Footnote 433:  See Van Mildert’s Life of Waterland, Sec. 3, p. 29.]

[Footnote 434:  Id.]

[Footnote 435:  ’We cannot charge anything to be a contradiction in one nature because it is so in another, unless we understand both natures.  Because a nature we understand not, cannot be explained to us but by allusion to some nature we do understand.’—­Leslie’s Theological Works, vol. ii. p. 402, ‘The Socinian Controversy.’]

[Footnote 436:  Leslie’s Theological Works, ii. 405.]

[Footnote 437:  By his famous ‘a priori’ arguments for the Being and Attributes of God, and by his answers to the Deists generally.]

[Footnote 438:  Potter also, subsequently Archbishop of Canterbury, entered into the lists against Clarke.]

[Footnote 439:  Dr. Whitby (already favourably known in the theological world by his commentary on the Bible), Mr. Sykes, and Mr. Jackson, Vicar of Rossington and afterwards of Doncaster, &c.]

[Footnote 440:  He proceeds to explain S. Matthew, xxiv. 36, S. Luke, ii. 52, and S. John, v. 19, in a sense consistent with the Catholic doctrine.]

[Footnote 441:  See vols. i. ii. and iii. passim of Waterland’s Works, edited by Van Mildert.]

[Footnote 442:  Toulmin’s Memoirs of Faustus Socinus, p. 191.]

[Footnote 443:  Toulmin’s Memoirs of Faustus Socinus, p. 180.]

[Footnote 444:  Id. 211.]

[Footnote 445:  Id. p. 467.]

[Footnote 446:  Toulmin, p. 281.  See also on this point Thomas Scott’s interesting account of his own religious opinions in the Force of Truth, and in his biography by his son.]

[Footnote 447:  ‘The Christian Doctrine of the Trinity,’ by Isaac Watts, vol. vi. of Works, p. 155.]

[Footnote 448:  ‘The Christian Doctrine of the Trinity,’ by Isaac Watts, vol. vii. of Works, p. 196.]

[Footnote 449:  Watts, p. 200.]

[Footnote 450:  ’The Arian Invited to an Orthodox Faith.’—­Works, vol. vi. p. 348.]

[Footnote 451:  Id. 225.]

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