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As Christianity is happily not a subject resting on vague metaphysical speculations, but is founded upon the authority of books written in languages, which are understood and explained according to known and standing rules, I therefore propose, with a view to the more speedy and certain attainment of religious truth, to establish a monthly periodical publication, commencing from the month of April next, to be devoted to Biblical criticism, and to subject unitarian as well as trinitarian doctrines to the test of fair argument, if those of the latter persuasion will consent thus to sub. mit the scriptural grounds on which their tenets concerning the Trinity are built.

For the sake of method and convenience, I propose that, beginning with the Book of Genesis and taking all the passages in that portion of Scripture, which are thought to countenance the doctrine of the Trinity, we should examine them one by one and publish our observations upon them; and that next month we proceed in the same manner with the Book of Exodus, and so on with all the Books of the Old and New Testa nents, in their regular order.

If any one of the Missionary Gentlemen, for himself and in behalf of his fellow labourers, choose to profit by the opportunity thus afford. ed them of defending and diffusing the doctrines they have undertaken to preachi, I request that an Essay on the Book of Genesis of the kind above intimated may be sent me by the middle of the month, and if confined within reasonable limits not exceeding a dozen or sixteen pages, I hereby engage to cause it to be printed and circulated at my own charge, should the Missionary Gentlemen refase to bestow any part of the funds, iotended for the spread of Christianity, towards this object; and also that a reply (not exceeding the same number of pages) to the arguments adduced, shall be published along with it by the beginning of the ensuing month. That this new mode of controversy by short monthly publications may be attended with all the advantages which I, in common with other searchers after truth, expect, and of which it is capable, it will be absolutely necessary that nothing be introduced of a personal nature or calculated to hurt the feelings of individuals that we a. void all offensive expressions and such argu. ments as have no immediate connection with the subject and can only serve to retard the progress of discovery; and that we never allow

ourselves for a moment to forget that we are engaged in a solema religious disputation.

As religion consists in a code of duties which the creature believes he owes to his creator and as “ God has no respect for persons; but in every nation he that fears him and works righteousness is accepted with lim," it must be considered presumptuous and unjust for one man to attempt to interfere with the religious observances of others, for which he well knows, he is not held responsible by any law either human or divine. Notwithstanding, if mankind are brought into existence and by nature formed to enjoy the comforts of society and the pleasures of an improved mind, they may be justified in opposing any system, religious, domestic, political, which is inimical to the happiness of society or calculated to debase the human intellect; bearing always in mind that we are children of ONE Father “ who is above all, and through all, and in us all.

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Calcutta, January 30, 1823.

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Thanks to the Reverend Editor for his labours...

1

Author's vindication of himself from the charge of presumption 2

Necessity bas ariv a the Ander to these puwlications

ibid

Quvia ivu ot a part of "The Introduction to the Precepts of Je.

sus,” in prooi of this

3

Autwr's precau lon in the Se cond Appeal

ibid

Quotation of some parts of the First Appeal

The assertion of the Editor as to his ignorance of the Author's

belief

5

Author's public avowai of his faith

6

Author's vindication of himself from the charge of vanity ibid

Unbiassed common sense suffices to tind the unscripturality of

the Trinity

7

Experiment proposed

ibid

The Editor's ridiculing of the suggestion offered as to the study of

the Bible

ibid

The reason assigned for his disapproval of the suggestion

8

Impossibility of a belief in the Trinity and Hindoo Polytheism,

unless inculcated in youth......

ibid

No liberal parent can take advantage of the confiding credulity

of his children

ibid

The duties of liberal parents

9

The force of early acquired prejudices

10

Traditional instructions incuicated in childhood one of the causes

of prevailing errors in Christianity

11

The Editor's ironical remarks on the success of the Author in scrip-

tural studies noticed

12

The reason a-signed by the Editor, for his omission of several ar.

guments in the Second Appeal, poticed

13

The Editor's position of the insufliciency of the Precep's of Jesus

to procure men salvation, noticed

14

The irregular mode of arguing adopted by the Editor

15

The sufficiency of the Precepts of Jesus for salvation proved.... 16

Mark XTI, 29.“ Hear o isiel the Lord our God is one Lord” re-

ferred to

17

Mait. VII. 24. " Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine,” refer-

red to

ibid

John XV 10. “ If ye keep my Commandmenis,” &c. and v. 14 re-

ferred to..

18

Mail. XXV 31 et. seq. referred to

ibid

The argument adduced by the Editor w depreciate the weight of

the passage " This do and thou shalt live" examined

ibid

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