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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 submit the scriptural grounris 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 Testaments, 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 afforded them of defending and diffusing the doctrines they have undertaken to preach, 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 refuse to bestow any part of the funds, intended 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 avoid all offensive expressions- and such arguments 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 solemn religious disputation.CHAPTER I.

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; hut in every nation he that fears him and works righteousness is accepted with him," 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, or political, which is inimical to the happinegs 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."

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 8

Hecemty has driven the Ainii'-r to these publication! ibid

Quotation of a pari of " The introduction to the Precepts of Je-

sus," in ptooi of this ........... ....... 3

Author's precaution in the Stcoud Appeal ibid

Quotation ot some parti of the. First Appeal 4

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

belief - 5

Author's puulic avowai of his faith 6

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

Unbiassed common sense suffices to lind me unscupturality of

the Trinity 7

Experiment proposed ibid

The Editor's ridiculing of the suggestion ottered as to tne study of

the Bible .. ibid

The reason assigned for his disapproval of the suggestion 3

Impossibility of a belief in the Trinity and Hindoo Polytheism,

unless inculcated in youth ibid

No liberal parent cau 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 mi the success of the Author in scrip-

tural studies noticed 13

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

gumeuts in the Secoad Appeal, noticed 13

The Editor's position or the insufficiency 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

>lark XI 1.29. '* Hear O l»;;.el the Lord our God is oue Lord" re-

ferred to 17

llatt. V 11. 24. •• Whosoever hcareth these sayiugs of mine," refer-

red to ibid

John XV t0. 'If ye keep my Commandments," &c. and v. 14 re-

ferred to 18

Watt. XXV 31 et.seq. referred to ibid

Hie argument adduced by the liditor to depreciate the weight of
the passage " This do and thou shalt live" examined ibid

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