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the old path, the good way, and by the grace of God they will walk in it, assured they shall find rest to their souls.

As far as we know our own hearts, we are both desirous and determined, "to have no doctrine but the doctrine taught by God the Saviour. We reject every doctrine which the mouth of the Lord hath not spoken. We believe that the apostolic churches were formed by professors of the doctrine of universal redemption; that Jesus Christ and his Apostles preached and defended this doctrine, and that all the writers of revelation were strong in the faithful belief of the doctrine of Universal Salvation." And thus convicted, thus convinced by a critical examination of the Scriptures of Truth; having proved, according to our limited judgments, that the Revelations of God, when properly understood, are in no one sense of the word contrary to reason; we have yielded to that firm conviction, and are, therefore, Bible Universalists.

Let it be clearly understood, that we mean not to reproach any man for thinking differently from us on this point; that we seek not controversy, though we fear it not. We desire to absorb in our Christian charity, as illustrative of the true character of our universal faith, all sectarian differences; nay more, we have known, and still know, many pious men of different Christian denominations, who have been adverse to our faith; some of whom have changed their mortal for an immortal existence, and we can say with the meek and pious Dr. Watts," May my soul be where theirs is, in the other world."

Some of us have learned from the experience of half a century, that men's minds are variously influenced by a kind of regular order of peculiarities, and which are as natural to them, as bitter is to the aloe, or sweet to the sugar cane, that intellect differs as materially, as the light of a fire-fly from that of the sun. And, " From senseless idiotism, up to the piercing sagacity of a Newton, how numerous are the gradations of intellect!

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Minds are of various sizes: their capacities, habits and views, are never in strict conformity with each other. In some degree therefore, diversity of opinion flows from the very structure of our understanding. To fall out with this branch of the dispensations of God, is to arraign his Wisdom." And to condemn those who think differently from us in matters of Religious Faith, would be assuming for ourselves infallibility, which is altogethe contrary to our Article XIV.

The universality of our faith, however, warrants us, consistently with its profession so to say; that the doctrine of the final restoration of all men to holiness and happiness, will eventually, if not in this life, be accepted of all men. And with respect to all that have gone before us, we can again with Dr. Watts, exclaim, "Happy are the souls above, who see God face to face, who behold the Sacred Three, in that divine light, where objections and darkness are banished forever, and the shadows are fled away! The voice of controversy and wrangling is never heard in these regions; but if it were possible for the happy inhabitants to differ in sentiment, and controversy could ascend thither, I am persuaded, that it would be managed without wrangling or noise. The gentleness and benevolence, the sweet serenity and candour, that adorn every spirit there, would reign through all their sacred reasonings, and wheresoever a mistake was found and rectified among the holy disputants, the voice of joy and triumph would be heard on all sides at the bright and lovely appearance of truth. O that the disputes of Christians on earth might be carried on with the same heavenly candour, and might end in the same harmony and joy !"*

ART. XVIII. Of the Civil Authority.-As Citizens, we profess our allegiance to the government of the United States, and our obedience to the civil authorities, in all things lawful and right. And inasmuch as the Constitution of these United States guarantees to all Christian

* Preface to Dissertations, Part 2.

denominations, liberty of conscience, and secures to each the free and lawful exercise of their civil and religious liberties, we believe that it is lawful and right for Christians, when required by the said authorities, to take up arms in defence of their country, and for the mutual protection of their own liberties, and the liberty of these United States.

Lastly, we do most unhesitatingly advocate and adopt all the scriptural doctrines and precepts of our Lord, as pre-eminently calculated to make us better men, better citizens, better Christians; and as directly conducing to our happiness, by inciting us to the appreciation and cultivation of those nobler affections of the heart, that bring us more immediately to those objects that are alone worthy of us, that is to say, an ardent and sincere love to God, as the Universal Parent of all men; and in Christ, as the Saviour of all men, from whence flows the sentiment of universal charity or love for all men, as illustrated in the foregoing pages.

We have thus endeavoured to the best of our ability, to conduct the subject matters of this work, in that spirit which meaneth well to all men, however widely they differ from us on some points of religious controversy. And to the divine direction of God our Saviour, whose glorious truths we have thus essayed to publish and to defend, do we most humbly submit our souls with our faith, imploring his divine blessings on our labours, assured of their acceptance with him, now, and when all clashing doctrines shall be absorbed and lost in one universal faith and agreement forevermore. AMEN.

And if there be one rational being in the world, who cannot unite with us in the hope and desire for the final recovery and salvation of all his fellow creatures, he is unworthy of the name of man.

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Appeals to the Candid,
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Articles of Christian Faith,
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the Wisdom and Pow-
er of God,
his relation to Deity,

is the creative property
of God,

is not a Created Be-
ing,

is the visible God,

in what sense he is the
Son of God,

74

is the Temple of God, 67

is of one substance
with the Father, 83

is infinite in Wisdom
and Power,

92

his pre-existence prov-
ed,

Divine honors due to
him,

his Resurrection and

72, 97

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its nature expl'd.
B.
Ballou, Rev. Hosea, quota-
tions from,
Baptists, German,
Baptism, Remarks on

43,

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50, 110

66

of Infants, Apostolic, 111
Being, properties essential to 67
"highest possible order of 67
"" Properties natural to
Benedict, Mr. quot. from
Bible, the Religion of Univer-

70

30

120

salists,
Civil authority, respect due to 130
Birth of Christ, remarks on
Concurrence of the Properties
C.
of God,
73, 81
Calvinistic Faith, remarks on 35 Consubstantiation,remarks on 112
Channing, Dr. quot. from 60 Creation of Man, remarks on 91
Chauncey, Dr.
36 Creative Spirit,
74, 79
Christ worshipped as God, 26, 86 Co-existence, &c. of Christ, 67
66 The elect property of
D.
Deity,

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44 distinguishes three 'Ti-
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74, 79

61, 94

92

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Ascension,
Church, Primitive Aposto-
lic,
115, 117
Visible of Christ, 115
Invisible,

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order and authority
of its Rulers,

who are members of,
&c.
members of, how dis-
tinguished,

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Dalcho, Dr. quot. from
Dead preached to, & why, 42, 109
Deity, Properties essential to 67

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