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du Christianisme du XIX. Siecle. Septième Année. А
GLANCE at the extent of human depravity, intellectual
or sensual, may lead us to apply the proverbial question of Solomon, " Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new ?” The newest objections and theories of infidelity are rarely any other than reproductions, in more modish dress, of older speculations. Voltaire, and his confederates on the Continent, forged their light missiles out of the heavy materials produced by the English deists, who had by a few years preceded them; and their arguments, as to general suggestion, and often as to specific form, may be traced to the Manichean Faustus, to Julian, or to Celsus. The early replies, also, of Origen and Eusebius were noble models to the best Christian advocates of modern times. In a word, the weapons which are employed to assail the cause of truth and goodness, and the armour by which it is defended, are, in all periods of time, substantially the same. The weeds of unbelief grow in the evil heart of man; they bave always a character congenial to their soil; and they can never be eradicated till its nature undergoes a Divine change.
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2.tifice very excusable on account of its benevolent and vir
10us motive. - That, by the envy, revenge, and selfish policy - the Jewish ecclesiastical leaders, he was condemned to die; wat he was fastened to a cross, but (in consequence, perhaps,
f previous management by some friends in power) was not sortally hurt; that he was taken down in a swoon, and laid e a cool and secluded recess within a rock, where, by the skill nd care of his friends, animation was restored. That, when -covered, he concerted measures with his confidential aderents for carrying on his noble and generous views; that, rom a secure retirement, known to only a very few of his most atimate disciples, he directed their operations; and that, in a Personal interview near Damascus, he had the admirable ad
Iress to conciliate Saul of Tarsus, and persuade him to join - he cause with all the weight of his talents. That he probably ived many years in this happy retirement, and, before his leath, had the pleasure of knowing that his moral system was extensively received both by Jews and by men of other naions.—That this religion, though a human contrivance, is the best and most useful for the general happiness of mankind, and therefore ought to be supported and taught, at least, till the prevalence of philosophical morality shall render it no longer needful.
Such a system as this is held boldly and throughout by some, and by others in various degrees of approximation. They go
under the denominations of Rationalists, Neologists, and Antisupernaturalists; and we have been informed that other terms are employed to express, like the nomenclature of a West Indian population, the differing shades and hues of this belief or non-belief. We may remark, by the way, that the former of these appellations is very unhappy, and ought to be strenuously protested against. It implies a concession which we regard as false and injurious; it dishonours the inestimable gift of God, which distinguishes from the brutes, and on which alone accountableness and religion can rest; it pays a most unfair compliment to persons who are far from deserving it, but who are eager to avail themselves of it; and it encourages the idea, that those who hold what we believe to be the genuine doctrines of Christianity, are the maintainers of a system which will not stand the test of thorough investigation.
Were any rational and impartial inquirer to go through the Neological scheme with due scrutiny, he would be able to demonstrate its utter incongruity with the facts that are acknowledged, -its irreconcileableness with the records on which it is built, and whose authenticity and sincerity it affirms. He would shew that, by the multitudes of most singular and