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UNITARIANISM

INCAPABLE OF VINDICATION:

A REPLY

TO

THE REV. JAMES YATES'S

VINDICATION OF UNITARIANISM.

BY RALPH WARDLAW,
AUTHOR OF THE “ DISCOURSES ON THE SOCINIAN CONTROVERSY,"

WHICH OCCASIONED THE “VINDICATION."

“ Admoneri nos decet, ut DOCILITATE, magis quam acumine, in istam quæstionem incumbere, curæ sit.”—Calvin. “ The MEEK He will guide in judgment, the MeeK will He teach his way.”

Psal. XXV. 9.

LONDON:
PRINTED FOR LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, & BROWN;

AND ANDREW & JOHN M. DUNCAN, GLASGOW.

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I FEEL peculiar satisfaction in inscribing this Volume to you, without your privacy, as a slight acknowledgment of obligations, which, I am fully sensible, can never be discharged. To you, under Divine Providence, I am indebted, for all that a son can owe to an affectionate and pious father: -especially, for the inestimable blessing of early religious instruction, imparted with tender solicitude, sanctified by fervent prayer, and recommended by the force of consistent example. During a long and chequered pilgrimage, you have oft experienced the cheering influence of those blessed truths, which, in this and a former Volume, I have endeavoured to defend;—and have been enabled, “ without rebuke,” to exemplify their practical efficacy, in the faithful discharge of all the personal and relative duties of public and private life. May the God whom you have served from childhood to age, gladden the evening of your days with “ the light of his countenance!”—and, when the hour shall arrive,-may it yet be distant!that shall close the period of your residence on earth, receive you, in peace and triumph, to that celestial home, which has so long been the goal of your hopes and desires, where the sorrows of time shall give place to the unmingled joys of

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. Dear and honoured Sir,

Your dutiful Son,

and humble Servant,

THE AUTHOR.

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ni.. its.catwo pois esteti, vi,-., iris This Reply has swelled in its progress to a degree which I did not anticipate. There are few things, indeed; to which the phrases crescit eundo?i jis more strongly applicables than to a defensive work in theological controversy:--and, besides the extension of the work itself, various engagements and circumstances, in the detail of which the public could have no interest, have contributed to delay its appearance sorunexpectedly long.--My wish being to make it a final answer, and, as far as possible, to preclude the necessity," on my part, of any prolongation of the discussion, I résolved,, some time after having begun, to allow myself freer scope than I had originally intended; conceiving that it would not be justice, either to myself or to my subject, to omit illustrations or reasonings, which might, in any material degree,i contribute to the elucidation and settlement of the questions at issue. An assertion' may be made in a single sentence, which it may require 'pages to refute; while the brevity and imposing confidence with which it is made, may increase, instead of lessening, the

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