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INCAPABLE OF VINDICATION:
THE REV. JAMES YATES'S
VINDICATION OF UNITARIANISM.
BY RALPH WARDLAW,
AUTHOR OF THE
DISCOURSES ON THE SOCINIAN CONTROVERSY,"
·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.
PRINTED FOR LONGMAN, Hurst, rees, orme, & BROWN;
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 eternity!
With every sentiment of filial reverence and love-I am,
Dear and honoured Sir,
Your dutiful Son,
and humble Servant,
common people jealous and distrustful, on the most momentous subjects, of that translation of the Bible, in which they have been accustomed to confide, as a faithful exhibition of the mind of God;—when Unitarian geographers endeavour, by the discovery of false readings, false renderings, and false interpretations, to lay down a map of the way to heaven, entirely different from the one which is there so distinctly delineated: it becomes an imperious duty, rightly to appreciate the pretensions of those, who are thus "confident "that they themselves are guides of the blind, lights of them "who are in darkness, instructors of the foolish, and teach"ers of babes;" to expose, as far as we are able, the unsoundness of their specious criticisms, and the fallacy of their high-minded reasonings; that, by this means, the faith of the stedfast may be confirmed, the confidence of the wavering restored, and those reclaimed from their wanderings, who may, unhappily, have been induced to forsake "the good ❝ and the right way."
The last of the "Discourses on the principal points of "the Socinian Controversy," closed in the following terms: "If it shall be found that these objects," (namely, the glory of God, and the eternal interests of men)" which are in their "nature inseparable, have been, in the smallest degree, pro"moted; that the faith of God's people has been strengthen❝ed, or the minds of the wavering settled;-that, in any "one instance, the gainsayer has been convinced, or the