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PART II. (continued).

THE CHURCH AT ITS LOWEST POINT

OF INFLUENCE.

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CHAPTER VII.

THE LATER PHASE OF THE TRINITARIAN

CONTROVERSY.

We have already noticed two aspects of the Trini

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tarian Controversy, the first that between Sherlock and South at the end of the seventeenth century; the second that in which Whiston and Clarke were the principal actors, in the early years of the eighteenth century. A new departure was imported into the controversy in 1719. It commenced with a claim to sign the XXXIX. Articles in a non-natural or Arian sense; it culminated in a claim made by the “Feathers Tavern Petition " for exemption from all subscription whatsoever to the Church's formu. laries.

In 1718, Dr. Clarke, in order to suit his doctrines, assumed to himself the right of introducing a new form of Doxology into the Psalms in his church. His new Doxology ran thus : "To God, through Christ His Son, All glory be;" or, “To God, through Christ His Only Son, Immortal glory be.” Dr. Robinson, Bishop of London, compelled him to desist from the practice, and sent a Pastoral in condemnation of it to the Clergy of his diocese, which drew

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