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) put together, from which a true judgment is to be formed of these matters, which are of great concernment to every one. · I shall offer one sample of the manner of the writer, not studiously selected, but such as presents itself in turning over the leaves. It consists of a series of conclusions which he draws from this position, viz.
« God the Father, and the God of our .“ Lord Jesus Christ, and the God and Father “ of our Lord Jesus Christ, are the frequent “ stile and characters of the one true God in " the New Testament."
After a copious enumeration of texts in confirmation of the position, these following inferences are made ; pag. 40, 41. .“ N. B. 1. It is very remarkable, and ".. deserves a higher and stricter attention, than .“ hath been given by these last degenerate « ages, that St. Paul, St. James, St. Peter, « St. John, and St. Jude, have, in the fore“ going passages, carefully observed an uni«s form stile, in speaking of and worshipping « God. God the Father is the current es and frequent form made use of by these
« five facred writers, and particularly in the “ falutations addressed to the christian con“ verts of the apoftolic age.
« 2. It is evident, that the apostles who "I wrote, and they who were written to, « were very well acquainted with this form
of words, the God and Father, &c. as “ being the familiar and ordinary terms they “ ufed in speaking and writing in the apostolic
« 3. And it is most certain, that these “ forms of speaking, God the Son, and God " the Holy Ghost, are never used by the four “ evangelists, or the other facred writers, in « any one place or passage throughout the “ New Testament. And yet these unscrip“ tural, these antiscriptural forms are very « familiar, and in common use, in the wri“ tings and worship of the Athanasian here“ tics, and apoftate tritheists of these moft or corrupting and corrupted later ages.
" 4. It is also most observable, that al* though in the great apostacy of the chrif“ tian churches from some of the doctrines “ of Jesus Christ and his apostles, many, and
« warm disputes have arisen, and still con“ tinue in most parts of Christendom, about " the nature, person, &c. of the Son and “ Holy Ghost: yet it hath never been quef« tioned, but in all times, and among all “ parties of christians, it hath been constantly “ held and maintained, that the FATHER is “ God. This great truth hath ever stood “ firm, and unquestioned, among all the « trinitarian and tritheistic fophifters. And “ if the Father be God, he must be all« fufficient, and poffeffed of all perfections : " YET the most perfect and all-fufficient « Father is not God enough in their creeds;
but they want and acknowledge two more, “ to complete their antiscriptural, tritheistic s doxology: Now to God the Father, God
the Son, and God the Holy Ghost, &c.
" 5. By these -words, God the Father, « being always used by the sacred writers, in “ apposition, (as the grammarians speak,) it ” is evident, and most certain, that accord“ ing to the custom of all known languages, “ the word father is a term applied to the “ word God, to denote and define expressly
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* who was their God. And they having “ never once used these words, God the Soul, « and God the Holy Ghost, in apposition, cer« tainly demonstrates, that they had not ..from Christ and his apoftles any authority .st to use in their writings such stile or lan“ guage to their disciples or readers. And « all judicious persons will soon acknow
ledge, that no such words as GOD the « Son were ever used of or to Christ durring his whole public ministry in Judea, " or by any of his apostles, disciples, or « followers, &c.” • THE AUTHOR judged it not fitting to put his name to his work. To have come forth openly, on such topics, in opposition to the religious prejudice of many ages, might have caused much personal altercation, and hindered the calm discussion of them. And perhaps from the like motive, joined to a most fingular and amiable modesty, the eminent Dr. Lardner, ten years after, published anonymously his famous letter on the Logos, &c. in support of the same doctrines of the Divine Unity and proper humanity of Christ, after
xiii į having fuffered it to remain twenty-nine years in his cabinet.
There can be no occasion however for reserve now, at the distance of forty years, Rather, as it can derive no discredit, but the contrary, on the memory of the author; it fhould be told, that he was a person well known in his time, as the friend of civil and religious liberty; and that he was not a clergy man, whose profession necessarily called him to the study of the scriptures, but was a layman who voluntarily devoted him'self to laborious researches into the reality, 'nature, and object of divine revelation, and thought it his duty to communicate the re-, fult of his inquiries to his countrymen : his name, Hopton Haynes, Esq. of Queen’s-square in the city of Westminster, at the time of his death.
Concerning his parentage, and the place of his birth, and education, I have not been able to procure any information to be depended upon. · From the worthy descendant of a refpectable family of great and deserved literary