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the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, James Peirce (search)
nated successors to the ejected. ministers, one of whom (Mr. Enty, from Plymouth). was among the most active and zealous abettors of the recent illiberal proceedings. They continued, as before, to act in concert on all important occasions; but had no communication with their heretical brethren who had gone out from them. It is, however, a curious example of the silent; and unmarked progress of truth, that that genertion had not passed away when the Assembly virtually reversed the decree of 1718. It being proposed to the Assembly which met in May 1753, whether any candidates should be recommended who refuse to declare their faith in the deity of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,—it was debated whether, the question should be put, and by the majority carried in the negative. By that time, the celebrated Micaiah Towgood, who then occupied the pulpit from which Mr. Peirce had been ejected, was at least as far from orthodoxy as his predecessor had been; and now, under the successive min
the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, James Foster (search)
is public exercises his thoughts were clear, his talents for argumentation great, his modesty and integrity remarkable; and for the strictness of his piety, the candour of his spirit, the tenderness and benevolence of his heart, he was highly esteemed. From his first coming to the academy, he had a sovereign contempt of human authority in all matters of religious opinion, faith, and practice. Nothing would convince him short of reason and argument. Mr. Foster began to preach in the year 1718, when the violent ferment of religious bigotry which terminated in the expulsion from their charges of his tutor and his colleague Mr. Peirce, was rapidly coming to a crisis. And we cannot doubt that, independently of the personal influence of his instructor, who was so deeply involved in this memorable struggle, the naturally enlarged and liberal mind of Foster would lead him to take a warm interest in the controversy, and to resent, in terms perhaps stronger and less measured than his more