sical and moral, of the Supreme Being, and concerning the secrets of his providence, have been either enthusiasts or knaves, or else of the numerous tribe who reason well very often, but reason always upon some arbitrary supposition. which, however, was probably not original in Foster, as it has been quoted, in the same word, from a conversation with Bishop Fleetwood, who died in 1723, before Foster had acquired any distinction as a preacher.
See Richardsoniana, pp. 333-335, as quoted in Aikin's General Biography, art. Fleetwood.
The sermon on Heresy involved our author in a lengthened controversy with one of the most noted polemics of the day, Dr. Stebbing, Chaplain to his Majesty, and Preacher at Gray's Inn.
The text is Titus III. 10, 11, A man that is a heretic, after the first and second admonition, reject; knowing that he that is such is subverted and sinneth, being condemned of himself.
The term heretic, which occurs here only in the New Testament, denotes, according t
gainst complying with the terms of conformity, which, after the most mature deliberation, he found invincible, he was obliged, as an honest man, to decline the proposals of his compassionate and friendly patrons.
In forming his determination on this subject, he was encouraged by the magnanimity of his wife, who gave him the fullest and tenderest assurances of her cheerful readiness to undergo the most extreme hardships, rather than obtain relief at the expense of his integrity and peace.
Aikin's General Biography, art. Fleming.
The overture which was thus conscientiously declined by Fleming, would appear to have arisen from the publication of a pamphlet in 1736, entitled The Fourth Commandment abrogated by the Gospel; in which he endeavours to shew that this law, enjoining the observance of the seventh day as a day of rest, was binding only on the Jews; but that the law of the sabbath being destroyed, the Christian institution authorizes the Christian's observance of the first
on succeeded him.
During this engagement, Mr. Aikin preached occasionally in various places, andt of the academy (consisting, in addition to Mr. Aikin, of Dr. Taylor, theological tutor, and Mr. Hof Dr. Taylor, and the refusal of Mr. Clark, Mr. Aikin was unanimously chosen to fill the vacant chy re of popular applause and distinction.
Dr. Aikin used some printed text-book for <*>st of hisd undertook the mathematical department, and Dr. Aikin exonerated him of the classical part of his njured the health of both, yet for some time Dr. Aikin was kept in a tolerably comfortable state byfollowing just and well-merited character of Dr. Aikin forms one of the series of striking and spirs of his own life:
Our divinity tutor, Dr. Aikin, was a gentleman whose endowments as a man ahe public at large.
The only productions of Dr. Aikin's pen committed to the press were a note in excellent person left a son and a daughter, John Aikin, M. D., and Anna Laetitia Aikin, afterwards [9 more...]