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the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians 15 1 Browse Search
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 1, Colonial and Revolutionary Literature: Early National Literature: Part I (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 2 0 Browse Search
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the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, Hallet. (search)
emics; but he is best known by a valuable work entitled, A free and impartial Study of the Scriptures recommended; being notes on some peculiar texts, with discourses and observations on various subjects. The first volume of this work was published in 1729, and was followed by two others in 1732 and 1734. He also distinguished himself in the controversy which was actively maintained at that period by several eminent advocates of revelation, particularly among the Dissenters, with Morgan, Collins, Tindal, and other deistical writers. He has been already mentioned as having continued and completed the imperfect work of Mr. Peirce on the Epistle to the Hebrews. To this work he has prefixed an elaborate dissertation on the disputed questions as to the authorship of this Epistle, and the language in which it was written; adopting the conjecture that it was originally written by St. Paul, in the Hebrew or rather Syro-Chaldaic tongue, spoken by the Jews of Palestine, but that it was aft
the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, John Shute, (search)
occasional company at these learned conferences of one of the most remarkable of the freethinkers of that period, Mr. Anthony Collins, who was a neighbour of Lord Barrington's in Essex, and a frequent visitor at his house. In one of their conversations, Mr. Collins is said to have observed, that he had a very great respect for the memory of St. Paul; and added, I think so well of him, who was both a man of sense and a gentleman, that if he had asserted he had worked miracles himself, I wouldon immediately produced a passage in which that Apostle asserts his having wrought miracles; (perhaps 1 Cor. XIV. 18;) Mr. Collins appeared somewhat disconcerted, and soon after took his hat and quitted the company. When Lord B. in another conversation, asked Mr. Collins what was the reason that, though he seemed himself to have very little faith in the doctrines of religion, he yet took great care that his servants should attend regularly at church, his reply was, that he did this to preven
the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, Samuel Chandler (search)
the confirmation which miracles give to the divine mission of Christ and the truth of his religion; and vindicated the argument against the objections advanced by Collins in his Discourse on the Grounds and Reasons of the Christian Religion. These sermons he afterwards enlarged and threw into the form of a regular treatise, which cult, and uncertain, and checks the confidence with which we are disposed to yield our assent to his declarations. In the second part of this work, in reply to Collins's argument, founded on the difficulty or impossibility of applying to the Messiah many of the Old Testament prophecies, when literally interpreted, he shews that,er part of his active life. The most remarkable of Chandler's controversial writings are his replies to some of the leading Freethinkers of his day, particularly Collins and Morgan. His publications in this controversy are numerous and important; shewing not merely a thorough acquaintance with the subject, but a power of reasonin