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the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, Preface. (search)
reater part of whose life was spent in his study, must consist in a great measure of an account of what he did in his study;—of those writings, namely, by which he has often exercised a powerful influence not only over his contemporaries but over successive generations, and earned for himself a name which deserves, and is likely, to be remembered by distant ages. It is hoped that those, for example, who take an interest in the researches which occupied the days and nights of such a man as Lardner, and who can duly estimate the value of the services rendered by him to the Christian world, will not think the narrative of his labours flat and insipid, because it exhibits no extraordinary events or varieties of situation. In some instances it is unfortunately no longer possible to procure the necessary information of various particulars relative to the personal condition and history of eminent persons deservedly honoured for their valuable writings and other results of their labours;
the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, Nathniel Lardner (search)
Nathniel Lardner Is one of the distinguished names in which the Unitarians, with good reason, are most accustomed to glory. He is, indeed, one of those worthies whom the universal church are wont to claim as their own; though too large a portion of them, in so doing, are obliged to sacrifice their consistency, and to lay aside for the occasion their usual narrow principles of exclusion. His accurate and extensive learning,—his thorough acquaintance with Christian antiquity,—his unwearied and patient industry,—the freedom from prejudice and partiality in stating his argument, which has obtained him the epithet of the Candid Lardner, were qualities in which he has seldom, if ever, been excelled: and he brought these endowments, more rare than brilliant, to the most valuable and important service in which they could be engaged, in placing the external or historical evidence of Christianity, in so far as it depends on the proof of the authenticity of the Christian scriptures, on a<
the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, George Benson (search)
n which situation he remained for the rest of his active life. For some years (as has already been stated) he was associated in this charge with the celebrated Dr. Lardner, until that eminent theologian and true Christian was induced by his increasing deafness and other infirmities, which, in his opinion, incapacitated him for theithstanding a slight difference in their views on some minor points of theological criticism, as well as on some doctrinal questions; Benson being an Arian, while Lardner was a believer in the simple humanity of Christ. By their friendly communication they mutually contributed to the improvement of each other's productions; and it Worcester; Shute Barrington, afterwards Bishop of Durham; Newcome, then Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford, afterwards Archbishop of Armagh; figuring along with Lardner, Fleming, Kippis, Price, and many other Reverends by courtesy of that day, but as good bishops as themselves notwithstanding. When, however, we contrast these th
the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, John Shute, (search)
when, as was frequently the case, one or more such men as Hunt, or Lardner, or Chandler, or Benson, were among his visitors—men who would havit is also assumed by many other eminent and learned writers. But Lardner, and Doddridge in the notes to his Expositor, seem to have done muend, there is added his Lordship's part of a correspondence with Dr. Lardner on the subject of this dissertation, and in defence of some posiatly to the interest of these letters if we could also have seen Dr. Lardner's replies. In the same manner it would have been very interestim his own remarks on it, the impression made on Lord Barrington by Lardner's celebrated letter on the Logos; for that he was the person repren a question like this, should fail to be struck with the force of Lardner's reasoning; and cannot but think that it would, at least, tend mas example and advice were evidently of great service to Benson and Lardner, and, probably, to others who contributed to the high reputation f
the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, Samuel Chandler (search)
on the celebrated question of subscription at Salters' Hall, in 1719, along with those of Hunt, Lardner, Lowman, and other worthies of that and the coming age. While at Peckham he married; and shortl them. Among the ministers to whom the conduct of this lecture was entrusted were Chandler and Lardner; and the discourses delivered by both these eminent men seem to have served as the foundation, extent and importance for which they were afterwards deservedly celebrated. After some time Mr. Lardner ceased to have any connexion with the plan, which it was supposed might be conducted with mor sanctioned this publication by affixing his name to the preface in conjunction with those of Dr. Lardner and Mr. E. Sandercock, and by so doing certainly evinced his candour to a remarkable degree; driven to give up the rest. Mr. Lowman led the way, demolishing the outworks of the enemy. Dr. Lardner followed, and cleared the field. No answer has appeared to their writings on this subject; n
the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, Caleb Fleming (search)
which they had done. They were admitted into a state of favour, of life or privileges antecedent to any respect had to their virtue or obedience. Tracts on Baptism, Introd. p. 4. Mr. Fleming was a near neighbour and intimate friend of Dr. Lardner during the latter part of that eminent man's life. They had almost constant intercourse, and the influence of the new views he derived from his venerable and learned friend are very evident in our author's later publications. We have already subject forward in a more formal manner in a dissertation entitled Considerations on the Logos; in which he proposes an interpretation of this passage, founded on the principles maintained by Mr. Lowman, in his Essay on the Schechinah, and by Dr. Lardner, in his celebrated Letter on the Logos. The Word of God, he considers as expressing the manifestative will of God, however or whenever made known; so that the term is applicable to any sensible means which may be resorted to for the purpose
the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, Micaiah Towgood. (search)
litary glory, seems to have been common in those times with many of whom better things might have been expected. In the year 1760, an academical institution was set on foot at Exeter for the education of young men destined for the Christian ministry, as well as for the other learned professions and the various departments of commercial and active life. It was placed under the care of respectable and learned tutors, particularly the excellent Mr. Merivale, the friend and correspondent of Lardner, who was at the head of the theological department, with the assistance of Mr. Towgood, who undertook to deliver a lecture once a week on the critical study of the Scriptures; a province in which he had scope for the exertion of all his abilities, and an opportunity of opening to his pupils his ample stores of scriptural knowledge. Those gentlemen, says his biographer, who had the happiness to attend his lectures, will remember with gratitude his affectionate and solicitous concern for th